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.