Mar 23, 2017 | Uncategorised


We are delighted to announce our new rally to Northern Spain and into Porto for September 2017, staying at some wonderful and historic Paradors whilst we travel around this picturesque countryside.

This will be a five night event with a two night stop in the middle (and we are being careful to ensure that on average there is no more than 4 hours driving per day), taking in some of the most beautiful Posadas in Northern Spain, driving through two national parks – the Douro Valley, in the direction of Porto, scenic roads and spectacular scenery.  We are also offering the extra night at the Marques de Riscal hotel, with a gastronomic tasting menu and an extensive range of local wines.

The Route:

Our start, on Sunday 10th September, will be from the Parador de Cangas de Onis.  There are several options available on getting to the start, so we have left this bit to you as you may have a preference. 

However, some guests have suggested that they will drive through France, others have shown a preference to fly and then hire a car locally.  Of course there is also the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander.  Another option is to drive through France, enjoy the rally and then fly back with your car returning on a transporter.   

We arranged something similar very successfully from Venice; the price will depend upon the exact number of vehicles, however, we are happy to look into this for you should this be your preference. 

We will leave it to you to decide which you would prefer to do, but we are very willing and able to help with any of the above options.  Just let us know. 

Because of the size of a couple of the beautiful period properties, we are having to limit the number of cars to 16, so do let us know as soon as possible if you wish to join us.  At the same time please tell us if you would like the standard package or the suite option, and if you would like to extend your stay for an overnight at the Marques de Riscal hotel as described.

 We will be revealing more exciting details about the trip later, but we can tell you that both Sandemans and Taylors are keen to host a visit when we are in Porto.  There will be wine tasting a-plenty and Clive is already eager about the various regional produce from which the chefs will create some memorable dishes!

 Here is a reminder of the package price: 

The five night trip, which will include accommodation in superior rooms, fresh local produce for each night’s dining, some local entertainment, is £4,185 per team.   If you wish to upgrade to a suite on each night, the price will be £4,970 per team.

 To include a night at the Marques de Riscal on the 15th September, plus dinner and all wines is an extra £490 per person.  To upgrade to a suite at the Marques de Riscal would be £625 per person.

 We will look forward to welcoming guests for the first night dinner on Sunday 10th September and for the flag to be dropped after breakfast on the Monday morning. 

If you would like to be a part of this new and exciting rally, please contact our Lifestyle Director, Debbie Tarrier on 07956 161779 or