Learning the History of Andalusia
You can’t appreciate this cultural and historical wonder without going back in time. The entire region feels like it’s been perfectly preserved from centuries past – for better and worse. Andalusia is economically underdeveloped, with much of the area devoted to growing oranges, wheat, olives and grapes for making some of the best wine you’ll ever sip. You’ll pass large agricultural estates and small villages that live off the land.
The terrain is among Europe’s most varied and challenging, from pristine pine forests to low-lying marshes, valleys, coastal areas and steep ridges. The Sierra Morena Mountain range hems in the area from the north, with the Baetic Cordillera range to the east and the Guadalquivir River and its many basins running in between.
Andalusia was under Moorish rule from the 8th to 15th centuries, and those roots still inform the culture today. It became an autonomous community in 1981 and is considered a province of Spain. The growing tourism industry has sparked new life in the economy over the last few years, with thousands of Europeans and foreigners flocking to the major cities of Granada, Córdoba and Sevilla for distinct architecture. It tends to be especially popular in the winter, with travelers flocking to the warm, coastal regions to escape the cold.
Packing for the Motorcycle Trip of a Lifetime
The moderate climate makes it easy to traverse Andalusia on a motorcycle all year long. It’s known for its wet winters with heavy rainfall and mild temperatures around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You don’t have to worry about ice and snow here, but extra moisture can limit your time on the road. Some low-lying areas can also flood in the winter, making it impossible to pass.
Wear moisture-wicking clothes with layers you can add or remove depending on the temperature. Every part of your ensemble should be waterproof to prevent the rain and mud from slipping through.
The mountain areas tend to see the most rainfall, with around 80 inches a year, while the desert areas only see around eight inches yearly. Shield yourself from the sun with a quality visor or shaded goggles. The coastal areas see 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it one of the brightest places in the world.
It’s best to use motorcycle helmet communication when traveling in a group or exploring new areas on your own. The device wirelessly automatically connects to everyone in your crew when in range, so you don’t have to touch the headset while riding. It also syncs up with your GPS and phone to help you manage your trip without taking your eyes off the road.
Use motorcycle helmet speakers that adjust the volume level based on your surroundings so you don’t miss anything important.
Where to Visit
The area is teeming with iconic motorcycle routes roving through the idyllic countryside. Planning your itinerary depends on how remote you want to be. Here are some options to add to your itinerary:
Tarifa to Los Caños de Meca – Cadiz
This is about as rural as it gets in Andalusia, running from the Alcornocales Natural Park to the La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park by the sea.
‘Ruta de la Cabra’ (Goat Route)
In this case, “goat” could easily stand for the greatest of all time. The route takes you high into the mountains with sweeping views of the mountains and the Mediterranean. Plan to brake for roaming wildlife and livestock and watch out for cracks in the road.
Mining Region of Huelva
Ride down the Iberian Pyrite Belt to experience abandoned mining towns and pits that look like something out of your favorite science-fiction novel.
Experience History and Culture on Your Andalusia Motorcycle Tour
You’re bound to have the adventure of a lifetime riding through Andalusia. You can spend weeks exploring new roads and still not see everything this region has to offer.
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