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Asturian Coastal Ride

Guided Family Bike Tour

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Duration

7 days

Prices from

$2,045 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Spain

Asturian Coastal Ride

Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

$2,045 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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The Asturian coast of the ‘Costa Cantabrica’ is one of Spain’s best-kept secrets. While the rest of Spain is being baked in the sweltering summer heat this north Atlantic coastline known as the ‘Costa Verde’ has the perfect climate for an active family vacation. Think Great British summers with water warm enough to have a good swim in, pristine, fine-sand beaches, deserted coves, cliffs and rock pools full of interesting sea creatures for the kids to explore, backed by Europe’s only true maritime mountain range; the majestic Picos de Europa.
This spectacular coastline is broken up by pretty, traditional fishing villages and towns where folk still look towards the crashing Atlantic for their living. The bustling bars serve up an exciting array of the daily catch with lashings of Asturian culinary tradition, swilled down with local dry cider (or plonk if you prefer). Remember the Spanish do everything with their children, they are welcome in bars and restaurants making for a much more sociable and smoother time for everyone. 

Fully guided, this is a great trip for families who want to cycle with other families; a perfect opportunity for kids and adults alike to have a fun, sociable week out on your bikes. Along the way there is also a chance for the family to take a surf lesson with a professional instructor in the Atlantic breakers!
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Highlights

  • Cycling near fantastic beaches, coves and rock pools
  • Hunting for dinosaur footprints on the cliffs at Ribadesella
  • Tasting local delicacies
  • Enjoying a surfing lesson with a qualified instructor
  • Experiencing the excitement and sheer power of the Bufones (blow holes) de Pria
  • Making friends with other, like-minded families on the trip

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It was amazing. I had no idea a cycling holiday would be so good. The guides were lovely – thanks to them we experienced the best of Asturias (particularly the food and beautiful countryside).

Mark, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Bilbao airport - Transfer to Pechón

Your family will be collected from Bilbao airport and transferred to your first night’s accommodation, situated close to the stunningly-placed village of Pechón, standing proud against the Atlantic. Pechón lies between two estuaries on a beautiful stretch of coast that has one of the best maintained oak groves in Cantabria; a short walk away, the coast offers beautiful sandy coves for exploring rock pools and having a relaxing afternoon or early evening dip.

Day 2
Pechón to Buelna
12 Miles / 20 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Our first morning begins by taking in the steady backroad that traverses the side of the deep blue Tina Menor Estuary, with expansive, white-sand beaches. The route crosses the river at Unquera and enters Asturias, where we’ll be riding for the rest of the trip. The area is stunning and we will be riding through rolling pastures and forests, as well as around the picturesque coastline. We soon join a lovely, purpose-built cycle route, called the Senda Costera, that takes in the most awesome scenery along the coast; it’s also well signposted and easy to follow, so it’s time to let the kids take the initiative and try to navigate us along the coast!

Once on the trail we’ll take the route towards the Faro de San Emitrio (lighthouse) and soon arrive at the viewpoint of El Picu de Pimiango. From here the views look west along the magnificent coast that we will be following in the week to come. The route glides down narrow lanes and tracks to the beautiful, cliff-sided beach of La Franca, an ideal place for a picnic lunch. A short climb after lunch brings us to the village of Buelna, our home for the night.

Day 3
Buelna to Llanes
11 Miles / 18 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

The day begins steadily, picking up the breathtaking, coastal trail again, passing pristine beaches and secluded coves that will easily entice us down for a morning dip. We’ll wind through the streets of Pendueles and past traditional, farming hamlets, until our arrival at Vidiago. Dropping down to the beach we’ll cross over the River Novales and slip into thick woodland where there’s a perfectly-placed picnic area for a refreshment and maybe a dip. On leaving the beach we will begin riding across a flat section between the coast and the mountains known as the Rasa Asturiana.

The trail snakes inland a little until we reach the most dramatic natural phenomena along this stretch of coast, the Bufones de Arenillas. These are deep cracks in the limestone from the sea edge to the clifftop which erupt when the sea is high, creating a spectacular display with jets of water spraying over 10 metres into the air. They are great fun to watch, but mind you don’t get too wet!

The route will then take us down to the village of Cue and along the coast to the dramatic rock formations at the beach of Toro. Tonight we will either stay in Llanes or in Cue – there are fantastic coves and beaches close by.

Day 4
Llanes Loop Ride or Rest Day
11 Miles / 18 Kms Approx. (Various Distances Available)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Our base for today proves the perfect spot to stay another day as there’s such a huge range of things to do. You could kick back and explore the local beaches and coves, or take a stroll around the fishing port in Llanes and watch the catch of the day being hauled in. You could contemplate the Cubos de la Memoria, a work by famous artist Augustin Ibarrola, or walk the mystical Camín Encantau through deep, ‘magical’ forest and valleys, telling stories of mythological legends of Asturias, through statues and pictures along the way!

