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Asturias cycling trip
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Asturias cycling trip

Asturias cycling trip

Green fields, cool woods and lovely coves

  • Pleasant cycling through the gorgeous landscapes of España Verde (Green Spain)
  • Green fields, cool woods and lovely coves: views to both the mountains and the sea
  • Choice of easier or more difficult routes, to suit your ability and preference
  • Charming and comfortable accommodations in small, peaceful villages
  • Short detours to historical monuments along the way
  • Traditional local architecture: village houses, stables, wooden grain barns, stone walls, etc.
  • Delicious regional gastronomy, including hearty stews, free-range chicken and beef, natural apple cider and an amazing variety of locally-produced artisan cheeses
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Route

Start: Villanueva de Colombres           Finish: Gijón

Day 1: Arrival in Villanueva de Colombres
Day 2: Circular route 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 (29 km)
Day 8: End of arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in Villanueva de Colombres

Today you arrive in Asturias at your charming and stylish hotel built by wealthy emigrants returning from ‘Las Americas’ in 1908 in the typical neo-colonial style locally known as ‘Casona de Indiano’.  If you’re interested in the history of (re)migration in Asturias, you can visit the Museum in the Quinta de Guadalupe in Colombres.  

Challenge: Arrival on the Green Coast of Spain.

Villages along the way: Villanueva de Colombres

Day 2:    Circular route from Villanueva (45 km)

You start off the cycling tour with a lovely ride of 41km (375m in ascent) through rolling hills on the border between Cantabria and Asturias. Option of making a small detour to the beach of Pechón at the end of the day OR to the Cueva del Pindal, with its prehistoric cave paintings, or the Romanesque ruins of Santa Tina Church.

Challenge: 45 km, 440 m ascent, 130 m descent. 

Villages along the way: Merodio, Muñorrodero, Pechón, Pesués, Vilde

Day 3:    From Villanueva to Llanes (25,5 km)

Today you take a quiet ride further into the province of Asturias. First you cross the ‘dark valley’ of la Borbolla and then you cross over to the coast line, in order to follow the cycling route “Senda de la Costa” to Llanes. Lovely beaches along the way and an outdoor swimming pool at your hotel in the outskirts of Llanes. For dinner you have very good options in the town centre.

Challenge: 25,5 km, 325 m ascent, 140 m descent.  

Villages along the way: Colombres, Pimiango, La Borbolla, Andrín, Cué

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

Choose between a tough ascent of 650m (37km) to enjoy lovely views from the Sierra del Cuera or a gentler ride through rolling green hills of 27km (440m in ascent, including one ascent of 175m and several short ones; but even this 175m ascent can be avoided by taking the main road). Along the way there are several spots where you can stop to go for a paddle in the sea but you also cycle to the Cuevas del mar beach after you’ve arrived at the hotel (4km extra). 

Challenge: 24-27 km, 250 m ascent and 150 m descent OR 425 m ascent and 225 m descent.  

Villages along the way: Posada, Rales

Day 5:    From Nueva to Colunga (37 km)

Today you continue along the coast. Your route is also part of the Camino de Santiago del Norte (Northern Variant of Saint James’ Way) and painted shells in blue and yellow will guide you. In Colunga there is still time to visit the Jurassic Museum before dinner (but in order to get there, you have to cycle and climb a few km extra.

Challenge: 37 km, 330-400 m ascent , 225 m descent.

Villages along the way: Caravia, Colunga

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

Villaviciosa, with its inviting historical centre, was once an important stop for pilgrims going to Santiago. It is now the centre for cider-making in Asturias. Your cross this town and then cycle along the estuary protected birding area; ZEPA) via Tázones to Argüero (36km, 420m in ascent). The village of Tazones. This village is famous for its sea food restaurants and because of the accidental anchoring of Emperor Carlos the 5th fleet in 1517

Challenge: 37 km, 420m ascent, 180m descent.

Villages along the way: Priesca, Villaviciosa, Tazones

Day 7:    From Agüero to Gijón (29 km)

Your last day of cycling is slightly shorter but starts off with a good ascent. Climb up through the lush greenery of the Asturian countryside and then, from an elevation of 220m, sail down into the city of Gijon, riding along the beautiful San Lorenzo Beach boardwalk all the way to your hotel.

Challenge: 29 km, 240 m ascent, 280 m descent. 

Villages along the way: Arroes, Peón, Somio

Day 8:    End of arrangement

Your arrangement ends today after breakfast.

accommodation

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 (OVI)  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 in a public square in Villanueva de Colombres, but it is not a guarded parking lot.

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/twin rooms with en suite bathing facilities
  • 7 hearty Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners (day 1 and 6)
  • Luggage transport according to program
  • Detailed route description and maps

Not Included:

  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Lunches
  • 5 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).

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