A really good selection of tight hairpins, fast sweepers and a nice view as the road rises up from sea level to around 1000m. As this is rural Spain, you may need to pay some attention to farm animals straying into the road (although I didn't see any on the way). This route is ideal if you've just got off the ferry from Santander.
Kindly rebuilt and resurfaced, for 70% of length,by the EEC in 2007 its like Brands Hatch. Pleasent scenery adds to the ride which climbs from Lugo into the mountains and finnishes at Fonsagrada ( fuel available ) where Spanish bikers stop for lunch. Very fast with mainly long bends.
This road is popular with Portugal local bikers and has some spectacular viewpoints. It passes through a ski resort area, a shock for Portugal, after rising from the town to a flattish mountain top at 2000 metres. There is an interesting diversion to the right, signposted Manteigas or Valley of the Glacier,which after a mile or so gets to the head of a perfectly formed Glacier Valley.Back on the main route there are some good bends and you can finnish in the village of Seia where you can find a number of good restaurants.
Route 103 in Northern Portugal runs from Braga in the West to Braganca in the East. About 200 kilometres of absolutely stunning mountain road. Traffic is generally light and the road surface, by and large, is excellent. Chaves, about half way, makes a nice stop off point and the opportunity to refuel self and bike. The western section is largely fast, open sweepers, the eastern has a lot more tight and twisty stuff. Ride it, you'll love it!
This has been resurfaced by EU with some good fast flowing bends as the road rises to a summit and then drops down towards Lalin. Some good long distance views with usual Wind Farm providing a diversion.
This road sucks you in as it rises into the mountains and twists and turns without let up. It will seperate a group as bend after bend calls for cocentration and judgement, a real workout. There is a view point at the summit with spectacular views (on a sunny day) one way to the Ocean and Santander and the other way into the rolling green hills with the sound of Cowbells. The drop down into the valley is less twisty but different in character. Well worth a diversion off the coastal motorway!But slower.
Leave the busy town of Estella and quickly get on the traffic free NA 120. The road starts to rise into the mountains,allowing a fast pace, and the bends arrive at a rate to keep you concentrating. The view gets better as you climb and then becomes spectacular as you pass through a short tunnel to reveal a dramatic escarpment and valley below. Just after the tunnel is a small layby with a monument opposite with steps to a platform. From here you get a great view and continuous passage of Buzzards riding the thermals as close to you that you can hear the wind on their wings. The road down into the valley again entertains with a variety of hairpins. The Basque town at the finnish is daubed with slogans but you can get a good coffee but you may feel the need to move on!
Great road leading up to the roncal pass, the roads surface is excellent low down but can be quite bad towards the top where the snow has broken up the tarmac over winter. The pass can be closed until late may so check first but it is well worht it as the road back down into france is just as good.
First part rebuilt by EU with good surface dropping down a valley with fast open bends but beware some 270 degree pegscrapers.Great fun. Then last 20km lousy bumpy old road but Arnedo provides respite with a beverage stop.