52 supercars and the Pyrenees

17-29 September 2024

The Rioja in September is a hive of activity. The harvest is being bought in, winemakers are checking the grapes every day, there are tractors and trailers everywhere and grapes being harvested everywhere you look it seems. Our trip links to this and the Spanish Supercar Drivers Club for a relaxed few days enjoying the best of North East Spain. 52Supercars is a laid back event and the mileages mean that those who don’t want to pile on the milesdon’t have to—it’s about 800 miles in all. There will be very good food and drink and a visit to Marques de Riscal is always a highlight. The architect Frank Geary only did three buildings in Spain, this is one and the Guggenheim in Bilbao is one of the others. Two nights in Pamplona, the frenzy of the bull runs will be a memory, but there is much to see as the city is the gateway to Spain from France and it is full of history. You might even be able to get a drink with Ernest Hemingway. Canfranc! Derelict for years and now phoenix-like one of the smartest places to stay in the Pyrenees. Sos del Rey Catolico is a wonderful stop with panoramic views of the Pyrenees and Limpias is a cosy spot, ideal for a party and close enough to the ferry to dispel anxiety.

Tues 17 Sept Evening departure from Portsmouth on Brittany Ferries Galicia
Thur 19 Sept Arrive in Santander and drive to join our Spanish hosts for the first night at the Palacio Acevedo at Hoznayo which is less than 20 miles from the ferry port. Here we meet our Spanish hosts and have our first night’s dinner
Fro 20 Sept

Sat 21 Sept

Visit to the ancient salt workings at Anana followed by lunch at the restaurant Lola

After lunch we check into the hotel Los Agustinos in Haro for three nights, right at the heart of the Rioja

On Saturday there is an optional balloon excursion, lunch and then dinner at the Restaurant Terete which is in Haro

Sun 22 Sept We are going to visit the bodega and winery at Hotel Marques de Riscal, followed by lunch at the winery. It will be another 20 mile hop. Harvest in the Rioja—a special time
Mon 23 Sept It’s 85 miles to Pamplona where we are staying for two nights at Hotel Castillo Gorraiz, a favourite stop. It’s a short cab ride into town where there is a centre full of history and the ghost of Hemingway – If numbers are good we’ll fix a walking tour
Wed 25 Sept At Canfranc in the Pyrenees, the old railway station has been converted into a fantastic up-market hotel. We’re staying there today; apparently the tour is worth it. It’s 80 miles
Thur 26 Sept Drive 60 miles to Sos del Rey Catolico, a lovely hilltop hotel looking over the foothills of the Pyrenees. Can you work out the link to Berkhamsted?
Fri 27 Sept Time for some miles—170 to Limpias on the North Coast  for a night in a C19th Palace
Sat 28 Sept Drive 30 miles to Santander for lunchtime departure on the Salamanca
Sun 29 Sept Arrive Portsmouth late afternoon

Tour Booking & Information

Price £4750 for a car and two occupants

to include return ferry with outside cabin, lunch or dinner each day organisation by SDC as well as support from Jasper Gilder as Tour Leader

To book contact Jasper

Tel:+44 (0) 1442 842542
Mob: 07831 327727
Email: info@driveespana.com
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