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Asturias family cycling trip
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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ESSK055
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
Day 3: Canoeing on the Deva River
Day 4: From Vilde to Cué
Day 5: Circular route from Cué
Day 6: From Cué to Nueva
Day 7: A day at the beach or "Camino Norte"
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

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 // Opción 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 Cué

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 there, it's just 5km to reach your hotel in Cué, situated on the cliff with views to the sea. Tiny beach just 50m away.

Challenge: Cycling route of 30km, 325m in ascent

Villages along the way: Vilde, La Borbolla, Puertas,  Cué

Day 5:    Circular route from Cué

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 of 23km, with 150m in ascent

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

Day 6:    From Cué to Nueva

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) 29.5km, 425 ascent 

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

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

Day 7:    A day at the beach or "Camino Norte"

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 route to the west towards Ribadesella, where you can swim, surf, canoe and 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) 24km, 200m in 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)
Hotel Cuartamenteru-Poo de Llanes
Hotel Cuartamenteru (Poo de Llanes)
Hotel Don Tomás-Nueva de Llanes
Hotel Don Tomás (Nueva de Llanes)
practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 15th 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 with alu frame and 28" wheels
  • 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

Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children

Fun-Trailer/add on bike                                Child seat   

      

                       

 

E-BIKES RENTAL

For sizes S, M, L

  • 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

 For size XL

  • Model:          TREK T500+
  • Gears:          27 Derailleur
  • Frame:         Aluminium
  • Suspension: Front
  • Motor:          BionX
  • Size wheel:  28"
  • Size:             XL

              

                                             TREK T500+

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

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

Not Included

  • Lunches
  • 2 dinners (days 6 and 7)
  • Transport to first / from last accommodation
  • Bike rental

Extras

  • Transfers from / to airport, train/bus station can be arranged
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