Green Valleys

Visit the lush green valleys,hills and mountains of Northern Spain
  1. 1 Arrival Point San Vicente de la Barquera

    Pick up from arrival point and transfer to the charming village of San Vicente de la Barquera. Introduction to bikes and route briefing. Spend the rest of the day getting to know this pretty fishing village with its many seafood restaurants and magnificent setting., enjoy a ride around the country lanes or to the magnificent beaches of San Vicente.

  2. 2 San Vicente 69 km San Vicente

    Cycle through the Parque Natural de Oyambre and along the beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón. Our first stop is the seaside village of 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. Then we visit the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar and its cobbled streets and the modern museum of the Altamira Caves. Spend some time in Cabezón de la Sal with it rich local and representative arquitecture.
    69 km - 43 miles (shorter options available)

  3. 3 San Vicente 56 km Potes

    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. 56 km - 35 miles 

  4. 4 Potes Varying km 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.

  5. 5 Potes 61 km Cabuérniga

    From Potes we retrace our route to the village of La Hermida. We then begin our climb out of the Deva Valley and through the Cantabrian Mountains. This is a route that few tourists ever see. A more challenging ride takes us through this wonderful scenery until we reach the pretty rural landscapes and charming villages of the valley of Cabuérniga. 61 km - 38 miles

  6. 6 Cabuérniga 66 km Liérganes

    This day's route takes us across some of the lesser-known valleys of Cantabria, with charming medieval villages such as Cartes, Visit the art museum of the Palacio de Elsedo, you may even see elephants as you cycle past the Parque de Cabárceno! Finally we reach the beautiful spa village of Liérganes where we will spend the last 2 nights. 

  7. 7 Liérganes 66 km Liérganes

    We stay our two last nights in the charming village of Liérganes. Take a stunning ride around the surrounding limestone hills, often used by the Vuelta de España as it visits Cantabria. Or alternatively take an easier ride down to the coast and the beautiful beaches close to the Bay of Santander. Or even take a day off the bike and catch the train into Santander for some last-minute sightseeing and shopping. 66 km - 41 miles

  8. 8 Liérganes Departure point in Bilbao or Santander

    Transfer from Liérganes to departure points. 

1 person in double share - 825 €
High season supplement - 129 €

1 person in single room - 1090 €
Single high season supplement - 140 € 
Bike hire - 95 €

 

High season 2015 runs from 27 June - 13 September. Tours beginning on 12 September are low season. 

Arrival date every Saturday from April to October (other start dates may be organised for groups of 4 +). The first day's riding is Sunday, and the final day is Friday. Clients are free to depart on Saturday after breakfast.

  1. Personalise this tour for 4 or more riders

    Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.

  2. What is included on a Green Spain self-guided tour?

    Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
    Breakfast
    Transport to and from arrival / departure points - normally Bilbao or Santander, airports, ferryports, railway stations, bus stations
    Information Pack (Route Guide and maps)
    Luggage transport between hotels
    Partial rider transport wheh the itinerary includes this within a certain day's activities

  3. What are the arrival and departure points for a Green Spain tour?

    IberoCycle will pick up from arrival points in Bilbao or Santander for this tour. This includes hotels, railway stations, ferryports, bus stations and airports. The same is true at the end of the tour. Please contact us if you have an early flight or departure on the last day, so we can let you know if it is possible for us to get you to departure point on time.

    Air - The closest airport is Santander Airport. However, it is a smaller than Bilbao Airport so has fewer connections. It is used as a hub by RyanAir, with connections to both Spanish and European cities.  See the airports that connect directly to Santander here. Further to the east is Bilbao Airport. Here we probably have more flight options, although transfer time to the start point of the cycle tours tends to be around 90 minutes. You may find this map useful for planning itineraries by air. 

    Train - Both Bilbao and Santander are connected to inland Spain by the Inter-City RENFE network. Trains are relatively inexpensive. On arrival, it may be more convenient to leave the train in Torrelavega, just one stop before Santander. There is a train service along the coast from Santander; east to Bilbao and the Basque Country, or west to Oviedo and Asturias. However, this is a narrow-gauge railway run by RENFE FEVE and is rather slow and infrequent. 

    Bus - Santander has good connections by bus to most Spanish cities run by ALSA.  Buses are economical and comfortable. 

    Sea - Santander and Bilbao are connected to the United Kingdom by ferries run by Brittany Ferries. This may be a fun and interesting way to travel if you have the time (the crossing takes around one day), but tends to be more expensive than the many flight options. 

  4. Who runs IberoCycle?

    IberoCycle is run by Simon Proffitt. Born in Lancashire, England, Simon has been resident in Northern Spain since 1985. He is a keen amateur cyclist and cycle-tourist, and is well acquainted with Spain and the Spanish way of life. 

  5. Vegetarians

    Although vegetarianism in Spain is rare, there is plenty on offer for vegetarians to eat. Restaurants tend to be fairly flexible and in general have no trouble in catering for vegetarians. Please consult for further details.

  6. What is a self-guided tour?

    IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. On some stages cyclists are also transferred part of the way to avoid unnecessary climbs (details in individual route descriptions).

    Cyclists do not travel as part of a group or with a guide, although they may coincide with other cyclists on the same trip.

    Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points, unless otherwise stated

    Our “IberoCycle On Call” service means we are always available for help or advice.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

    Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.

    Guests on the Northern Spain tours normally spend two or three nights at the same hotel and thus have one or two free days. The Route Guide provides a selection of Free Day Routes of varying lengths for these days. These are of course merely suggestions, and guests are free to do what they like. 

  7. I'd like to spend some time in Bilbao and/or San Sebastián

    Bilbao

    Many people like to take the option of spending an extra night in Bilbao to visit the city and the Guggenheim Museum (Remember the museum is closed on Monday except during the months of July and August when it is open every day).

    In Bilbao we work with two four-star hotels:

    Hotel Miró - the Miró is a pleasant boutique-style hotel located just opposite the Guggenheim Museum
    Hotel  Jardines de Albia - a comfortable hotel with spa facilities and within walking distance of the Old Quarter of Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum

    Prices (including VAT and breakfast) when booked through IberoCycle are as follows:

    Hotel Miró - double room from 117 € per room per night / single room 110 € per room per night
    Hotel Spa Husa Jardines de Albia - double room 97.90 € per room per night / single room 83 € per room per night /  triple room 124.30 € per room per night /


    San Sebastián

    San Sebastián is another option for those who have some extra time on their hands. In San Sebastián we use the modest but comfortable and friendly **Hotel Parma. Contact us if you would like to enquire about prices. The hotel is ideally situated for the Old Quarter with its tapas bars, and is also located on the seafront.


    Transport

    Customers staying extra nights in Bilbao are responsible for their own transfers between the hotel and the airport. The easiest way is by taxi. There is also a bus service with departures every 30 minutes to Bilbao centre.

    There is an hourly bus service from Bilbao Airport to the Plaza de Pío XII in San Sebastián with Pesanet.
    Check the Bilbao Airport website for more information on transport options.
    If you wish to go to San Sebastián after the tour, you should take the bus direct from Santander. There is a regular bus service Santander - Bilbao - San Sebastián run by ALSA.

     
  8. IberoCycle bikes

    Comfortable fitted and fully-equipped bikes for your cycling pleasure. We use exclusively Trek bikes on all tours except Camino de Santiago / Lanzarote / Portugal (please request information on bike used on these tours).

    You can either make arrangements to bring your own bicycles or hire Iberocycle's own models. Most airlines will carry bicycles for a small extra charge or even free. Cyclists who choose to hire will be provided with a comfortable quality bicycle to suit their particular measurements and preferences. We place great importance on getting the bikes right.

    Too many cyclists on trips with other companies have complained about past experiences where they have had to put up with uncomfortable saddles, the wrong sized bike etc. Measurements are requested on booking so the right bike is waiting for you on arrival.

    You are provided with hybrid-type tourist bicycles from Trek with conventional handlebars and with triple chain ring and easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes may also be available on request.We can also provide tandems, which make for great cycling fun, and are also ideal for those with children.

    Click on the images below to vist the manufactuters' websites. 

    Ladies bike (Trek 7.2 FX) Men's bike (Trek 7.2 FX)
    Road bike (Trek 1.5 or 1.2) Female road bike (Trek Lexa)
    Tandem (a fun way to ride, and also ideal for helping smaller children - Dawes Duet)



    Equipment depends on the tour option chosen Luggage Service or Independent. Cyclists who choose to carry their own luggage will be provided with spacious waterproof panniers fitted on the rear of the bicycle. Those who take advantage of our luggage service will have their bicycles fitted with two lateral panniers with sufficient space to carry what they need for that particular day.



    Hybrid bikes will carry a handlebar bag, useful for carrying money, documents, camera and lots of other useful items which may be needed close at hand. This bag is easily removed it from its click fastening and carried around with the shoulder strap. They are also equipped with a rear luggage rack and one or two panniers, or a rear rack bag to carry just what you need for each day's cycling. Road bikes carry a seat post bag if required.

    In addition, all cycles are equipped with pump, spare inner tube, water bottle, bike lock and basic toolkit. Extras such as lights or toe clips are available on request. Iberocycle provides cyclists with a fine bicycle in tip-top condition to make cycling an absolute pleasure.

    Childrens Bikes

    Children's bikes, and child seats are available on request.

    Iberocycle Route Guide and Maps

    Full route directions and general information along with plenty of suggestions for your free days.

    Each tour has its own Route Guide. This booklet is designed to provide constant suggestions for routes and activities so cyclists are never alone but enjoy a supported independence.

    This Guide includes detailed route instructions along with interesting information on landscapes, towns and villages, monuments, alternative route suggestions, timetables for local trains and buses, tips on eating and drinking, an exhaustive gastronomic dictionary and a host of other useful information and suggestions to keep cyclists occupied. Routes are carefully described so no time is wasted on unnecessary deviations. Maps of the area are also provided to support the Route Guide.

    Trips that include more than one night in the same destination include optional round rides of differing lengths for these free days so cyclists will never be at a loose end.

  9. What is not included on a Green Spain self-guided tour?

    Lunch & dinner
    Bicycle hire (see price list)
    Holiday extension - i.e. extra nights at beginning and end of tour. 

Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.