Basque Country to Asturias - Along the Coast

Westwards along the coast, from Bilbao to Ribadesella
  1. 1 Arrival Point Bilbao

    Arrive at Bilbao hotel by own means. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Old Quarter, enjoy some of the best tapas in Spain, 

  2. 2 Bilbao 40 km Castro Urdiales

    We exit Bilbao by following the River Nervión to the mouth of the river, passing the Guggenheim Museum as we do so. In Getxo we can see the magnificent 19th century villas built by the rich Basque industrialists, before visiting the one-time fishing villlage of Algorta. We cross the river using the unique Puente Vizcaya, a transporter bridge which dates back to 1893, and is a World Heritage Site. We then follow the coastline to the fishing port of Castro Urdiales with its pretty harbour and gothic church on the seafront. 40 km - 25 miles

  3. 3 Castro Urdiales 35 km Santoña

    From Castro Urdiales, we head west along the magnificent coastline. We shortly reach Sonabia with the impressive cliffs home to a colony of majestic griffon vultures which we should see soaring above us as we ride. We then reach the fishing port of Laredo and head out along its enormous beach towards Santoña and the backdrop of the Monte Buciero. A short ferry crossing takes us across the river estuary. Santoña is famous for its anchovies, a local delicacy. From here it is only a short ride to our hotel on the beach of Berria.   35 km - 22 miles

  4. 4 Santoña 46 km Santander

    From Santoña our route takes us westwards, parallel to the coast, with beautiful green scenery, beaches, cliffs. Finally we reach Somo with its beaches and surfers. A short ride takes us to Pedreña, with its world famous golf course where Severiano Ballesteros was raised and learned to play golf. From here we take a boat across the Bay of Santander, to reach the elegant capital of Cantabria. 46 km - 29 miles

  5. 5 Santander 54 km Santillana del Mar

    We leave Santander along the waterfront, taking in the magnificent views across the Bay, the Magdalena Palace and Beach, and the beautiful beaches of El Sardinero. From here we head west again past the unspoilt beaches of Liencres, with views down the coast and to the Picos de Europa mountains. Here we are following the pilgrims trail of El Camino de Santiago. A fine bike path takes us down the River Besaya towards the sea and the village of Suances. From here it is ohly a short ride to the beautiful medieval village of Santillana del Mar. 54 km - 34 miles

  6. 6 Santillana del Mar 36 km San Vicente de la Barquera

    From Santillana we continue westwards to the village of Novales, with its lemon groves. More beach and coastal scenery takes us to Comillas, with its many Modernist buildings, the most famous of which is El Capricho, built by the Catalán architect Antoni Gaudí. Our journey takes us through the Natural Park of Oyambre, with its beautiful beaches and coastline towards tonight's resting place in the seaside fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera. 36 km - 20 miles

  7. 7 San Vicente de la Barquera 47 km Llanes

    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. 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. 47 km - 30 miles

  8. 8 Llanes 44 km Ribadesella

    Cycle westwards and visit a string of fine beaches, including the incredible landlocked beach of Gulpiyuri. We continue, with the magnificent coastline to our right, and the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Cuera and the Picos de Europa to our left. Finally we reach Ribadesella. Here we can spend time enjoying this pretty Asturian fishing village with its beach and lively atmosphere. 44 km - 27 miles

  9. 9 Ribadesella Departure

    End of IberoCycle services afer breakfast.

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2017 Prices

1 person in double share - 910 €
High season supplement - 100 €

1 person in single room - 1205 €
Single high season supplement - 115 € 
Bike hire - 99 € / Tandem hire - 158 € / E-bike hire 158 €

 High season 2017 runs from 1 July - 2 September. Tours beginning on 2 September are low season. 

 

Arrival date every Saturday from April to October (other start dates may be organised for groups of 4 +). The first day of cycling is Sunday, and the final day's ride is on Saturday. Clients are free to depart on Sunday after breakfast. 

  1. Personalise this tour for 4 or more riders

    Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.

  2. Who runs IberoCycle?

    IberoCycle is run by Simon Proffitt. Born in Lancashire, England, Simon has been resident in Northern Spain since 1985. He is a keen amateur cyclist and cycle-tourist, and is well acquainted with Spain and the Spanish way of life. 

  3. Vegetarians

    Although vegetarianism in Spain is rare, there is plenty on offer for vegetarians to eat. Restaurants tend to be fairly flexible and in general have no trouble in catering for vegetarians. Please consult for further details.

  4. What is a self-guided tour?

    IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. On some stages cyclists are also transferred part of the way to avoid unnecessary climbs (details in individual route descriptions).

    Cyclists do not travel as part of a group or with a guide, although they may coincide with other cyclists on the same trip.

    Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points, unless otherwise stated

    Our "IberoCycle On Call" service means we are always available for help or advice.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

    Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.

    Guests on the Northern Spain tours normally spend two or three nights at the same hotel and thus have one or two free days. The Route Guide provides a selection of Free Day Routes of varying lengths for these days. These are of course merely suggestions, and guests are free to do what they like. 

  5. What are the arrival and departure points for a Basque Country to Asturias tour?

    Customers are responsible for arrival at the first hotel in Bilbao. The preliminary meeting will take place after breakfast on the first riding day. Here riders will receive their bikes and equipment and a briefing on the tour. 

