|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||27 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015 (additional dates available for groups of 4 or more)|
|Start city:||Santillana del Mar, Spain|
|End city:||Somo, Spain|
On this tour of Northern Spain, you will enjoy a beautiful ride along the Cantabrian and Asturian coasts. 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 are a few of the tour's highlights. Beginning in the charming village of Santillana, you cycle on country lanes beside the coasts to San Vicente.
Other stops along the way include Llanes, Somo, Bay of Santander and Miera Valley. Fully experience all Northern Spain has to offer on this tour!
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Day 1: Transfer to Santillana
Pick up from arrival point (most like Bilboa, but Santander also possible )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.
Overnight in Santillana.
Day 2: Santillana – San Vicente (23 miles/36 km or 39 miles/62 km)
Leaving Santillana, the route heads westwards through 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, featuring fine typical and rural architecture.
The 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 beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón. You are finally greeted by the stunning view of San Vicente and the Picos de Europa in the distance.
Overnight in San Vicente.
Day 3: Free day 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, or 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.
Overnight in San Vicente.
Day 4: San Vicente –Llanes (29 miles/46 km)
Leaving San Vicente the route heads westwards along the coast. After a short distance, you 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. The village of Colombres is home to the sumptuous villas of the indianos, emigrants to the Americas who made their fortune and then returned.
From here, the route continues between the coast and the dramatic mountain backdrop of the Sierra de Cuera, foothills of the Picos de Europa. A beautiful descent through eucalyptus forests brings us back to the coast, where we cycle past beautiful and unspoilt beaches to arrive at the charming fishing village of Llanes.
Overnight in Llanes.
Day 5: Free day 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, you 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.
Overnight in Llanes.
Day 6: Llanes - Somo (28 miles/44 km)
Today's ride begins with a transfer to the Cantabrian Mountains, where it begins with a descent to the Miera Valley, on the way to the final stop in Somo. Pick up after breakfast and drive to the starting point at 2,697 feet (822 m) above sea level. From here, a marvelous 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.
Overnight in Somo.
Day 7: Free day in Somo
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 center 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 specialty of the restaurants is that classic Spanish dish, paella. Try the freshly grilled sardines in the seaside restaurants of nearby Pedreña.
Overnight in Somo.
Day 8: Transfer Somo – departure point
End of trip. Pick up from Somo hotel and transfer to departure point, either Santander or Bilbao.
Please note that differing pick up times may require some degree of customer flexibility.
Saturdays: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015 (additional dates available for groups of 4 or more)
|Low season:||Apr 1-Jun 26; Sep 13-Oct 31, 2015|
|High season:||Jun 27-Sep 12, 2015|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel Colegiata, Santillana del Mar
Hotel Miramar, San Vicente de la Barquera
Hotel Montemar, Llanes
El Cuadrante, Somo
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Hybrid bikes come equipped with the following at no extra cost:
The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. You may bring your own pedals if desired.
Tour saddles are included, but you may bring your own seat.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet.
Gently rolling hills along the coast and then a fine mountain descent along the River Miera.
Tour Start and end
Nearest airport: Bilbao or Santander, Spain
Nearest train station: Bilbao or Santander, Spain
Santander airport is closer to the tour start/end, but it is smaller than Bilbao airport and therefore has fewer connections. Bilbao Airport, further to the east, has more flight options but transfers to/from Bilbao Airport take longer.
Please note that the transport to/from the airport/train station and the tour start/end is included in the tour price. Usually, the transfer points include Bilbao or Santander airports, ferryports, railway stations, or bus stations.
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With more than 50 million tourists visiting each year, Spain is the second most toured country in the world. Sitting on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, Spain is known for its miles of beautiful Mediterranean coastline ranging from the rocky Costa Brava to the white sand of Costa Blanca and Balearic Islands off the coast. Spain’s culture thrives in its urban centers of Madrid, the capital, Barcelona and Seville. The countries history is exhibited in countless monuments, ruins, castles and cathedrals, contributing to Spain's ranking as the second country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Amazing renowned wines from La Rioja, olive oils from Baena, paella rice from Levanta, Crema Catalana liqueur from Catalonia and more than one hundred varieties of cheese define Spain’s mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine.
Located in Mortera (near Santander), Cantabria, Spain, IberoCycle is a company specializing in cycle tours in Spain. Tours include guided and self-guide versions. IberoCycle's particular strengths include profound knowledge of all aspects of Spain, culture, history and geography, and the ability to find the right tour for every individual client.
