Northern Spain: Cantabrian & Asturian Coasts

4.8/5 (6)
7 nights
27 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 880
Bike tour in Spain
Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours

Northern Spain: Cantabrian & Asturian Coasts

4.8/5 (6)

Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours

7 nights
27 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 880
Bike tour in Spain

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  • Northern 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!

    • Spanish paella! Young Shih@Unsplash
    • Llanes town beach, Asturias, Spain. CC:Robot8A
    • San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, Spain. Marc Markstein@Unsplash
    • Delicious Spanish wines! Armands Brant@Unsplash
    • The coasts of Northern Spain with mountainous backgrounds. Quickps@Unsplash
    • Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain. Grianghraf@Unsplash
    • Spanish Wines! Brett Jordan@Unsplash
    • San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, Spain. Marc Markstein@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar
    • Cantabria's marvellous coastline and beaches
    • Architectural sights of El Capricho
    • River Deva
    • Mountain backdrop of the Sierra de Cuera
    • Cantabrian Mountains
    • Nature Park of Cabrceno

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    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    • Llanes, Spain (photo by Susanne Graham)
    • Beautiful scenery (photo by Susanne Graham)
    •  (photo by Evelyn Landry)
    •  (photo by Evelyn Landry)
    •  (photo by Evelyn Landry)
    • Day 1 (photo by MBest)
    • Scenery along the route (photo by MBest)
    • One of the many lovely covers along the ride. (photo by MBest)
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Transfer to Santillana
    Pick up from arrival point (Bilbao or Santander) 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 (21 miles/36 km or 36 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 (route suggestions provided)
    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/47 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 (route suggestions provided)
    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 (route suggestions provided)
    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.


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     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    The accommodations on this tour are 2- and 3-star hotels.

    Santillana del Mar: Casa del Organista

    San Vicente de la Barquera: Hotel Faro de San Vicente

    Llanes: Hotel Don Paco

    Somo: Hotel Torres de Somo

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    Northern Spain

     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    Bikes available to rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):

    • Standard bikes, Trek FX (male or female frame)
    • Carbon road bikes, Cube Attain GTC
    • Electrically assisted bikes*
    • Tandem bikes, available upon request
    • Children's bikes, available upon request
    • Child seats, available upon request

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Bikes come equipped with the following at no extra cost:

    • Rear rack with panniers (on standard bikes)
    • Seat post bag (on road bikes)
    • Handlebar bag/map holder (on standard bikes)
    • Helmet
    • Cycle computer
    • Pump
    • Spare inner tube and basic toolkit
    • Water bottle
    • Bike lock
    • Lights and toe clips available on request

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet.

  • Dates

    Saturdays: Mar 30 - Nov 1, 2024 (additional dates upon request)

    Additional dates upon request with surcharge for less than 3 travelers and free of charge for groups of 4 or more

    Season 1: Apr 6, 2024 - May 31, 2024; Sep 21, 2024 - Nov 1, 2024

    Season 2: Mar 30, 2024 - Apr 5, 2024; Jun 1, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024; Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 20, 2024

    Season 3: Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024

    Season 4: Aug 3, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024

    Prices

    Tour package

    Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
    Per person, double occupancy €880 €950 €1120 €1180
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1168 €1313 €1558 €1780

    Bike Rentals

    Trekking bike €120
    Carbon road bike €165
    Electrically assisted bike €195
    GPS rental €42

    Additional Services

    Non-standard start date (per person, 2-3 travelers) €105
    Non-standard start date (solo traveler) €300

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation in double room with private facilities
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfer between hotels
    • Information pack with route guide and maps (one set per room)
    • Hotline service for help or advice
    • Transport to and from arrival/departure points (normally Bilbao or Santander, airports, ferry ports, railway stations, bus stations)

    GPS Tracks available on request


    Tour Company


    Northern Spain

     Bikes Other Details 

  • Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    Surface and terrain

    Gently rolling hills along the coast and then a fine mountain descent along the River Miera. This tour takes place on country roads with very little traffic. The surface will be entirely paved throughout the tour.


    How to get there

    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.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour

    • Robert Hamilton 3 weeks ago

      Nice quiet roads, very good hotels

      Many of the roads were through farm country and there were a lot more cows than cars, which was lovely.
      The hotels were all very nice in all ways, and overall this was a very good cycle tour.
      3 times during the week we stayed in a hotel for 2 nights instead of moving every day, which was nice.
      I would recommend this tour to others. (this was my 8th one week cycle tour in Europe)

    • Susanne Graham 4 weeks ago

      What a wonderful experience seeing Northern Spain!

      This may be our favorite bike trip yet! The routes were beautifully crafted for maximum scenic views, minimal traffic, and wonderful towns. The hotels were all exceptional and unique. I love that we had 2 days in 3 places, so it gave us a little more opportunity to experience those regions. The drivers for pick up and drop off were super friendly, communicative, and prompt. The weather was just a little cooler than we would have liked for our trip, but it absolutely did not hinder us from enjoying every moment.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2024
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Llanes, Spain (photo by Susanne Graham)
      • Beautiful scenery (photo by Susanne Graham)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Evelyn Landry June 14, 2023

      Perfect way to experience northern Spain

      This was a great way to be introduced to Northern Spain. The hotel accommodations were all great. The bicycles were in great condition and fit perfectly; they were great for the climbs. We really appreciated having two nights in some of the towns. Gave us time to explore the area after a good night's rest.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      5-10
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      •  (photo by Evelyn Landry)
      •  (photo by Evelyn Landry)
      •  (photo by Evelyn Landry)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Jayhawkersara September 14, 2019

      Awesome! Highly Recomend!

      Amazing Service, excellent accommodations, I would highly recommend this tour company for any tour they have. From pick up to the route to the drop off at the airport, it was amazing. Best tour ever. Traveled with several experienced people who had used multiple bike tours and they all said this was the best.

      What was the date of your tour?
      9/1 - 9/6
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • MBest September 29, 2018

      Gorgeous countryside; great hotels

      The hotels and inns were all top notch and quaint. Bikes were high quality. Scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Staying overnight 2 days in some of the stops gave you options to explore the town. Staff was very courteous and helpful. This is not, however, a level 2 ride. Many hills. Get an e-bike unless you are an experienced and strong biker.

      What was the date of your tour?
      9/17/19
      How many tours have you completed?
      Five
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Day 1 (photo by MBest)
      • Scenery along the route (photo by MBest)
      • One of the many lovely covers along the ride. (photo by MBest)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Marc and Lin September 22, 2018

      Beautiful green scenery and rolling hills

      Great discovery of northern Spain. With 2-night layovers in 3 cities, we could ride everyday or take off up to 3 days during the week. Excellent support when needed.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 8 - 15
      How many tours have you completed?
      8 in Europe
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection

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