Cantabria and Asturias Cycling Holiday

Experience the best of coastal Spain on this cycling holiday in Cantabria and Asturias. Cycle to idyllic beaches and picturesque fishing villages, flanked by the lofty Picos de Europa mountains. The combination of circular routes and point-to-point cycling is a great way to see this lesser-known region of Spain.

From Santillana del Mar in Cantabria you’ll travel west along the verdant coast to San Vicente de Barquera, then cross the River Deva to enter Asturias and the fishing village of Llanes. From Llanes you are transferred up into the mountains for a fantastic descent through a fertile valley down to the coastal town of Somo. From here you can visit the lively regional capital of Santander and explore the gorgeous, secluded beaches along the coast.

San Vicente de la Barquera

This is a region of Spain less frequented by tourists, a rich, fertile countryside rising gently upwards from the coast to join the Picos de Europa mountain range 20kms inland. There’s so much to see around here, so you’ll appreciate the three ‘free days’ during the tour where you’ll be based in the same place and can take circular rides to explore the local area.

This Spanish cycle tour is flexible enough to be suitable for a range of abilities. If you’re more interested in relaxed, easy-paced rides with the emphasis on enjoying the scenery, then you can take shorter routes and take advantage of time off for sightseeing on the free days. If you fancy more of a challenge, however, then you can venture inland to the hillier terrain and extend your rides accordingly.

Cantabria and Asturias Cycling Holiday

Experience the best of coastal Spain on this cycling holiday in Cantabria and Asturias. Cycle to idyllic beaches and picturesque fishing villages, flanked by the lofty Picos de Europa mountains. The combination of circular routes and point-to-point cycling is a great way to see this lesser-known region of Spain.

From Santillana del Mar in Cantabria you’ll travel west along the verdant coast to San Vicente de Barquera, then cross the River Deva to enter Asturias and the fishing village of Llanes. From Llanes you are transferred up into the mountains for a fantastic descent through a fertile valley down to the coastal town of Somo. From here you can visit the lively regional capital of Santander and explore the gorgeous, secluded beaches along the coast.

San Vicente de la Barquera

This is a region of Spain less frequented by tourists, a rich, fertile countryside rising gently upwards from the coast to join the Picos de Europa mountain range 20kms inland. There’s so much to see around here, so you’ll appreciate the three ‘free days’ during the tour where you’ll be based in the same place and can take circular rides to explore the local area.

This Spanish cycle tour is flexible enough to be suitable for a range of abilities. If you’re more interested in relaxed, easy-paced rides with the emphasis on enjoying the scenery, then you can take shorter routes and take advantage of time off for sightseeing on the free days. If you fancy more of a challenge, however, then you can venture inland to the hillier terrain and extend your rides accordingly.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Santillana del Mar

On arrival into Bilbao or Santander you will be transferred to the charming village of Santillana del Mar. After check-in there will be a route briefing and bike handover. Afterwards you are free to relax or explore the cobbled streets of this lovely medieval village.

Day 2 : Santillana del Mar – San Vicente
23 to 39 miles/36 to 62 kms

For your first day of riding you’ll head west through Cantabria, taking in both rolling countryside and its unspoilt coastline. Cycle past lemon groves to the seaside village of Comillas. Her you can take a dip from the fine beach and/or relax in the pretty town square with its good choice of tapas bars and restaurants. You then ride onwards through the Natural Park of Oyambre to the pretty fishing village of San Vicente where you will spend the next two nights. This village prides itself on offering superb seafood in it’s many restaurants.

Day 3 : San Vicente – San Vicente
choice of distances

You’ll be spending a second night in San Vicente so you have a choice of out and back rides today. You could opt for an energetic climb inland to to the charming village of Carmona or maybe an easy, relaxing ride along the beautiful coastline. Of course you could just take the day off and spend it on the gorgeous local beach or combine any of these suggestions.

Day 4 : San Vincente – Llanes
29 miles/46 kms

Take the coastal route westwards and around the Pechon headland, with its unrivaled sea views. You’ll then be leaving Cantabria behind and entering Asturias as you cross the River Deva. Continuing on, you’ll be cycling between the sea and the green foothills of the Picos de Europa. Ride past the plush, old world villas of Colombres and through a eucalyptus forest to the quaint fishing village of Llanes, your home for the next two nights.

Day 5 : Llanes – Llanes
choice of distances

As you are staying another night in Llanes, you can choose to be as energetic as you like today choosing from several, different route possibilities. Or simply relax in the village or hit the beach. Ride options can lead you along the coastline to glorious beaches and hidden coves or into the valleys behind Llanes. Another option is a canoe trip on the Rivers Deva or Sella or even hiking the Cares Gorge up into the Picos de Europa Mountains.

Day 6 : Llanes – Somo
32 miles/50 kms

After breakfast you’ll be driven by minibus up into the Cantabrian Mountains from where you will enjoy a long gentle descent through the verdant and serene Miera Valley. It’s a landscape of stunning limestone rock formations, alpine meadows and clear mountain streams. The route leads you back down to the coast to the Bay of Santander and the town of Somo, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Day 7 : Somo – Somo
choice of distances

As you are staying in Somo again tonight, the day is a day of choices. You may want to spend the day by the town’s wide, sandy beach or take a boat across the bay to visit the regional capital Santander, a city of fine architecture and lively streetlife. Alternatively, you could head out to the elegant beach resort of El Sardinero or enjoy a loop ride eastwards past some beautiful, secluded beaches and quaint, villages.

Day 8 : Somo - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure. You will be transferred to Bilbao Airport for your onward flight.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable guest houses, inns and hotels.

Santillana: Casa Organista

San Vicente: Hotel Faro de San Vicente

Llanes: Hotel Don Paco

Somo: Hotel Torres de Somo

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting there

Fly to Bilbao or Santander. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your first hotel in Santillana del Mar.

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