• beautiful headland of Pechón
  • oldest village in Cantabria: Bárcena Mayor
  • lemon groves in village of Novales
9 Days
8 Nights
231 Total kms
33 km/day (avg)
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This beautiful circular move-on-each-day ride takes in the wonderful coastline of Northern Spain, medieval villages, fishing ports, green valleys - all with the impressive backdrop of the Picos de Europa mountains. You will get a great feel for the provinces of Cantabria and Asturias as you tour hidden Spain.

Tour Route

Day
1
Arrival Point
to
Santillana del Mar

Transfer from arrival point (normally Santander or Bilbao Airport) to the beautiful medieval village of Santillana del Mar.

Day
2
Santillana del Mar
to
Comillas

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 village of Comillas, where we will stay the night. 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.

22km
Day
3
Comillas
to
Pechón

After leaving Comillas, cycle through the Parque Natural de Oyambre and along the beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón. We are then greeted by the stunning view of San Vicente and the Picos de Europa in the distance. Spend time getting to know this pretty fishing village with its many seafood restaurants and magnificent setting. We then ride further west to the little hamlet of Pechón on the headland of the same name with beautiful beaches. 32 - 20 miles or 47 - 29 miles

32km
Day
4
Pechón
to
Llanes

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.

36km
Day
5
Llanes
to
Arenas de Cabrales

We now turn away from the coast and head towards the foothills of the Picos de Europa. A climb takes us over the pass of El Mazuco, with incomparable limestone scenery and the views of the Asturian coastline. We also have the easier option of circumnavigating this climb. We then approach the Picos de Europa and descend to the charming village of Arenas de Cabrales at the foot of the Cares Gorge and gateway to the Picos themselves.

36km
Day
6
Arenas de Cabrales
to
Nansa Valley

From Arenas de Cabrales we ride down the River Cares as far as Panes. Here we have the option of riding up the La Hermida Gorge and then a challenging ascent enables us to drop down into our next valley, that of the River Nansa. Our easier option crosses from one valley to the other at a more strategic point, and gives us an easier ride. We stay in a rural setting in the valley of the Nansa.

35km
Day
7
Nansa Valley
to
Cabuérniga

We ride along the River Nansa as far as Puente Nansa. Another valley then takes us to the village of Carmona, one of the unspoilt jewels of the area. A climb then takes us into the valley of Cabuérniga and its river, the Saja. Here we stay in the small village of Selores. An optional ride extension takes us along the valley of the Saja to the beautiful and unspoitl village of Bárcena Mayor, another jewel of the area set amidst beautiful forests.

27km
Day
8
Cabuérniga
to
Puente Viesgo

Head along the River Saja through the Valley of Cabuérniga past charming villages. We turn eastwards, and a final brief ascent enables us to roll down into the valley of the River Besaya. Here we pick up a cycle path which takes us through the fine medieval village of Riocorvo. We follow the river along the cycle path and then a short climb takes us over to the valley of the River Pas and our spa hotel in Puente Viesgo where we can take the opportunity to visit the famous caves of Monte Castillo with their prehistoric paintings. 43 km + 565 m
43km
Day
9
Puente Viesgo
to
Departure

Today we transfer from Puente Viesgo to our departure point. End of IberoCycle services.

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.

  • We think cycle touring is the ideal way to travel in Europe and that is why we are very pleased to launch European Bike Adventures, as it allows us the opportunity to offer a whole new set of experiences to people we know will appreciate them.

    Accordingly we have taken our time in selecting the portfolio of cycle tours you find listed here.

    A selection of hand-picked bike trips in spectacular places throughout Europe that focus on fun with the same attention to detail and quality that hundreds of our very satisfied clients have been enjoying with Ibero Cycle Tours since 1999.

     

  • There is plenty on offer for vegetarians to eat. Restaurants tend to be fairly flexible and in general have no trouble in catering special requirements. The same also goes for different allergies such as gluten, lactose etc. Please let us know when booking and we will make sure that the hotels are fully aware. 

  • On a self-guided tour, you are basically independent. IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. 

    Riders are expected to complete each day's ride, unless there is an emergency, or a mechanical problem. 

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

    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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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).

    San Sebastián

    San Sebastián is another option for those who have some extra time on their hands. This marvellous city has a beautiful Old Quarter, incomparable tapas bars and many superb restaurants, quite a few of them with the prestigious Michelin stars. 

    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. Click here for more info. 

    There is an hourly bus service from Bilbao Airport (Aeropuerto Bilbao) to the Plaza de Pío XII in San Sebastián with Pesa. Click here for ticket sales. 
    Check the Bilbao Airport website for more information on transport options.
    There is a regular bus service Santander - Bilbao - San Sebastián run by ALSA.

Prices

Low Season
04
Apr
03
Jul

High Season
04
Jul
28
Aug

Low Season
29
Aug
17
Oct

Self Guided / per person
Standard Charming Hotels Adult Double €940€1050€940
Adult Single €1260€1380€1260

Extras

Bike rental €105
Road bike rental €150
e-Bike rental €169

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