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    Antoni Gaudí 1904 remodelling of a town house
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    The rooftops over Besalu with mountains in the distance
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    Near Coustouges French Pyrenees
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Catalonia Basque Pyrenean Mountains - A guided motorcycle tour

Pyrenees, Spain

3 - 5 star hotels, bed and breakfast

A 12 day, 11 night motorcycle tour of the Spanish and French Pyrenees with 9 days riding mountain roads along the Pyrenean French/Spanish (Catalan and Basque) borders.
On this guided motorcycle tour you will ride some of the best motorcycle routes starting from Pyrenees
Available tour dates:
Tour 111/194 begins Monday 12 June 2023 and ends Friday 23 June 2023

Bespoke tour variations available for groups of riders
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We have ridden many roads in the Spanish and French Pyrenean regions over many years and have picked out the best mountain roads for this motorcycle tour that will cross from Catalonia into the midi Pyrenees, then back over the mountains into the Basque Country before returning to Barcelona.

Each day we visit different places of interest and pass through old villages and towns. We take you to these places along relatively quiet backroads with outstanding scenery and visit the occasional city.

Daily distances are between 140 and 200 miles and involve 4-6 hours in the saddle. The pattern will our usual format of  riding in 90 minute between stops so allowing for snacks, lunch and sightseeing these will be long days.

Look at this itinerary and discover some of the most interesting motorcycle routes in spain

Day of arrival

There will always be things to see and do in the towns and cities we chose to start and end our tours and often the hotels will often have leisure and spa facilities. This gives time to relax and recover from any travel or jetlag because guests arrive at various times with some arriving earlier than others, so, nothing can be formally planned.

If you are hiring a bike through us we shall arrange to either have it delivered to the hotel or take you to the collection point. There you can check over your machine and ensure all is to your satisfaction. You can take a brief ride to familiarise yourself with the machine.

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Barcelona Sightseeing Day

A thumbnail of the Gaudi house Casa Batllo in BarcelonaGuests will arrive at various times on the day of arrival and some may be jet lagged and so nothing is formally planned for today. You are free to relax or go sightseeing.

There is a lot to see and do in Barcelona and so there will be something to interest everyone. Some might wish to wander the streets admiring the architecture by Guidi and others of the Catalan Modernism. Others may prefer to relax on the beach and some might like to do some shopping. We shall regroup for dinner in the city before returning to our hotel.

One attraction is Casa Batllo (left) which was created by Gaudi 1904-1906 by a remodelling of a family home dating from 1875. Unlike the original dwelling the remodelling has created a home with virtually no straight lines. The first floor front rooms drew inspiration from Jules Verne's book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Much of the furniture retained in the property was also designed by Guidi and fortunately the house is now a museum and so you can all visit and draw on the experience.

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Barcelona to Besalu - circa 230 km (142 miles) 4.5 hours riding

Thumbnail showing the bridge at Besalu in Cateloina SpainThose hiring bikes shall collect them the night before or first thing in the morning. One of the dealers is only a five minute walk from the hotel. 

We will depart soon after breakfast heading north on some highways at first before joining some great twisty mountain roads. This first day of riding is a relatively light journey heading north from Barcelona to Besalu. The route we shall take is indirect and traverses varied road types but all in all expect to spend about 4.5 hours in the saddle.

We break for morning coffee at a café close to Massís del Montseny which towers to just over 1700 meters and the route continues twist through the mountains to Les Guilleries park where we stop for lunch.

The final stretch takes us to the outskirts of Olot then east to Banyoles before turning north to Besalu. We rest for the night at a 3-star hotel in Besalu. It is a quaint old building with many of the bedrooms having mountain views or overlooking the old town bridge.

The name Besalu is derived from the Latin Bisuldunum, meaning a fort on a mountain between two rivers. The medieval walls and Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià river help emphasise the fortification that this ancient town commanded.

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Besalu to Llivia - circa 240 km (150 miles) 6 hours riding

Thumbnail of Llivia from the distance with fields in the foreground and mountains in the backdropAs we head north towards the Spanish/French border you will be on steep mountain roads. These roads can be twisty and narrow and so progress is never hasty.

Depending upon the progress made we might take a refreshment break at the hamlet of Rocibruna shortly before reaching the border. Otherwise we break at the border (if the café there has re-opened).

Regardless of the refreshment break, we shall stop momentarily to admire the panoramic views at the border crossing into France before beginning our descent.

We pass through the village of Arles, not to be confused with the town near Parc Camargue, this Arles is a town of about 2,500 population and situated in the southernmost valley of France on the banks of the Tech river.

