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BASQUE COUNTRY - SPAIN

Basque Country to Asturias – Self Guided 🇪🇸

9 days | Road | $1127

Ride West, from Bilbao to Ribadella. Discover the beauty of the rugged Basque coastline. Follow the beautiful coastline of Northern Spain, encountering unspoiled beaches, pretty villages, and more.

Distance
302 km

Gain
640 m

Road
Road

Temp
24°C

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Overview

Overview

DISCOVER EPIC CYCLING WHERE COUNTRYSIDE MEETS THE COAST

Flying in:

Bilbao

Start point:

Bilbao

Flying out:

Santander/Bilbao

End point:

Ribadesella

The Basque Country is arguably the best region for cycling in Spain. It has something for everybody; beautiful countryside, interesting towns, and arguably the finest gastronomy in the world.

Discover at your own pace on this self-guided tour, this northern region of Spain and its three largest cities – Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Vitoria-Gasteiz. Basque Country is the traditional heartland of Spanish cycling; home to the famous bike manufacturers Orbea and BH, as well as the Tour of the Basque Country professional race. The region is largely hilly, but a cyclist can easily choose between gently rolling routes and more challenging climbs.

This self-guided cycling tour conquers the unique Basque Country landscape and will provide you with memories to last a lifetime. Book your spot now or contact us for more information!

Highlights of your trip

SELF GUIDED WITH LUGGAGE TRANSFERS

Self-guided tours are great for the more independent rider. All luggage is transported to the next hotel so you can go at your own pace and enjoy the ride. Even though the tour is self-guided, a support team is available for advice.

COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION

Enjoy a variety of accommodation along the tour, all of a comfortable 3/4 star standard with en-suites and breakfast at every stop. From unique and rural, to larger hotels with pools and facilities, you won't be disappointed.

EXPLORE BASQUE COUNTRY'S COAST

Second to none views that you'll remember. Basque Country is without a doubt on the list of the world's best cycling locations, renowned by pros and amateurs alike. It's definitely going to be a trip to remember!

Destination

Destination

BASQUE COUNTRY

Straddling two nations on the Atlantic Coast — stretching about 100 miles from Bilbao, Spain, north to Bayonne, France — lies the ancient, free-spirited land of the Basques. The Basque Country is famous for its beaches and scintillating modern architecture. It's simply beautiful. Bright white chalet-style homes with deep-red and green shutters scatter across lush, rolling hills. The Pyrenees Mountains soar high above the Atlantic, surfers and sardines share the waves.

Weather

Basque Country boasts a mild and cool summer which is not typical in Spain. That's why some Spaniards come here in August to escape the heat. Good news for cycling, it's never too hot. But don't forget your gilet, it can rain.

Terrain

Expect quite a hilly terrain. The Pyrenees are very close here and you will see quite rigged coast and barely any flats! This will give you some challenging cycling opportunities with rewarding views on every climb.

Culture

Sitting high in the mountains of northeastern Spain. Travellers to the Basque region come for the “Pais Vasco” culture and food, but there’s much more to why this one of the most unique cultures in all of Europe.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Comfortable 3-4* Hotels

All the hotels along the route are in a comfortable 3-4* range. They are all well-positioned for the start and end of day riding, complete with secure bike storage.

A support vehicle will be assisting you for the entire trip, moving your bags between the locations and ensuring you can fully relax after reaching the next stop.

Accommodation

Breakfast Included

Start your day off with a strong breakfast to kick off the day and fuel your riding. Trust us, you’ll need the calories and every drop of coffee!

Once you reach the stop for the day, continue the independence of the tour with your evening dining. Choose your own spot for a delicious dinner when you arrive at the next accommodation to wind down from the day’s adventures.

Lunches and cafe stops along the route are at your own expense, as are any alcoholic drinks from the bar or minibar.

Program

Program

Day 1

Arrival to 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.

Day 2

Bilbao to Castro Urdiales

Distance

40km

Distance

40km

Day 3

Castro Urdiales to Santoña

Distance

35km

Distance

35km

Day 4

Santoña to Santander

Distance

46km

Distance

46km

Day 5

Santander to Santillana del Mar

Distance

54km

Distance

54km

Day 6

Santillana del Mar to San Vicente de la Barquera

Distance

36km

Distance

36km

Day 7

San Vicente de la Barquera to Llanes

Distance

47km

Distance

47km

Day 8

Llanes to Ribadesella

Distance

44km

Distance

44km

Day 9

Ribadesella to Departure

Essentials

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport: Bilbao

When best to fly in: in the morning on the first day of the camp

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are not included in the price of this trip; reach out to us for more information if you require a transfer upon arrival

Flying out

Fly out airport best option: Santander or Bilbao

When to leave: last day of the tour after 13:00

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are not included in the price of this trip; reach out to us for more information if you require a transfer upon arrival

What’s included in your trip

Accommodation

Double as standard, single available as optional extra

Luggage Transport

As you explore the island at your own pace, your bags will be transported to your next hotel destination

Information Pack & Support

Route guides and maps are provided, and full on-call support is available in case of emergencies

Breakfast

Only breakfast is included

Extra

Bike rental

Only €150 for the entire trip

High quality carbon bikes are available for rental from €150 for the tour duration as not always is getting your own gear to another country suitable for you. To make sure you get the maximum from your tour, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of kit.

Tailored to your body size and in perfect technical condition. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. Price includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.

Carbon Road Bike

Made fit for you and in perfect condition

More things to maximise your trip

EXTRA

Single accommodation

From €329 for the entire tour

If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €329* for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

*€343 during high season tour dates

What's not included.

Air flight & travel insurance

Reach out to us to find out which airport is the best to fly into. Travel insurance is essential and we always recommend you carry out your own insurance search for your specific needs.

Lunch, dinner, and alcoholic drinks

Only buffet breakfasts are included. There are amazing local restaurants around the hotel so you can sample the Spanish flavours.

Airport transfers

You need to make your own way to the first hotel in Bilboa. Reach out to us for more information and assistance.

Choose when you want to travel

After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

Saturday

11 Jun 2022

Saturday

18 Jun 2022

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Price

$1,127

Saturday

25 Jun 2022

Saturday

2 Jul 2022

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Price

$1,127

Saturday

9 Jul 2022

Saturday

16 Jul 2022

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Price

$1,255

Saturday

23 Jul 2022

Saturday

30 Jul 2022

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Price

$1,255

Saturday

6 Aug 2022

Saturday

13 Aug 2022

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Price

$1,255

Saturday

20 Aug 2022

Saturday

27 Aug 2022

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Price

$1,255

Saturday

3 Sep 2022

Saturday

10 Sep 2022

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Price

$1,127

Saturday

17 Sep 2022

Saturday

24 Sep 2022

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Price

$1,127

Saturday

1 Oct 2022

Saturday

8 Oct 2022

Pay only 25% to secure your place

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Price

$1,127

Saturday

22 Oct 2022

Saturday

29 Oct 2022

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Money back if you can't travel - see epico Travel Safe

Price

$1,127