Grade

Moderate

When

Apr - Oct

Accommodation

Hotels

E-Bike

+ €150

Road bike

+ €169

Single supplement

+ €300

Breakfast

Included

890

Description

Cantabria Green Valleys Tour

Start dates are available from April 4 until Oct 16

Personalized tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. 

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The Cantabria Green Valleys Tour combines magnificent scenery, with more of an emphasis on the splendid inland scenery to be found in Cantabria. A great tour if you like the challenge of climbing from one superb valley to the next. Beautiful villages and great riding. Your 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.

Due to the gulf stream, Cantabria has a much more temperate climate than might be expected. The region has a humid oceanic climate, with warm summers and mild winters. This makes cycling perfect in the North of Spain. The road surfaces are generally in very good condition in Cantabria. The region invests a lot in construction and maintenance. That’s why you can find easy, quiet, and the best roads around Cantabria. The region offers a wide range of landscapes. Discover river valleys, beaches, coastal cliffs and coves, peaks, and forests. Immerse all the beauties in this hilly countryside on your bike.

Cycle all the best of the Cantabria Green Valleys Tour in North Spain

  • The road surfaces are generally in very good condition in Cantabria
  • The famous prehistoric caves of Altamira
  • Find quiet roads with little traffic that are perfect for cycling
  • The little-known Cantabrian mountains and villages
  • The Bay of Santander and its endless beaches
  • Warm summers and mild winters make Cantabria perfect to cycle from April until October
Day 1
Arrival to San Vicente de la Barquera
Pick up from the 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 2
San Vicente de la Barquera - Distance 69km
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 Catalán 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 the modern museum of the Altamira Caves. Spend some time in Cabezón de la Sal with it rich local and representative arquitecture.
Day 3
San Vicente to Potes - Distance 56km
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 flavor. 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 4
Potes
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.
Day 5
Potes to Cabuérniga - Distance 61km
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 6
Cabuérniga to Liérganes
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, you reach the beautiful spa village of Liérganes where you will spend the last 2 nights.
Day 7
Liérganes
You stay your 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 when 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 8
Liérganes to Bilbao or Santander (Departure Point)
Transfer from Liérganes to departure points.

Air – The closest airport is Santander Airport. This airport has the following destinations. However, it is smaller than Bilbao Airport so has fewer connections. It is used as a hub by RyanAir, with connections to both Spanish and European cities. 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.




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  • Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Transport to and from arrival/departure points - normally Bilbao or Santander, airports, ferry ports, railway stations, bus stations
  • Information Pack (Route Guide and maps)
  • Luggage transport between hotels
  • Partial rider transport when the itinerary includes this within a certain day's activities
  • Lunch & dinner
  • Bike rental 105
  • Road bike € 150
  • E-Bike € 169
  • Holiday extension - i.e. extra nights at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Single supplement + €300
Low season => 04 April - 03 July €890 High season => 04 July - 28 Aug €1040 Low season => 29 Aug - 16 Oct €890  

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