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Cantabria - Spain

Green Spain and Picos de Europa Cycling Tour – Self Guided 🇪🇸

8 Days | Self-Guided | $1034

A blend of coastal views and rolling valley scenery as you delve into the majestic Picos de Europa. This self-guided tour is a great introduction to Northern Spain. With marvellous scenery and dizzying descents, you are sure to have a good trip.

Distance
325 km

Road
Road

Temp
20°C

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Overview

Overview

WELCOME TO NORTHERN SPAIN

Flying in:

Santander/Bilbao

Start point:

Santillana del Mar

Flying out:

Santander/Bilbao

End point:

Somo

Northern Spain promises pleasant weather and breathtaking views. The culture, the history, the terrain, and the climate make this a fantastic region to explore by road bike.

The Green Spain and Picos de Europa Self-Guided Cycling Tour is a beautiful trip taking in the coast, valleys, and villages of Cantabria. This tour begins on the coast then delves into the mountains before descending back to the shores of the region.

Our stopovers include a picturesque medieval town, a tranquil fishing village, and the beach resort of Somo with the city of Santander just across the bay. On your free days, you can cycle as much or as little as you like. The marvellous scenic descent of the Miera Valley is a highlight of this tour.

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

Highlights of your trip

DIVERSE TERRAIN

Cycling in Cantabria is easygoing with opportunities for challenges along the way. The tour's combination of days allows you to choose your own distances with the iconic descent down the Miera Valley to the coast on day six.

SELF GUIDED

Take on each day at your own pace. The itinerary has been cultivated by professional local guides to give you the best routes possible. Daily luggage transfers allow you to focus solely on pedalling to the next destination.

FANASTIC HOTELS

All hotels have been carefully selected throughout the route to give you the best experience. Once fully rested and fuelled up, you can take on each big day as they come. All hotels have secure bike facilities.

Destination

Destination

Cantabria - Spain

Cantabria is one of the most mountainous regions in Spain, with great climbs from its coastline right up to the borders with Castilla-y-León, Asturias and The Basque Country. Its most famous and highest range is the Picos de Europa mountains, situated on the border with Asturias, but there are also some great climbs in The Collados de Asón range - in the east of the region - and at Alto Campoo.There are all sorts of climbs here: long and gradual, short and steep and also a couple of long and steep ascents! Cantabria is one of the most picturesque parts of Spain - at least when it is sunny. The vibrant green scenery is particularly impressive when juxtaposed with high rocky peaks, as it is in the Picos de Europa. However, elsewhere it is also very pleasurable to ride, with the scenery very different to most mountainous regions in Europe.

Weather

Northern Spain boasts nice and cool summers. So this is where you'd like to be headed when it's grilling hot in most of Spain and Europe. Autumn and Spring are great seasons as well, but bring your jacket!

Terrain

Cantabria's landmark is the iconic National Park of Picos de Europa known for deep valleys and sharp peaks. It is home to some of Spain's most mythical climbs and La Vuelta passes here every year.

Culture

Cantabria is a region that is thoroughly Spanish and yet is completely unique in its own ways. First-time visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the charming culture and varied weather.

43.1828° N, 3.9878° W

There's even more to discover on your trip.

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 and setting up your gear

Pick up from arrival point and transfer to the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar. Introduction to bikes and route briefing. Spend the rest of the day walking around the cobbled streets of this beautiful village, visit the modern museum of the Altamira Caves or enjoy a ride around the country lanes down to the coast to get you ready for the rest of the tour.

Day 2

Santillana del Mar to San Vicente de la Barquera

Distance

62 km

Distance

62 km

Day 3

San Vicente de la Barquera Round Ride

Distance

> 50 km

Distance

> 50 km

Day 4

San Vincente de la Barquera to Potes, Picos de Europa

Distance

70 km

Distance

70 km

Day 5

Picos de Europa Round Ride

Distance

> 50 km

Distance

> 50 km

Day 6

Descent of the Miera Valley to Somo

Distance

43 km

Distance

43 km

Day 7

Somo Round Rice

Distance

> 50 km

Distance

> 50 km

Day 8

Departure day from Somo

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: Santander/Bilbao

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

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you can take your flight hassle-free

Flying out

Fly out airport best option: Santander/Bilbao

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

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you can take your flight hassle-free

What’s included in your trip

7 Nights Accommodation

Double as standard, single available as optional extra

Luggage Transfers

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

Airport Transfers

Pick up and drop off is included, so you can have a hassle free trip

Breakfasts

Breakfast is included everyday

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 €154 for the entire tour

If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €154* for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

*Extra charge for high season dates.

What's not included.

Air flight & travel insurance

Please book yourself and get appropriate cycling activity insurance

Lunch, dinners, and alcoholic drinks

Cafes, lunch stops on the bike, dinners, and beverages at your own expense

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

28 May 2022

Saturday

4 Jun 2022

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Price

$1,034

Saturday

18 Jun 2022

Saturday

25 Jun 2022

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Price

$1,034

Saturday

9 Jul 2022

Saturday

16 Jul 2022

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Price

$1,243

Saturday

23 Jul 2022

Saturday

30 Jul 2022

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Price

$1,243

Saturday

6 Aug 2022

Saturday

13 Aug 2022

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Price

$1,243

Saturday

20 Aug 2022

Saturday

27 Aug 2022

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Price

$1,243

Saturday

3 Sep 2022

Saturday

10 Sep 2022

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Price

$1,034

Saturday

17 Sep 2022

Saturday

24 Sep 2022

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$1,034

Saturday

1 Oct 2022

Saturday

5 Nov 2022

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Price

$1,034

Saturday

15 Oct 2022

Saturday

22 Oct 2022

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Price

$1,034