We stop for lunch a little further down river at Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda where there are several nice café's. As we continue our descent from the Pyrenees we visit Ille-sur-Tet where the rock formation 'Le Orgues', organ pipe shaped rocks that are quite dramatic.

We end the day heading back towards the Spanish border crossing into the Spanish department of Llivia where our hotel for the night was converted from an old farm building.

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Llivia to Mirepoix - circa 200 km (140 miles) 4 hours riding

Old timer buildings in MirepoixAs Llivia is a part of Spain within France it is no surprise that we cross the border today as we leave Spain to re-enter France to descend to medieval walled city of Carcassonne where we break for lunch. The ancient fortified city is an interesting place to visit but be prepared to walk because traffic if forbidden in the city and we need to park outside the city walls.
Next we head back south to the Pyrenees and end the day in a in the interesting market town of Mirepoix. We should arrive early enough for you to relax by the pool or stretch your legs in strolling through the town; the choice is yours.

Monday is the main market day in Mirepoix and so before we depart in the morning you might catch the open air town market.

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Mirepoix to Lourdes - circa 255 km (160 miles) 5 hours riding

Thumbnail of St Girons looking across the river to the townWe start the morning at the market in Mirepoix before continuing our motorbike tour in France by sticking to the lesser travelled mountain roads on the French Pyrenees making our route to Lourdes passing through many charming mountain villages making stops in Saint-Girons (pictured left) named after a fith centuary saint but with more ancient history having considerable Roman connections.

Our next stop is the French Spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon where the rivers L'One and Pique converge.

We end the day in Lourdes one of the world's most famous pilgrimage sites in 4 spa star hotel created from a classical old river fronted town house. Riders might want to try the wellness centre, spa, sauna or get a massage. The hotel is also close to the Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Lourdes where Bernadette Soubirous saw the Virgin Marys apparition. The sanctuary counts more than 60 miraculous cures registered by Lords. A nice spot to end this days motorcycle tour in France.

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Lourdes to Barania ~ 295km / 184 miles ~ 6 hours riding

La Pierre Saint-Martin 1765m We depart Lourdes heading west along the banks of the Ousse crossing the river at the pretty village of Lestelle-Bétharram then onwards to another river crossing at Louvie-Juzon before rising into the Pyrenees to reach the border with Spain at the Ski resort of La Pierre Saint-Martin. Look out for the small ponies that can be grazing along the roadside here. We shall take stops along this path for photographs and just beyond the border crossing there is a viewing area that commands great views down a gorge there is also a little bar and grill on the Spanish side where the road takes a 360 turn that makes a nice stop when open failing which there is another a few km further on.

After our stop we continue on roads that twist and turn through the mountains and mainly have forest on either side. The villages we pass through tend to be stone built with white render and reddish brown tiled roofs mostly with rivers, that can dry up during the summer, passing through them. Many of the properties we pass will show dates over the door and you can often see one dated in the 1700’s and a neighbour a century later yet both look almost identical.  In the countryside the roads van be technically challenging especially the narrower ones if you meet oncoming traffic so this will slow progress and helps explain why the average speed is likely to be around 50kmph / 30mph.

We stop at Ezkaroze for lunch. It is a nice quiet and clean town with narrow cobbled streets that most vehicles are prohibited from entering, but there is a good carpark and the town’s only café and solitary restaurant are just a short walk away. The Café is a good option for a light lunch and the restaurant for those wanting a heavier meal. There are also some picnic benches opposite the carpark where a fruit and veg van often parks for anyone preferring that.

We shall take an afternoon tea break just north of Pamplona and complete the day a little south of San Sebastian at a lovely country house hotel.

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Basque circuit 1 ~ 280km / 173 miles ~ 6 hours riding

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca Vitoria The first 40km / 25 miles or this route will take at least an hour as we progress along a narrow twisty road leading through a forest and onwards to a lake, Ibai-Eder Urtegia, as the road contorts south to Segura then a further 20 minutes (13km / 8 miles) brings us to a coffee break stop.

The next hours ride will make better progress and arrive at Estella or Lizzarra as it is otherwise referred. This ancient fortified town dates back to 1090 and was one the headquarters of Don Carlos before he was proclaimed King in 1833. We stop to see the town highlights which include a religious buildings, palaces and public buildings.

