El Pirineo – Curve orgy on its best
 

El Pirineo is the ideal final of biker season in Europe for bikers which are hooked on curves. Not ending curve tangles, less traffic and well developed roads – this are the Pyrenees in Spain. It is the guarantee for 6 days untroubled bike fun and a real highlight at the end of biker season.

Day 1: Individual arrival near to Perpignan (France).

Day 2: We drive directly to Mediterranean Sea and enjoy the curves and wonderful views at coast Vermeille. At Bay of Roses we leave the coast and riding directly to Sant Feliu de Guixols, located at Costa Brava. Here starts one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world which ends in Tossa de Mar, also known as “blue paradise of Spain”. Now we say goodbye to Mediterranean Sea and enjoy the curvy roads to Santa Coloma de Farners in the province of Girona. Over extremely curvy and small roads we reach Vic, university and diocesan town near Barcelona. Next goal will be Sant Hipolit before we ride through expanded pine and beech woods and come into the community of Alpens. There is the ruin of fort Freixenet. In Borreda we ride up to Sant Jaume de Frontanya and reach lastly La Pobla de Lillet. The final stage leads us over the pass Coll de la Creueta to La Molina in our hotel. There we will finish the day cozily.

Day 3: Today’s morning belongs to the Pyrenees of Catalonia. First goal will be the Odeillo solar furnace. A short time later we reach Mont-Louis whose citadel is World Heritage Site. Then starts our first highlight of today in riding – D117. The curves tangles and different canyons until Axat rise our adrenaline rush. But not enough, afterwards we enjoy the maybe most beautiful pass in Pyrenees – Col de Pailhères (2.001 m).  The mini-state of Andorra with highest capital in Europe, Andorra la Vella, is not far away. We ride into principality over some passes and leave the tax shelter in direction La Seu d’Urgell. Over Coll del Canto, a genuine highlight of Catalan roadworks, we reach Sort before we enjoy the curves of C13 to Vielha, located in the Valley of Aran. Not far away is spreading the biggest ski resort of Spain - Baqueira-Beret. Through the tunnel of Vielha and two more passes we ride to Benasque, in the heart of Pyrenees, where we will stay the next two days.

Day 4: We start the day with a highlight: The drive through the narrow canyon Congosta de Ventamillo with its high rock walls and numerous curves. Afterwards we ride speedy on the optimally developed road N260 to Ainsa, capital of Sobrarbe Empire a long time ago. Then we enjoy the formidable Aragon roadworks until Biescas. Over Col du Pourtalet we reach Laruns in the valley of Ossau, starting point for the famous passes of Tour de France in Pyrenees. Col d’Aubisque and Col du Tourmalet (2.115 m), the highest and most famous pass of French Pyrenees, are our next goals. Arreau, which will be reached over Hourquette d’Ancizan, is our next waypoint. Now only Col de Peyresourde is missing, the last of the famous passes of Tour de France in the Pyrenees. Over this pass we ride to Bagnères-de-Luchon, a spa in the valley of Pique. Col du Portillon and the tunnel of Vielha are our next goals before we drive back to Benasque in our hotel.

Day 5: In the morning we enjoy the superb curves on the brink of Sierra de Ballabriga and arrive in El Pont de Suert, located in the Province of Lleida. The curves tapeworm of N260 guides us to Tremp, the biggest community in Catalonia refer to surface. Sierra de Carreau, a curves eldorado of best quality, will be our next goal. On little curvy roads through Sierra d’Oden with their sand statues, passing Sant Llorenc de Morunys with its Benedictine abbey from 11th century, we reach Berga. Here we take the road C16 direction Tunel del Cadi. Shortly before reaching the tunnel we turn into national park Cadi-Moixero. On roads with light traffic we ride through Sierra de Cadi and reach La Seu d’Urgell with its famous cathedral. Here we will stay for the next two days.

Day 6: We leave La Seu d’Urgell, located in valley of Segre, direction Lleida. The river El Segre escorts us until Coll de Nagro where we turn into Sierra de Carreau. After Isona we enjoy perfect, curvy roads and straight solitude before we reach Rialb dam, finished in 1999. Through Serra d’Oliana we come to Solsana, diocesan town. Then we ride on curvy roads through Serra del Tossals to Berga, located in the Province of Barcelona. After this the curled street to Ripoll will boost our heartbeats, before we will work intensive on our tire walls until La Pobla de Lillet. The ride up to ski resort La Molina, where in 1943 the first ski lift of Spain was rolled out, will be another highlight. Afterwards we drive down again into valley of Segre and enjoy some more superb curves until La Seu d’Urgell where we finish the day cozily.

Day 7: Our last driving day starts with some passes of principality of Andorra. Over the pass Pas de la Casa we reach France. Col de Puymorens and Puigcerda, located in Spain again, are our next goals. Here starts the curves tapeworm of N152 to Ripoll. Afterwards we drive finally direction France, which we reach over the pass Col d’Aras. The well developed road D115 guides us to Amelie-les-Bains with its sulfur springs. Here the Romans still have medicated their rheumatism. Over Col de Llauro we reach again our hotel near Perpignan. There we will finish our trip in the Pyrenees in a relaxed manner. An unforgettable curve orgy in the Pyrenees is then history…

Day 8: Individual departure


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