In this short break you will get a taste of the beautiful landscapes that Spain’s green north coast offers. Three days of easy-moderate cycling, passing by the El Sueve range with the coast on your side and in the shadow of the impressive snowy peaks of the Picos de Europa. You will encounter beautiful quaint coves and charming coastal villages as you follow the northern way of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago de Compostela (Saint James’ Way) so you will also enjoy the view of several Romanesque chapels along the way. The cider-making capital of Villaviciosa and the friendly city of Gijon are some of the highlights of this short tour where good fish restaurants await you along the way. 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 pick up your hire bike in Nueva de Llanes then cycle to your first accommodation. A long but gentle route today with no tough ascents, just a few hills (60m to 90m) halfway through the route. You follow the pilgrimage route along the coastline and do one section through the foothills of the Sueve range. You can stop off to visit the interesting cave art at Cueva Tito Bustillo, the fossilized dinosaur tracks on the beach between Ribadesella and Colunga, or the karstic formations on the cliffs near Guadamía (blowholes!), at the protected nature area called Castru Arenas.
Villages on the way: Nueva, Ribadesella, Colunga
Today you start off with a lovely section, which is shorter but also steeper than yesterday’s ascents. Once again, the route follows the Camino de Santiago, passing the “Sierra del Sueve” to reach Villaviciosa, capital of cider-production in Asturias. In the town centre, there are some interesting buildings dating back to times when many pilgrims walked the Santiago Trail following the ‘Camino del Norte’, or northern route. From Villaviciosa you follow the estuary through a protected area (especially interesting for birdwatchers). Finally, you ascend via the picturesque port of Tazones to the plateau at Argüero.
Villages on the way: Villaviciosa, Tazones, Argüero
Your last day of cycling is not too long (in terms of kilometres) but do remember that halfway through the route, a tough ascent (of 210m) awaits. You cycle along a narrow winding road (the only way to avoid heavy traffic), then ‘sail down’ into the city of Gijón and ride along the boardwalk past San Lorenzo beach, to reach your hotel. In the afternoon, you can take a short bus or train ride to the regional capital of Oviedo, some 30km inland, which has a very interesting Gothic cathedral and three of the most important pre-Romanesque monuments, which figure on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Villages on the way: Gijón
our cycling programme comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure from Gijón.
he 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
3 nights accommodation
3* hotels and 4*hotels
All breakfast included
1 Dinner (day 2)
Luggage transport to the next hotel according to program
Detailed route information and maps
24-hour telephone assistance
GPS tracks are available on request
If you arrive in your own vehicle, you can leave it parked in a public parking lot in Nueva de Llanes, but it is not a guarded parking lot.
A supplement of 15€ will apply for solo travellers renting bikes through Spanish Bike Tours. Please bear in mind that this amount does not show in the web calculation!
Arrival in Nueva
If you fly to Asturias airport (OVI) there are easy shuttle connection to city centre bus station, then take a bus to Nueva de Llanes (check timetables at www.alsa.es).
If you fly to other airports (Santander-SDR or Bilbao-BIO) you can catch a direct bus to nueva de Llanes from Santander or Bilbao city centre.
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 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 office
Spanish Bike Toursl can also arrange private transfers to/from the different airports at the beginning/ end of the tour.