The misses and I did Andalusia this spring.
Flying in to Malaga, we spent a gorgeous evening eating superb tapas and sampling fine fine wine… Malaga is a gem!
Next morning (right on time!) the agent arrived at our hotel with my GS 1200…. and what a treat, about 20k on the clock, I think, and absolutely spotless.
I won’t bore you with all the details of Almeria, Cabo de Gata, the high Aplpujarras, Granada, Cordoba, La Ronda, Cadiz (mmmmmmm….. Cadiz!) and Tarifa.
JUST DO IT…..
The collection of the bike was also seamless and perfect…..thank you all very much…. and please pass this on to the local guys.
11 out of 10 all round…..”
NICK McCALL (2018)
PS: While I would / could have ridden my own GS down there….. I DID THE MATHS – Leitrim >Rosslare > Holyhead > Plymouth > Santander > Malaga (1000km across Spain) – or the €90 return Aer Lingus BHD – AGP – BHD)!
Villas4Bikers is the way to go….. IMHO
“We had a brilliant 6 days in the sunny south of Spain in September 2017. When we arrived the bikes were at the airport ready for us to depart; all BMWs (2) GS 1200 and (2) GS 800, in perfect order.
Directions to the villa were easy to follow. The villa was very clean and functional, shops and restaurants were only a few minutes away.
The villa is located in a beautiful rural area, surrounded by some of the best roads and the most scenic countryside that you could imagine.
Away from the coastal areas the roads were generally extremely quiet, you could ride for several miles without hardly meeting a car.
We visited Granada, Ronda, Marbella and Nerja and everything in between. But we also stopped off in several picturesque small towns and villages that were off the beaten track.
Lovely places for a mid morning or mid afternoon coffee break!
We can highly recommend every aspect of this trip.”
Tom and David (Longford), Dermot (Galway), Tommy (Roscommon).
We had a mighty holiday. It was absolutely no hassle. Flew from Cork to Malaga and the bikes were outside the door of the airport waiting for us.
We found the villa handy enough. The villa was spot on. Had everything we needed and the pool was the job after a day on the roads.
Speaking of roads….they were unreal. Mile after mile of tarmac as smooth as a driveway and lovely and twisty to keep us on our toes. There was little or no traffic on them. You could go for 10 miles and not meet a car.
Stunning scenery. Lovely weather. Great bikes. I had a 1200 but after a spin on an 800 one of the days, I’ll go for an 800 the next time. Perfect bike for those roads.
Thanks a million John. I’ll be recommending this trip to many more people and I’ll definitely be back again.
“We are just back from a brilliant five day trip with Villas4bikers.
Communication with John was seamless throughout the planning of our trip.
On arrival at Malaga Airport we collect the bikes and headed of to our lovely villa. It can sleep 5 comfortably with 3 rooms.
1x double 2x twin. Comfortable and clean.
The roads are spectacular as is the scenery as you climb over nearby mountains. I can’t recommend the trip highly enough – We will be back.
Westmeath (October 2016)
We are a little unlucky with the weather but in hindsight we were not too hot and the roads were empty so there was plenty of room for us to take our time. Overall we had a really great weekend, we loved the villa and the roads were really enjoyable.
Thank you very much for everything and especially to your wife who was very helpful at making me feel at ease throughout the process. We are already talking about coming back next year so hopefully we will be in touch in the future. 🙂
“Hi John & Tommy
Just a quick note to let you both know that we had a great time again this year in September. We thought we had a lot of the roads traveled last year when we stayed in the villa, but we traveled a load of new exciting roads this year and would love to have taken them home here to Cork with us!.
This year especially over around Motril and Ronda was just mind blowing.
The roads were excellent, the weather beautiful and the food and crack was mighty.
The villa gave us all we asked for and it was a great base to come back to each evening. The pool was so refreshing after being on the bike all day. We could not have asked for more as the villa had it all. The checking in and out was no bother to you both and please God in the near future we will be staying in this great villa again.
Thanks again for a great stay”
Cork (September 2016)
“Hi John and Tommy
Just wanted to write to you to let you know that we had a brilliant holiday in your house in September. It was a great base while we toured the surrounding areas of Sierra Navada and Granada. The bike hire we availed of was also top class. Thanks again, you really helped make it a trip to not forget!
John & Kathleen
Cork (September 2016)
“We have just returned from our holiday in La Vinuela, our most relaxing holiday in years! The accommodation was everything it said and more, having every amenity we needed. John’s local knowledge of the area made travelling very easy, we travelled many of his suggested routes and the scenery was just amazing, second to none.
The food and drink in the local restaurants was excellent and very reasonable. Great choice of restaurants in the surrounding villages.
Villa location was super, easy access to scenic routes but also the motorway which allows you to visit many areas of southern Spain. We ourselves travelled a lot of the southern coast.
We would highly recommend this villa to anyone or any family, Looking forward to returning in the future. “
Tom & Maggie,
Cork (August 2016)
from me and all other guest many thanks for the wonderful stay at your villa.
For your guestbook, also in German language:
Die Villa ist zweckmäßig, sauber und hat eine gute Raumaufteilung. Der Kontakt und die Unterstützung von John waren gut.
Leider war es Anfang März in den Bergen noch ziemlich kalt, aber trocken.
Im Umkreis der Villa gibt es wunderschöne Motorradstrecken mit herrlichen Landschaften und Kurven.
Wir können diese Art des Urlaubs nur empfehlen.”
Matthias, März 16,
just a quick word to say that we really enjoyed our stay in your lovely villa in 2015. I must say the villa itself really does what it says on the tin. The local villages are very relaxing and very reasonable for eating and drinking.
