Andalusia Scooter Tour
Andalusía 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.
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.
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 scooter a 50cc scooter in France. A valid car license is required.
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 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. The 50cc scooters are easy to ride, but a good sense of balance and coordination is required.
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!
Andalusia Scooter Tour itinerary
The tour picks up at 9:00 am from the Hotel Rey Alfonso X, our recommended hotel in Seville. We have a 90-minute shuttle out of the city to get to Arcos de la Frontera, where your scooters will be waiting. The ride takes you to the beautiful “pueblo blanco” (white village) of Zahara where we stop for lunch. Continue from there to the El Tajo gorge and the historic hilltop village of Ronda, which 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 Ronda. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.
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, whose steep, cobbled streets are lined by whitewashed houses with wrought-iron balconies spilling forth a cheerful explosion of colourful blooms. A short walk takes you to a local farm where we have a tasting of their delicious homemade cheeses made from sheep and goat's milk. Our afternoon ride stays 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. Stop for lunch in the 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 Ronda. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
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. Enjoy lunch at the Restaurant La Garganta which has an awesome view over the lake and steep limestone peaks beyond. After lunch you can choose to walk the "Caminito del Rey" [the King's path], one of the most impressive mountainside trails in the world. The route has been rebuilt to make it safe and it is now open after 15 years of closure, but it's 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 into a 5-star hotel. Head into town tonight to experience this lively baroque city before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant in the town centre. Overnight Antequera Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Give your scooter a rest day today and transfer by van to Cordoba (about 1.5 hrs) for a guided visit of the “mesquita” (mosque), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally built as a mosque by the ruling Islamic caliphate that ruled all of Spain, it was eventually taken over by Christians who decided not to demolish the massive mosque (it could hold 30,000 people!), but to simply build a towering cathedral inside of it! There's no other building like it in the world. Afterwards, you have time to wander the city’s colorful streets and see some of their famous “patios” (courtyards often decorated lavishly with plants and decorated floors). Some private houses open their patios only in May, so we may be lucky enough to see some of these usually hidden gems. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and relax at the hotel's spa before dinner in the hotel restaurant. Overnight Antequera. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Our morning starts with a breathtaking ride to “El Torcal,” a surreal landscape of rounded limestone discs and towers formed by Nature’s own hand. We then ride to Alhama de Granada, whose name derives from ancient thermal baths, "al-hammah" in Arabic. After lunch, enjoy a final ride to 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 Granada. We 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 for its landscapes and cave houses, where people have always gone to play guitar, sing, and dance. Tonight we join in the fun and attend a Flamenco show. Olé! Overnight Granada. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.
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 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 spend an extra day in Granada, to explore the Albayzìn, a picturesque district that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past, or even relax in the magical atmosphere of a traditional Arab hamman. Breakfast included.
Note on Itinerary: Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, such as the weather
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.
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We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime!
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.
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