Span­ish soli­tude

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding -

As an in­tro­duc­tion to Spain’s Pi­cos de Europa moun­tains – and to rid­ing in Spain as a whole – you can’t do bet­ter than this route, which we think of as the Ri­año Tri­an­gle. The roads mak­ing up all three sides are amaz­ing, de­liv­er­ing bril­liant bends amid stun­ning scenery. The show stop­per is al­ways the run into Ri­año, a quaint town stick­ing out into a deep blue lake that’s ringed with grey-topped moun­tains.

How­ever, this is a real rider’s route – it’s not just about the amaz­ing views. Start­ing from Panes it heads south on the N621 through the La Her­mida Gorge – high-sided, twisty, the road run­ning be­side the rush­ing river. From Potes it climbs high over the San Glo­rio Pass – an Alpine-style treat that’s as good as any moun­tain road in Europe – be­fore drop­ping down through another gorge to Riñao.

From there it takes the N625 over the Del Pon­ton pass and through the tighter, shady Los Beyos gorge to Can­gas de Onis. The run to Panes on the AS114 is wide, well-sur­faced and beau­ti­fully in­volv­ing as it cuts through another spec­tac­u­lar land­scape. But the best bit about this route is just how quiet it is. You’ll have these roads more or less to your­self. It’s per­fect.

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