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fgclark123
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Any Eastern Spain recommendations?

Post by fgclark123 on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 9:46 pm

Hi there I'm travelling down to Malaga, through France. Never explored Spain before - any idea on how to tackle it? Guess I'll stick to the A roads... honestly don't know what to expect. Worth tracking the coast down?

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ceejay
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Re: Any Eastern Spain recommendations?

Post by ceejay on Mon 18 Jun 2018, 11:37 pm

You are in for a treat, some of the best roads in the world along this route in my opinion!

Rode down that way on a few years back, too many great roads to mention. Best approach have a look on google maps, switch to terrain mode so you can see the relief and aim for the small roads in the hills!

Stand out memories for me include:
-Mountain roads in the Basque Country as you head south from the coast.
-Random mountain roads west of Pamplona where an old boy on an ancient BMW saw me struggling to read a map in the middle of nowhere and proceeded to kindly lead me into town with the most insane bike handling skills though the miles of twisties (could not keep up!)
-Canyon roads in the hills around Cuenca (town worth a visit)
-Mountain roads into Carzola (e.g. A-319)
-Then all the canyon roads around Granada (another great city) and the mountains between Granada and Malaga. You are spoiled for choice!

The only problem I had all the twisty roads will obviously slow you down a lot compared to motorway and you soon realise you simply don't have enough time to explore that many great roads as they seem to be everywhere out there!
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Jameshambleton
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Re: Any Eastern Spain recommendations?

Post by Jameshambleton on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 6:16 pm

Any ideas if these roads or the pyrenees close with snow in winter specifically over Christmas
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ZekeVal
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Re: Any Eastern Spain recommendations?

Post by ZekeVal on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 10:17 pm

Pyrenees are very likely to be closed by snow in winter, yes. South of that I don't know.
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ceejay
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Re: Any Eastern Spain recommendations?

Post by ceejay on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 10:25 pm

Yep some passes over the Pyrenees likely be closed for winter but the other ones I mentioned are not at that altitude and likely open year round. They will probably be freezing though!  santa
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Re: Any Eastern Spain recommendations?

Post by burudis on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 9:40 pm

Avoid highways and look for lower level roads. The coast is very beautiful but very crowded.
Take an alternative route to escape if you fall into a massing looking for coast and sea.
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