Northern Spain Tour - Charming Hotels

Beautiful roundride of coast and valleys of Cantabria and Asturias.
  1. 1 Arrival Point Santillana del Mar

    Transfer from arrival point (normally Santander or Bilbao Airport) to the beautiful medieval village of Santillana del Mar. Accommodation in the charming Casa del Organista

  2. 2 Santillana del Mar 22 or 50 km Comillas

    Leaving Santillana, our route heads westwards through green meadows and the hills and valleys of Cantabria with its marvellous unspoilt coastline and beaches nearby. We soon arrive at the charming villageof Novales, set amidst lemon groves and with its fine typical rural architecture. Next stop is the seaside village of Comillas, where we will stay the night. 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 Catalán architect Gaudí and the Palace of the Marqués de Comillas. Accommodation for this evening is the Hotel Marina de Campios22 km - 14 miles or 50 km - 31 miles

  3. 3 Comillas 32 or 47 km Pechón

    After leaving Comillas, cycle through the Parque Natural de Oyambre and along the beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón. We are then greeted by the stunning view of San Vicente and the Picos de Europa in the distance. Spend time getting to know this pretty fishing village with its many seafood restaurants and magnificent setting. We then ride further west to the little hamlet of Pechón on the headland of the same name with beautiful beaches. Accommodation in the classy Hotel Tinas de Pechón.    32 km - 20 miles or 47 km - 29 miles 

  4. 4 Pechón 36 km Llanes

    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. Accommodation in the ****spa hotel Hotel Spa La Hacienda de Don Juan. 36 km - 22 miles

  5. 5 Llanes 36 km Arenas de Cabrales

    We now turn away from the coast and head towards the foothills of the Picos de Europa. A climb takes us over the pass of El Mazuco, with incomparable limestone scenery and the views of the Asturian coastline. We also have the easier option of circumnavigating this climb. We then approach the Picos de Europa and descend to the charming village of Arenas de Cabrales at the foot of the Cares Gorge and gateway to the Picos themselves.Accommodation in the family-run Hotel Picos de Europa36 km - 22 miles

  6. 6 Arenas de Cabrales 35 or 61 km Nansa Valley

    From Arenas de Cabrales we ride down the River Cares as far as Panes. Here we have the option of riding up the La Hermida Gorge and then a challenging ascent enables us to drop down into our next valley, that of the River Nansa. Our easier option crosses from one valley to the other at a more strategic point, and gives us an easier ride. We stay in a rural setting in the valley of the Nansa. Accommodation in the classy Hotel Casona del Nansa.  35 km - 22 miles or 61 km - 38 miles

  7. 7 Nansa Valley 27 or 56 km Cabuérniga

    We ride along the River Nansa as far as Puente Nansa. Another valley then takes us to the village of Carmona, one of the unspoilt jewels of the area. A climb then takes us into the valley of Cabuérniga and its river, the Saja. Here we stay in the small village of Selores. An optional ride extension takes us along the valley of the Saja to the beautiful and unspoitl village of Bárcena Mayor, another jewel of the area set amidst beautiful forests. Accommodation in Hotel Camino de Selores.  27 km - 18 miles or 56 km - 35 miles

  8. 8 Cabuérniga 45 km Santillana del Mar

    Our final ride takes us back to Santillana del Mar. We head along the River Saja through the Valley of Cabuérniga past charming villages. We turn eastwards, and a final brief ascent enables us to roll down into the valley of the River Besaya. Here we pick up a cycle path which takes us through the fine medieval villages of Riocorvo and Cartes. We follow the river along the cycle path, and before we know it we are back in Santillana to reminisce about our 7 beautiful rides around Northern Spain. Final night in Casa del Organista45 km - 28 miles

  9. 9 Santillana del Mar Departure

    Today we transfer from Santillana del Mar to our departure point. End of IberoCycle services. 

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. Departure on Sunday. 

  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. What is included on a Green Spain self-guided tour?

    Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
    Breakfast
    Transport to and from arrival / departure points - normally Bilbao or Santander, airports, ferryports, railway stations, bus stations
    Information Pack (Route Guide and maps)
    Luggage transport between hotels
    Partial rider transport wheh the itinerary includes this within a certain day's activities

  3. What are the arrival and departure points for a Green Spain tour?

    IberoCycle will pick up from arrival points in Bilbao or Santander for this tour. This includes hotels, railway stations, ferryports, bus stations and airports. The same is true at the end of the tour. Please contact us if you have an early flight or departure on the last day, so we can let you know if it is possible for us to get you to departure point on time.

    Air - The closest airport is Santander Airport. However, it is a smaller than Bilbao Airport so has fewer connections. It is used as a hub by RyanAir, with connections to both Spanish and European cities.  See the airports that connect directly to Santander here. Further to the east is Bilbao Airport. Here we probably have more flight options, although transfer time to the start point of the cycle tours tends to be around 90 minutes. You may find this map useful for planning itineraries by air. 

    Train - Both Bilbao and Santander are connected to inland Spain by the Inter-City RENFE network. Trains are relatively inexpensive. On arrival, it may be more convenient to leave the train in Torrelavega, just one stop before Santander. There is a train service along the coast from Santander; east to Bilbao and the Basque Country, or west to Oviedo and Asturias. However, this is a narrow-gauge railway run by RENFE FEVE and is rather slow and infrequent. 

    Bus - Santander has good connections by bus to most Spanish cities run by ALSA.  Buses are economical and comfortable. 

    Sea - 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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. I'd like to spend some time in Bilbao and/or San Sebastián

    Bilbao

    Many people like to take the option of spending an extra night in Bilbao to visit the city and the Guggenheim Museum (Remember the museum is closed on Monday except during the months of July and August when it is open every day).

    In Bilbao we work with the following hotels:

    Hotel Miró - the Miró is a pleasant 4-star boutique-style hotel located just opposite the Guggenheim Museum
    Hotel Spa Jardines de Albia - a comfortable 4-star hotel with spa facilities and within walking distance of the Old Quarter of Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum
    Hotel Silken Indautxu - fine 4-star hotel in centre of Bilbao.
    Hotel Silken Gran Domine Bilbao - excellent 5-star hotel right by the Guggenheim Museum.
    Prices (including VAT and breakfast) when booked through IberoCycle are as follows:

    Hotel Miró - double room from 143 € per room per night / single room from 133 € per room per night
    Hotel Spa Jardines de Albia - double room 119 € per room per night / single room 102 € per room per night / triple 152 € per room per night
    Hotel Silken Indautxu - double room 109 € / single room 94 €
    Hotel Silken Gran Domine - double room 142 € / single room 136 €

    San Sebastián

    San Sebastián is another option for those who have some extra time on their hands. In San Sebastián we use the modest but comfortable and friendly **Hotel Parma. Contact us if you would like to enquire about prices. The hotel is ideally situated for the Old Quarter with its tapas bars, and is also located on the seafront.

    Transport

    Customers staying extra nights in Bilbao are responsible for their own transfers between the hotel and the airport. The easiest way is by taxi. There is also a bus service with departures every 30 minutes to Bilbao centre.

    There is an hourly bus service from Bilbao Airport to the Plaza de Pío XII in San Sebastián with Pesanet.
    Check the Bilbao Airport website for more information on transport options.
    There is a regular bus service Santander - Bilbao - San Sebastián run by ALSA.

  8. 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.

  9. What is not included on a Green Spain self-guided tour?

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

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.