September 26 – October 4
Starting in the Oporto region, along the beautiful Douro River, making our way to the North passing Salamanca and the winding roads of Ourense, past the beautiful coast leading to Santiago de Compostela and further along the cliffs of Galicia, to reach the Bilbao and ending in San Sebastian.
Trans-Iberica is the perfect opportunity to encapsulate the Iberian culture shared by both Portugal and Spain. The adventure takes off at the Douro river in Portugal where you will combine great scenic and wildlife value with beautiful wine towns dotted with baroque buildings. The adventure continues North to Vidago Palace built by the late king Carlos I.
From here on, we cross again into Spanish land at Ribeira Sacra and the famous canyon de Sil, comprised of high plateaus and mountains with gentle slopes into the Rías. You will reach the wild Atlantic coast and stop in Santiago de Compostela, goal and dream for any pilgrim of Saint James. Crossing forests and villages of inland Galicia you will get a better understanding of the rural life and reality. From Ribadesella, a coastal village, you will attack Picos de Europa Mountain range forming part of the Cantabria Mountains in northern Spain and culminate the journey in the Basque Country, world-famous for its gastronomy and museums.
|TOTAL DAYS||9 Days|
|RALLY DATES||September 26 – October 4, 2021|
|RALLY DISTANCE||1.950 km|
|PLACES||Portugal – Spain|
|START||Castelo de Piava, Portugal|
|ENDS||San Sebastian, Spain|
|ROADS CONDITION||Good roads – Amazing scenery guaranteed!|
|CAR SHIPPING DATES:||/|
|NUMBER OF CARS||Limited to 25 cars
Cars built before 1980
Day 1: Castelo de Piava
Wednesday, 26 September 2021
Meeting point at km 40 of the Douro river in Portugal, and welcome to Douro41 Hotel, a charming and contemporary design hotel with beautiful natural surroundings. The hotel is literally at the river’s feet, anchored in the terraces at its banks, offering unique views of its bends and the boats which meander down them. Enjoy the facilities of the hotel such as an experience of the Douro’s water on a boat trip or relax at the panoramic swimming pool.
Get together and Welcome reception for a briefing followed by a gastronomic dinner.
Dinner & overnight in Douro41 Hotel Castelo de Paiva
Day 2: Castelo de Paiva - Marialva
Thursday, 27 September 2021
Check-out and heading east to Lamego village, an ancient episcopal center lying within the Upper Douro’s demarcated Port wine area. We continue on the N-222 linking Regua and Pinhão, scientifically the world’s best drive! It beats the likes of California Highway 1 and Australia’s Great Ocean Road in tests. You will be stunned winding through the wine terraces.
We keep the wine and gastronomic highlight for Casas do Côro, a group of houses with typical Beira architecture.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience.
Dinner and overnight at the Casas do Côro
Day 3: Marialva - Vidago
Friday, 28 September 2021
Driving up North through the beautiful medieval town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo for a coffee. The road will take you to the Natural Park Arribes del Duero, a natural area and Special Protection Area for Birds that separate Portugal from Spain.
End of the afternoon, you will be able to relax, at the former King Luis I’s palace in the thermal resort town of Vidago. (A Leading Hotel of the World)
Dinner & overnight at the Vidago Palace
Day 4: Vidago - Santo Estevo
Saturday, 29 September 2021
Leaving the thermal city, the road continues in Montesinho national park Northeast of Portugal along with magnificent views with almost no traffic, quite slow and straight but very pleasant to ride hearing Fado music while leaving the country.
We will take one of the most scenic roads of Galicia entering the Sil River Canyon measuring 500 meters in depth. These steep slopes require a heroic effort, something unique that can only be found in this Ribeira Sacra, the birthplace of the legendary “Amandi”, a wine that was so treasured by the Romans that they considered it the “gold of the River Sil”. A wine that centuries later the Benedictine monks produced exclusively for the wineries of the most refined Popes. Amid the vineyards, the road will snake around the deep canyon to our magnificent Parador de Santo Estevo, a Monastery converted into a beautiful hotel near Ourense.
You will spend a peaceful evening with local cuisine in a subdued atmosphere.
Overnight in Parador Santo Estevo
Day 5: Santo Estevo - A Coruña
Sunday, 30 September 2021
Leaving the Parador, we will drive up north to Santiago de Compostela, for a lunch in the Parador situated next to the cathedral with special permission for parking on the main plaza. Driving along undiscovered farmland, you will experience the deep rural Galicia and stop at a traditional farm for coffee.
Afternoon arrival in Galicia’s main port, A Coruña with our Boutique hotel situated right in front of the bay.
Dinner & overnight at the Boutique Hotel Noa
Day 6: A Coruña - Oviedo
Monday, 01 October 2021
Following the coast past Ferrol, we will drive through cute villages to Cabo Ortegal and Punta de la Estaca de Barres, some of the highest cliffs in Europe. A hot spot for migratory birds & views, this rocky promontory marks Spain’s northernmost point.
You will have the chance to stop at an important stopover on the Camino de Santiago visiting Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias, one of the most historically significant regions of the country before reaching your hotel.
Dinner & overnight at the Eurostars Hotel de la Reconquista
Day 7: Oviedo - Santillana del Mar
Tuesday, 2 October 2021
Driving south to Cangas de Onís and onwards to Picos de Europa National Park, you will be amazed by its mountains. Expect snow on the peaks here until May, but temperatures are bearable on the main routes. The road leads to Riaño, a town in a spectacular setting – surrounded on two sides by a vast reservoir.
Afternoon drive to the dramatic Desfiladero de la Hermida gorge. Before reaching your hotel, you will enjoy strolling around the old fishermen’s refuge San Vicente de la Barquera, a picturesque coastal town with its laidback fishing port and pretty seafront promenade.
Cantabria dinner and overnight at the cosy Parador de Santillana Gil Blas, a townhouse located in the historic town of Santillana del Mar
Day 8: Santillana del Mar - San Sebastian
Tuesday, 3 October 2021
One of today’s highlight is the visit of Torre Loizaga, a must-see for every motoring enthusiast. Today it is the most complete Rolls-Royce collection in Europe displaying a wide variety of styles as the firm delivered the chassis, engine, radiator and hood, leaving the finish in the hands of master bodybuilders chosen by the buyer. And it is one of the few places in the world where all Phantom series models manufactured until 1972, can be seen together.
Along the coast, in the direction of Bermeo, you will make a detour to visit one of the most spectacular landscapes in Bizkaia, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Built on a rock in the Cantabria Sea, it is accessed by 237 steps. As traditional would have it, once you reach the chapel, you should ring the bell three times and make a wish. The effort required to climb the steps is well worth it when you see the spectacular views. It was Game of Thrones.
Crossing the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, you will reach Gernika which as symbolised Basque liberty and continue to Hernani village, a small town on the outskirts of San Sebastian. At the top of the hill is the caserío, a 16th-century Basque farmhouse built from stone and timber where to admire artwork by the late Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, an artist revered in this part of Spain much like Gaudí is in Barcelona.
Overnight and farewell dinner in Hotel Maria Cristina
Day 9: San Sebastian
Thursday, 4 October 2021
Buffet breakfast and check-out. Time has come to say Goodbye!