The adventure is in the driving! – starting with 144km the first day, then up to 386km the second day, one navigated narrow mountain passes, drove through neat vineyards, rough rocky tunnels, beautiful avenues of trees, deep gorges and then high up into the mountains ….. and the views were breath-taking. These gutsy little cars took it all in their stride – they are such FUN to drive!
Every day was a new adventure, ready to unfold as the route book led one on a voyage of discovery – small back roads led one to picturesque mountain villages, through classic rural countryside, a coffee-stop here, a bistro for lunch there and then there was always a welcoming hotel in the evening to relax in and enjoy a delicious dinner.
It is tiring but so rewarding and one can’t wait to hop in the car the next morning!
Video by Rod Kirkpatrick of ‘f stop press’
- The Independent Newspaper (22nd August 2015) – The SAFE Raid 2015 by Nick Redmayne https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/horsepower-a-citroen-2cv-rally-through-spain-and-france-10465000.html
The Bulb Horn Magazine – The SAFE Raid in 2015 by Bob EdelmanThe Bulbhorn – Safe Raid 2015.pdf
Day One, April 22 – Arrive Malaga
We meet you at Malaga Airport and transport you to the Hotel where you are introduced to your car and the event team. Welcome Dinner and drinks.
Day Two, April 23 – Malaga to Granada
From Malaga we head through the southern hills to historic Granada. The first day is on the old road that twists and turns while offering spectacular views.
Day Three, April 24 – Granada to Albacete
From Granada we have a longer day through the Sierra de Castril mountains. Wonderful views and roads.
Day Four, April 25 – Albacete to Alcaniz
From Albacete we head north through the hills to Teruel along the eastern side of Spain. Out of the hills we have a sweeping drive to the night stop at Alcaniz in the hill top Parador.
Day Five, April 26 – Alcaniz to Andorra
Another beautiful day takes us from Alcaniz to the Pyrenees and the duty free country of Andorra. Here we stop for the night in the ski resort of Soldeu.
Day Six, April 27 – Andorra to Villeneuve sur Lot
From Andorra we drop down the spectacular pass into France. Passing by Foix and Toulouse we cross the mighty Garonne river before arriving at the beautiful town of Villeneuve sur Lot.
Day Seven, April 28 – Villeneuve to Cognac
From Villeneuve sur Lot we take the routes less travelled towards Cognac as we make a diagonal run across France.
Day Eight, April 29 – Cognac to Le Mans
After a great night at the Chateau near Cognac we head north to Le Mans, home of the famous 24-hour race.
Day Nine, April 30 – Le Mans to Le Havre
The final day of a fabulous drive takes us to the port of Le Havre to catch the fast ferry to the UK.