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El Matador

Saturday 24th September – Sunday 2nd October 2021

Spain
9 Days
1200 miles

Riding the El Torro adventure in reverse, we follow most of the same trails, summiting the awesome Pic Negre and dropping down through the smuggler's trails into the Bardenas, through the Rioja vineyards and over rolling hills into Bilbao. 

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Day 1

Arrival

You will be met in departures at Heathrow Airport by Your Adventure Life and board our flight to Barcelona. On arrival we will be transported to our hotel in dedicated transport.

You will then have a chance to settle in and relax, perhaps re-connect with your bike and ensure it is ready for your adventure before mixing with the rest of the group. Briefing in hotel at 18:30 followed by dinner.

Day 2

Barcelona to La Seu d'Urgell - 154 Miles

From our southern base in Barcelona, you can relax and prepare for the week ahead, taking in the sights and sounds of the iconic Catalan city of Barcelona. 

Our first day's riding is a fantastic day to kick off this adventure, we ascend the foothills of the Pyrenees taking trails past  some of the local viewpoints and sights of Catalonia before we arrive in the ski town of La Seu d'Urgell ready for our first boot beer. 

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Day 3

La Seu d'Urgell to Llavorsi - 104 Miles

Breakfast followed by an attack on the infamous Pic Negre; what more could you ask for from an Adventure? Take time at 4,800 meters to soak in the amazing scenery then remount and drop down through endless hairpins into Andora for a coffee. Refreshed, we head up through the smuggler's trails over mountain peaks and into the picturesque town of Lavorsi. 

Day 4

Llavorsi to Ainsa - 149 Miles

Smugglers routes, snow-capped mountains and alpine trails transit us between the dizzying heights of the ski centres and valleys of Ainsa. We journey through deserted villages utilising trails first used smuggle goods between Spain and France, experiencing some of the same challenges faced by travellers who passed in ancient times.  

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Day 5

Ainsa to Huesca - 105 Miles

Leaving the splendour of the Spa, we drop out of the Pyrenees as the landscape opens out in front of us offering wide open vistas and easier open trails. The Sierra de Guara region is typified by the incredible sandstone outcrops that are home to eagles. At the end of the day, we Climb up into Huesca known for its hilly medieval old town topped by Gothic Huesca Cathedral. 

Day 6

Huesca to Bardenas - 145 Miles

Open trails and back roads lead us through small wooded valleys and open tracts of scrubland skirting the sandstone mountains offering engaging views and challenging riding day long. We end our ride in the southern Bardenas with amazing views as we enjoy our boot beers.  

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Day 7

Bardenas to Logrono - 122 Miles

The highlights today book end amazing trails as we leave the hotel on the trails through the Bardenas desert, taking in the visitor centre and Cappuccino as we take in the incredible landscape. The trails will keep you engaged dropping us down onto the plains of the Rioja region typified by the vineyards. We spend the night in Legrono, home of Rioja, time to enjoy incredible steak and wine. 

Day 8

Logrono to Bilbao - 104 Miles

Leaving Legrono, the trails are easy and open as we gain height through the foothills of the rolling mountains that separate the coast from the plains. Climbing up through the mountains, the scenery becomes lusher and more verdant offering a chance the relax and reflect on the last 7 days. 

Our final dinner is a chance to enjoy, reflect and share experiences and turn thoughts to the next adventure... 

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Day 9

Relax and depart

Relax and enjoy the sights and soak up the atmosphere or take in the arts in Bilbao before we depart to the airport in the dedicated transport and catch our flight back to the UK.

Your adventure ends at Heathrow Airport

Adventure Category
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Trail adventure, suitable for off road solo riders.

What's included
  • Return flights from London Heathrow

  • Motorcycle transport to and from the UK to the start and end of the Adventure

  • 8 day guided adventure, riding your own motorcycle

  • 8 nights high quality accommodation with a room of your own

  • All meals and drink, Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • All fuel for your motorcycle

  • All tolls

A Typical Day
  • Breakfast from 07:30

  • Ride set off at 08:30

  • Lunch/coffee as available

  • Target time to hotel 17:30 (dependent on conditions, stops and breakdowns etc)

  • Boot beer immediately after arrival

  • Briefing 19:45

  • Dinner from 20:00

General Requirements
  • Minimum ability: intermediate level rider

  • Bike should be bigger than a 650 with a tank range of more than 100 miles.

  • You will need your own tool kit

  • You will be carrying your own luggage; ensure your luggage solutions are suitable for sustained off road

  • Require European breakdown and recovery

  • Require European travel insurance covering off road motorcycling

Eligibility

This adventure is both physically and technically challenging. Experience riding trails on a regular basis and general fitness will help you to relax on challenging days.

Off road training will be a benefit.

Join us on this adventure