Day 2, we start the Adventure, Andorra & the Southern Pyrenees – 2 days biking

ANDORRA Off Road Tour

After John’s briefing, you will all go to a nearby fuel station to fill up and then your adventure begins. Some interesting winding roads will take us up to the pretty village of Pal, (La Massana Parish) with it’s romanic church of Sant Climent. Onwards and upwards passing the ski station of Vallnord until we get to the high point at the Port de Cabus (2300m) which is the unattended border where we cross into Spain. We are now on off-road trails winding down through the Valls of Seturia through the tiny, little inhabited village of Tor, and on through some narrow gorges following the river. This was well known in the past as one of the main smugglers routes out of Andorra to Spain, both for refugees escaping the Nazis and for contraband – tobacco and alcohol!

ANDORRA and the SOUTHERN PYRENEES - photo4

Arriving at the tarmac we stop for a well-earned refreshment and maybe a mid-morning snack of tomato bread with local ham. Then more off-road to the cross-country ski area of Sant Joan de l’Erm. Slow down as this is a popular area for families to make a day out for a picnic. Wonderful viewpoints to stop and take photos and appreciate the wide-open spaces. We will stop at our 100+ year old lunch spot, called locally a “refugi”, situated in a wide valley, below the mountains near a stream. People can stay overnight at these places as they were originally meant as mountain refuges for those caught out.

A great chance to try the local fare – soups, lentils, peas with ham, followed by tasty grilled meats with homemade chips. Delicious. Move outside and sit on the grass in the sun while having our desserts, coffees and tea.

motorbike off road Andorra

Batteries recharged, we retake to the trails for a further 80kms until we reach the small village of Os de Civis which, though situated in Spain, can only be accessed by road via Andorra. Here again we have another unattended border and we are back in Andorra from where we will bike back the remaining 20kms on road, through the capital town of Andorra la Vella, to our hotel in Ordino.


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“My first experience of the Moto Aventures way of running bike tours. Absolutely fantastic! I loved everything about it, the bikes, the scenery, the accommodation, the company and the weather. All of it combined with Su and John's knowledge and expertise made this one of the best trips I had ever been on. My initial fears about my lack of off-road experience were very quickly discarded when we began our relaxed and expertly guided tour. A superb tour for those like me whom have had little off road experience. I left Andorra with a new found passion for off-road riding and such admiration for Su and John that I immediately booked my next adventure with them to South Africa.” – Gordon

Article by Su Downham
Su Downham Su co-runs Moto Aventures and has been adventure touring in Southern Africa for over nine years. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and French fluently and has considerable experience in tourism and PR.
She is responsible for the client services, booking and admin side of the operation and making sure that all aspects of the tours run smoothly and efficiently.
She is a very experienced 4X4 support vehicle driver and is trained in emergency field medicine. Email Su

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