Frequently Asked Questions
Why Choose the Granada region of Andalucia as a Motorcycle Destination ?
Apart from the region having some of the best roads in Europe It's certainly easy to get to and from numerous european airports to either Malaga or Granada. Both airports are approximately an hour from our guesthouse in Velez de Benaudalla and transfers from both airports are included. Take a look at out guide to Andalucia.
Best time of year to go ?
Generally the summer season lasts from April to November. Regular temperatures above 20°C begin as early as April and then begin to drop below 20°C in November. Winters in Andalucia are very mild. December, January and February are the coldest months with average temperatures around 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. March is a transitional month and temperatures often exceeded 20°C, but with an average of 320 days of sunshine per year you can be sure of an all year round biker friendly climate.
What level of experience is necessary ?
Here at GS Motorcycle Tours we try and cater for all skill levels and we change our routes to be tailor made to your skill level and ensure the most fun for all, but there are some basic requirements.
Ride at the national speed limit, 90 km/h (60 mph) or as signed on open country roads, 120 km/h (75 mph) on motorways.
Can ride for 3-4 hours
Have recent riding experience
Comfortable with twisty bends, curves and leans
Steep ascents and descents
What sort of distances will be covered in one day ?
We average approx. 200 to 300 km per day. For more precise specifications see tour description.
How many riders are there per tour ?
We’ve had the best experiences with smaller groups of 2-6 riders, this ensures the best personal care.
What is Included in a Tour ?
BMW GS Motorcycle rental, comprehensive insurance, services of an experienced English/Spanish-speaking guide/mechanic throughout the trip, accommodation in our self catering guesthouse with breakfast, or equivalent hotel, and airport transfers from Malaga or Granada airports.
What is NOT Included in a Tour ?
Flights, travel/personal accident insurance, drinks and refreshments, lunches and evening meals, fuel, motoring or traffic fines i.e. speeding, parking etc. Other leisure activities.
Driving Licence, International Driving Permit (IDP) and Passport Requirements
All riders must be in possession of a valid (category A) motorcycle licence for at least two years and be over 25 years of age. You are also advised to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) at www.dmv.org/international-driver-permits.php or
Please check your passport is valid for the duration of your holiday. GS Motorcycle Tours do not accept responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport requirements.
Do I have to pay a Deposit ?
On arrival at our Guesthouse you are required to pay an Accidental Damage Deposit of 300€ to cover damages to any of the motorcycles. This will be returned in full at the end of your tour, provided no damage has been caused.
Most of us have dropped our bikes at some stage of our riding career, and minor damage can sometimes be fixed easily in-house, but sometimes it cannot.
If any of the motorcycles are dropped or crashed causing damage which cannot be repaired in this manner, you are liable for the cost of the repair which will be deducted from your Accidental Damage Deposit. Thankfully this is a rarity.
What should I pack ?
We can provide assorted motorcycle clothing including helmets, jackets and gloves for a fee of 10 euros per person, but it is our experience that riders prefer their own helmets which can be carried as hand luggage and motorcycle boots.
Do I require Private Medical Insurance ?
As motorcycle touring is considered an adventure sport we advise you before arrival in Spain, to arrange travel/personal accident insurance that covers adventure sports. This must include medical cover and repatriation in your home country. The following link is an example of travel/personal accident insurance available in the UK. Travellers from other countries should enquire locally to find out what is necessary to participate in an adventure sport in Spain and if required, Morocco.
What are the roads like ?
The quality of Spanish roads is amongst the best in Europe. Spain's elevation is 650m above sea level which is second only to Switzerland, in Europe. Andalucia and the surrounding areas is a relatively untapped and undiscovered area as far as motorcycling goes. That said, Spain has the largest number of motorcycles in Europe. This has helped make the roads extremely motorcycle friendly, with generally well designed curves and asphalt that typically is maintained in excellent condition so none of the potholes we are so used to in the UK.
How's the food ?
Food in Spain in packed with flavour and character. From tasty tapas to superb seafood. Spanish food is all about making the most of the best local produce. There's gazpacho, patatas bravas, tortilla, gambas al ajillo, paella, and, of course, jugs of sangria.
Things to see and do on a rest day
Off the bikes there is plenty to see and do. Nearby is the seaside town of Motril where you can enjoy the sunny beaches, exquisite tropical produce and the cultural heritage of the region. Motril is also a main shopping destination on the Costa Tropical and has excellent amenities including a hypermarket, shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and a pretty marina where you will find water sport facilities and boat excursions; you can even take a day trip to Morocco.
We can arrange trips to the historic city of Granada and visits to the Alhambra and Generalife gardens, one of Spain’s most-visited monuments, this UNESCO-recognised wonderous complex of exquisite palaces, patios and fortresses dating back to Moorish times. Unmissable.
Also we can arrange ticket and visits to the amazing Caminito del Rey which is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the province of Málaga
If you fancy a game of golf there is the Los Moriscos Golf Club which is about 10 minutes drive and is found on the Costa Granada and clubs can be hired from the clubhouse.
Alternatively, if you just want to relax by the beach there are many beaches scattered along the Costa Tropical from just 10 minutes drive away, or you can visit the beautiful town of Nerja with its 16 beaches which is just 25 minutes away and of course The Nerja Caves - Las Cuevas de Nerja one of the most popular attractions in Andalucia.