Turn on the engine and get ready for a motorcycle tour to the former empire of the Moors in Andalusia and Morocco as you follow the legendary tracks of the “Moorish Pearls”. The tour offers complete motorcycling pleasure on panoramic mountains and coastal roads with stunningly beautiful scenery. The roads throughout the entire route are asphalted and the comfort of a 4 to 5-star hotels await you after your daily stages!
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
You will stay at first class 4 to 5-star hotels during your trip to Spain and Morocco.
You will arrive at Malaga airport and will be transferred to your hotel. Introduction over dinner with Spanish wine while discussion about the tour will be done later in the evening.
You will ride along the coastal road of the Costa del Sol and ride towards Marbella. From here, you will climb into the Sierra de Ronda where amazing views over the Mediterranean surprise you before you reach the city of Ronda itself in the evening.
Ronda provides you with magnificent landscapes and streets and is the perfect playground for your bikes. Curves, grippy asphalt, and beautiful views of the white villages of Andalusia will bring you to Arcos de la Frontera and later to Seville, the today's stage.
You will have a resting day and enjoy the capital of Andalusia, Seville. The huge Cathedral with its famous Bell Tower, the Giralda, is just one of many sites that you will discover today.
The route will take you further into the rugged mountains and canyons of the Sierra Morena. The beautiful street in this nature park in the North of Andalusia is quite unique and leads you towards Cordoba which was once the capital of the Moorish Empire during the political and cultural heyday.
Although today's program will be dominated by a visit to the Alhambra, one of the most important of Spain's cultural heritage sites, you will still make sure you'll get your fair share of biking pleasure. Your route will take you over beautiful mountain passes, through olive groves, past poppy fields, and lakes before approaching the high plateau of Granada.
You will leave Granada in order to fully enjoy the magnificent region of the Sierra Nevada. Away from the traffic with the Mediterranean Sea in sight, you will start your descent along the steep winding roads to Malaga.
You will ride along the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean coastline towards Tarifa. The African continent can be reached from here without delay by crossing the straits of Gibraltar by ferry to Tanger. Here in the north of Morocco, green is still the dominant color as you will take winding roads to pass fields and forests towards the Rif mountains. In the evening you'll reach Chefchaouen, “the blue pearl”, whose architecture is still reminiscent of the lovely villages of Andalusia.
On your first entire day of driving on African ground, you will enjoy the rolling hills of the Rif Mountains. The terrain is perfect for motorcycles and it offers a fantastic atmosphere in which you'll taste sheer driving pleasure at its best. Behind the Rif mountains, you will reach the vibrant city of Fes, the first of the imperial cities of Morocco.
Today you'll expect a long and very varied day with impressive scenery. You'll reach the high plains of central Morocco, where the vastness and beauty of this country emerge while on the horizon the first foothills of the High Atlas appear. The track will lead you westward to reach your destination, an ancient village nestled in the heart of the Middle Atlas where you will spend the night.
The area you will cross today is rich in cultural and architectural heritage. They are Zaouias and Kasbahs, fortified villages that are well known for their souks and weekly markets. By sunset, you will arrive in Morocco‘s biggest oasis called Marrakech.
You will have another resting day in Marrakech on this day. It will be your chance to explore the imperial cities of Morocco.
You will leave Marrakech and take the road towards Casablanca at the beginning of today's route. The morning ride will provide you with a worthy environment for motorcycling with its long straight sections full of sheer riding pleasure under Palm Tree alleys. Seafood and beautiful tracks will make your day in the afternoon as you reach the coastline at Casablanca from where you ride towards Rabat, Morocco´s capital and the third imperial city that you will visit on this tour.
You will take an early picture at the Hassan Tower, Rabat´s iconic landmark, before you leave the city and ride briskly to cross the northwestern part of Morocco and head directly for the border. From here, you will cross the straits of Gibraltar to Algeciras. Your Morocco adventure will gradually come to an end as you arrive at your starting point in Malaga.
You will return home as this will be the last day of your journey.
During this tour, you will either pass or visit Malaga, Marbella, Ronda, Seville, Sierra Morena, Cordoba, and Granada in Spain. This following list will be your location highlights in Spain.
There are many attractions in Seville. The huge Cathedral with the famous Giralda is an absolute must for every visitor. In the South of the Cathedral rises the Alcázar (Moorish palace), a magnificent building, which is closely linked with the lives of several famous rulers. The Barrio Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter of the city, offers delightful places that are lushly planted with flowers and orange trees.
