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Bike Tour Northern Spain - 8 Days

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Price:

01 Jul - 15 Sep: €860 pp sharing / Sgl. supplement €250 / bike hire €98

Rest of Season: €745 pp sharing / Sgl. supplement €240 / bike hire €98

 

 

Night One: Santillana del Mar - Cantabria

Night Two and Three: San Vicente - Cantabria

Night Four and Five: Llanes - Asturias

Night Six and Seven: Somo - Cantabria

 

 

 


Day 1 Arrival and transfer to Santillana del Mar - Cantabria

 Met in Bilbao or Santander by our friendly and experienced English speaking Representative and transferred to the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar and your comfortable hotel.  Upon arrival receive a comprehensive introduction to your bikes and a route briefing.

Spend the rest of the day discovering the cobbled streets of this beautiful historical village, visit the reproduction and museum of the UNESCO World Heritage Altamira Caves or perhaps enjoy a cycle around the country lanes, down to the coastline.  Santillana has a good variety of restaurants from which to choose to dine in this evening.


Day 2 Santillana del Mar - San Vicente  Distance: 36km - 23 miles

Met by our Representative this morning who will take charge of conveniently transferring your luggage to your next destination.

Leaving Santillana the route leads you westward through the green meadows and the hills and valleys of Cantabria with its marvellous unspoilt coastline and beaches nearby. You soon arrive at the charming village of Novales set amidst lemon groves and with its fine typical rural architecture.

Next 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 Catalan architect Gaudí and the Palace of the Marqués de Comillas.

Leaving Comillas, you cycle through the Parque Natural de Oyambre and along the seashore with the beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón. On the last stretch you are greeted by the stunning view of San Vicente and the breathtaking Picos de Europa Mountains in the distance.


Day 3 Free day in San Vicente

Today spend time getting to know this pretty fishing village with its many seafood restaurants and magnificent setting. Take a ride on one of the suggested free day circular routes, or perhaps visit the lovely mountain village of Carmona.

Alternatively, enjoy a ride through the unspoilt hill country behind the village, or you may just prefer to spend a lazy afternoon on the beach soaking up the scenery and fresh air.


Day 4 San Vicente de la Barquera - Llanes Distance 46km - 29 miles

Once again our Representative will meet you this morning and take care of transferring your luggage.

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 you 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 show it off at home. From here the route continues between the coast and the dramatic mountain backdrop of the Sierra de Cuera, foothills of the magnificent Picos de Europa.

A beautiful descent through eucalyptus forests brings us back to the coast where we cycle past unspoilt beaches, so typical of Asturias, to arrive at the welcoming fishing village of Llanes and your base for the next two nights.

Asturian cuisine is especially delicious with their famous, mouthwatering  fabada bean stew guaranteed to satisfy hungry cyclists and revive their energy.

 


Day 5 Free day in Llanes

Llanes provides a whole variety of excursions that can occupy your time today.  For example cycle westwards and visit a string of fine beaches including the incredible landlocked beach of Gulpiyuri and see the famous bufones (blowholes) that abound in  this area.  Another beautiful route takes you through the green hills and valleys behind Llanes.  Alternatively enjoy a canoeing trip on the Deva or Sella Rivers, or a hike through the dramatic and renowned Cares Gorge in the very heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains.

Other options include taking a train to Ribadasella and visit the Caves of Tito Bustillo with their prehistoric paintings before cycling back to Porrúa.

Enjoy the busy atmosphere of the fishing village of Llanes, so popular with Spanish tourists.


Day 6 Llanes - Somo Distance 44km - 28 miles

Today our Representative will transfer you by vehicle to Mieres in the Cantabrian Mountains at 822 metres / 2697 feet above sea level., where you can begin your descent of the Miera Valley,  a marvellous ride through the stunning limestone valley of the River Miera down to the farmland around Somo and the Bay of Santander, to your final stop in the Cantabrian coastal town of Somo.

En route you can visit the charming mountain village of San Roque de Riomiera and the spa village of Liérganes with its charming old quarter.
 


Day 7 Free day in Somo

Today enjoy Somo´s marvellous beach with its miles of fine golden sand. Or hop on one of the charming ferries that shuttle footpassengers from Somo and nearby Pedrena across the picturesque bay to the centre of lively and elegant Santander city, capital of the province of Cantabria.

Enjoy the belle époque atmosphere of El Sardinero, the beach resort of the city, where Alfonso XIII and his court spent the summer months in the early 20th century. Stroll around the town centre for some last minute shopping.

Of you could take one of the free day routes to visit the beautiful beaches of Loredo, Langre or Galizano. Ride through the green country lanes, where a surprise awaits you round every corner, to the village of Ajo, famous for its paellas - the great Spanish rice dish.

Visit the Nature Park of Cabárceno with wild animals from all over the world, and bizarre scenery resulting from its one time use as a Roman mine.
Eat freshly grilled sardines in the seaside restaurants of Pedreña, birthplace and home of the famous golfer, Severiano Ballesteros.


Day 8 Transfer from Somo to your departure point ( Bilbao or Santander )


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