With sunny skies, beautiful rolling countryside, and safe roads, Madrid is a haven for motorcycle enthusiasts. Here we just dip our toe in the water – looking at a couple of popular Motorcycle routes in and around Madrid.
Boasting a multitude of different motorcycle networks, there’s no shortage of diverse and interesting routes to take. While exploring in and around the Spanish capital, you’ll pass through small villages and quaint towns, while taking in endless scenic views of the lush countryside.
Preparing for your trip
If you don’t already own a motorbike, you’ll need to either buy or rent one. Research different models to find one suitable for your needs. Automatic models like Honda Goldwing and Yamaha Venture Transcontinental are motorbikes that are easy to drive and provide comfortable back support for longer journeys. Also make sure you’re aware of local laws and safety regulations. For example, third-party insurance is legally required in Spain and only 125cc+ motorcycles are allowed on the motorways. Always have your driver’s licence, registration, and European Accident Form with you.
San Fernando de Henares to Los Santos de la Humosa
The route from San Fernando de Henares to Los Santos de la Humosa is one of the best in Madrid. The roads are well-kept and in good condition, which means you’ll have a smooth ride (totalling roughly 90 miles and lasting three hours). Along the way, you’ll pass by the Almoguera reservoir — which is a great point to stop for photo opportunities. You’ll then cross the mighty Tagus river, the longest in the Iberian peninsula. Take in the beautiful scenery as you pass through Mejorada del Campo, Carabaña, Almoguera, and Zorita de los Canes. Once you arrive in Los Santos de la Humosa, be sure to visit Iglesia De San Pedro, an historic church for views of Henares valley.
Torrelaguna circular route
The Torrelaguna circular route is a great way to see the sierra mountain landscape. The route covers roughly 86 miles and takes about five hours to complete. From Torrelaguna, you’ll drive through Patones, a charming, ancient seaside town, with gorgeous countryside views. Next, you’ll reach Valdesotos — stop at Pizzerla La Forna for lunch and sample some of the best pizza in the city. From Valdesotos, it’s a half hour ride to the beautiful cities of Campillejo and Bocigano. The route is easy to navigate and mostly paved with some parts being dirt tracks. Lastly, you’ll return in Torrelaguna, marking the end of the route.
No matter where you end up, Madrid and its surrounding areas offer magnificent scenery, friendly people, and great food. Roads are safe and well-maintained with guardrails on motorways for motorcyclists. You’re bound to have a blast on your motorcycle trip.
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.