For the last 3 years we took the ferry from Ireland to France and rode to Spain where we spent 3 weeks touring around, staying in various Hotels along the way. 4 weeks in total if you include the dreary ferry and ride through France getting to and from Spain.
This year was different, as for various different reasons we could only get away for 2 weeks (there were 6 of us including 2 pillions). Obviously taking our own bikes was out of the question for such a short time period so we did some trawling on the internet and came across “bmwbikerentals.com”, and wow, am I glad we did.
From our very first enquiries on the web-site Mark couldn’t have been more helpful. He explained all the options open to us, including choice and cost of bikes, and the availability of accommodation at “LA Calera” if we wanted it. After a few Emails back and forth we decided to opt for staying at “La Calera” for the fortnight, using it as a base and going on daily spins on fabulous tarmac around the beautiful South of Spain. A price was agreed for the bikes and accommodation and all the arrangements were put in place seamlessly.
Mark’s driver picked us up from our Hotel in Malaga and brought us directly to La Calara where we dropped off our gear and were shown our apartments. We were then brought to the Garage just down the road, where we picked up the bikes and brought them back to the accommodation.
Mark sat down with us and explained that if there was anything we needed we only had to ask. His knowledge of great local biking roads and attractions is extensive and he even offered to plan daily ride-outs for us if we wanted.
I’m not going to get bogged down in detail, but believe me, Mark is one of the most genuinely helpful guys you will ever come across. We couldn’t ask a question that he didn’t have an answer to, and nothing was too much trouble for him. He even brought us on a tour of the local town, Teba, where he pointed out all the good restaurants and bars, and even explained the local idiosyncrasies like when to give way to traffic on the narrow streets.
This was a first biking holiday for one of our pillions who was not sure if she really wanted to spend every day sitting on the back of a bike and this is where La Calera proved its worth. On days that she didn’t feel like coming out with us on the bikes she was able to relax on the terraces, swim in the pool and take in the breath-taking views which surround the accommodation, with Mark’s lovely wife Lindsay and great kids usually on hand for a chat or to answer any questions.
If you are looking for a hassle free biking holiday on fabulous traffic free roads in Spain, but don’t fancy the long boring ride down through France then look no further than “bmwbikerentals.com” or “lacalera.co.uk”, and rest assured that you will be very well looked after with great bikes and excellent accommodation.
I know where we’ll be booking our biking holiday next year.
Paul H - Dublin Ireland • September 2017
Just back from our first stay at La Calera with Mark and Lindsay and I'm positive we will return soon. The location is stunning, the hospitality outstanding and the accommodation first rate.
We took a 7 day motorcycle rental package which included 9 days accommodation in the apartments. The bikes were outside and ready to go on day one but unseasonable heavy rain stopped play; no problem said Mark, we'll just move your rental right a day from the original dates! So, sure enough, we enjoyed a full 7 days riding in beautiful March sunshine on some of the best biking roads in Europe.
If you don't fancy self catering, as an alternative to eating out, Lindsay will provide meals and breakfasts at very reasonable rates. She is a very accomplished cook!
All in all, this place is a very well kept secret and I would highly recommend it.
Tony--Perth Scotland • March 2017
This was our second visit to Mark and Lindsays home in Teba. They have nice clean apartments with all facilities and what a view, it's very relaxing and if you require anything just ask Mark or Lindsay and they will willingly help you.
The motorbikes we hired from Mark were modern and in very good condition and Mark will advise on routes and the best roads, even lunch stops if required.
The locals in Teba make you very welcome and the bars and restaurants are friendly. This is the real Spain.
We really enjoyed our first trip and this one was even better.
We will be back.
John and Linda - Scottish Highlands • June 2017
My husband & I rented a motorcycle from Mark & Lindsay at the end of April 2017. We spent 5 nights at La Calera in Apt 1. It was very comfortable, clean & spacious. What a spectacular view from the property!! Mark recommended daily routes for us that were wonderful - beautiful scenery & perfect roads. They arranged a 7 day self guided motorcycle tour into Portugal. We both thoroughly enjoyed the route & accommodations selected for us. Our plans are to return to La Calera for future self guided tours organized by Mark & Lindsay
Patrick and Lynda, Elora, Canada • May 22, 2017
After arriving back to Australia after a trip of a lifetime riding motorbikes through six European countries in 22 days covering 4,500 kilometres, I would like to thank Mark who we hired our motorbikes through. We travelled with a group of 9 friends and we all arrived safely back without a single breakdown or flat tyre. Thank you so much Mark for being such an easy going guy and if we did another trip like this, we would definitely hire our motorbikes through your company again. Thank for the awesome memories. Grant and Kelly
Kelly Eady • Jan 9th 2017
The bikes were just what we want, and gave no problems while travelling over 7,000km's.. Accommodation was of a high standard and Mark, Lindsay & Dom catered to all our needs. Great hassle free experience.
Chris Cater • 20th Dec 2016
The BMW GS800 was in perfect shape with great tires. Visited the south of Spain and Morocco. Just WOW!
Claude Auger • 20th Dec 2016
The bikes we had were in great condition and well looked after, Mark and Lee couldn't do enough for us, thank you, you will see us again next year.
Jim Tannock • 15 Dec 2016