Cordoba is a city for strolling. It is a pleasure to walk through the maze of the old town, where the Mezquita is located in its center. With its gorgeous, red-yellow arches the Mezquita is one of the most sublime Islamic monuments. Or you can stroll through the narrow streets of the Judería (the former Jewish quarter) with its little squares and flower-filled patios. The Medina Azahara is also worth visiting, it is the most impressive archaeological site of Andalusia approximately 8 kilometers west of Córdoba. It was built between 936 and 945 by Abd ar-Raman III. The excavations have so far opened only 1/10 of the site.
Granada is famous for the amount of historic buildings from Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance periods. The city is world renowned for its numerous guitar makers. The most remarkable buildings of Granada from the Moorish period belong to the fortress of Alhambra. It is a set of palaces, the largest secular facility of its kind in Spain, that were used as the residence of the Moorish Kings in the 13th and 14th century. The Alhambra is famous for its stucco ceiling and the lion fountain. Alhambra and Albaicín, the former Moorish residential area, are world cultural heritage of UNESCO.
Your tour in Morocco will either pass or visit Fes, Atlas Mountain, Marrakech, Casablanca, and Rabat before you go back to Malaga, Spain. This following list will be your location highlights in Morocco.
The city Medinat Fas was founded in 798 by Moulay Idris on a site that is today called the Andalusian quarter. In the course of its history, Fes has been the capital of the country for several dynasties and is therefore considered one of the four royal cities of Morocco. This example of an ancient oriental city has been a World Heritage Site since 1981, under the protection of UNESCO. Its deep blue pottery is considered the symbol of Fes.
Marrakech is a word from the Berber language and possibly means ‘The land of God’. The name Morocco for the entire country was derived from the city name Marrakech. Because of the large number of architecturally significant buildings, such as the Koutoubia Mosque from the year 1162, the Kasbah of the 12th century, and the Ben-Jusuf Medersa from the 14th century, the old town became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1985. The main attraction of the city is the Djemaa el Fna square, the world-famous medieval market and execution site. Today it is a lively place with food stalls, oriental storytellers, snake charmers, and jugglers.
Rabat is the capital and third largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco. Relaxed, well-kept, and very European, flag-waving Rabat is just as cosmopolitan as Casablanca down the coast but lacks the frantic pace and grimy feel of its economic big brother. Its elegant tree-lined boulevards and imposing administrative buildings exude an unhurried, diplomatic and hassle-free charm that many travelers grow to like.
The High Atlas rises from the west by the Atlantic Coast and runs eastwards until the Moroccan-Algerian border. On the Atlantic end, the Sous valley falls steeply to the southwest and forms a striking contrast to the northern coast and the Anti-Atlas. It is also a major barrier to the weather, shielding northern Morocco from the hot Saharan summers to the south. The highest peak, the Mount Toubkal, rises to about 4100 meters.
You will be served daily breakfast and dinner.
Please arrive at Malaga Airport (AGP). Afterward, Hispania Tours' staff will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Malaga where you will spend the night.
"Just finished my second self-guided tour with Hispania Tours. Throughout the whole process, Eva and Volker went above and beyond to make my experience one to be remembered. The hotels were fantastic and the roads were amazing. I have ridden to Andalusia and the Pyrenees with Hispania Tours, and the Alps with their competitor, now all I can say is that Hispania Tours is second to no one. I highly recommend them to make your adventure memorable. I am already planning next years ride with them."
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"Janice and I just finished the tour of the Pyrenees with Volker last week. I can hardly stop thinking about our experience. Our first ever guided tour was certainly epic for us as we got the best weather, food, accommodations, and curvy roads. We did more curves in most days than we would do in a month of riding back home in Washington State. Our first guided experience will not be our last. We hope to do the Garmisch in July. Well done Hispania!"
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"We have just returned from an amazing self-guided tour. Over the past year, Eva has gone out of her way to tailor the trip to suit our preferences and the attention to detail was great. She paid attention to the little things like giving us the side case liners the night before so we could get on the road sooner. Johannes also went the extra mile to make sure the bikes were set up for us and having the GPS comprehensively programmed for our specific trip was a huge bonus. The bikes were in good shape and the hotels were all well chosen. I would thoroughly recommend a tour with Hispania Tours to anybody. Thank you, Hispania Tours!"
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