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Asturias cycling trip

Asturias cycling trip

Green fields, cool woods and lovely coves

  • Pleasant cycling in gorgeous 'España Verde' (Green Spain)
  • Lush fields, cool woods, lovely coves: views to both mountains and sea
  • Choice of easier or more difficult routes
  • Charming, comfortable accommodations in peaceful villages
  • Short detours to historical monuments
  • Local architecture: village houses, stables, wooden grain barns, stone walls
  • Delicious regional cuisine: hearty stews, free-range meats, apple cider and artisan cheese
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Start: Villanueva de Colombres           Finish: Gijón

Day 1: Arrival in Villanueva de Colombres
Day 2: Loop from Villanueva (45 km)
Day 3: From Villanueva to Llanes (25.5 km)
Day 4: From Llanes to Nueva de Llanes (24-27 km)
Day 5: From Nueva to Colunga (37 km)
Day 6: From Colunga to Agüero via Villaviciosa and Tazones (37 km)
Day 7: From Agüero to Gijón (28.6 km)
Day 8: End of arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in Villanueva de Colombres

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’.

Day 2:    Loop from Villanueva (45 km)

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

Day 3:    From Villanueva to Llanes (25.5 km)

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

Day 4:    From Llanes to Nueva de Llanes (24-27 km)

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

Day 5:    From Nueva to Colunga (37 km)

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

Day 6:    From Colunga to Agüero via Villaviciosa and Tazones (37 km)

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

Day 7:    From Agüero to Gijón (28.6 km)

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

Day 8:    End of arrangement

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.

'standard' hotels

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.

La Quinta de Villanueva-Villanueva de Colombres
La Quinta de Villanueva*** (Villanueva de Colombres)

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.

www.quintadevillanueva.com

Hotel Finca La Mansión-Llanes
Hotel Finca La Mansión**** (Llanes)

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. 

www.fincalamansion.net

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

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. 

www.hoteldontomas.com

Hotel Mar del Sueve-Colunga
Hotel Mar del Sueve*** (Colunga)

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.

www.mardelsueve.com

Hotel Asturias - Gijon
Hotel Asturias**** (Gijón)

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.

www.hotelasturiasgijon.es

practical info

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

Arrival in Villanueva de Colombres

  • If you fly to Asturias airport (OVD)  there are easy shuttle connection to city centre bus station, then take a  bus to Unquera (check timetables at www.alsa.es) and then take a taxi to Villanueva de Colombres.
  • If you fly to other airports (Santander-SDR or Bilbao-BIO) you can catch a direct bus to Unquera from Santander or Bilbao city centre. Once in Unquera you continue by taxi to Villanueva de Colombres (4km).
  • 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 Gijón

  • From Gijón there are easy bus connections to all 3 airports (Asturias-OVD, Santander and Bilbao). Check www.alsa.es. You can also book your bus tickets through S-cape Travel office
  • S-Cape Travel can also arrange private transfers to/from the different airports at the beginning/ end of the tour.

If you arrive in your own vehicle, you can leave it parked on a public square in Villanueva de Colombres (unguarded parking).

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/twin rooms with en suite bathing facilities
  • 7 hearty Breakfasts
  • Luggage transport according to program
  • Detailed route description and maps

Not Included:

  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Helmet and bike hire (can be booked separately)

Optional Services:

  • Bike rental: bicycles can be hired with the following characteristics: GIANT light-frame hybrid bicycles, with 21 gears (Shimano parts), repair kit, lock, pump, helmet, front and back panniers and map carrier
  • Electric Bike rental: TREK bikes (4 levels of support/ batteries charge while you descent)
  • Transfers to and from airport / train station / bus station
  • Transfer from last hotel back to the first (parking for the week at first hotel for an extra fee)
  • Bus or train tickets
  • Extra nights at any hotel along the way, on the Cantabrian coast or city hotels in Oviedo, Gijón or Bilbao.

Extra Overnight:

Extra nights may be booked at any of the standard accommodations, at hotels on the coast, or at city hotels (Gijón, Oviedo or Bilbao).

reviews

01-06-2018

"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"

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