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bici  Spain´s Green Coast

moderado plusDifficulty: Moderate+
  • Difficulty: Moderate+
  • Category: Cycling, self-guided
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
  • Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
 

Pleasant cycling through verdant countryside along beautiful coastline, stunning sandy beaches and pretty coves.

  • This tour is a cycling journey along small country roads exploring the spectacular green coast of Spain from Santander to Gijon.
  • Cheap and delicious traditional cuisine using excellent local produce: fresh fish, seafood, vegetables, excellent meats and cheeses. Lively street markets.
  • The belle-époque elegance of Santander´s El Sardinero beach and bustling shopping streets, animated bar and restaurant scene and cultural attractions.
  • Perfectly preserved medieval jewel, the village of Santillana del Mar with its cobbled streets full of bougainvillea and impressive noble houses.
  • The town of Comillas with its lovely golden beach with a tiny fishing port, cobbled old centre, modernist mansions and the historic university.
  • Quaint fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera, sitting against the imposing backdrop of the Picos de Europa mountain range.
  • Beautiful coastal town of Llanes, with its small medieval core and bustling harbour.
  • Fishing town of Ribadesella with its fabulous Santa Marina beach.
  • Villaviciosa, capital of Asturia´s Cider production, with its pretty little town centre and a lovely beach.

This area of Spain enjoys a very appealing mild climate all year round, making it an ideal holiday destination for those people who prefer more moderate heat.

Travel:

Ferries from Southern England: More and more people are bringing their own car from the south of England to visit this part of Spain. There are Ferries to Santander from Plymouth and Portsmouth. You can leave the car in Santander for a few days while you enjoy your cycling holiday with us and at the other end catch a scenic train or bus from Gijón back to Santander to collect your car.
Which airport should I fly to?
 Santander or Bilbao international airports.
How do I get to the Starting Point? There are more international flights to Bilbao than to Santander. If you fly to Bilbao, you can easily get to Santander by bus. The company Alsa run a regular service (about one per hour). The transfer takes 1hr and 30mins.
How do I get back? The nearest airport to Gijón is Aeropuerto de Asturias. It is a 45 minute bus ride away. There are flights from Gijón to London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. If you prefer to fly back from Santander, there are regular buses from Gijón to Santander taking about 3 hours.

ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival to Santander

Arrival and a chance to explore the belle-époque elegance of Santander along the famous El Sardinero beach.

Day 2: Santander to Santillana del Mar

Bicycle handover and set off along cycle lanes out of the city and into the verdant countryside following the coast. Tonight you will spend your first night in the beautifully preserved town of Santillana del Mar.
33 miles (53 km)

Day 3: Santillana del Mar to San Vicente de la Barquera

Next to Santillana, you will find the internationally famous Altamira Caves Museum, containing examples of Spain´s finest prehistoric art. Later you will enjoy the town of Comillas, an excellent place to stop for lunch and spend time exploring. This full day will end in the fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera where you will be able to enjoy wonderful fresh fish and seafod for dinner amongst other local dishes.
27 miles (43 km)

Day 4: San Vicente de la Barquera to Llanes

From San Vicente to Llanes enjoy winding country roads along the coast, stopping to take a dip on one of the stunning beaches. The beautiful coastal town of Llanes awaits you.
35 miles (56 km)

Day 5: Llanes to Ribadesella

Today you will discover more wonderful sandy beaches and impressive cliffs. All with the backdrop of the Sueve mountains. Your day´s cycle ends in the small port town of Ribadesella with another stunning beach. Take time to soak-in the breath taking views full of hidden coves and coastal islands.
32 miles (52 km)

Day 6: Ribadesella to Villaviciosa

From Ribadesella to Villaviciosa you will see many orchards as this is the area where much of Asturias´ famous cider is produced. More beautiful beaches and estuaries full of bird life will take you to the quaint town of Villaviciosa.
34 miles (54 km) 

Day 7: Villaviciosa to Gijon 

Today you reach your final destination: the small city of Gijon which has emerged from its industrial past and has given itself a facelift with pedestrianized streets, parks, seafront walks, cultural attractions and a very lively food and drink scene.
32 miles (52 km) 

Day 8: Departure or extra nights

Why not enjoy an extra night or two in Gijón or Santander. There is still so much to see and do!

ACCOMMODATION
Day 1 Santander

***star hotel in the most stunning location in Santander: the Sardinero Beach which offers wonderful seaviews out to the Magdalena Palace.


Day 2 Santillana del Mar

XVI century palace of Valdielso, rebuilt in the XIX century maintaining its spectacular historic features. ***star.

Day 3 San Vicente de la Barquera

Modern, centrally located ***star hotel within walking distance of both the monumental historic town centre and the lively fishing port.