After a stroll through Estella we get back on our bikes and ride for another hour to the seat of government and the capital city of the Basque Country at Vitoria-Gasteiz or Vittoria as it is also known. This city dates back to Roman times and in 581AD the Visigoth King Liuvigild founded the city of Victoriacum on those roman foundations in celebration of the victory against the Vascones. This will be our lunch stop but here are much to see in the city if you want to explore.

The return part of this route heads north passing the reservoir of Ullibarri-Gamboa and as we approach Bergara we deviate to Onate and Legazapia before reaching Zumarraga where we take another break.

Next we take an arched route back to our hotel to end the day as we began on some outstanding twisty roads bordered by tree lined hills.

This is just one of many circular routes we have planned from this location, all are in the rage 240-355km / 150-220 miles and involve 5-6 hours riding and so we can adapt the day to suit what most in the group prefer, naturally some might want to simple take a day off from riding and that is fine too.

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Barania to Boltano ~ 320km / 199 miles ~ 6 hours riding

Rick at hairpin bend in PyreneesWe depart Barania to begin our return journey the initial twisty roads will bring us just north of Pamplona. There is no plan to enter the city unless a group member specifically wants to see some of the city attractions but we shall take a brief refreshment break.

The route will continue to the reservoir Embalase de Yesa and about a half hours ride beyond that we stop for lunch at Puente la Reina de Jaca. There is not much to say about this town but it does offer 3 roadside diners.

After lunch those who prefer a shorter and faster ride could join the 240/260 or 21/23 heading east and regroup later but the plan is to ride north to catch a great mountain twisty road that will eventually loop back to those main roads which we ide a short while before deviating again on another northern loop where we shall take a break at Broto before returning to re-join the 260 and complete our day at Boltano.

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Boltana to Castell de Ciutat - Circa 225km (140 miles) 4 hours riding

The market Square in AinsaWe begin our return journey to the east along high mountain roads. The surface can be a little broken from the harsh winter weather so progress is never quick in these parts.

We take a break in Tremp which is a town of about 6000 population but most of the villages we shall pass are small and the area is mainly hill farms.

There are so many mountain passes we can take in this region but one of our favourites is the L511, Coll de Boixols to Coll de Nargo, which has good surface and superb views, so, you will want to stop and take pictures.

We end the day in a former castle just south of the border with Andorra. Some might want to cross the border to Andorra which is favoured by many for tax free purchases but note that it is not uncommon to be stopped at the border where a tax might be levied others will prefer to stop and enjoy the excellent hotel facilities.

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Castell de Ciutat to Gava Mar - circa 245km (155 miles) 5 hours riding

Thumbnail near Montserrat MonasteryWe end the journey heading to Solsona where much of the old town fortifications remain. The town is about 10k population and makes a pleasant stop.

As we continue south we take our next stop at Montserrat, not to be confused by the Caribbean Island the Christopher Columbus named after this location, this Montserrat is where you will find a Benedictine abbey (pictured right) and the backdrop is a multi-peaked range of mountains.

Our final section of the journey returns us to our hotel at Gava Mar and close to the Airport which is convenient for those with onward travel. You stay for dinner bed and breakfast and depart the following day.

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Day of departure

Homeward bound or onward travel. After breakfast you will checkout of the hotel and be transported to the airport or station for onward travel. Those who have come on their own bikes will ride off.

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Route Variation

Please note that maps are indicative because it is not always possible to enter all the waypoints and on the day of departure as we need to review our routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available making changes as and when necessary.

Currency €

The default currency for this tour is €. Any price given in another currency is indicative and will be checked against exchange rate when paying. Once your tour package has been paid in full the price is locked and will not adjust regardless of what happens to exchange rates.

Catalonia Basque Pyrenean Mountains from 12/06/23 until 23/06/23

Location: Pyrenees
Accommodation: 3 - 5 star hotels, bed and breakfast
Tour begins Monday 12 June 2023 and ends Friday 23 June 2023
Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders
Motorcycle Hire Available: €1,350
Rider in private room (with en-suite): €5,500
Rider and Pillion/Guest (sharing double or twin room): €6,850
Two Riders sharing twin or double room: €9,000 ( €4,500 each)
Rent a motorcycle from our range or bikes listed below.

This private tour is fully booked; however, we can offer a similar experience on request. Use the contact button below to get in touch and discuss your bespoke tour

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Motorcycles For Rent in Pyrenees, Spain, Available on this Tour

Most motorcycles available for hire are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. We can source others to ensure most riders needs are accommodated. However, we do not have exclusive access to these rental motorbikes and so models, availability and prices must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines and they are liable to update them regularly.

CFMOTO 650MT Rent CFMOTO 650MT

The CFMOTO 650MT has a parallel twin 650cc engine, Bosch fuel injection, engine protection bars, wind deflecting windscreen, integrated handguards and SHAD panniers and top box, we think this bike offers all a rider needs if on a tighter budget. Styled by the Austrian design team Kiska and with close association with KTM the CFMoto 650MT is available for hire and is perfect for a diverse range of riding and rider skill levels. Supplied with removeable panniers the 650MT also have an adjustable windscreen and engine protection bars and features the following. 60.35HP - 45kW at 8,750rpm Torque: 56Nm at 7,000rpm 650cc parallel twin cylinder liquid cooled engine Bore x Stroke: 83 x 60mm 6 speed gearbox Bosch ECU and fuel injection CST tyres. Front: 120/70R17 Rear: 160/60R17. J.Juan brakes Dual channel ABS USD front forks and adjustable rear monoshock On the fly mapping with dual riding modes 2180 long x 835 wide x 1332 high (in mm) 1425mm wheelbase 840mm seat height 218kg 18 litre fuel tank capacity 2 x Shad Panniers (side cases)

Restrictions: Restrictions: 25-75

Weekly Hire From: Euro €576

Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx Rent Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx

Engine size 1215cc Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled triple Frame type Tubular steel trellis Fuel capacity 20 litres Seat height 835mm Bike weight 243kg Front suspension WP monoshock, semi-active damping with automatic preload adjustment (standard XR non-semi-active) Rear suspension WP monoshock, semi-active damping with automatic preload adjustment (standard XR non-semi-active). Front brake 2 x 305mm disc, four-piston radial caliper Brembo; Cornering ABS Rear brake 282 disc, two-piston caliper Cornering ABS Front tyre size 120/70X19 Rear tyre size 170/60x17 Supplied with top box and 2 panniers.

Restrictions: Restrictions: 25-75

Weekly Hire From: Euro €890

BMW G310GS Rent BMW G310GS

Restrictions: Minimum 21 years old. 1 years old "A/A2" Driving License.

Weekly Hire From: Euro €535

BMW F700GS / F750GS Rent BMW F700GS / F750GS

Entry level Adventure style bike with 75HP 798cc engine

Restrictions: Minimum 25 years old. 3 years exp an appropriate Driving License

Weekly Hire From: Euro €504

Honda NC750X Rent Honda NC750X

Engine size 745cc Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin Frame type Steel backbone Fuel capacity 14.1 litres Seat height 830mm Bike weight 229kg Front suspension 41mm forks, non-adjustable Rear suspension Monoshock Front brake 1x320mm discs. Two-piston caliper ABS Rear brake 1x240mm disc, Single-piston caliper ABS Front tyre size 120/70ZR17 Rear tyre size 160/60ZR17

Restrictions: 25-75

Weekly Hire From: Euro €640

Triumph Tiger 800XRx Rent Triumph Tiger 800XRx

An ever popular mid-range adventure style bike Seat Height: Average (810 mm / 31.9 inches) Dry Weight: Heavy (200 kg / 441 lbs) Fuel Capacity: High (19.0 litres / 5.0 US gallons) Economy: Average (45 mpg / 6.3 l/100km / 15.9 km/l) Range: High (190 miles / 306 km) Top Speed: High (125 mph / 201 km/h) Capacity: Average (800 cc) Power: Average (94 bhp / 70 kW) Supplied with two side panniers and a top box

Restrictions: 25-75

Weekly Hire From: Euro €770

BMW R1200GS / R1250GS Rent BMW R1200GS / R1250GS

There is no better Enduro bike. BMW created this class with the R 80 GS over 30 years ago and it's gone from strength to strength ever since.

Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years exp an appropriate Driving License

Weekly Hire From: Euro €728

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Rent Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Engine size 998cc Engine type Parallel-twin Frame type Steel semi-double cradle with high-tensile strength steel rear subframe Fuel capacity 18.8 litres Seat height 870mm Bike weight 232kg Front suspension Telescopic fork Rear suspension Monoshock Front brake 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc with aluminium hub and radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads Rear brake 256mm wave hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads. 2-Channel with rear ABS off switch Front tyre size 90/90 R21 Rear tyre size 150/70 R18

Restrictions: 25-75

Weekly Hire From: Euro €860

BMW R1200GS / R1250GS Rent BMW R1200GS / R1250GS

Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years exp an appropriate Driving License

Weekly Hire From: Euro €1,120

Other makes and models of motorcycle may be available for hire on special request, so, if you have a preferred ride just ask and we shall see what can be arranged.

Further details

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