Having travelled virtually all the good biking roads in Europe over the last 12 years I must say that everyone in our group agreed that the roads around were right up there with some of the best we have travelled if not better. Hoping to see you again in 2016”
“Back in rainy Ireland now, but it doesn’t bother me as I am still smiling even now two months after our trip to your lovely villas as I recall the fantastic holiday.
Eleven of us when on the trip and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it with a lot of talk of a repeat of the experience in 2016.
Thank you both for your hospitality and sharing with us your local knowledge, we were blown away by the superb roads and mountain passes and the lovely villas. The local villages are really nice, very friendly and great value for food and a beer.
Best Regards and Thanks”
“Just a quick mail just to say thanks again for everything !!
We had a fantastic time, down to the last individual and both the villas and motorbikes were all spot on.
All of us appreciated the efforts you both went to, to both accommodate us as regards carrying luggage and also to give us various routes for the surrounding area(s).
The scenic route back to the airport was fantastic – bike heaven ! When asked, everyone part-taking on the trip said they would not hesitate to do it again so you just might see us making a return visit for 2016 !!
Mark Creedon (2015)
“I travel quite a lot, usually on two wheels and normally it’s either for a magazine feature or I’ve cooked up another daft trip to raise much needed funds for Down Syndrome Ireland.
As such, I’ve stayed in everything from 5* hotels to Alpine lodges and everything in between. I’m a firm believer in “you find out how good a supplier is when something goes wrong” & this is where John & Villas 4 Bikers showed their mettle. We had an issue with my bike when we arrived at Malaga airport. I half expected John to side with the bike supplier or at least to downplay my concerns as obviously they have a business arrangement, but no, as only an Irishman can, he dug in his heels until a replacement bike appeared.
The Accommodation itself was exactly as advertised, comfortable, clean and with secure parking for our 10 bikes. The two pools were a godsend after a full day in the saddle and having pubs/restaurants within walking distance meant everyone had a relaxing break.
Having John on site was of great value, local knowledge is always helpful but he and his lovely wife Juliana really couldn’t do enough for us. He even brought our luggage to the airport for us on the return trip as it was lashing rain and then gave us towels to dry off! If that isn’t true hospitality then I’m not sure what is.
I could and probably should, wax lyrical about the surrounding roads but words simply don’t do them justice, you truly have to ride through the local national parks and the Sierra Nevada …not to mention the motorcycling Mecca that is Ronda which is only an hours ride away.
Give John a call, and allow yourself to get lost in one of Spain’s best kept secrets.”
“Trip to La Vinuela, Andalucia, South Spain,
Roll on those lazy, hazy, crazy days in La Vinuela. I went there, having stumbled on an advert by John on Donedeal some years ago and who is now known as “Villas 4 Bikes”. I went along with 5 of my biking mates, when we got on the bikes, we were embraced by the seemingly never-ending supply of delightful, but challenging mountain roads and passes, that led through darling little villages. We twisted and curled along mountains that revealed awe-inspiring landscapes, sky-skapes and sea-scapes.
We found it quite difficult to grasp the vast expanse of the Andalucia countryside. After hours of twisting and curving, up and down through this awesome terrain, and just about when you think you’ve seen it all, you’re likely to come through a gap between two intimidatingly hanging mountains, (like the “V” that towers over La Vinuela), and behold, as far as the eye can see, more of the same that you’d just left behind. One word, “AWESOME”.
Then, as you bumble along,(not at high speeds though), you will invariably happen on copious supplies of charming, mostly very old Spanish villages/settlements, where one can and does, dismount and “wet the whistle”, and enjoy the local cuisine, at insanely low costs. Typically, the locals enjoy with curiosity, the arrival of tourists, The goats and hens get excited at the rumble of numerous motorcycles coming to their town!!. At the end of the biking day, one can enjoy the evening meal, with a few bevvies at very handsome prices, and good banter.
With the climate that is to be enjoyed there, bikers from these climes are on a fairly safe bet to be greeted with favourable weather, most the year round. I’ve been there almost a dozen times now, all times of the year. Seldom have I ever been grounded due to inclement conditions. Other types of local conditions caused bikes to be grounded…like excessive quantities of the local “bevvs” !!. “VIVA la Vinuela”, is what I say. I just can’t get enough of it. Any self-respecting “Paddy-Biker” should make a habbit of it. Ride On!!”
Bob. Co. Louth
“We had our rented bikes and villa organised by Villas 4 Bikers. The bikes were waiting for us at the airport and the bike hire company even took our cases in his van till we dropped our bikes back to him.
We had absolutely no problems with the bikes and were ideal for what we wanted/needed.
The villa was ideal with its own pool which was perfect for coooling down after a day on bikes. Location was perfect, some ideal roads in area for biking and within walking distance to some local pubs and restaurants. I loved the fact that we were away from touristy spots. All in all, I couldn’t recommend your service enough, we hope to use it again next year.
“Our first experience with Villas 4 Bikers was in April 2012. Six of us were in the group with two wives riding pillon. We were a bit nervous if there would be bikes waiting for us at the airport since it was our first time renting out bikes abroad. We shouldn’t have been as the 4 BMW bikes were there and everything was hassle-free.
We rode the hour trip to the villa which is ideally located in a little village. It was a beautiful house with 3 bedrooms and a lovely pool, great for a dip after a long day on the bike. Each day we rode on different roads that were the best we ever encountered with breath taking scenery. We dined in good and reasonably priced restaurants nearby and had a great craic in the local bar every night. The local people were friendly.
Our experience in Andalucia (a biker’s heaven) was so enjoyable that we returned again in 2014. It was nice dealing with John of Villas 4 Bikers and he was very helpful. We found the cost reasonable and good value for money. And we will surely deal with John again.
Looking forward to our return trip to Andalucia”
Larry and Liza Cummins, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny