The region of Asturias on Spain’s verdant north coast offers some truly sublime leisure cycling and this holiday takes in all the best bits. Carefree, coastal cycling on quiet lanes and cycle paths, staying in boutique properties in charming villages and towns along the route.
The Asturian coastline is a treasure trove of tiny coves and bays, golden sandy beaches and charming little villages all overlooked by the towering Picos de Europa mountain range. This is Spain’s green coast, more reminiscent of Cornwall than the Costas, and here you’ll find a slow, relaxed pace of life coupled with some truly world class seafood.
The route leads you from the Asturias/Cantabria border to the seafood city of Gijon (100kms to the west as the crow flies). Along the way you’ll stay in some wonderful little hotels, including ornate Casa Indianas built by rich locals in the early 1900s on their return from America. You’ll enjoy wonderful sea views for most of the ride and at times find yourself cycling along the famous pilgrims trail, the Camino de Santiago (St.James Way) that ends in Santiago de Compostella in neighbouring Galicia.
This is a real beach-lover’s cycling holiday as many of the numerous beaches and coves along this stretch of coast are truly breathtaking. Top tip – pack you swim-gear in your pannier each day.
The cycling is relatively easy and very relaxed, following quiet lanes and cycle paths however the terrain is undulating so you’ll need to be prepared for some short climbs along the way.