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Spain’s green north coast makes the perfect setting for an easy cycling holiday. Over hills and almost flat country roads you cycle past the coast ranges of El Cuera and El Sueve in the shadow of the impressive snowy peaks of the Picos de Europa. Passing tiny coves and charming coastal villages, you ride from Cantabria into Asturias. Some of your routes follow sections of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago de Compostela (Saint James’ Way) so you will find ruins and Romanesque chapels along the way. The cider-making capital of Villaviciosa makes a good introduction to Asturian gastronomy before sending you off to the friendly city of Gijon where good fish restaurants await you. Extra nights can be booked to enjoy the beach in Gijon or to visit the outstanding San Salvador Cathedral, Gothic gem situated in nearby Oviedo.
Today you arrive in Asturias at your charming and stylish hotel built by wealthy emigrants returning from ‘Las Americas’ in 1908 in the typical neo-colonial style locally known as ‘Casona de Indiano’. If you’re interested in the history of (re)migration in Asturias, you can visit the Museum in the Quinta de Guadalupe in Colombres.
Challenge: Arrival on the Green Coast of Spain.
Villages along the way: Villanueva de Colombres
You start off the cycling tour with a lovely ride of 41km (375m in ascent) through rolling hills on the border between Cantabria and Asturias. Option of making a small detour to the beach of Pechón at the end of the day OR to the Cueva del Pindal, with its prehistoric cave paintings, or the Romanesque ruins of Santa Tina Church.
Challenge: 45 km, 440 m ascent, 130 m descent.
Villages along the way: Merodio, Muñorrodero, Pechón, Pesués, Vilde
Today you take a quiet ride further into the province of Asturias. First you cross the ‘dark valley’ of la Borbolla and then you cross over to the coast line, in order to follow the cycling route “Senda de la Costa” to Llanes. Lovely beaches along the way and an outdoor swimming pool at your hotel in the outskirts of Llanes. For dinner you have very good options in the town centre.
Challenge: 25,5 km, 325 m ascent, 140 m descent.
Villages along the way: Colombres, Pimiango, La Borbolla, Andrín, Cué
Choose between a tough ascent of 650m (37km) to enjoy lovely views from the Sierra del Cuera or a gentler ride through rolling green hills of 27km (440m in ascent, including one ascent of 175m and several short ones; but even this 175m ascent can be avoided by taking the main road). Along the way there are several spots where you can stop to go for a paddle in the sea but you also cycle to the Cuevas del mar beach after you’ve arrived at the hotel (4km extra).
Challenge: 24-27 km, 250 m ascent and 150 m descent OR 425 m ascent and 225 m descent.
Villages along the way: Posada, Rales
Today you continue along the coast. Your route is also part of the Camino de Santiago del Norte (Northern Variant of Saint James’ Way) and painted shells in blue and yellow will guide you. In Colunga there is still time to visit the Jurassic Museum before dinner (but in order to get there, you have to cycle and climb a few km extra.
Challenge: 37 km, 330-400 m ascent , 225 m descent.
Villages along the way: Caravia, Colunga
Villaviciosa, with its inviting historical centre, was once an important stop for pilgrims going to Santiago. It is now the centre for cider-making in Asturias. Your cross this town and then cycle along the estuary protected birding area; ZEPA) via Tázones to Argüero (36km, 420m in ascent). The village of Tazones. This village is famous for its sea food restaurants and because of the accidental anchoring of Emperor Carlos the 5th fleet in 1517
Challenge: 37 km, 420m ascent, 180m descent.
Villages along the way: Priesca, Villaviciosa, Tazones
Your last day of cycling is slightly shorter but starts off with a good ascent. Climb up through the lush greenery of the Asturian countryside and then, from an elevation of 220m, sail down into the city of Gijon, riding along the beautiful San Lorenzo Beach boardwalk all the way to your hotel.
Challenge: 29 km, 240 m ascent, 280 m descent.
Villages along the way: Arroes, Peón, Somio
Your arrangement ends today after breakfast.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
MMR KUMA 29
MMR Grand Tour 105 Specialized Dolce
7 nights accommodation
2* hotels - 3*hotels and 4* hotels
All breakfasts included
1 dinner (Day 6) included
Detailed route information and maps
(*) ACCESSORIES INCLUDED
Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children
Fun-Trailer/add on bike Child seat
24-hour telephone assistance
Luggage transport to the next hotel according to program
GPS tracks are available on request
Arrival in Villanueva de Colombres
If you fly to Asturias airport (OVI) there are easy shuttle connection to city centre bus station, then take a bus to Unquera (check timetables at www.alsa.es) and then take a taxi to Villanueva de Colombres.
If you fly to other airports (Santander-SDR or Bilbao-BIO) you can catch a direct bus to Unquera from Santander or Bilbao city centre. Once in Unquera you continue by taxi to Villanueva de Colombres (4km).
It is wise to book your bus tickets and taxi transfer in advance, especially if you're travelling in summer or at weekends. Bus tickets can be purchased in advance on the ALSA website (www.alsa.es) or through your Spanish Bike Tours office.
Departure from Gijón
From Gijón there are easy bus connections to all 3 airports (Asturias-OVD, Santander and Bilbao). Check www.alsa.es.
You can also book your bus tickets through Spanish Bike Tours
Spanish Bike Tours can also arrange private transfers to/from the different airports at the beginning/ end of the tour.