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Andalusia Scooter Tour

  • Location: Spain
  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Departing from: Seville at 9 a.m. on Sunday Day 1
  • Tour finishes: Granada, Friday afternoon Day 6
  • Departures 2018: 29 April, May 13 & 27, Sept. 9 & 23,
  • Price 2018: €2,700 per person based on double occupancy and minimum 6 people. (€3,000 for 2 – 5 pax). Single supplement: €240. Pillion passengers receive €100 discount.

Andalucía is quintessential Spain. A diverse landscape of craggy mountains and rolling hills are decorated with vast olive groves, vineyards, and hilltop castles. By day, white-washed villages gleam under the warm golden sun, while by night they sparkle with vitality as cafes, wine bodegas and tapas bars come to life. Andalucía is home to some of Europe’s finest architectural achievements. Seville’s medieval cathedral, Cordoba’s 11th century “Mesquita”, and Granada’s Alhambra Palace are all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Join us as we explore this beautiful and historically rich region by scooter, weaving our way through the region's famous “Pueblos Blancos” to arrive in the evening at a lovely hotel to then relax and enjoy Spain’s legendary night life in the company of ScooterBella guide Sara Sguerri, who has developed this tour for our many repeat customers.

NOTE: You must arrive at the start of the tour already a safe, competent rider. We are not a motorbike school. A motorcycle license is NOT required to drive a 125cc scooter in Spain, but you need a valid car license.

Scooterbella in the news: our tours have been featured in the travel section of The Guardian (UK), Jan 20th, 2007. Another article was published by The Observer on April 23rd, 2006. Our Tuscany scooter trip was also featured in a 3-page full-color article in the London Telegraph, and in London’s The Times.

Andalusia Scooter Tour itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

The tour picks up at 09:00 am from the Hotel Rey Alfonso X, our recommended hotel in Seville. You can fly directly into Seville (for more information see our “Getting There”). 
We have a 90-minute shuttle out of the city to get to Arcos de la Fontera where our scooters will be waiting. Our ride takes us to the beautiful “pueblo blanco” (white village) of Zahara where we stop for lunch. We continue to the El Tajo gorge and the historic hilltop village of Ronda. The town has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Visigoths, Moors, and ultimately the Spanish have inhabited this strategic site. Our accommodation, the Hotel San Gabriel, was built in 1736 as the dwelling of a noble family, the Pizarros, heirs of the famous explorer and conqueror of Peru, who kept it for many generations.

Overnight in Ronda. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.

Day 2 - Monday

Today we ride along the "Ruta de pueblos blancos": a beautiful route that links the "white villages" together. We stop in the pretty mountain village of Grazalema. Its steep, cobbled streets are lined by whitewashed houses from whose wrought-iron balconies spill forth a cheerful explosioin of colourful blooms. A short walk takes us to a local farm where we have a tasting of their delicious home made sheep and goat cheese. Our afternoon ride remains within the Sierra de Grazalema, a protected area featuring an impressively sculpted landscape of high limestone peaks, sheer cliff faces, lush valleys, and deep green forests. We stop for lunch in the picturesque picturesque town of Setenil de las bodegas, renowned for its dwellings built into rock overhangs above the Rio Trejo. Return to Ronda for Tapas dinner.  

Overnight in Ronda. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included. 

Day 3 - Tuesday

We head east today and ride through the “Puerta del Viento” pass to El Burgo for a coffee break before carrying on to El Chorro, a small town located at the mouth of the Gaitanes gorge and one of the most popular rock-climbing sites in Spain. Our lunch is at Restaurant La Garganta which has an awesome view over the lake and steep limestone peaks beyond. After lunch it is possible to walk the "El Caminito del Rey" - the King’s Pathway, one of the most impressive mountain trails in the world. The route has been rebuilt to make it safe and is now open after 15 years of closure. It is not for the faint of heart! In the afternoon we glide on our scooters through bucolic farmland and past tiny hamlets, to the outskirts of the city of Antequera where we find our next accommodation, Hotel La Magdalena, a 16th century convent transformed in a 5-star hotel. We transfer into Antequera to experience this lively baroque city before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant in the town centre.

Overnight in Antequera. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Today we give our scooters a day off and have a morning transfer to Cordoba (about 1.5 hrs) for a guided visit of the “mesquita” (mosque), a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience. Then we have time to wander the city’s colorful streets and famous “patios”. Some private houses open their patios only in May, so we may be lucky enough to see some of these usually hidden gems. In the afternoon we return to Antequera and you can enjoy some relaxing time at the hotel's spa before dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Overnight in Antequera.  Hotel, breakfast and dinner included. 

