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Tropicana/Badlands Enduro Tour, Granada, Spain

As a coastal mountainous region, Granada has some of the most spectacular landscape scenery in Europe. Whether heading south or to the north of the city, at just an hour's ride away, you will get to the kind of riding country that will definitely leave its mark.

To the south, it's a mountainous descent through fertile valleys and traditional Andalusian villages that takes you all the way down to the sub-tropical Mediterranean coast.

To the north, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site – the Gorafe Desert Geopark. Here, the canyons, ravines, cave houses, and spectacular Martian horizons will leave you speechless.

At Sacromonteoffroad, the whole world revolves around two wheels. Their aim is to make each and every tour a unique and exhilarating experience.

This is a chance for fellow off-road enthusiasts to discover the magic of the Andalusian landscape in the company of like-minded riders who love the thrill of raw trail touring. But, at the same time, safety is always the number one priority and the reason why the routes are adapted to the riding abilities of each and every guest.

Key information

  • Terrain: 90% cross country tracks and 10% asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (KTM 450 EXC (2007))
  • Mileage: 920 kilometers / 572 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 - 220 kilometers / 93 - 137 miles
  • Riding gear: available for rent: GOT certified helmet, body armor or back protector, and gloves (20 EUR/day)
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches

Meet the guides

Luis
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Granada
  • Visit to one of the world’s most popular cities
  • Ride across one of Europe’s highest mountain passes
  • Trip to the Mediterranean coast and one night in a beach front hotel
  • Visit the amazing semi-arid desert of Gorafe and a little known megalithic site
  • Ride the original 2000 ISDE tracks around Granada
  • KTM 450 EXC 2007 motorbike rental
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 4-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Federico García Lorca Airport (Granada Jaén Airport)
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$122 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During this tour, you will stay overnight as follows:

El Cortijo

On three of your nights' stay in the city of Granada, you will be provided with accommodation at “El cortijo” - a holiday accommodation complex set in a peaceful rural environment with over 50,000 square meters of private land, located in one of the oldest, most emblematic districts of the city. At a distance of just three kilometers, the center of Granada is easily accessible either on foot or by bus. All installations have been fully renovated with central heating, parking, barbecue, and Wi-Fi throughout.

Guests have the use of a common room with TV and videos, pool table, table football, and a breakfast room, as well as three patio areas and a terrace with great views, where you can relax with a good book or chat away while watching the sunset. The ideal place for off-road riding and nature enthusiasts in a peaceful, natural environment.

At a beachfront hotel in Almuñécar

On one night of the tour, you will be staying at Hotel “Casablanca” in the semi-tropical coastal town of Almuñécar – an ideal spot for great views of the Mediterranean sunset, while sipping a long cold drink.

In the Gorafe Desert

Another night of your stay will be spent at a desert cave hotel with a swimming pool, providing a spectacular and unique accommodation experience in the heart of the desert. Private, different, beautiful, and well away from it all. After a challenging morning's riding, you are sure to enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool.

Program

Sacromonteoffroad's headquarters is based in one of the world’s most visited cities, Granada. And with reason, it is magical. Sacromonteoffroad's enduro off-road guides are local riders who really know the terrain. They have the knowledge and expertise to select and accompany you along off-road shingle track routes and trails that are thrilling but safe. They are careful to ensure no route exceeds any rider's particular level of competence. The routes involve a variety of terrains, from lush valleys to arid, fairy tale, desert landscapes, or along with one of Europe’s highest most impressive mountain ranges. Take it from their clients: “It’s the real thing!”

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Granada

Upon arrival in Granada airport, transfer to "El Cortijo" accommodation and welcoming evening dinner, during which you'll get to know fellow riders and hear about details of the tour.

Day 2: The Granada Loop (190 km/118 miles off-road and 40 km/24 miles on-road links)

Setting out from the accommodation complex in the city of Granada, you will be given a theoretical ride/navigation course and have the chance to get used to your motorcycle. You will be doing a route with stops to practice some important techniques on the kind of terrain that you will encounter during the rest of the tour.

This initial stage will help determine the riding abilities of the group and enable Sacromonteoffroad to plan routes accordingly.

You will then head north along fast tracks and trails towards the Sierra Nevada mountains from where you head back, admiring the magnificent views along the way. With a bit of luck, on arrival back in Granada, you will get to see the unforgettable sunset opposite the Alhambra Palace.

Day 3 Granada - Almuñecar (approx. 140 km/86 miles off-road and 20 km/12 miles on-road links)

Ride on the spectacular route to the coastal town of Almuñécar, stopping off at the renowned wine cellar “Bodega Señorio de Nevada” for a taste of some fine local wines and then, on to the mountain village of Albuñuelas, in the lush rural region of Valle Lecrin. Here, you will be trying out some delicious traditional local cuisine, and get the chance to admire remnants of its medieval architecture and spectacular views of its gorge and surrounding snow-topped Sierras.

