Catalonia/Mediterranean Littoral: C325/LV-7004 to Vilanova de Prades

This is absolutely a ride worth taking a detour for. Not only is the road sinuous, the surface excellent, the visibility a dream but you are also riding through some of the most dramatic scenery anywhere along the Mediterranean coast – it’s ain the Sierra de Montsant, on of dozens of sierras that make up the Beatic ranges.

A few key points:

  • Although the classification of this road is at the low-level, almost a country lane, in fact the standard is quite high, much better than its more ‘major’ neighbours; this is a good example of the point I make in ‘The road network’ chapter.
  • This road has been significantly improved recently – note the cuttings have been ‘sculpted’ to improve visibility and that the drains alongside are shallow. Normally in Spain road drains are deep, with almost vertical sides. But over the last few years new improvements have the effect of widening the roads as cars and especially trucks and tractors can drive in these drains – a big safety improvement for us biker!
  • There are only a few entrances to fields, lanes, etc., and none to stockades where herds of sheep and goats are kept – this is a really important point!
  • See the heading page of the Ace Rides for the video. This rider was on a Kawasaki Z 1000. Much to large and powerful for this road I should say and s/he seems to be struggling. My BMW G650 is perfect for this road, although in this case I’d like to have something like a Ducati Monster or Aprilla Shiver!
  • Yes, that is snow lurking in various sheltered spots!

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