Atazar’s water dam
Atazar is a small village in the north of Madrid. On your way to this town you will enjoy the amazing views of one of the biggests dams of Madrid.
It’s situated between two towns, “Torrelaguna” and “El Berrueco”. For us is one of the prettiest and funniest roads to enjoy around Madrid. Views are amazing plus the curves… Really nice we must say.
About road conditions… It isn’t one of the worsts but still you should control your speed, we found some curves with some kind of dirt in the asphalt so better watch out.
How to get there?
We started our journey from Alcobendas, so we took the A1 towards Burgos. Then we took exit 23 (“Algete”) towards “Talamanca del Jarama”. We passed by Torrelaguna and we continued towards “El Berrueco”; and here is where fun starts. But, as we said before, you still need to be aware of “what’s next!!” because we found some poorly paved curves with some sand/dust on the outer side of the curve.
You will arrive to a crossroads where you will take the “El Atazar” exit… And the impressive landscape starts. We recommend to go either super early in the morning or late afternoon, so you can see the sunrise or the sun down. We went in the afternoon, and we loved the way the fire burning sun was melting into the Dam’s water, between those amazing hills. It’s a worth watching spectacle.
This narrow road will take you down to Atazar’s water dam. We recommend to go slow so you can find one of the cool spots to stop and enjoy the show! Once you arrive to the water dam, you have to cross it and you will soon arrive to Atazar’s village.
Once there, it’s nice to stop by the church and enjoy a drink with your friends at the bar that it’s just in front of it. In this town the road dies, so in order to go back you should take the same road as you did before.
To end the post, we would like to say that it’s one of our favourite roads. Views will make people fall in love, even to those with the coldest heart. You will ride with a smile in your face, and all your best memories will suddenly pop up. Perfect road to disconnect!
Blanes & Tossa de Mar
Blanes and Tossa de Mar, two nice small towns in the north coast of Cataluña. This is a very easy road, just to enjoy the sea views. Unless you go into the mountains there’s barely no curves at all.
How to get there?
Starting point Barcelona, going all the way though the N-II (Nacional II Road) until you get to Malgrat, that we merge into the country road to finally arrive to Blanes. Then you go all the way to Lloret de Mar to finish the trip at Tossa de Mar.
Blanes has a really nice parade by the sea, and a cool castle that is a must. This castle is called “Castillo de San Juan”.
Unlike other posts we’ve done, this one has not much to talk about. It’s very easy, straight all the way, but still cool to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. Below photo in Tossa de Mar where you can see it’s “Parador”.
Garraf & Sitges
Garraf is an area close to the city of Barcelona and Sitges (known for the “Festival Internacional de Cinema de Cataluña”).
We started our ride from Barcelona to “El parque del Garraf” taking the C-32 Casteldefels towards Sitges, taking later the exit towards Port Ginesta, go through the Rat Penat neighbourhood. When you live behind the houses area and start going up the hill you will be able to see the small Casteldefels port, amazing view with all little boats.Curves are really narrow with a big slope but the views worth it, plus pavement is quite good and that helps.
A cool curiosity is the Sakya Tashi Ling buddhist monastery (a Pere Doménech i Grau legacy), dated from 1875. You can also assist to Tai-chi, Yoga, and meditation courses. This monastery is also known as “Palacio Novella” and has a Tibetan art and culture museum. Legend says, that Alfonso XII, had hosted in this amazing building his young lover.
Wanna know a little secret about this special location? Your biggest dream, is 3 laps away, spinning the Buddhist runes that you will find in its garden! Don’t stop thinking about your dream while walking ;).
After visiting this cool spot, we recommend you to go and enjoy Sitges. Small, pretty town of the Catalan coast, known for its movie festival and its carnival parade. Once there you might like to walk through the beautiful promenade, finishing your walk at Vivero Beach Club Restaurant. Vivero Beach Club Restaurant is one of our favourite places in Sitges to either have a drink or lunch, we totally recommend you this place. If you get the chance to stay the night in town, sea views from Vivero’s terrace are impressive.
To end this post, if you like being sitting feeling like you can even feel the sea foam freshing up your face, you should go to HOLA Club Sitges.
“Puerto de La Cruz Verde” (The Green Cross), its Madrid’s bikers meeting point by excellence.
This area is located between “San Lorenzo de El Escorial” and “Robledo de la Chavela”. You can go any day of the week and you will always find groups of bikers. From this location you can start enjoying several and fun roads.
How to get there?
Starting point, Madrid, we get the A6 towards A Coruña. We keep going straight until we take exit 18 (Las Rozas / El Escorial). We continue the road always towards El Escorial and we ride through Galapagar. After crossing Galapagar, we pass by “El embalse de Valmayor”.
If we keep following the road, we will arrive to another roundabout were we take the second exit, second roundabout first exit and we will finally get to “La Cruz Verde”.
Once there, we can either stop for a drink at the very well-known bar, or continue our ride towards “Ávila“, “Robledo de la Chavela” or “Zarzalejo“. The nicest road is the one to Robledo de la Chavela, with slow and medium-speed curves. But, please watch out the pavement it’s full of bumps in some areas.
When we get to the small town, we pass it and continue to “Valdemaqueda”. We pass Valdemaqueda and continue to “El Hoyo de Pinares”, “Cebreros” and we get to Ávila’s area… 45km of amazing pavement, curves, landscapes…
On the way back, is a must to stop by Cebreros at “Bar El Mancho” (Road Toledo Ávila, 147, 05260 Cebreros, Ávila) and enjoy one of their amazing “Bocadillos”.