Cycling the Basque Country to Asturias

 


 

This cycle route takes you westwards along the Northern coastline of Spain from Bilbao and the Basque Country to Ribadesella in the region of Asturias.

Dates

This tour runs on every Saturday from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £945

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £300

Single Traveller Supplement - £155

High season (01/07 - 01/09) - £105

Bike Hire - £102

Tandem hire - £165

E-bike - £165

Road bike - £145

 

Trip Code

 

IBERB04

 

Rob's Highlights

  • The Basque city of Bilbao

  • Cycling in the Basque Country

  • Famous beaches of Somo

  • El Camino de Santiago

  • Lemon groves of Novales

  • The mountains of Picos de Europa

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bilbao

Arrive at Bilbao hotel by own means. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Old Quarter, enjoy some of the best tapas in Spain and preapre for your leisure cycle tour of the best of the Basque region. 

Day 2: Bilbao - Castro Urdiales (40 km / 25 miles)

We exit Bilbao by following the River Nervión to the mouth of the river, passing the Guggenheim Museum as we do so. In Getxo we can see the magnificent 19th century villas built by the rich Basque industrialists, before visiting the one-time fishing villlage of Algorta. We cross the river using the unique Puente Vizcaya, a transporter bridge which dates back to 1893, and is a World Heritage Site. We then follow the coastline to the fishing port of Castro Urdiales with its pretty harbour and gothic church on the seafront. 

Day 3: Castro Urdiales - Santoña (35 km / 22 miles)

From Castro Urdiales, we head west along the magnificent coastline. We shortly reach Sonabia with the impressive cliffs home to a colony of majestic griffon vultures which we should see soaring above us as we ride. We then reach the fishing port of Laredo and head out along its enormous beach towards Santoña and the backdrop of the Monte Buciero. A short ferry crossing takes us across the river estuary. Santoña is famous for its anchovies, a local delicacy. From here it is only a short ride to our hotel on the beach of Berria.   

Day 4: Santoña – Santander (46 km / 29 miles)

From Santoña our route takes us westwards, parallel to the coast, with beautiful green scenery, beaches, cliffs. Finally we reach Somo with its beaches and surfers. A short ride takes us to Pedreña, with its world famous golf course where Severiano Ballesteros was raised and learned to play golf. From here we take a boat across the Bay of Santander, to reach the elegant capital of Cantabria. 

Day 5: Santander - Santillana del Mar (54 km / 34 miles)

We leave Santander along the waterfront, taking in the magnificent views across the Bay, the Magdalena Palace and Beach, and the beautiful beaches of El Sardinero. From here we head west again past the unspoilt beaches of Liencres, with views down the coast and to the Picos de Europa mountains. Here we are following the pilgrims trail of El Camino de Santiago. A fine bike path takes us down the River Besaya towards the sea and the village of Suances. From here it is ohly a short ride to the beautiful medieval village of Santillana del Mar. 

Day 6: Santillana del Mar - Vicente de la Barquera (36km / 20 miles)

From Santillana we continue westwards to the village of Novales, with its lemon groves. More beach and coastal scenery takes us to Comillas, with its many Modernist buildings, the most famous of which is El Capricho, built by the Catalán architect Antoni Gaudí. Our journey takes us through the Natural Park of Oyambre, with its beautiful beaches and coastline towards tonight's resting place in the seaside fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera. 

Day 7: Vicente de la Barquera - Llanes (47 km - 30 miles)

Leaving San Vicente the route heads westwards along the coast. After a short distance, cycle around the beautiful headland of Pechón with its magnificent views of the coastline. Crossing the River Deva in Unquera we enter the province of Asturias. The village of Colombres is home to the sumptuous villas of the indianos, emigrants to the Americas who made their fortune and then returned. From here, the route continues between the coast and the dramatic mountain backdrop of the Sierra de Cuera, foothills of the Picos de Europa. A beautiful descent through eucalyptus forests brings us back to the coast, where we cycle past beautiful and unspoilt beaches to arrive at the charming fishing village of Llanes. 

Day 8: Llanes - Ribadesella (44 km / 27 miles)

Cycle westwards and visit a string of fine beaches, including the incredible landlocked beach of Gulpiyuri. We continue, with the magnificent coastline to our right, and the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Cuera and the Picos de Europa to our left. Finally, we reach Ribadesella. Here we can spend time enjoying this pretty Asturian fishing village with its beach and lively atmosphere. 

Day 9: Ribadesella

Departure after breakfast.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

8 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

 

 

Flights

Insurance

Lunch & evening meals

Drinks

Bike rental

Local taxes

Admissions to excursions

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

8 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Flights

Insurance

Lunch & evening meals

Drinks

Bike rental

Local taxes

Admissions to excursions

Testimonial 

Thank you for a fantastic holiday. It really could not have worked out better. - Sam Potter

 

 

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