You will then continue your quest towards your destination along a route once taken by such illustrious X and XI century travelers as Al Idrisi, the world’s first geographer, and the Berber Andalusí diplomat Leon el Africano, who frequently traveled to Granada from the Sahara. On arrival in Almuñécar, we’ll chill out on the beach with a G&T and bed for the night in a beachfront hotel.

Day 4: Almuñecar - Gorafe desert and badlands (140 km/86 miles off-road and 20 km/12 miles on-road links)

Rev up for a pure KTM desert raid to the Gorafe desert and Negratin badlands area. A route that is singular, extreme, well off the beaten track, and even takes in a forgotten ancient archeological site, which might be considered as a mini Stonehenge without the tourists, fences, and ticket offices. Lunch is at Restaurant Tio Tobas for a leg of lamb and then a ride towards the town of Baza, before spending the night at the incredible desert hotel “Cortijo Berchel”.

Day 5: Gorafe desert and badlands (180 km/111 miles off-road and 40 km/24 miles on-road links)

After breakfast at Cortijo Berchel, you will be roaring off again towards Almeria, through terrain that could be described as the “Cappadocia” or “Grand Canyon” of Spain. The very singular landscape in this region has been created by what the Moors called “Wadis” - dry river beds that become torrents during periods of rain, cutting their way into the land to form an endless horizon of deep ravines. The result is like some kind of extraterrestrial scenery with a tinge of red, just to make you feel you are somewhere far away, like planet Mars.

Although the terrain might be similar to Mars, you will not be going hungry. In fact, we'll be making a “pit stop” in Quemada for a selection of fine wines and cold meats, before heading back to Cortijo Berchel for more local gastronomy and a much-needed rest.

Day 6: Gorafe desert and badlands (160 km/100 miles off-road and 25 km/15 miles on-road links)

After breakfast at 10:00 a.m., you will be revving up for further incursions into the desert for another day of exploration and quality enduro riding. By now, you will be more used to the terrain and will have the confidence to push your riding skills a little more to the limit. As before, you will be stopping for food and drink before returning to Granada, in time for a long cool beer opposite the Alhambra Palace. After the presentation of diplomas, a shower, and dinner, you will get on down for the farewell party.

Day 7: Departure from Granada

Sadly, this is the day when we'll resting before saying farewell, but always in the hope that we'll be seeing you again in the not too distant future!

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate and advanced

  • Off road experience is necessary
  • Routes adapted to levels of competence

Guides

Luis Bueno

Location

Tour starts and finishes in the magical city of Granada, recently voted one of the most popular cities by visitors from all over the world. The Moorish quarter, with its impressive views over towards the Alhambra Palace, has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. Your accommodation, set in a peaceful and pleasant rural setting, is within easy reach of all the sights, tapas bars, restaurants, and night spots.

Food

You will be served 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches, which are all included in the price. Vegetarian food is available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Spend an evening in an authentic Moorish hamman (steam baths) with / without massage
  • Eat in a cave restaurant while enjoying a spectacular flamenco show - genuine flamenco guitar, song, and dance
  • Visit the Alhambra, go sightseeing, go skiing in the Sierra Nevada, or do a day trip to the Mediterranean coast.
  • Go on a tour of some of the best tapas bars and experience the local cuisine
  • Go sightseeing around town and do some great shopping

What's included

  • KTM 450 2007 bike rental
  • Fuel
  • Services of a guiding staff
  • Transfer from and to Granada airport
  • Vehicle support
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • Transfer from and to Granada bus and train stations when arriving in Granada from other airports.

What's not included

  • Airfare to Granada
  • Bike deposit of 200 EUR
  • Dinners
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Optional activities
  • Personal riding gear
  • Personal insurance
  • Transfer from Malaga airport to accomodation in Granada

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport (GRX). Granada is served by its own airport at a distance of 17 kilometers. If you are able to get a direct flight to the Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport (GRX), pick up and transfer to your accommodation in Granada and return to the airport is included in the price of the tour.

In the case of arrivals at the international of Airport of Málaga (AGP), there are good public train or bus links between Malaga airport or Malaga city and Granada. It is recommended that you always check at www.omio.es to see if your flight arrival time enables you to get a direct bus between Malaga airport and Granada - the easiest and most convenient option (cost approx 15 Euro). If there is no convenient direct bus link time from Malaga airport, you can get a bus or train from Malaga (the city) at about 15-20 minutes by taxi from the airport. Currently, the last bus from Malaga city to Granada leaves at 9 pm but always check timetables in case of changes. Pick up and transfer to accommodation from bus or train stations in Granada is provided free of charge.

Alternatively, if you require, Sacromonteoffroad will provide a pick-up and transfer service from Malaga airport to your accommodation at an additional cost of 120 Euro.

Airport: Federico García Lorca Airport (Granada Jaén Airport) Airport transfer included: Federico García Lorca Airport (Granada Jaén Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$122 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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The prices below are posted in EUR. Please note that prices may fluctuate, depending on the current exchange rates.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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