IberoCycle does not accept responsibility for death, injury or illness of customers on our holidays. IberoCycle does not accept responsibility for the state of roads on our trips. All routes are followed at the rider’s own risk. Cyclists must ride and behave in a responsible fashion. Holidays are booked with the understanding that all riders are physically fit and do not have any medical condition which may make physical activity dangerous for them. Cyclists use any transportation provided by IberoCycle at their own risk.
Helmets are now compulsory in Spain. We recommend their use, especially for children. For the sake of comfort and hygiene, cyclists are requested to bring their own helmets.
Possession of holiday insurance is a booking condition. All travellers must take out an adequate insurance policy before beginning the trip. Proof of adequate insurance must be provided to be able to confirm the booking. This insurance should cover health and accident (if necessary), luggage loss or damage, departure delay or failure, trip cancellation.
Any insurance claims are the liability of the insurance company and not IberoCycle.
Changes in group composition or length of trip must be notified in writing.
Notice of cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
8 weeks or more before departure date Loss of deposit
8-6 weeks before departure date 50% of balance
6-4 weeks before departure date 70% of balance
4-0 weeks before departure date 100% of balance
IberoCycle reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary. In the unlikely event of this happening, the customer will be informed as soon as possible. Any changes made will be of a minor nature. We do not have a minimum numbers policy, so once a booking is taken, we guarantee the trip will run.
Cyclists are responsible for IberoCycle bicycles during their trip and any damage to or loss thereof. Cyclists are also responsible for minor repairs such as punctures. Those who bring their own bicycles are responsible for any damage to or loss of these machines. These bicycles should be serviced before the trip, and should carry sufficient spares.
IberoCycle will supply bikes in good condition and of the right size for each cyclist.
7. Force majeure
IberoCycle cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from war or terrorist activities, weather conditions, fire, flood or drought, airport closures, rescheduling of means of transport, or any other eventuality which may delay or extend the holiday.
8. Customer care
IberoCycle is committed to the maximum enjoyment of the customer. Any problems or complaints must be made immediately so they can be dealt with in situ. Customers will be asked to complete a customer satisfaction form when their holiday is over.
9. Entrance fees
No entrance fees to places of interest are included in the tour prices, unless the brochure indicates otherwise.
Transfers are included in tour prices on the understanding that the customer arrives at the time and place previously agreed. If this is not the case, the customer will be liable for the cost of the transfer to the first night’s accommodation. Customers who opt for a tour extension at the beginning or end of the holiday (e.g. The Bilbao/Guggenheim tour extension) will be liable to organise their own taxi transport between the airport and the hotel.
If on any particular trip guests arrive on the same day but at different times, a common pick up time may be arranged for the party. IberoCycle will endeavour to make the wait as short as possible.
The client is responsible for organising travel to Spain. In this way it is hoped that the customer will get the best deal possible. IberoCycle will be glad to give advice to the customer on travel arrangements.
IberoCycle monitors the standard of its accommodation very carefully and is very grateful for customer feedback. Customers are requested to fill in our survey at the end of each trip and to supply us with both positive and negative feedback if it is felt to be relevant. Any problems should be reported immediately with a view to solving them as quickly as possible
A twin room refers to a room for two people with two beds. A double room is a room for two people with one bed. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and are of a high standard. Accommodation is in hotels and locally graded accommodation.
Every attempt will be made to satisfy a client’s room preference. Clients who have requested a double room may on occasions be given a twin room if availability does not permit this.
On some occasions, clients travelling on the same trip may stay in different hotels. This depends on hotel availability. Every effort will be made to ensure that hotels are of a similar standard.
Prices include accommodation and continental style breakfast. Transfer to and from airports or ferry ports is included except in the case of the Way of St James tour where customers must take their own way to and from arrival and departure points. The customer is responsible for all other expenses incurred.
All discounts are applicable over the trip price for one person in double share. Bike hire and the single supplement will be added after the discount has been deducted.
17. Seasonal variations
Prices are given for high, mid and low season. Those holidays that fall between two seasons will be charged proportionately. Final prices will be confirmed before booking.
We do not provide excursions. IberoCycle may organise excursions on your behalf. In this case, the contract is between the customer and the excursion supplier, and not with IberoCycle. IberoCycle can accept no liability for these excursions and cannot guarantee they will take place. Excursions will be subject to availability and to minimum customer numbers.