• the famous prehistoric caves of Altamira 
  • the little known Cantabrian mountains and villages
  • the Bay of Santander and its endless beaches
8 Days
7 Nights
318 Total kms
63.6 km/day (avg)
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A trip which combines magnificent scenery, with more of an emphasis on the splendid inland scenery to be found in Cantabria. A great tour if you like the challenge of climbing from one superb valley to the next. Beautiful villages and great riding. Our two-night stopovers mean that you don't have to pack every day, but can still enjoy frequent changes of environment and a variety of round rides of different distances on those "free" days. Enjoy some of the most spectacular and lush landscapes to be found in Europe.

Tour Route

Day
1
Arrival
to
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.
Day
2
San Vicente de la Barquera

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)
69km
Day
3
San Vicente
to
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
56km
Day
4
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
5
Potes
to
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
61km
Day
6
Cabuérniga
to
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.
66km
Day
7
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 when 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
66km
Day
8
Liérganes
to
Bilbao or Santander (Departure Point)

Transfer from Liérganes to departure points.

FAQs

  • 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

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

  • Comfortable fitted and fully-equipped bikes for your cycling pleasure. 

    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 with conventional handlebars and with triple chain ring and easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes are also available on request.We can provide tandems, which make for great cycling fun, and are also ideal for those with children.

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


    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 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. This airport has the following destinations. 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. 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.

  • On this particular tour, when we reach the Picos de Europa, you have the option to stay in Potes or Cosgaya.

    Our hotel in Potes is the Hotel Infantado. It is on the outskirts of Potes, around 15 minutes on foot to the centre. The hotel has a good swimming pool, bar and terrace, and a restaurant.

    The hotel in Cosgaya is the Hotel del Oso. This hotel also has a good restaurant, swimming pool, tennis court. It is well-located for access to the cable-car at Fuente Dé. From here you can do a free day walk from the upper station and back down to the hotel. To cycle here, you would have an additional 15 / 9 miles ride and 430 meter / 1400 feet ascent.

Prices

Low Season
04
Apr
03
Jul

High Season
04
Jul
28
Aug

Low Season
29
Aug
16
Oct

Self Guided / per person
Standard Green Valleys Adult Double €890€1040€890
Adult Single €1180€1340€1180

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