Cycling the Picos de Europa

 


 

With it's unspoilt coastline and superb mountain scenery of the Picos de Europa, it's a wonder why more travellers and especially cyclists don't visit this spectacular region of Spain. This leisure cycling tour of the Picos de Europa takes you through this range of mountains in Asturias, and gives you an amazing cycling adventure. 

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 - £885

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

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £280

Single Traveller Supplement - £155

High season (01/07 - 01/09) - £140

Bike Hire - £102

Tandem hire - £165

E-bike - £165

Road bike - £145

 

Trip Code

 

IBERB03

 

Rob's Highlights

  • Santillana del Mar and the Altamira Caves

  • Gaudi attractions

  • Mountain village of Carmona

  • Headland views from Pechon

  • Cantabrian Mountains

  • Limestone valley of the river Miera

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Santillana del Mar

Pick up from arrival point and transfer to the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar. Introduction to bikes and route briefing. Spend the rest of the day walking round the cobbled streets of this beautiful village, visit the modern museum of the Altamira Caves or enjoy a ride around the country lanes and down to the coastline.

Day 2: Santillana del Mar – San Vicente (36 km / 23 miles or 62 km / 39 miles)

Leaving Santillana, our route heads westwards through green meadows and the hills and valleys of Cantabria with its marvellous unspoilt coastline and beaches nearby. We soon arrive at the charming villageof Novales, set amidst lemon groves and with its fine typical rural architecture. Next stop is the seaside villageof Comillas. Here a visit to the fine beach, the small harbour and the pretty village square with its pavement tapas bars and restaurants is a must, not to mention the architectural sights of El Capricho by the famous Catalán architect Gaudí and the Palace of the Marqués de Comillas. After leaving Comillas, cycle through the Parque Natural de Oyambre and along the beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón. We are finally greeted by the stunning view of San Vicente and the Picos de Europa in the distance. 

Day 3: San Vicente

Spend time getting to know this pretty fishing village with its many seafood restaurants and magnificent setting. Take a ride on one of the free day routes, or visit the lovely mountain village of Carmona. Alternatively, enjoy a ride through the unspoilt hill country behind the village, or you may just prefer to spend a lazy afternoon on the beach.

Day 4: San Vicente – Potes (56 km / 35 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 with its markedly different flavour. The village of Colombres is home to the sumptuous villas of the indianos, emigrants to the Americas who made their fortune and returned to a life of luxury. We then head along the Deva Valley, riding through the incredible rocky gorge of La Hermida. Mountains tower around us as we cycle towards Potes and the valley of La Liébana, completely encircled by mountains. 

Day 5: Potes

Cycle along any of the three valleys that meet in Potes. Take a trip on the cable car at Fuente Dé to enjoy breathtaking views of the Cantabrian Mountains, where the brown bear and wolves still roam. Enjoy a walk through the lush green valleys or the higher mountains. Spend time in the bustling market village of Potes with its peculiar mix of local farmers, tourists and mountaineers. Visit the many other picturesque villages dotted around the area. Cycle up to the Monastery of Santo Toribio, home to the largest surviving fragment of the True Cross or to the charming country monastery of Piasca. There's no shortage of things to do in this magnificent setting.

Day 6: Potes - Somo (44 km / 28 miles)

Today we transfer to the Cantabrian Mountains, and begin our descent of the Miera Valley to our final stop in Somo. Pick up after breakfast and drive to the starting point at 822 metres/2697 feet above sea level. From here, a marvellous ride through the stunning limestone valley of the River Miera takes us down to the farmland around Somo and the Bay of Santander. Visit the mountain village of San Roque de Riomiera and the spa village of Liérganes with its charming old quarter. 

Day 7: Somo

Enjoy the marvellous beach, miles of golden sand. Take a short boat ride across the Bay to visit the lively and elegant city of Santander, capital of the province of Cantabria. Enjoy the belle époque atmosphere of El Sardinero, the beach resort of the city where Alfonso XIII and his court spent the summer months in the early 20th century. Or stroll around the town centre for some last minute shopping. Take one of the free day routes to visit the beautiful beaches of Loredo, Langre or Galizano. Ride through the green country lanes, where a surprise awaits you round every corner, to the village of Ajo where the speciality of the restaurants is that classic Spanish dish, paella.. Try the freshly grilled sardines in the seaside restaurants of nearby Pedreña.

Day 8: Somo

Departure after breakfast either from Santander or Bilbao.

 

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

7 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

7 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 

I really enjoyed the trip. I was thoroughly exhausted by the end. The riding was terrific and all the arrangements fantastic. Keep up the good work. I hope to see you on another trip sometime soon. - Patty Flynn

 

 

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