Start: Villanueva de Colombres Finish: Gijón
Travel to Green Spain and arrive in Villanueva near Colombres, home to the inspiring bright-blue Emigration Museum at Quinta de Guadalupe, a classic ‘Casona de Indiano’ colonial-style mansión. Relax in peaceful rural surroundings and begin to enjoy lovely ‘España Verde’.
Start off with a splendid 41-km circular route through hilly terrain on the border between Cantabria and Asturias. Save time at the end for an optional detour to the beach at Pechón, cycle to Cueva del Pindal with its prehistoric cave paintings or ride to Romanesque ruins at Santa Tina Church.
Challenge: 45 km, 440 m ascent/ descent
Embark on a quiet ride further into the province of Asturias, as you traverse La Borbolla in the ‘dark valley’ (Valle Oscuro) then ride out toward the sea and pick up the ‘Senda Costera’ cycling route. Pause for pictures or a paddle at quiet beaches along the way. Your day ends in the colourful little port town of Llanes, where you take a stroll along medieval lanes and select a restaurant for dinner.
Challenge: 25.5 km, 325 m ascent/descent
Today's route cuts through green hills to reach Nueva de Llanes, passing enticing beaches where you can stop for a swim. Pause in Porrúa to see the ethnographic museum and snap a few photos of the church in Niembro. The market village of Posada boasts a centuries-long tradition and here you make a choice between the standard route on the northern variant of St James’ Way (Camino del Norte) and the alternative route involving a steep ascent inland. Both options end at your next accommodation, situated in Nueva de Llanes. For this afternoon, it’s just 4 km from your hotel to the striking beach at Cuevas del Mar.
Challenge: 24-27 km, 250/425 m ascent, 220 m descent
Cruise the coast going west on the Camino de Santiago as blue and yellow painted shells mark the ancient route. Once you’ve settled in at your hotel in Colunga, there will still be time to visit the Jurassic Museum before dinner. A good way to work up an appetite, since getting there means extra cycling with extra ascent.
Challenge: 37 km, 330-400 m ascent, 365 m descent
Villaviciosa’s inviting town centre was once an important stop for pilgrims going to Santiago, nowadays it’s at the heart of cider production in Asturias. Pause to taste a tapa made with ‘sidra’ then cycle the estuary through an EU special protection area for birds (SPA). Trundle onward to the tiny port of Tazones, known for its fresh seafood and the accidental 1517 anchoring of Emperor Carlos the Fifth.
Challenge: 37 km, 420 m ascent, 390 m descent
Your last route will be slightly shorter though it begins with quite a good ascent. Climbing up through lush greenery, you’ll view the Asturian countryside from an elevation of 220m then sail down into Gijón, gliding along San Lorenzo Beach boardwalk all the way to your hotel. Celebrate this evening as you dine on local cuisine in the welcoming city centre.
Challenge: 28.6 km, 240 m ascent, 277 m descent
Your cycling trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure from Asturias or extra nights to explore Gijón or the nearby capital of Asturias, Oviedo, and its splendid Gothic cathedral.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
This elegant hotel of "indiano" style is in between the high mountains of Picos de Europa and the coast. A charming hotel that still preserves the splendor of the time it was built (in 1908), as can be seen in its mahogany door, its magnificent stairway or the freco paintings on the ceiling. Their customized and friendly treatment is one of their basic premises to make guests fell at home.
This hotel imitates a Neoclassical palace with an indoor cloister and a "Light Saloon". Located in a large countryside property with 10,000 m2 that includes an outdoor swimming pool, wide gardens and beautiful views to the Cuera range. Llanes, with its medieval urban structure and its beaches, is only 1.6 km away.
In a renovated "Casa de Indianos" that has been transformed into a small and charming hotel. This hotel has preserved the look of the time, which makes the stay a whole experience for the traveller.
This hotel was opened in 2002. they renovated a typical “Casa de Indianos” that was built in 1881. The hotel preserves the stately charm at the same time as it provides all the modern amenities for its guests.
Hotel Rural La Figar opened in 2000. This family-run hotel was opened after turning an old, family home into a small, welcoming rural hotel. It is located in Argüero, in the heart of cider region. The hotel has eight comfortable rooms personalized and decorated differently, with all the comforts you may need.
Historical and catalogued builiding, located in the Plaza Mayor, in the monumental quarter of Gijón. Between the marina, the beach of San Lorenzo and the fishing quarter of cimadevilla, the oldest in the city.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October. During high season, especially August, the normally very quiet interior roads that you follow during this trip, have more traffic as the inhabitants of Spains' large cities come up North for their holidays. Hence, the beaches and towns are also full of people, with lots of festivals and folkloric events to participate in. Avoid this season if you are looking forward to a peaceful cycling holiday.
Arrival in Villanueva de Colombres
Departure from Gijón
If you arrive in your own vehicle, you can leave it parked on a public square in Villanueva de Colombres (unguarded parking).
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.
Extra nights may be booked at any of the standard accommodations, at hotels on the coast, or at city hotels (Gijón, Oviedo or Bilbao).
"Overall we really enjoyed the trip. The route maps were very detailed (with one or two exceptions). The overall experience was a positive one, I think it was much more hilly than described, but I would recommend the trip"