|Font de Coll de Jou - Sort
|May / September
Quick GLR 17 overview
The GLR 17 Motorcycle Adventure Route leads you for over 216 kilometers through the Catalonia region of Northern-Spain. 87 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 5 different sections. With a total of 4 connecting GLRs to this GLR 17, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
GLR 17 Route info
GLR 17 Region
Deep in the mountains, there’s a route leading the Adventurisers of Europe around. This GLR 17 crosses one of the most beautiful regions of the Pyrenees. From the peaks of Andorra to the Natural Parks of Lleida. Read all about it down below!
In the north-east of Spain, you find the province of Lleida. As it’s located in the west of the autonomous region of Catalonia, it’s often referred to as the “west”. The capital which carries the same name houses 30% of the population.
With the Pyrenees to the north, it’s especially an upcoming destination for adventure tourists. In the north, you also find Catalonia’s only National Park: Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. As this may be a beautiful area to explore on foot, for us as motorcycle riders it’s a little more difficult to find the trails we long to.
A little more to the south, in the Pre-Pyrenees, lots of mountain trails lead us through the hills. Due to its alpine climate, it can be quite chilly in spring, so expect the occasional snowdrift when planning your ride.
If we progress even more to the south, we find the central plains of Lleida. Freedom becomes a new expression in this area. Here you’re able to ride amongst the fields, meadows and century-old olive groves. With its inland climate, the summer can be hot. The many gorges and little lakes provide you with occasional refreshments.
Besides the abundance of the natural features in the province, Lleida has also a rich Romanesque heritage. You’ll encounter many ruins while exploring the backcountry. One of its main features is the churches of the Vall de Boi, which have been declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Adventurising isn’t only about getting as fast from A to B! A Region has so much more to offer! That’s why I give you some suggestions about things to do while Adventurising the GLR 17.
This mountain has a special place in the local community’s heart. The extraordinary shape rises from its surroundings, making it appear as a standalone mountain. The sun rises are amazing, so you better get up early!
The Smugglers Pass
Taking the backdoor into Andorra! As part of the GLR 17, you take the infamous mountain pass known as Tobacco Road or the Smuggler’s Route over the mountains into the autonomous country of Andorra.
Cascades De L’Artigue
These waterfalls are an hour walk from the parking spot, offering a nice midday break during your adventure!
Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park
The only National Park of the autonomous region of Catalonia! The Name of this park translates freely into “The winding streams and St. Maurice lake”, which refers to the many lakes with a glacial origin. With almost 200 lakes and peaks rising above 3000m, this is a National Park to visit during your day off!
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Continue your GLR 17 Adventure by connecting different GLRs. To make your life even simpler, I’ve put together all the options down below!
Connections in Font de Coll de Jou
The Catalan region is in front of you! Either you go east with GLR 16. This GLR will lead you just past the Mediterranean coast, where after you head up north where this route ends just over the French border. The GLR 16 stretches over 342 kilometers, of which 113 will be off-road.
Or you go west over the amazing GLR 23 route. The GLR 23 sports over 257 kilometers of off-road sections! Yes, this route navigates 57% of the total of 446km over off-road sections.
Connections in Sort
Just after the infamous “Smugglers Pass”, your GLR 17 adventure ends in Sort. From here you can take the GLR 18 to continue your motorcycle adventure over the French border. The GLR 18 leads you over 206 kilometers to the French side of the Pyrenees. With almost 95 km of off-road sections, this route won’t let you down!
Not yet done with Spain? Take the GLR 22 west to Jaca. This GLR will show you a great variety of landscapes. See this 327 km long GLR as a sightseeing tour, but still the adventurous way. The GLR 22 packs 103 kilometers of off-road sections, so it won’t be boring!
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The GLR 49 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 125 kilometers through the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County of Croatia and the Inner Carniola & South-east Slovenia regions of Slovenia. 78 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 3 different sections. With a total of 3 connecting GLRs to this GLR 49, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 48 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 361 kilometers through the Goriška Coastal–Karst regions of Slovenia and the Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County regions of Northern Croatia. 113 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 13 different sections. With a total of 5 connecting GLRs to this GLR 48, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 47 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 88,9 kilometers through the Goriška / Inner Carniola regions of Slovenia. 65,1 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 4 different sections. With a total of 5 connecting GLRs to this GLR 47, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!