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This tour gets underway as soon as we leave the ferry port at Santander. Within the hour you will be enjoying the traffic free roads of the Cantabrian Mountains and experiencing some of the best roads you have ever ridden. This theme continues over the next ten days as we cross the arid plains of Castilla y León, Castile-La Mancha and Navarro and climb into the rugged mountains of Aragon and the Pyrenees.  

The accommodation is no less outstanding with five Parador hotels included in the tour. The Parador hotels are a chain of Spanish luxury hotels which were founded by Alfonso XIII as a means to promote tourism in Spain. Owned by the state the hotels are mostly located in adapted castles, palaces, fortresses, convents, monasteries and other historic buildings.

This tour contains only one relatively high mileage day and therefore would be suitable for anyone. The riding as always can be challenging but if you are an experienced rider or if you are a competent first timer this tour should not present a problem. Filled with amazing biking roads, incredible scenery and superb accommodation this tour offers a unique touring experience.

Day 1: Sunday 27th May

Plymouth - Santander

The tour begins as we board the flagship of the Brittany ferries fleet, the Pont Aven. With an la carte restaurant, cocktail and lounge bars and cinema this is the perfect place to relax before the tour. For your comfort we have secured larger cabins for everyone on the crossings.

Day 2: Monday 28th May – 130 Miles

Our lunch time arrival in Santander allows us plenty of time to enjoy today’s route. With the Picos visible in the distance we are soon passing the jagged peaks and deep valleys of the Cantabrian Mountains. Clear of the mountains the route now continues through the open plains of the Castilla Y Leon region. Travelling through numerous small Spanish towns we eventually arrive at our hotel which is a former monastery located on the Santiago pilgrimage trail.

Day 3: Tuesday 29th May – 253 Miles

Today the riding is more relaxed as we weave our way across the arid landscapes which so characterises this region of Spain. Crossing La Yecla and the more forested Hoces del Río Riaza national parks we take our afternoon break in the Romanesque town of Segovia. The Roman aqueduct which dominates the centre of the town has stood for over 2000 years. With photographs taken we cover the short distance to the medieval walled city of Ávila. The city is one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in Spain with the imposing walls comprising of eight monumental gates, 88 watchtowers and more than 2500 turrets. Our luxury hotel set in a 16th century palace is the first of five Parador hotels we use on this tour.

Day 4: Wednesday 30th May – 160 Miles

Yesterday’s open landscapes are soon forgotten as today we take to the stunning Mountain roads of the Valle de Iruelas National Park. This area is rich in wildlife and home to Spain’s most important colonies of black vultures and Iberian imperial eagles. In a change from last years itinerary we now make our way to the ancient city of Toledo. Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. Enjoying a stunning location our next Parador hotel boasts magnificent views of the city and its famous cathedral.

Day 5: Thursday 31st May – 156 Miles   

This morning’s route is once again dominated by open landscapes but steadily becomes more twisty and involved as we ride through the Del Sureste national park and into the more scenic region of Castilla-La-Mancha. Set in the mountains of east-central Spain our destination today is the walled town of Cuenca. Perched on a limestone spur high above the Huécar river, it is most famous for its well-preserved "casas colgadas," or hanging houses. Cantilevered over the Huécar gorge, they seemingly cling to the cliffs’ edges. Set at the edge of the Gorge our Parador hotel is located in a 16th-century monastery just five minutes walk from the hanging houses and picturesque town centre.

Day 6: Friday 1st June

Although a ride-out is supplied in your tour pack today is an official rest day where you are free to choose your own itinerary. One suggestion would be to visit the Ciudad Encantada or Enchanted City. Located just 17 miles from the hotel and dating back 90 million years this unique place is home to curious rock formations which have sculpted themselves into shapes such as, the Seal, the Bears, the Slide, the Lovers of Teruel and the Mushrooms.

Day 7: Saturday 2nd June – 210 Miles

The adventure continues and the scenery becomes increasingly more dramatic and mountainous as we enter the El Hosquillo national park. The twisty roads keep coming as we head into the Iberian Peninsula and the Gudar Mountains of Aragon. Located only five miles from the Motorland Aragon race circuit and set on a hilltop our next Parador hotel is a 12th century castle which affords magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 8: Sunday 3rd June – 223 Miles

Our route today continues north as we finally arrive in the Catalan Pyrenees. This spectacular National Park is a wild and untouched region and contains some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in all of Europe. The Pyrenees are some 300 miles long and form one of the world’s great mountain chains, stretching from the Mediterranean in the south to the Atlantic in the north. Our final Parador hotel overlooks the small town of Vielha and is surrounded by the magnificent landscape of the Pyrenees Mountains.

Day 9: Monday 4th June - 130 Miles

Today’s organised ride-out features not only the best of the Spanish Pyrenees but also ventures over the border into the French side of the Mountains. There we will experience the incredible Col de Aspin, Peyresourde and Tourmalet which are reputed to be amongst the toughest stages of the ‘Tour de France’.

Day 10: Tuesday 5th June – 204 Miles

As we now continue or journey west through the Ordesa National Park we arrive on the plains of Navarro and the landscape changes dramatically. The towering mountains now give way to valley roads with sweeping bends and open vistas.

Famous for the yearly ‘Running of the Bulls’ our destination today is the historic city of Pamplona. Our hotel for the night is a converted medieval convent which is located approximately half a mile from the buzzing Plaza del Castillo, a meeting point for locals and visitors alike.

Day 11: Wednesday 6th June – 199 Miles

Although we only have one more riding day before reaching the ferry at Santander this is anything but a dash. The scenery and great roads just keep coming as we cross the province of León and head north back towards the Cantabrian Mountains and our overnight ferry back to Plymouth.

Day 12: Thursday 7th June

Arrive Plymouth 16.15pm

Cuenca Spain


Sunday 27th May - Thursday 7th June 2018

11 Nights -12 Days


Plymouth - Santander Outbound

Santander - Plymouth Return

2 night on ferry (food not included) *

9 Nights accommodation in 4 star hotels

All breakfasts included with accommodation

4 Evening Meals

Detailed Route Plans and Maps

Comprehensive tour manual

GPS coordinates (Garmin Mapsource file)

Detailed Daily itinerary

Hotel Parking

Guided and supported by Tom & Susan

MILEAGE (not including ride outs)

Daily 130 – 255

Total 1540



Toll charges

Admission charges

Meals other than specified


Bike Hire



Mountains of Aragon & Pyrennes

Segovia Roman Aqueduct

Ávila Castle

Parador Hotels

Cuenca Hanging Houses

Alta Del Manzanares National Park

Gudar Mountains

Col de Aspin

Col de Peyresourde

Col de Tourmalet

Ordesa National Park

Castilla y León

Plains of Navarro

Central Spain & Pyrenees Tour 218




























Single price based on shared cabin on ferry *



4 berth

Inside en-suite cabin


Shared 4 berth

Inside en-suite cabin


Shared 4 berth

Inside en-suite cabin




Spain is undoubtedly one of the most diverse countries in Europe with every region possessing its own culture, traditions and history. It is also home to some of the best biking roads anywhere.