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Old 11-01-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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the Andalucia Classic

I just completed the Andalucia Classic with Hispania-Tours of Malaga, Espana. Johannes Suppan, the proprietor, and his able assistant Eva had us booked into four star hotels and mapped out a passage over the best curvy mountain roads in Southern Spain. There were twelve of us on nine BMWs and everyone from a different country and culture.
The first day took us to Ronda, the center of of the fighting bull country. We started out from Malaga and headed Northwest into the Sierra Altaparain and the resevoirs of the Rio Guadalhorce. Noontime coffee was at cliffside cafe in Burgo and then the fun began with a series of hilly climbs and descents over some nicely paved but narrow single lane roads through the Sierra. After a hillside lunch in Ojen we descended into Marbella and took the main highway up to the ancient town of Ronda with it's massive Roman bridge over the gorge separating the new town from the ancient one.
Day two began with a walking tour of Ronda and then we headed out for Sevilla by way of Ubrique and the hills where they have the protected forests of cork trees. Again the same twisty curvy roads to test our cornering skills on the BMW F700GS provided by Hispania-Tours and BMW Motorad. Lunch was at a crossroads restaurant that was a stop for all of the ADVriders in the area.
In Sevilla we spent the next day sightseeing, visiting the Plaza de Toros built in the 1500's, The cathedral with it's Moorish bell tower, and the Plaza de Espana. We then took off east to Cordoba, again over the byways less traveled. Those that rode double were on BMW F1200GS's and the two sizes of motorcycles were not a problem. Speeds varied by the twistiness of the country roads, most of which wee well maintained. Traffic was sparse and the weather was perfect with blue skies and mid 70's (18-20C) temperatures.
We ended the day in Cordoba at a great little hotel in the old walled city with cobblestone streets. The next morning we visited the Mesquita (Mosque with a cathedral built in the center and were off through the hills that looked like the central California coast with little development and no traffic. The spanish are not partial to roadside advertising and it was great not to have to see billboards lining the road.
The next stop was Granada and a great afternoon tour of the Alambra followed by tapas and wine lasting late into the night.
We detoured into the mountains of the Sierra Morena and then made our way down to the m\Mediterranean at Herradura. From Herradura we followed the seaside road back into the mountains for lunch a an 800 year old restaurant high in the hills. We carved the turns back into Malaga where we parked for the last time and celebrated our adventure.
Half of the group headed out the next morning for Algeciras and the tour of northern Morocco the rest of us headed home to enjoy the memories of this great Adventure tour.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:32 AM   #2
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Cool2 Andalucia Classic Follow up

Hisopania-Tours is organizing a repeat for the New Year's Holidays that will range further east in Andalucia...

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:52 AM   #3
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Andalusia Classic Roadmap

Hasta pronto, Volker from Hispania Tours Guided Motorcycletours in Spain, Portugal, Morocco and The Alps
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