Spain is home to a tremendous variety of landscapes, cultures, gastronomy, and languages.
Come and get to know another region with us on your next cycling tour!
Explore the "Green Coast" and the Picos de Europa Mountains
Many of our tours run around our home base in Cantabria, close to its capital, Santander. The mild climate makes it ideal for cycling especially during the summer months when the rest of Spain is baking in the summer sun. The tours run through the provinces of Asturias and Cantabria.
This is an unspoilt and largely unknown region of Spain, where mass foreign tourism has made no impact and which has managed to remain authentically Spanish. It's an area of great contrasts between the verdant countryside, the deep blue of the sea, beautiful sandy beaches and coves, washed every day by the Atlantic tides, and the jagged grey limestone summits of the Picos de Europa. This mountain range forms an impressive backdrop to the coast and rises up to over 2600 metres (almost 9000 feet). Here the wild boar, wolves, and brown bear still roam, as eagles, vultures and birds of prey soar overhead. . The gentle valleys with their picturesque villages are ideal for cycling. The combination of green countryside, beaches, estuaries and bays, and spectacular mountains provides the most marvellous scenery.
La Rioja and the River Ebro
From the Cantabrian Mountains to the vineyards of La Rioja
This area is covered by our La Rioja - The Descent of the River Ebro route. The River Ebro, the longest river in Spain, rises close to the Atlantic, yet flows 565 miles acrossSpain and into the Mediterranean. We begin the trip at the source of the river and follow it as it flows through four different regions; Cantabria, Castile, the Basque Country. and La Rioja.
The river rises high in the Cantabrian Mountains in the midst of green pastures and immense forests. As we descend, the climate and the vegetation slowly become more Mediterranean. The river begins to form huge canyons; a succession of wide valleys and more canyons follows, dotted with tiny villages, churches and castles. It's an unspoilt and remote country, where vultures and eagles fly overhead as we pedal along. Finally the river enters the immense open valley of La Rioja itself; a sea of vineyards with the backdrop of the limestone mountains of the Sierra de Cantabria and decorated with medieval villages whose very name is synonymous with the production of fine wines.
The fascinating south of Spain (and Europe) with its Moorish legacy, dazzling white villages, olive trees, sherry and so much more.
Possibly the most exotic area of Spain, and probably one of the most varied. Its landscapes range from the desert of Almería, olive groves in Jaén, sherry vineyards around Jerez,, fine Atlantic beaches on the Costa de la Luz of Cádiz ...... the variety is endless. Between Granada and the sea is the highest mountain range in Spain - theSierra Nevada. It's a land of marvellous and dramatic scenery, well away from the hustle and bustle of the Mediterranean coast.
It also has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This was the Arab kingdom of al-Andalus, and the Moors pervasive influence is seen everywhere, from the most fantastic and monumental cities such as Granada, Seville and Córdoba, to its beautiful and charming whitewashed towns and villages. Flamenco was born here and still flourishes, with new musicians and dancers imbuing it with new life. The cuisine is rich and varied, with Arab influences, and of course the ever-present olive oil.. Last but not least, the climate is one of the most benign in Europe and ideal for spring and autumn cycling.
Central Spain, a land of endless horizons, monumental cities such as Segovia, Salamanca, Ávila, Madrid and Toledo, steeped in history, fine castles and beautiful mountain ranges.
Castile is one of the least-known areas of Spain, yet has a tremendous amount to offer the visitor. The Spanish language, Castillian, was born here. Various of its cities were home to the capital of Spain in medieval times. These cities are beautifully preserved, and offer such architectural marvels as the Alcázar and the Roman aqueduct of Segovia, the immense city walls of Ávila, and many others. The landscape has many contrasts; the majestic wide open plains stretch as far as the eye can see, and the sky and cloud formations acquire a unique importance in the scenery. Beautiful and little-known mountain ranges such as Gredos and Guadarrama separate Castilla y León in the north from Castilla -La Mancha to the south, home to the peregrinations of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
The North East of Spain, with its own unique identity and Mediterranean flavour.Catalonia is a dynamic and cosmopolitan region, proud of its Catalán language, culture and traditions.
Catalonia occupies the north-eastern corner of Spain. Its scenery ranges from the grandeur of the Pyrenees in the north, to the charming Mediterranean coastline of the Costa Brav a with its beautiful calas and fishing villages. In between, there is even more variety, where the Parc Natural de La Garrotxa, formed by volcanoes, competes with vineyards, fertile valleys, and extensive forests. The cultural note is provided by Gaudí, the architect of the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, and artists such as Miró, and of course the world-famous Dalí. Last but not least are its fine cities such as Gerona, and the capital, Barcelona.
The Basque Country
Another undiscovered and beautiful area of Spain rooted in its strong traditions.Our tour here provides a unique blend of fine inland scenery, marvellous coastline, and four unique Basque capitals, as well as a visit to our French neighbours to the north.
Our trip through the Basque Country takes in its three emblematic cities; San Sebastián, Bilbao and Vitoria. As we reach Navarra, we visit its capital, Pamplona, before continuing along the Pilgrim Way of Saint James (albeit in the wrong direction!) and making a brief incursion into France. The green landscape combines beautifully with the fine unspoilt coastline. Last but not least is its fine gastronomic tradition, virtually unequalled in Spain. Tapas and fine food are in abundance here.
El Camino de Santiago / The Way of St James
Follow in the ancient footsteps of those who have travelled the route to Santiago de Compostela over the last thousand years.A tour full of history and tradition.
Pilgrims have travelled this route now for centuries. During the last few years, it has seen a revival of its popularity with pilgrims and travellers coming from all over the world to walk or ride to Santiago. Our route begins in Castile in the fine city of León and then crosses over into Galicia. The route is dotted with many monuments such as old hospitals and lodgings for the pilgrims, often reminding us that this is the oldest, most celebrated and frequented "tourist" route in Europe. The landscapes are varied and often breathtaking and we pass through picturesque villages and monumental cities, taking the opportunity to enjoy fine wines and cuisine.
The Canary Islands- Lanzarote
A fascinating volcanic landscape in a setting closer to Africa than to mainland Spain. Some of the most spectacular and unusal scenery to be fond in Europe.
Far to the south of the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands are blessed with their fine climate which escapes the cold winters of Europe and the hot summers of mainland Spain. All the islands are volcanic in origin, and the eruptions of the 18th century have left an exciting lunar landscape in the south of Lanzarote with immense lava flows and volcanoes contrasting with the coastline, the vineyards and the white villages and palm trees. The mild climate means that tours are possible there all year round.
We know it's not Spain, but its right next door, and shares the same peninsula. It's a beatiful area, with picturesque towns and villages.
Our tour explores the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal around its beautiful capital, Évora, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area has many lovely small villages with castles. Sights on route include the pretty village of Alvito, the beautiful white village of Monsaraz with its view over the lake, Terena, with its white houses decorated with roses and bougainvillea, the grand Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, and finally Estremoz, the city of marble. The route rolls through olive groves, vineyards and cork oaks, with opportunities to visit castles, villages, churches and wineries, along with frequent refreshment stops. A tour which will give you an enticing glimpse of unknown Portugal.