Spain

Green Valleys of Northern Spain Tour

Sept 7 -14, 2014
7-day tour
1125 Euro per person 
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Northern Spain is often considered to be one of Europe’s best kept secrets. 

Foreign tourism is largely absent here, so it’s a chance to get to know the authentic Spain. This tour combines magnificent scenery, with more of an emphasis on the splendid inland scenery to be found in Cantabria, but without missing out on some pretty coastal scenery. trip if you like the challenge of climbing from one superb valley to the next. It also includes the stunning Picos de Europa, some of the finest mountain scenery on the European continent. Enjoy the beautiful villages and great riding. Our two-night stopovers mean that you don't have to pack every day, but can still enjoy frequent changes of environment and a variety of round rides of different distances on those "free" days. Enjoy some of the most spectacular and lush landscapes to be found in Europe. 

 

Day One

Pick up from arrival point and transfer to the charming village of San Vicente de la Barquera. Introduction to bikes and route briefing. Spend the rest of the day getting to know this pretty fishing village with its many seafood restaurants and magnificent setting., enjoy a ride around the country lanes or to the magnificent beaches of San Vicente.

Day Two

69 km - 43 miles (shorter options available)
Cycle through the Parque Natural de Oyambre and along the beautiful beaches of Oyambre and Merón. Our first 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. Then we visit the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar and its cobbled streets and visit the modern museum of the Altamira Caves. Spend some time in Cabezón de la Sal with its rich local and representative arquitecture.

 

Day Three

56 km - 35 miles 
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 with its markedly different flavour. The village of Colombres is home to the sumptuous villas of the indianos, emigrants to the Americas who made their fortune and returned to a life of luxury. We then head along the Deva Valley, riding through the incredible rocky gorge of La Hermida. Mountains tower around us as we cycle towards Potes and the valley of La Liébana, completely encircled by mountains. 

Day Four

Cycle along any of the three valleys that meet in Potes. Take a trip on the cable car at Fuente Dé to enjoy breathtaking views of the Cantabrian Mountains, where the brown bear and wolves still roam. Enjoy a walk through the lush green valleys or the higher mountains. Spend time in the bustling market village of Potes with its peculiar mix of local farmers, tourists and mountaineers. Visit the many other picturesque villages dotted around the area. Cycle up to the Monastery of Santo Toribio, home to the largest surviving fragment of the True Cross or to the charming country monastery of Piasca. There's no shortage of things to do in this magnificent setting.

 

Day Five

61 km - 38 miles
From Potes we retrace our route to the village of La Hermida. We then begin our climb out of the Deva Valley and through the Cantabrian Mountains. This is a route that few tourists ever see. A more challenging ride takes us through this wonderful scenery until we reach the pretty rural landscapes and charming villages of the valley of Cabuérniga. 

Day Six

66 km – 41 miles
This day's route takes us across some of the lesser-known valleys of Cantabria, with charming medieval villages such as Cartes, Visit the art museum of the Palacio de Elsedo, you may even see elephants as you cycle past the Parque de Cabárceno! Finally we reach the beautiful spa village of Liérganes where we will spend the last 2 nights.  

 

Day Seven

66 km - 41 miles
We stay our two last nights in the charming village of Liérganes. Take a stunning ride around the surrounding limestone hills, often used by the Vuelta de España as it visits Cantabria. Or alternatively take an easier ride down to the coast and the beautiful beaches close to the Bay of Santander. Or even take a day off the bike and catch the train into Santander for some last-minute sightseeing and shopping. 

Day Eight

Transfer from Liérganes to departure points.

Pricing:

1125 Euro per person 
140.00  Euro Single supplement 
95.00    Euro Bike rental          
(Non-refundable deposit of 200.00 Euro secures spot on tour- (balance due 90 days prior to tour departure)

Register

Email the tour company at info@iberocycle.com, and then they’ll send you a personalized booking form with details of pricing, single supplements, etc.

About the company:

 

IberoCycle was founded in 1999 by Simon Proffitt.. Simon is originally from Lancashire, England and has been resident in Spain since 1984. IberoCycle was conceived as a combination of his passion for Spain and cycling. The first tours were set up in our base area of Northern Spain, and then expanded to include other key areas of the Spanish mainland and  islands. IberoCycle aims to give riders a great cycling experience through some of the most beautiful parts ofSpain, and also offer insights into the culture, history, gastronomy and traditions of the country. Since 1999, IberoCycle has worked to provide quality trips to individual riders and also groups and clubs from all over the world.

Included

  • Personal luggage support vehicle for riders
  • Mechanical support or extra bike in case of breakdown
  • Pre-trip written information package, including packing list, cue sheets, personalised maps for each ride, elevation profiles
  • Quality meals including en-route snacks, water and a energy drink
  • Breakfast included in tour rate, plus five dinners.
  • Knowledgeable on road ride leader – One leader for group of 12 or under riders; two leaders if 13+ riders sign up.
  • Careful handling of baggage and bikes at all times.
  • Detailed daily maps and route choices, with short/ long mileage options
  • Help with setting up bikes on arrival, packing for departure by guides
  • Airport-hotel transfers wherever possible with bikes to Bilbao or Santander
  • Availability of high quality rental bikes in good working order. 
  • Timely, honest and forthcoming communication at all times for participants, including a daily route briefing on the tour.

Not included

  • Your international airfare
  • Your personal bikes
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be emailed to you)
  • Your travel insurance (required)
  • And other expenses of personal nature (soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet, battery charging, comfort food,

Extensions
You may choose to extend your tour by visiting any of the fascinating cities or areas of Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville etc. Many of our riders take advantage of the proximity of Bilbao to spend a night there and visit the internationally famous Guggenheim Museum. Please contact us to organise accommodation.