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Spanish Flee Too   4 - 14 May 2023

Following on from Spanish Flee 2019 in 2023 I will be leading a group to NE Spain and the French Pyrenees. I have 10 rooms reserved and perhaps can book one or two more. Hopefully in early May the weather will not be too hot or too cold or too wet! But with mountain areas you can never be sure. 

We will travel by ferry from Portsmouth on Thursday evening 4 May to Bilbao landing early Saturday morning. Riding first in two easy stages of around an hour to Pamplona for lunch, (not bull run time), afterwards we'll carry on to our destination hotel in two more easy stages. 

Our 5 star Spa Hotel is south of Pamplona in a small town at the foothills of the Pyrenees. Its wellness centre offers guests free access to a large swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, hot tub and gymnasium. Massages and treatments are available for a surcharge. There is easy free parking, aircon in the rooms, free wifi, a bar and a lovely restuarant.  

Each day during our stay there will be the option to do your own thing or come on a ride either up into the mountains on sometimes twisty roads with panoramic scenery and a few tunnels or ride down into the sweeping river valleys on the lovely Spanish roads; (but sometimes the effects of winter, sun and farmers may leave roads surfaces less than perfect). The rides will be between 80 and 130 miles and we will usually stop every hour. I will let you know before hand about any routes which are especially exciting or difficult.

When possible we will use local authentic bars & tapas cafes and there will be opportunities to get some culture, learn some history and perhaps even appreciate some art. 

Our return will be on the Saturday 13 May afternoon ferry from Bilbao landing in Portsmouth on Sunday 14 May evening.   

The return ferry costs approx £450 (at time of writing) including some meals and reclining chairs plus and extra £125 or so each way if you opt for a cabin. You're welcome to ride one or both ways the 750 miles between the UK and our hotel but it'll cost you around £400 each way to cross the channel, for fuel, road tolls, two nights B&B, plus wear and tear on your bike and of course on you!

Depending on the Euro exchange rate the 7 nights in the Hotel will cost £680 including breakfasts, a bit less for a single occupancy. A deposit of £30 per person will secure your place after you have completed the booking form. LINK TO BOOKING FORM

steve.whitmore@surreychapteruk.org