Rolls Royce Holidays.
May 2010 from Plymouth to Santander for a Tour of the Spanish Pyrenees area, including the Rioja region and returning to Portsmouth. The trip was arranged by the 20hp Register of the RREC. We went in our 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II, CYT 321V. Chassis 40021.
Twenty one Rolls Royces and two Bentleys sailed from Plymouth at 16.30 on Sunday 9th May , bound for Santander and a tour of the Pyrenees on the Spanish side. The whole group met up in the main restaurant of the Pont Aven for dinner on the first evening. The weather for the first week was very changeable, with some sun , but very cold winds. The second week was much warmer and more pleasant.
Monday 10th May. Parador de Limpias. On the Eguilor Palace Estate.
Tuesday 11th May. Hotel Villa de Laguardia for two nights. A modern hotel on the edge of the old town.
Thursday13th May. Hotel Real, Jaca for four nights. A modern Hotel on the outskirts of the historic town.
Monday 17th May. Parador de Bielsa for five nights. A purpose built hotel at the end of an eight mile blind
valley with the most spectacular views imaginable.
Saturday 22nd May. Parador de Olite. The hotel is part of an enchanting Palace/Castle dating from
the 15th Century and on the edge of the beautifully preserved old town.
Sunday 23rd May. Parador de Limpias again.
Monday 24th May. On the Ferry from Santander to Portsmouth.
We set sail for home at 16.30 on Monday 24th May from Santander, had a lovely final dinner with all the "crew" and arrived in Portsmouth on Monday 25th at 17.00 to be disgorged onto the very busy M27. What a contrast to the almost empty (and mostly wonderfully smooth and wide) Spanish roads!!!!!!!!!!!
Total driving distance, door to door, was 1,697 miles. A wonderful wonderful holiday in great company. We didn't see very much of most of the other cars during the days, but we did dine each evening together and swapped stories about our experiences during the day. The most enjoyable and enlightened part of the dining experience in the Jaca and Bielsa hotels was the nightly draw which ensured that we always sat with a different set of people each evening. This was an inspired and great way to get to know as many of the group as possible.
Up. Photos and daily log.
Views at the Bielsa Parador.