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Motorcycling in Andalusia: An Authentic Two-Wheeled Adventure

by Graham Swan

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With almost as many mountain ranges as towns, all charming and unique, Andalusia is motorcycle rider's heaven. You could spend weeks, months, even years on your motorcycle riding through Andalusia and still never be bored!

It’s certainly easy to get to Andalusia if you are traveling from the major airports in Europe. There are regular flights to Malaga, Granada, Almeria or Sevilla. Alternatively, if riding your own motorcycle through Spain, there are regular ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth in Southwest England to both Santander and Bilbao.  

Spain is the second-highest country in Europe after Switzerland, with an average elevation of 660m (2,165ft) above sea level. If that is not enough reason to get you to ride your bike here, you should also know that the quality of Spanish roads is among the best in Europe. The country also has one of the largest numbers of motorcycles on the road on the entire continent, which has helped make the roads extremely motorcycle friendly, with generally well-designed curves and asphalt that is typically maintained in excellent condition. As far as motorcycle touring goes, Andalusia and the surrounding areas remain relatively untapped and undiscovered.


Why choose Andalusia as your next motorcycle touring destination?




Andalusia boasts a varied terrain. You will ride through marshes and valleys, pass through meadows, rolling hills, forests and mountains, deserts and craggy peaks, painting an unrivaled, incredible scene. As you wind through the surprising landscapes, secondary roads lead you from village to village, from region to region, introducing you to the most authentic aspects of the land, its customs, culture and people.




The Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarras, the mountains around the mountaintop city of Ronda in the Malaga region, as well as the mountains above Sevilla offer wonderful roads that are just waiting to be explored by motorbike.


What is the best time to go motorcycling in Andalusia?




Andalusia is a superb region to explore by motorcycle all year round. With mild temperatures most of the year, there is nothing like being seduced by a good route, and of course, a good stop where you can enjoy the culinary delicacies of Andalusia on a terrace, enjoying the light, sun and charm of the region. Even in mid-summer, the temperature is ideal in the mountains, while the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean send cool breezes towards the mainland.

Generally, the summer season in Andalusia lasts from April to November. Regular temperatures above 20°C (68°F) begin as early as April and start to drop in November. Luckily, winters in Andalusia are quite mild. December, January and February are the coldest months, with average temperatures around 18°C (64°F) during the day and 8°C (46°F) at night. March is a transitional month, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 20°C (68°F). With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, you can be sure of an all-year-round biker friendly climate.


How's the food in Andalusia?




Food in Spain is packed with flavor and character, from tasty tapas to scrumptious seafood. Spanish food is all about making the most of the best local produce. You’ll get the chance to taste gazpacho, patatas bravas, tortilla, gambas al ajillo, paella and, of course, jugs of sangria. Sometimes it seems like there are more bars than people, all of them serving tapas, beer, wine and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.


Other things to see and do in Andalusia




While in Andalusia, you should not miss the Circuit of Jerez, see the cliff of Ronda, or wander through Cabo de Gata, Europe’s only desert. Off the bike, there is plenty to see and do. There are many coastal towns and cities where you can enjoy the sunny beaches, shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and many water sports facilities and boat excursions, as well as a round of golf at the many golf courses in the region.

Andalusia boasts countless of lovely cities with old castles, monasteries and churches, reminiscences of the Celts, Romans, Catholic rulers, Moorish kings and architects. These are home to proud people, very Spanish in the eyes of outsiders, all completely different from the Spaniards in the next village (according to themselves).




So, if you wish to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Andalusia, the most impressive Moorish building here is the Alhambra in Granada, one of Spain’s most-visited monuments, an UNESCO-listed wondrous complex of exquisite palaces, patios and fortresses.




Cordoba, with its Mezquita, and Sevilla with the Giralda are other examples of cities with stunning Moorish architecture. But there are many more towns with old Moorish centers, ruins of castles, churches and towers.


So, what are you waiting for? Come and see for yourself you will not be disappointed. WARNING: you will get hooked!

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