My first trip to Spain (Los Picos de Europa) was in the autumn of 2016. I had immediately been overwhelmed by northern Spain so much so that I did a three week tour of the North West going on into Portugal in the early summer of this year. However during this trip, due mainly to avoiding forest fires, the itinerary got amended which resulted in missing out on the Salamanca areas on my way home.
This autumn I rectified that misdemeanour. With a 20 day tour ahead of me I contacted Hugh Anderson of Sierra Alma Touring for some friendly advice. After a couple of emails and phone calls it resulted in me booking 5 days with him.
This was for me a major departure from my normal routine as I usually tour alone and it would be a new experience having a guide!
In hindsight I should have done this when I first returned to biking. I gave Hugh an outline of my riding skills and what I wanted to get out of my time with him.
I let Hugh do the rest. Without going into all the detail, I had 4 fabulous days riding. You name it this area can provide most things; excellent variety of roads, stunning scenery, interesting history, ample choice of hospitality (food and drinks) at unbelievable value for money. Most of all friendly, welcoming and helpful people.
One final point; it takes 40 mins to get south west of Salamanca to find the best bits, do not let this deter you from staying in the city. It’s a hidden gem and certainly one of my favourites in the North West of Spain with a variety of architecture; enthralling, vibrant and exciting. There are bars and restaurants in abundance. Five evenings were just right for me.
After my experience this year I am certainly going to build another Spanish tour including Sierra Alma into the diary in the early New Year.