Spain and Portugal Summer 2014

Discussion in 'Europe' started by yorkieterrier, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. yorkieterrier

    yorkieterrier Adventurer

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    Following the release of the ferry time table and being able to book my crossings from the UK I have been able to plan next summers biking trip to the continent.

    Based on time spend reading posts here and enjoying looking at many great photos I have a rough route in my head.

    Any thoughts, comments, suggestions would be very much appreciated

    The day by day plan:
    Santander
    Salamanca
    Marvao
    Sines
    Tomar
    Mantegias
    Porto
    Geres
    Santiago
    Frixe
    Lugo
    Oviedo
    Covandonga
    Potes

    Then ferry back home.

    Be great if anybody wants to meet of for coffee or to ride with us on route.
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  2. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    Hi there,

    Sounds like a good trip. Some food for though here from my tour around there in 2011. Take a special look at the Sierra de Gredos and Peña de Francia - the region in between is amazing and I went back the following year for more - and the region just west of the Picos - the camping at Somiedo is the best!

    Regs

    Simon
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  3. metale

    metale Been here awhile

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    I'm in, let me know if there is anything you need :)
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  4. yorkieterrier

    yorkieterrier Adventurer

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    Thanks Simon,

    I was looking at visiting Parque Natural Las Batuecas-Sierra de Francia on the day after Salamanca

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  5. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    That's good, you won't regret it!

    Likewise the Gedes national park:

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    I'm intreagued by your heading for Frixe - a girl perhaps? :clap But if you do dally around there try to visit Cabo de Touriñan and Muxia, and there's alos a rare legal trail along the coastline at Cabo Vilan to visit the Englsh Cemetery, where the crew of HMS Serpent were bus¡interred by the locals.

    Otherwise, and especially of the weather is 'blowy' - they don't call it The Coast of Death for nothing! - go to Murros, one of my favourite places :)

    Regs

    Simon
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  6. Avispao

    Avispao Hornet 900 Adventurer

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    I'm in Oviedo area, but there's still a lot of time to summer '14, so we'll talk then.
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  7. markie_wales

    markie_wales Been here awhile

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    if you fancy an off road route, north to south, PM me your email address :D

    cheers

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  8. yorkieterrier

    yorkieterrier Adventurer

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    Thanks for the offer Markie but alas I will be sticking to roads

    James

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  9. markie_wales

    markie_wales Been here awhile

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    no problem a couple of others saw the post and got the route :)

    cheers

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  10. bmwgirl

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    Just returned from 3 weeks. Started in Richmond, England and don't ask but headed to Germany - Koln (met friends) - then down through France and into Spain. Our route included Vera de Bidasoa, Oviedo, Guisamo, Santiago di Compostella, Chaves - Portugal and Guarda, back into Spain to Badajoz, Cortes de la Frontera (fantastic off road opportunity - more on that later), Granada, Albacete, Siguenza and San Sebastian -- then back on the ferry Santander to England. Just shy of 4000 miles in 18 days. Great loop!
    Riders of the Lost Trail was awesome. I did trade the new 1200GS in for a KTM 350 first day and tried out the Suzuki 400 the 2nd day. They even provide all the gear! A GOOD GS rider could do a lot of this on a 1200 but it would have been tough for me so I was happy to use Phil's bikes-much better suited for the trails we did. Truly an amazing couple of days and dog tired at the end of each day but thrilled with stories of accomplishments. All you need to do is get there and Phil handles the rest! Weather was fantastic for us - dodged the rain nicely.:clap
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