    Bilbao Airport is easily accessible from a variety of international destinations. It is also easy to reach Bilbao by bus with ALSA or by train with RENFE. Please note that there is a train service running west aong the coast to Santander with RENFE FEVE and also east with Euskotren to San Sebastíán. It is also possible to arrive at Santander Airport and then take an ALSA bus or the RENFE FEVE train to Bilbao. Please note that the train from Santander to Bilbao runs only 3 times a day, and takes almost 3 hours to cover around 100 km. 

    At the end of the tour, clients depart from Ribadesella. It is possible to take the ALSA bus to Santander or Bilbao. The bus leaves Ribadesella at 10.00 and takes around 2 hours to Santander (city or airport) and 4 hours to Bilbao. It is also possible to take the ALSA to Oviedo, capital of Asturias, and then from there to Asturias Airport

    Santander and Bilbao are connected to the United Kingdom by ferries run by Brittany Ferries. This may be a fun and interesting way to travel if you have the time (the crossing takes around one day), but tends to be more expensive than the many flight options. 

    We can also provide a transfer service. Prices for transfer to Santander Airport or city are as follows:

    • 1 person - 160 €
    • 2 persons - 80 € per person
    • 3 persons - 54 € per person
    • 4  and additional persons - 40 € per person

    Transfer time is around 1 hour 30 minutes. 

     Prices for transfer to Bilbao Airport or city are as follows:

    • 1 person - 264 €
    • 2 persons - 132 € per person
    • 3 persons - 88 € per person
    • 4  and additional persons - 66 € per person

    Transfer time is around 2 hours 35 minutes. 

     

  6. What is included on a Basque Country to Asturias self-guided tour?

    Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
    Breakfast
    Information Pack (Route Guide and maps)
    Luggage transport between hotels

  7. IberoCycle bikes

    Comfortable fitted and fully-equipped bikes for your cycling pleasure. We use exclusively Trek bikes on all tours except Camino de Santiago / Lanzarote / Portugal (please request information on bike used on these tours).

    You can either make arrangements to bring your own bicycles or hire Iberocycle's own models. Most airlines will carry bicycles for a small extra charge or even free. Cyclists who choose to hire will be provided with a comfortable quality bicycle to suit their particular measurements and preferences. We place great importance on getting the bikes right.

    Too many cyclists on trips with other companies have complained about past experiences where they have had to put up with uncomfortable saddles, the wrong sized bike etc. Measurements are requested on booking so the right bike is waiting for you on arrival.

    You are provided with hybrid-type tourist bicycles from Trek with conventional handlebars and with triple chain ring and easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes may also be available on request.We can also provide tandems, which make for great cycling fun, and are also ideal for those with children.

    Click on the images below to vist the manufactuters' websites. 

    Ladies bike (Trek 7.2 FX) Men's bike (Trek 7.2 FX)
    Road bike (Trek 1.5 or 1.2) Female road bike (Trek Lexa)
    Tandem (a fun way to ride, and also ideal for helping smaller children - Dawes Duet)



    Equipment depends on the tour option chosen Luggage Service or Independent. Cyclists who choose to carry their own luggage will be provided with spacious waterproof panniers fitted on the rear of the bicycle. Those who take advantage of our luggage service will have their bicycles fitted with two lateral panniers with sufficient space to carry what they need for that particular day.



    Hybrid bikes will carry a handlebar bag, useful for carrying money, documents, camera and lots of other useful items which may be needed close at hand. This bag is easily removed it from its click fastening and carried around with the shoulder strap. They are also equipped with a rear luggage rack and one or two panniers, or a rear rack bag to carry just what you need for each day's cycling. Road bikes carry a seat post bag if required.

    In addition, all cycles are equipped with pump, spare inner tube, water bottle, bike lock and basic toolkit. Extras such as lights or toe clips are available on request. Iberocycle provides cyclists with a fine bicycle in tip-top condition to make cycling an absolute pleasure.

    Childrens Bikes

    Children's bikes, and child seats are available on request.

    Iberocycle Route Guide and Maps

    Full route directions and general information along with plenty of suggestions for your free days.

    Each tour has its own Route Guide. This booklet is designed to provide constant suggestions for routes and activities so cyclists are never alone but enjoy a supported independence.

    This Guide includes detailed route instructions along with interesting information on landscapes, towns and villages, monuments, alternative route suggestions, timetables for local trains and buses, tips on eating and drinking, an exhaustive gastronomic dictionary and a host of other useful information and suggestions to keep cyclists occupied. Routes are carefully described so no time is wasted on unnecessary deviations. Maps of the area are also provided to support the Route Guide.

    Trips that include more than one night in the same destination include optional round rides of differing lengths for these free days so cyclists will never be at a loose end.

  8. What is not included on a Basque Country to Asturias self-guided tour?

    Lunch & dinner
    Bicycle hire (see price list)
    Holiday extension - i.e. extra nights at eginning and end of tour

    Transfer to and from arrival and departure points. IberoCycle will normally meet clients at Bilbao hotel on first riding day after breakfast. IberoCycle services finish at Ribadesella hotel after breakfast on departure day, unless clients have contracted transfer to departure point. 

Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.