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Asturias family cycling trip
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Family Cycling
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Asturias family cycling trip

Asturias family cycling trip

Green Coast; Asturias cycling for families

  • A variety of activities througout the week: cycling, canoeing, walking and swimming
  • Carefully-selected accommodation, with a welcoming atmosphere
  • Interesting cultural visits from cave-paintings to ancient chapels
  • Authentic hamlets and pretty fishing villages along Spain's Green Coast
  • Rolling hills, rocky cliffs, green pastures, peaceful coves and quiet woodlands
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Route

Start: Vilde              Finish: Nueva de Llanes

Day 1: Arrival in Green Spain
Day 2: Circular route from Vilde (14 - 46 km)
Day 3: Canoeing on the Deva River
Day 4: From Vilde to Poo de Llanes (29 km)
Day 5: Circular route from Poo de Llanes (19,5 km)
Day 6: From Poo to Nueva de Llanes (21 - 24 km)
Day 7: A day at the beach or cycle along the "Camino del Norte" (30 km)
Day 8: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival in Green Spain

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

Day 2:    Circular route from Vilde (14 - 46 km)

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 41km route (with a total of 440m in ascent, spread out over a few short but steep sections) or a short ride of 14km 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) 41km or 46km, 440m or 505m ascent // Option 2; (short ride) 14km, 150m ascent

Villages along the way: Vilde, Unquera, Pimiango, Pechón

Day 3:    Canoeing on the Deva River

Today you cycle just 4km, 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, walking route; 14km, 265m ascent

Villages along the way: Unquera, Panes, Colombres

Day 4:    From Vilde to Poo de Llanes (29 km)

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 25km (with a total ascent of 325m, 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  7km to reach the next accommodation, located in Poo de Llanes, only 700 m away from a beautiful beach. 

Challenge: (Cycling route) 29 km, 325m in ascent

Villages along the way: Vilde, La Borbolla, Puertas,  Cué, Poo de Llanes

Day 5:    Circular route from Poo de Llanes (19,5 km)

Your hotel in Poo de Llanes is just 2km 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 Póo de Llanes.

Challenge: (Cycling route) 19,5 km, with 325 m ascent

Villages along the way: Cué, Parres, Porrúa-Celorio, Poo, LLanes

Day 6:    From Poo to Nueva de Llanes (21 - 24 km)

Today you do another splendid, and incredibly varied, cycling route with 2 different options. First you cycle to Posada de Llanes. From there you can either follow the coast (easier route) or turn inland and do a circuit up into the Sierra, to point with stunning views. Both routes follow (mainly) country roads through picturesque scenery and offer a glimpse of real rural life in Asturias. Option of stopping along the way for a paddle in the sea. 

Challenge: (Route inland) 24 km, 425 m ascent 

                 (Shorter route- coastal) 21 km, 200 m ascent

Villages along the way: (inland) Llanes, Barro, Niembro, Posada, Rales, Cardoso, Nueva

                                  (by the coast) LLanes, Barro, Niembro, Naves, Nueva

Day 7:    A day at the beach or cycle along the "Camino del Norte" (30 km)

Just 2,5km 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) 30 km, 50m ascent

Villages along the way: Nueva, Llames de Pría, Cuerres, Ribadesella

Day 8:    End of program

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.

accommodation

 Friendly family-run hotels in small villages

Agroturismo Muriances-Vilde
Agroturismo Muriances (Vilde)

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. 

www.agroturismomuriances.com

Hotel Cuartamenteru-Poo de Llanes
Hotel Cuartamenteru (Poo de Llanes)

Nice hotel, only 2 km away from the fishing medieval villa of Llanes. With a beach only 700m far. With family rooms. Every afternoon the owner, Luis, organises a visit to his orchard and to the cider press. 

www.cuartamenteru.com

Hotel Don Tomás-Nueva de Llanes
Hotel Don Tomás (Nueva de Llanes)

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.  

www.hoteldontomas.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 21st and October 25th.

The nearest airports are Oviedo (OVD), also known as Asturias airport, Santander (SDR) and Bilbao (BIO).

Arrival in Vide

Easy shuttle connections from the three airports of Asturias(OVI), 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 (www.alsa.es) 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

Hybrid bikes, 21-speed, lock, pump, repair kit, map holder
Children's bikes, carts and trailer bikes also available

  • Bike model: GIANT,  ESPECIALIZED or CUBE TOURING
  • Bike Type: Hybrid trekking bike
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Wheels: 28"
  • Gears: Adults bikes: 21 or 24 gears // Kids bikes: 7, 14 or 21 gears
  • Suspension: Yes
  • Frame sizes: (Adults): XS ,S ,M , L, XL (Kids): 20"/24"/26"

                            Male                                                                  Female

                                    GIANT

                               CUBE TOURING

MOUNTAIN BIKES (MBT)

  • Bike model: MMR KUMA 29
  • Bike type: MBT
  • Frame: Aluminium 6061-T6 double hydroformed crowned 
  • Brakes: Shimano MT-200 Hydraulic 
  • Tires: Hutchinson Python 2

 

                           MMR KUMA 29

(*) ACCESSORIES INCLUDED

  • Rental bicycles ALWAYS include: repair kit, pump and lock.
  • Depending on the type of bicycle you can add (for free, but on request): map holder, 1 front pannier or 1 rear pannier
  • Helmet available (on request); € 5/adults, free for children

FOR KIDS

Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children

Fun-Trailer/add on bike                                Child seat   

      

                        

E-BIKES RENTAL

  • Bike model:        Kalkhoff Endeavour MOVE B9 Trapez
  • Bike Type:          Electric
  • Motor:                 Bosch Performance Cruise, 250 W
  • Frame:                28 '' Aluminum Wave
  • Battery:              500 Wh
  • Autonomy:        180 km
  • Technology:       Shift-sensor technology for smooth shifting 
  • Wheels:              Schwalbe Marathon Plus  
  • Sizes:                  S, M & L (Unisex)

            

                         Kalkhoff Endeavour MOVE B9 Trapez

 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • Accommodation in double, triple or 4-person rooms/apartments (*)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Luggage transport on Days 3 and 5
  • Canoeing excursion including packlunch and transfer Unquera-Panes
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • 24/7 telephone assistance

(*) 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

Not Included

  • Lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Transport to first / from last accommodation
  • Bike rental

Extras

  • Transfers from / to airport, train/bus station can be arranged
  • Bikes rental (hibrid, electric, kids bikes, trailer, etc...)
  • Optional transfers from/to airport or bus station
  • Bus tickets
  • Extra nights in Oviedo, Gijón, Santander or Bilbao
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