We will be attending the Adventure Overland late summer show on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018 at Stafford upon Avon Racecourse.
We will be on stand A4 outside the racecourse pavilion with our friends from All Terrain Services. Look for the white Toyota Hilux.
Come along and have a chat about our 4×4 tag along tours in Wales, The Pyrenees, Galicia, Morocco and Albania.
We can also offer 4×4 Adventure Campers rental options for our tours or independent travel. Email or ask us for more details at the show:
Our friends from All Terrain Services will be with us to discuss your training needs. Expedition training, winch courses and bush mechanic workshops.
We look forward to seeing you.
We left the village of Llavorsi, popular for rafting and other river activities, and headed north east through Alins towards Tor.
The narrow, single track, winding tarmac road lined with occasional wooden barriers to protect us from the steep drops, took us past mountain beehives and followed the course of the stream.
An historic and popular route used to access Andorra, known as Tobacco Road or the Smuggler’s Route, so named for obvious reasons. The surface changed from tarmac to concrete and then to a dusty rocky track into the hamlet of Tor.
We arrived at Casa Sisqueta, a rustic farmhouse, where coffee and complimentary cake was served.
A Dutch couple arrived on a trike, ‘It’s not the best of tracks for a smooth ride!’…
…while a thirsty Spaniard on his trials bike drank a bottle of cerveza before riding off to his destination.
A wolf-like dog was vigilantly guarding from his wooden kennel behind the cafe, a cat was lapping up the crystal clear water from the stream and some chickens were making the most of their penthouse suite!
Back on to the trail, we meandered up the stony track which took us along the lush, green valley.
A small river to ford, before negotiating many hairpin bends on the track towards Andorra.
Fortunately, no other vehicles came to meet us, but a band of horses who knew the rules of the road kept to their right hand side!
We arrived at the border between Spain and Andorra where the road instantly changed to smooth, wide tarmac. The highest pass of the trip so far at around 2100 metres afforded spectacular views of the ski resorts and high mountain peaks of Andorra.
A long winding tarmac descent took us through Pal and La Massana before climbing the Col De Canillo for a small detour for lunch, passing tobacco crops on the way.
Port D’Envalira, at over 2400 metres, afforded fantastic views over the Grandvalira ski area, one of the largest in Europe.
The go-kart track and village of Pas de la Casa could be seen in the shadow of the mountains.
La Terrasse served a delicious paella for lunch, overlooked by ski slopes and cable cars.
Entertainment was provided by two locals wheeling a fridge down the steep slope!
We strolled around the busy resort and took advantage of the duty free goods on offer before resuming our journey.
How strange to see snow ploughs in the centre of roundabouts when temperatures are in the 80’s.
The journey took us through the upmarket resort of Soldeu El Tarter. All of this hustle and bustle is a far cry from the solitude of the mountains.
After passing the capital of Andorra La Vella, the route climbed to the Adventure Eco Park at Naturlandia which hosts a mixture of wildlife and the world’s longest alpine toboggan run at 5.3kms. If only we’d skipped the shopping and arrived before closing time for the last ride of the day!
Over the border with Catalunya along dusty, narrow tracks passing the sleepy villages of Bescaran and Estamariu. A sense of hiraeth for my fellow Welsh traveller was ignited by the sight of an Ifor Williams trailer!
By early evening, we arrived at the medieval town of La Seu D’Urgell, where an abundance of Tesla statues was exaggerated by the lack of the actual cars!
A spontaneous moment had led to a luxurious birthday treat at the majestic Parador Hotel!
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With less than 4 weeks until we start our summer tours in Spain, France and Andorra we still have a couple of spaces available.
If you’re in the area and only fancy joining us for a day or two then you can.
Wednesday 25/7 to Tuesday 31/7
St Jean Pied de Port to Andorra. Western and central Pyrenees
Saturday 4/8 until Friday 10/7
Vielha to the Mediterranean
Both tours are 6 driving days and one rest day.
Tuesday 25/9 to Wednesday 3/10
Meeting in Portsmouth this trip includes Brittany Ferries crossing with cabin and b&b accommodation in the beautiful region of north west Spain. Fully escorted from the UK and back
As day one has drawn to a close we’ve enjoyed chatting with clients new and old.
Our Wild Wales 4×4 Explorer tours have proved very popular and we’ve dealt with a number of enquiries for the Pyrenees in summer 2018.
If you missed out today then come along and chat tomorrow. Pick up a free sticker too! Feel free to share in if your stickers too!
We’ve just update our tour dates for 2018
Check out our store for the latest dates.
Look forward to seeing you in 2018
All good things come to an end. 5 weeks ago we disembarked in Bilbao and headed into the mountains. Now it’s time to go home for a while with @brittanyferries