Day 5 - Thursday

Our morning starts with a breathtaking ride to “El Torcal”: a surreal  landscape of rounded limestone discs, towers and shapes formed by Nature’s own hand. We ride to Alhama de Granada, whose name derives from ancient thermal baths; "al-hammah" in Arabic. After lunch we enjoy our final ride towards the the outskirts of Granada where we say goodbye to our scooters and take a private transfer to avoid the traffic to our last destination, the marvelous city of GranadaWe stay either the Hotel Palacio Santa Inés or the Hotel Casa del Capitel Nazarì, both in renovated noble houses from the 16th century, located in the heart of the old town. Tonight we go to Sacromonte, the most picturesque neighborhood of the city, by the landscape and its cave houses where traditionally people have always played guitar, sang and danced: here we attend a Flamenco show. OLE'!

Overnight in Granada. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6 - Friday

In the morning we have a guided visit of the Alhambra, former residence of the Arab Caliphs who ruled over Spain for seven centuries. It’s another UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most amazing palaces in the world. Our adventure ends with a farewell lunch together.

Departure from Granada. We have not included the final transfer because the departure options are too numerous. Some may wish to linger and maybe spend an extra day in Granada and enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore the other many treasures in town, have fun shopping in the Albayzìn - the picturesque district that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past - or even relax in the magical atmosphere of the historical Arab Baths.  

There’s an airport in Granada, or else it’s an easy train ride back to Seville or even down to Malaga. Several low-cost airlines service all three cities (like Ryan Air, for example).  

Breakfast included.

Trip Cost Includes: 5 nights' accommodation; 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners; 125 cc scooter rental; initial transfer and luggage transfers throughout the trip; and all visits as noted in the itinerary; flamenco show.

Booking: e-mail us to receive a booking contract (or use the "Reservation" page).

Insurance: We highly recommend the purchase of Trip Insurance. We recommend "Travel Guard" to our North American clients, just click on the logo below.  Australian, New Zealand, and British travelers, please consult your insurance brokers.

The Scooters – Traveling by scooter is fun and easy. We have a local scooter provider who supplies us with modern 125cc scooters. They are not Vespa™ brand but are very similar, with an electric start and automatic transmission. The brakes are on the handlebars, like a bicycle. We provide you with helmets. Travelling by scooter is the best way to get off the beaten track without working up a sweat! Of course, couples can ride together on one scooter (and save €100 for one person).

IMPORTANT | QUALIFICATIONS

You must be over 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license. Of course anyone can be a passenger. Previous experience on a scooter or motorbike is advantageous and highly advised. If you have not ridden one before then you should do so before you do this trip.  Rent a scooter locally, and learn how to ride it before coming on the trip.

WE ARE NOT HERE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO DRIVE A SCOOTER. YOU MUST ARRIVE AT THE START OF THE TRIP ALREADY A COMPETENT RIDER. In the past we have been amazed by people who arrive to drive a scooter on public roads who have never ridden a scooter before and who are uncoordinated, nonathletic, and who will clearly never be able to drive a scooter safely. Please do not be one of these people. Our scooters are easy to ride, but a good sense of balance and coordination is required. The scooters have a 125cc engine and an all-steel frame. They are lighter and easier to drive than a larger motorbike but they are also heavier than a moped and other smaller 50cc scooters (they weigh about 110 kg, or about 235 lbs).

You will be driving a motor vehicle on public roads. You are responsible for your safety but also for the safety of other motorists, bikers and pedestrians. You must be able to control the scooter and drive it competently. If we feel your driving skills put you and others at risk we reserve the right to take the scooter away from you. In the event that you cannot ride as a passenger on the back of someone else, then we will help to arrange an alternative mode of transport, either taxi, or rental car, but at your expense.

The bottom line is that we just want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday!

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime!

Scooterbella in the news: our tours have been featured in the travel section of The Guardian (UK), Jan 20th, 2007. Another article was published by The Observer on April 23rd, 2006. Our Tuscany scooter trip was also featured in a 3-page full-color article in the London Telegraph, and in London’s The Times.

 

 

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The trip starts in Seville, which is easily accessible by air via most European hubs or by train from other cities in Spain.

Air: most trans-continental flights into Spain arrive in Madrid or Barcelona, but Seville is well connected with European hubs like London, Paris, Rome, Frankfut, etc. Be sure to check out the low-cost airline options like Vueling and Ryan Air as well as the major carriers. See the airport's website for the latest schedules.

Rail: trains from Madrid to Seville on the high-speed AVE service take under 3 hours. For more information, see the Spanish train service (RENFE) website.

Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends in Granada after lunch on Saturday afternoon. There is a small airport in Granada with connections to Madrid and Barcelona, plus the occasional connection to London and Paris. See their website for current schedules. You can also take a bus to Seville (3 hrs), Madrid (5 hrs) or Malaga (2 hrs). See this site for details on bus schedules.

If you book a trip with us you will receive detailed information about how to get to the start of your trip, or feel free to e-mail us with any specific travel questions.

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