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Asturian Coastal Ride

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
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5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

$1,325 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Spain

Asturian Coastal Ride

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

$1,325 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, and so yours will be welcome in bars and restaurants, making for a social and enjoyable trip for all.
There's also a chance for the family to take a surf lesson with a professional instructor in the Atlantic breakers. And for those with tired afternoon legs, the FEVE tourist railway links all of the villages along the coast, letting you and the kids rest for the next day without missing out on the beautiful views of the countryside. This fantastic trip will give you a true flavor of this authentic Spanish region.
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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
  • Surfing with a qualified instructor
  • Experiencing the sheer power of the Bufones (blow holes) de Pria
  • Riding the FEVE train

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We would have struggled to organise this ourselves from the UK and are grateful to you for introducing us to this beautiful area!

Anne, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Santander airport - Transfer to Pechon

You will be collected from Santander airport on arrival and transferred to your first night’s accommodation on the Asturian coast, close to the stunningly-placed village of Pechón. Pechón lies between two estuaries on a beautiful stretch of coast that has one of the best maintained oak groves in Cantabria and has several bars and small shops, as well as a few little hotels. A short walk away, the coast offers beautiful sandy coves for a relaxing afternoon or early evening dip.

Your welcome meeting will give your local representative a chance to fit your bikes and chat through the week ahead, and it’s a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the week ahead. After this, you’ll be free to venture out for your first taste of Asturian cuisine!

Day 2
Pechon to Buelna
12 Miles / 20 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast

Your 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 you’ll be riding for the rest of the trip. The area is stunning and you’ll be riding through rolling pastures and forests, as well as around the picturesque coastline. You’ll 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.

Once on the trail you’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 you are to follow over the week. Your route then 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 you to the village of Buelna, your home for the night.

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

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

The trail snakes inland a little until you 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 cliff top 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 take you down to the village of Cue and along the coast to the dramatic rock formations at the beach of Toro. Tonight you’ll either stay in Llanes or in Cue – there are fantastic coves and beaches close by.

Day 4
Free Day in Llanes (optional loop ride)
11 Miles / 18 Kms Approx. (Various Distances Available)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Your 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 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, the cycling route takes you on a lovely circular route to the medieval market town of Porrua where the Ethnographical museum will give you great insight into the traditional lives, customs and hardships in an Asturian mountain village. If you want to give your legs a rest 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

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

After lunch you may want to take a surf or stand up paddleboarding lesson with the accredited Asturian Surf School, who base themselves at a nearby beach. Go on, see if you can catch your first wave! Back on the bikes you follow the FEVE railway line until you reach Naves, your home for the evening.

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

The first kilometres of the day will take you past the unique inland beach, Playa Gulpiyuri, and as you head west you will 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. You 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 you’ll be at the Garana picnic area, a perfect place to stop for lunch, and after lunch you’ll cycle onto the clifftop viewpoint overlooking the small fishing town of Ribadesella, your 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 Santander 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.

If you would like to extend your trip, 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

This trip mainly takes you along purpose-built cycleways, backlanes and country roads and tracks. Half of the route will be shared with vehicle traffic, but the roads are generally quiet. The route follows well-surfaced, gravel trails and meanders and undulates offering inspiring views of the coast. The coastal trails are hilly and can be loose in some places. Day 2 will pose the biggest challenge, with lots of short, steep climbs to take on, but pushing is always an option! The route however, has been designed with families in mind, so the terrain is mostly fun and forgiving. The route is well signposted and easy to follow, you’ll see signs every km or so, and at most junctions so you won’t need to make any guesses. We recommend mountain bikes for this tour.

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Family Cycling Grade

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2
3
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5
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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Each cycle was interesting and different on beautiful coastline with great beaches.

Judith, UK

Dates & Prices

Daily departures until end of October. We can offer a 50% discount for any child (under the age of 18) travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers

Season 1 For trips starting on dates from 05/May/20 to 10/Jul/20 and from 19/Sep/20 to 15/Oct/20: $1545 pp.

Season 2 For trips starting on dates from 04/Apr/20 to 04/May/20 and from 11/Jul/20 to 18/Sep/20: $1750 pp.

Alternatively for a great value trip choose one of our scheduled departures below. Contact us on 1-888-414-6437 or email us to check availability for your specific date.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
11/04/2021
Return Date
17/04/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
$1,470.00
Start Date
23/05/2021
Return Date
29/05/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
$1,325.00
Start Date
24/07/2021
Return Date
30/07/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
$1,470.00
Choose your date
Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
Return Date
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Duration
7 days
Price
$1,545.00

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) English-speaking local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) 1 x surfing lesson

G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Santander airport (SDR)

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Santander airport (SDR)

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

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your trip.

For this tour we ask that you fly into and back from Santander airport (SDR). Please arrive between 09.00 and 16.00 and depart between 11.00 and 19.00.

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 check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your 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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