If you’d prefer to get some more miles in your legs, we will be doing a cycling route taking you on a lovely circular route to the medieval market town of Porrua where the Ethnographical museum will give us great insight into the traditional lives, customs and hardships in an Asturian mountain village. If you fancy a day away from the saddle, but still want to be active, Llanes offers a multitude of exciting activities.

Day 5
Llanes to Naves
10 Miles / 15 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we head west along the Paseo de San Pedro walkway. Picking up a back lane we will arrive at the deep, tidal inlet of Playa de Poo, a fantastic, safe place for a swim. From here we hug the coastline, taking in many a cove and the Island of Almenada. The route heads south and we’ll climb into the Llera hills and, with just a little work, we’ll be rewarded by one of the most spectacular views along the coast.

After lunch we will take a surf or stand up paddle board lesson with the accredited Asturian Surf School, who base themselves at a nearby beach; it’s ideal, with fine sand and lots of space. Go on, see if you can catch your first wave! Back on the bikes we follow the FEVE railway line until we reach Naves, our home for the evening.

Day 6
Naves to Ribadesella
14 Miles / 22 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

The first kilometres of the day will take us past the unique, inland beach, Playa Gulpiyuri, and as we head west we’ll catch glimpses of the incredibly narrow bay of Villahormes, which points like a finger inland. This part of the route is very picturesque as it meanders through tiny villages, where cows rule the lanes. We drop back down to sea level to the unforgettable Playa de Cuevas del Mar (Beach of the Sea Caves); this is a jewel among the many fantastic Asturian beaches!

Before you know it we’ll be at the Garana picnic area, a perfect place to stop for lunch. When we‘re well fed, we’ll cycle on to the clifftop viewpoint overlooking the small fishing town of Ribadesella, our home for the final night of this tour. If you have time in the afternoon there are optional activities to keep you exploring. A favourite option is to take a short ride or walk out towards Terenes and hunt down the dinosaur footprints in the cliffs. Ribadesella is a lively and attractive town where you can celebrate completing your Asturian Coast adventure!

Day 7
Departure from Ribadesella - Transfer to Bilbao airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, flight time permitting, there may be time to head to the beach for a swim before we pick you up to transfer you to the airport.

Holiday Extension

If you would like to extend your holiday, then an afternoon spent canoeing down the River Sella, one of Europe’s most southern salmon rivers, to Ribadesella is always a hit! If you are interested in this extension, then please contact us for more details.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The trip mainly takes you along purpose-built cycleways, backlanes and country roads and tracks. The route follows well-surfaced, gravel trails and undulates through flower-filled meadows and forests, offering inspiring views of the coast. The coastal trails are hilly and can be rough in places. As this route is designed for families and little ones, the terrain is fun and forgiving, offering days that aren’t too long. The route is well signposted with sections suitable to let the young ones have a go leading the way using sign posts. Day 2 will be the most challenging, with some short and steep climbs, but you always have the option to push. We recommend using a mountain bike for this tour.

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Family Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.  

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Dates & Prices

We have the following children’s discounts available for this holiday:

  • 10% discount for any child (under the age of 18) travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers

Contact us on 1-888-414-6437 or email info@skedaddle.com to check availability for your specific date.

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
25/07/2021
Return Date
31/07/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
$2,045.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 2* and 3* hotels and guesthouses

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including English-speaking Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) 1 x surfing lesson

G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Bilbao airport (BIO)

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Bilbao airport (BIO)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into Bilbao airport (BIO) by 16:15, for a 16:45 transfer. At the end of the tour we will transfer the group to Bilbao airport (BIO), with an estimated arrival time of 13.30 – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight. Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip. Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days. Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules available for your holiday. Please check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

Accommodation (shared twin, double or family rooms) will usually be ensuite in 2 and 3 star hotels or guesthouses (with one night spent in a traditional pilgrim’s hostel). Family run, personable, charming, comfortable and homely are boxes we tick when looking for places to stay. With unique touches and welcoming hosts, they‘re all a million miles away from chain-style hotels.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike, or would prefer to avoid bringing your own, we have bikes available to hire.

These bikes are typically MMR Kuma (or equivalent), a very good mountain bike featuring front suspension, disc brakes and good-quality components. We also have children’s bikes (typically a Specialized Hotrock or similar), tag-alongs and child seats available to hire.

If you do decide to hire a bike we will include all necessary spares for the trip. We are also able to provide helmets on request; please let us know if you would like to hire a helmet at the time of booking.

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