Day 4 Llanes

XVII century convent converted into a pleasant ***star hotel.

Day 5 Ribadesella

Rustic style ***star hotel with swimming pool. Restaurant chef awarded Michelin star.

Day 6 Villaviciosa

Modern ***star hotel centrally located the lovely fishing village of Villaviciosa.

Day 7 Gijón

Modern sea front ***star hotel located in a privileged position in the commercial and cultural heart of the city, overlooking the beautiful San Lorenzo beach.

 

 

OUR BICYCLES
Our hire bikes and equipment:

A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.

OUR BICYCLES  Bicycle description:
  • Hybrid bikes
  • 24 gears
  • Bicycle stand
  • Bottle holder
  • Mudguards
  • Bike Computer (odometer)
(Electric bikes available on request.)

Equipment provided:

  • Rear panniers
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

PRICES
 

April, May, June, September and Oct.
  • Price: 708€ per person
  • Single room supplement: 145€
  • Solo Traveller supplement: 267€
  • Half board / dinners (wine not incl.): 155€
  • Bike hire: 100€
  • E-Bike hire: 150€
July and August.
  • Price: 906€ per person
  • Single supplement: 195€
  • Solo Traveller supplement: 316€
  • Half board / dinners (wine not incl.): 155€
  • Bike hire: 100€
  • E-Bike hire: 150€
What´s included?
  • 7 nights´ accommodation.
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.

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Cycling Spain´s Green Coast

Number of Travelers

Single Rooms

Half Board

Half Board (per person): 155€

Bicycle rental

Bicycle rental (per bike): 100€

Bicycle rental

Electric bicycle rental (per bike): 150€

Extra night

Extra night in Santander April, May, June, Sept, Oct (double room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Santander April, May, June, Sept, Oct (single room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Santander July and August (double room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Santander July and August (single room): Price on asking.

interroacion Difficulty

EASY

facil

  • EASY: The route is almost exclusively through valleys and along rivers with no significant ascents.

EASY/MODERATE

medio

  • EASY/MODERATE: Predominantly flat route with a few small ascents each day.

MODERATE

moderado

  • MODERATE: Undulating / hilly terrain with perhaps three ascents per day.

MODERATE PLUS

moderado plus

  • MODERATE+: Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.

 

Committed to sustainable tourism

Reviews

Sarena Neyman
Just came back from the self-guided Green Coast tour of Northern Spain. It was spectacular. I can't believe more people don't come here. The scenery was jaw-dropping and there was so much cultural richness. Away From the Crowds accommodated us with a tandem which really helped navigation and made it possible for us to talk and point things out. The panniers were great. The hotels were really nice and the routes were wisely selected. When our chain broke in the middle of nowhere, the company came to our aid within 20 minutes. When our gears needed a quick tune-up they talked directly to a local bike shop and paid for everything. Can't recommend this outfit enough.

Simon and Sharon Wilkins
I would like to say how very much we enjoyed Cycling Spain's Green Coast. It was a fantastically varied and interesting itinerary. We loved every town and city we stayed in and found the countryside beautiful - both the mountains to our left and the coast to our right. The grade of cycling suited us too - each day was a good length and challenging enough for regular cyclists like us (we even found a couple of the ascents very steep - and we're used to lots and lots of steep hills where we live!). The standard of accommodation was very high - we particularly liked the hotels at Llanes, Santillana de Mar and Ribadesella (although all were good). The beaches were beautiful and - although we didn't stop to swim in all of them - we did bathe at Playa Ballota near Llanes (the cycle back up from the beach to the road is tough!) and Santander. We adored the quiet roads and the flower-covered meadows and there were some great lunch stops overlooking the coast. We really liked the flexibility that the self-guided aspect of the holiday afforded us - as long as we had our stuff packed and ready for the taxi driver, we were able to plan the day as we wanted from then on. Being able to eat late in the evening suited us well and we found the food available was both reasonably priced and varied. The towns where we stayed at were very well-chosen and were interesting to look around in the evening and before setting out in the morning. Villaviciosa was a town that didn't look interesting initially but was spotlessly clean and had a lovely old quarter - as well as a walk out of the town up a extremely steep hill giving great views back down to the town (as well as the best cafe of the whole trip! (Pasterelia Viena, Calle Victoria Garcia de la Concha)). Ribadesella also had a good walk up to the top of a nearby hill to look down across the estuary. Looking back over the photos I've not covered half of what we saw and enjoyed along the way. We'd definitely visit and cycle the in the area again. I'm already looking at the other holidays you have on your website for next year As mentioned above the steepness of some of the ascents could be difficult for the occasional cyclist as could the more technical off-road parts - although we loved how challenging the cycling was.