Start: Vilde Finish: Nueva de Llanes
Arrival in Asturias, by car or bus (max. 1 hour from Santander airport). Time to settle in at your friendly rural accommodation in Vilde, a small family-run hotel on a working farm with a garden and sitting room. At meal time, everyone eats together at one large table. Fresh fruit from the garden is often served.
Challenge: Arrival in Asturias.
Villages along the way: Vilde
After a hearty breakfast, you start off with a test run on your (hire) bike, then do a circular cycling route through green hills on the border between Asturias and Cantabria. Choice of doing a longer or shorter ride: a 45 km route (with a total of 440 m in ascent, spread out over a few short but steep sections) or a short ride of 14 km to the beach at Pechón or to Cueva Pindal, with its prehistoric cave paintings. Optional short walking route through Mediterranean woodlands to reach the ruins at Santa Tina chapel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrims' trail.
Challenge: Option 1 (Circular long cycling route): 45 km, 440 m ascent
Option 2 (Short ride): 14 km, 125 / 265 m ascent
Villages along the way: Vilde, Unquera, Pimiango, Pechón
Today you cycle just 4 km, to the canoe rental shop in Unquera. Transfer up-river to Panes, starting point for your canoeing excursion. Armed with wetsuits, paddles and a packlunch, you spend 2 -3 hours paddling down the pretty Deva River. Small beaches on the riverbanks provide a place to stop along the route. In the afternoon, optional walk from Vilde to Colombres, to visit the Casa de Indianos, a beautiful colonial-style building which houses an interesting emigration museum.
Challenge: Canoeing excursion, 3 km optional walk
Villages along the way: Unquera, Panes, Colombres
Via quiet country lanes, you cycle into Valle Oscuro ("Dark Valley"), an ominous name for a beautiful place with traditional family farms and tiny villages at the foot of the Sierra del Cuera coastal range. Stop for a short rest at an authentic local bar. Option of doing up to 25 km (with a total ascent of 325 m, spread out over 3 small hills). By afternoon you're back at the coast, to a short ride nearby blowholes on the cliffs, or a protected otter habitat on the tiny bay of Andrín. From Puertas de Vidiago you only have to cycle the last 7 km to reach the next accommodation, located in Poo de Llanes, only 700 m away from a beautiful beach.
Challenge: Cycling route 30 km, 325 m ascent
Villages along the way: Vilde, La Borbolla, Puertas, Cué, Poo de Llanes
Your hotel in Poo de Llanes is just 2 km from the lovely fishing village of Llanes, with its Medieval centre, Gothic church, two beaches, lots of shops and restaurants, and colourfully-painted wavebreak on the harbour. If you're lucky, there will be some local celebration on nearby. The county of Llanes has a busy calendar of patron saint's Days, with interesting traditional processions and local folklore. Option of cycling to the village of Porrúa, with its interesting ethnographic museum, or to the beach at Poo de Llanes.
Challenge: Cycling route 19.5 km, 150 m ascent
Villages along the way: Cué, Parres, Porrúa, Celorio, Poo, Llanes
Today's cycling route takes you to the spectacular beach of Cuevas del Mar, 2.5 km from the colourful village of Nueva, where the next accommodation is located. The route (generally with little gradient) runs along country roads in an incomparable natural setting. Only at the end of the route there is a steep climb that can be avoided by taking the old national road N-634 (short option) in Posada de Llanes. However, if you cycle slowly and walk some stretches with your bike in your hand, the effort will be rewarded with the spectacular views of Picos de Europa offered by the Mirador de Los Carrilles viewpoint (long option). Once on the coast you can opt for a dip there or walk along the coastal path to the hidden Playa de San Martín. Nueva has shops and several restaurants and cider bars offering local cuisine.
Challenge: Short bike tour: 21 km, 250 m ascent.
Long bike tour (Mirador de los Carriles): 24 km, 425 m ascent
Villages along the way: Llanes, Barro, Niembro, Naves, Nueva
Just 2.5 km from Nueva, you have the pretty beach called Cuevas del Mar, perfect for swimming and playing in the sand. You can also choose a circular cycling route to the west towards Ribadesella, following the pilgrim´s trail "Camino del Norte" . In Ribadesella you can swim, surf, canoe or follow fossilized dinosaur tracks on the beach. The Cave Museum of Tito Bustillo, offers a replica of valuable cave paintings some 25,000 years old.
Challenge: Choice of activities on the coast // Cycling route: 24 km, 200 m ascent
Villages along the way: Nueva, Llames de Pría, Cuerres, Ribadesella
Your cycling program comes to an end this morning after breakfast. It you have hired a bike through S-cape Travel, it will be collected at your accommodation. If you're returning to Vilde, you can make the trip by bus or train.
Friendly family-run hotels in small villages
Located on the bank of the Deva river, with views towards the Picos de Europa. With a wide garden, a large living room with chimney and free parking.
Nice hotel, only 2 km away from the fishing medieval villa of Llanes. With a beach only 700m far. With family rooms.
A former "Casa de Indianos" (manor house) that has been transformed into a small and welcoming hotel that still has the charm of old times, making your stay a very unique experience.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 21st and October 25th.
Arrival in Vide
Easy shuttle connections from the three airports of Asturias (OVD), Santander (SDR) an Bilbao (BIO) to city centre bus stations. From Oviedo, Santander or Bilbao city centre, you can catch a direct bus to Unquera. You then continue by taxi to Vilde (2,5km).
It is wise to book your bus tickets and taxi transfer in advance, especially if you're travelling in summer or at weekends. Bus tickets can be purchased in advance on the ALSA website or through your S-cape Travel office.
Departure from Nueva de Llanes
If your flight departs from Asturias airport-OVD you can take the train to Oviedo or Gijón (check timetables at FEVE site).
If your flight departs from Santander (SDR) or Bilbao (BIO), you have easy bus connections from Unquera to these airports. Check www.alsa.es. S-cape Travel office in Arenas de Cabrales (Spain) can help you make the reservations.
If you plan to bring your own car, you can leave it in Vilde. At the end of the program, you can go back from Nueva to Unquera by train (3 bikes maximum). Check timetables at FEVE website. S-Cape can also arrange for you a private transfer.
Hybrid bikes, 21-speed, lock, pump, repair kit, map holder
Children's bikes, carts and trailer bikes also available
MMR KUMA 29
Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children
Fun-Trailer/add on bike Child seat
Kalkhoff Endeavour MOVE B9 Trapez
GPS tracks are available on request.
(*) NOTE: For groups or families of 5 / 6 people there are no quintuple or sextuple rooms, the prices are calculated combining double and/or triple rooms
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Ok but not something I would do again. Preferred the Danube trip much better - much flatter, on dedicated bike paths and way better suited to children.