Cantabria: The Green Coast - 7

from 904€/person
42-50 km / day 50% Difficulty 6 days cycling / 7 nights / 8 days
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Highlights

Cycle with the magnificient backdrop of the Picos de Europa Get to know the green and unspoilt cantabrian and asturian coast.

Three free days to make a slow discover of this amazing zone.

Incredible cultural offer such as the Altamira pre-historic caves.

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Bike route description

A beautiful ride along the Cantabrian and Asturian coast. The rich green countryside contrasts with the blue sea and the magnificent unspoilt beaches. Picturesque villages with flower bedecked houses, fishing harbours, and the magnificent backdrop of the Picos de Europa.

A trip taking in the coast, valleys and villages of Cantabria. The tour has a combination of coastal and valley scenery and provides a great introduction to Northern Spain. Our stopovers include a picturesque meieval town, a tranquil fishing village and the beach resort of Somo with the city of Santander just across the bay. On the "free" days you can cycle as much or as little as you like. The marvellous scenic descent of the Miera Valley takes us to our final stop at Somo.

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Must do & must sees

Taste de “Fabada Asturiana” local dish, made of white beans. Delightful!

Get lost in the street of San Vicente de la Barquera: you’ll fins hidden beautiful spots!

Trip Itinerary

A beautiful ride along the Cantabrian and Asturian coast.

Arrival day:
Pick up from arrival point and transfer to the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar. Introduction to bikes and route briefing. Spend the rest of the day walking round the cobbled streets of this beautiful village, visit the modern museum of the Altamira Caves or enjoy a ride around the country lanes and down to the coastline.

Transfer: From arrival point to Santillana del Mar (Included).
Day 1: Santillana - San Vicente (36 Km)
Leaving Santillana our route heads westwards through green meadows and the hills and valleys of Cantabria with its marvellous unspoilt coastline and beaches nearby. We 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. After leaving Comillas, cycle through the Parque Natural de Oyambre and along the seashore with the beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón.

On the last stretch we are greeted by the stunning view of San Vicente and the Picos de Europa in the distance.
Day 2: Loop ride in San Vicente
Spend time getting to know this pretty fishing village with its many seafood restaurants and magnificent setting.

Take a ride on one of the free day routes, visit the lovely mountain village of Carmona, take a train to the fishing village of Llanes in the neighbouring province of Asturias and enjoy the ride back to San Vicente.

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.
Day 3: San Vicente - Llanes (50 Km)
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 we 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 beautiful and unspoilt beaches, so typical of Asturias, to arrive at the charming fishing village of Llanes.
Day 4: Loop ride in Llanes
Cycle westwards and visit a string of fine beaches, including the incredible landlocked beach of Gulpiyuri.

Another beautiful route takes us through the most beautiful hills and valleys behind Llanes.

Alternatively, we can give the bikes a rest and take 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. Take a train to Ribadasella and visit the Caves of Tito Bustillo with their prehistoric paintings, before cycling back to Llanes. Enjoy the busy atmosphere of the fishing village of Llanes, so popular with Spanish tourists.
Day 5: Llanes - Somo (44 Km)
Today we transfer to the Cantabrian Mountains, and begin our descent of the Miera Valley to our final stop in Somo.

Pick up after breakfast and drive to the starting point at 822 metres / 2697 feet above sea level. From here, a marvellous ride through the stunning limestone valley of the River Miera takes us down to the farmland around Somo and the Bay of Santander.

Visit the mountain village of San Roque de Riomiera and the spa village of Liérganes with its charming old quarter.
Day 6: Free day in Somo or Loop ride
Enjoy the marvellous beach, miles of golden sand. Take a short boat ride across the Bay to visit the lively and elegant city of Santander, 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. Or stroll around the town centre for some last minute shopping. 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 where the speciality of the restaurants is that classic Spanish dish, paella. Try the freshly grilled sardines in the seaside restaurants of nearby Pedreña.
Departure day:
End of trip. Pick up from Somo hotel and transfer to departure point.
Map of the tour Cantabria by bike

Pricing Chart 2019

LOW SEASON
April 1st - June 30th
September 23rd - October 31st
Arrival day every Saturday from April to October
904€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    283 €
  • Hybrid bike rental
    104 €
  • Tandem bike rental
    166 €
  • Electric bike rental
    166 €
HIGH SEASON
July 1st - September 2nd

Arrival day every Saturday from April to October
1.045€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    301 €
  • Hybrid bike rental
    104 €
  • Tandem bike rental
    166 €
  • Electric bike rental
    166 €

What's included?

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Self-guided tours

Roadbook and maps.

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Tourist information

General information of the area.

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Accommodation

7 nights accommodation in double room in B&B.

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Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer between hotel to hotel.

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24h assistance

24 hours hotline assistance during the trip.

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Taxi transfers

Taxi transfers to and from hotels on arrival and departure days (normally Bilbao or Santander, airports, ferryports, railway stations, bus stations).

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