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Cabrales & Peñamellera Alta - Short bike trip
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Cabrales & Peñamellera Alta - Short bike trip

Cabrales & Peñamellera Alta - Short bike trip

Short cycling trip with electric or trekking bike

  • Mountain villages at the foot of Picos de Europa
  • Asiegu: Exemplary Town of Asturias 2019
  • Easy routes on 20 to 40 km tarmac and gravel tracks
  • Stay in a charming rural hotel with great food
  • Gastronomic Welcome Menu with local products
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ROUTE
Day 1: Arrival at Arenas de Cabrales
Day 2: Route through the villages of the Través (39 km / 24.2 mi)
Day 3: Route through Peñamellera Alta (34 km / 21.1 mi)
Day 4: End of programme or optional route to Sotres (35 km / 21.7 mi)

Day 1:    Arrival at Arenas de Cabrales

Arrival at your hotel near Arenas de Cabrales, which has place to park car and bikes. A welcome dinner awaits you this evening so that you'll be in no doubt from the start about how good is the food in Cabrales, it's wonderful!

Day 2:    Route through the villages of the Través (39 km / 24.2 mi)

For the first day we have prepared a route through 7 of the villages of Cabrales that are in the area known locally as 'el través': Asiegu, Puertas, Pandiello, Ortiguero, Canales, Inguanzo and Carreña. If you have rented bikes from S-cape, we will bring them to the hotel. If you have brought your bike from home, you will cycle directly from the hotel towards West. You will have the opportunity to get to know Asiegu, Exemplary Town of Asturias 2019. From the Pedro Udaondo viewpoint you will enjoy spectacular views of the central massif of the Picos de Europa and then descend through La Venida de Les Vaques and make a stop at the Casa Niembro cider house to have a drink or sit down for lunch. If you want, we can book you a visit to the Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra, an ethnographic & gastronomic excursion with a great reputation.

Challenge: 39 km / 24.2 mi, 1,165 m ascent (between 125 and 400 m per ascent).

Day 3:    Route through Peñamellera Alta (34 km / 21.1 mi)

Today the route starts in the opposite direction, towards East in the direction to Panes. The first section follows the national road but downhill. In the morning there is usually little traffic. After 10 or 16 km you leave the AS-314 road and go up to Peñamellera alta, passing through Trescares, Mier, Alles, Ruenes and Rozagas.  At the end you return to Cabrales via Arangas, in a comfortable descent. We can book you a guided visit to the Aula de la Miel de los Picos de Europa, an interesting journey through the world of bees.

Challenge: 34 km / 21.1 mi, 600 m ascent (2 steep ascents of 250 and 175 m).

Day 4:    End of programme or optional route to Sotres (35 km / 21.7 mi)

After breakfast, your trip to Cabrales comes to an end. However, if you have time and feel like doing another route, we suggest you to go up to Sotres, the highest village in the Picos de Europa. For the first 6 kilometres to Poncebos, the road is wide and shared with tourists going to the famous Ruta del Cares. From Poncebos onwards, the real climb starts on a narrow and winding mountain road, which guarantees spectacular views, but also a lot of sweat. Make sure you have your batteries charged, whether it's your electric bike or your own. In any case, you can stop halfway to recharge your batteries in Tielve before doing the section through the Río Duje gorge. We can book you a guided visit to the Maín cheese factory, a modern building where the secrets of a millenary tradition are kept: the production of Quesu Cabrales cheese.

Note: If you have rented S-cape bikes and you want to do this route on the last day, you can add an extra day of bike rental. 

Challenge: 35 km / 21.7 mi, 900 m ascent

STANDARD HOTELS

The hotel included in this trip has been carefully selected taking into account not only its quality and location, but also its charm and exclusive services. All rooms have private bathrooms.

In the event that this standard hotel is fully booked, we will replace it with another hotel of similar characteristics and inform you about alternative accommodation.

 

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

 

Hotel Restaurante La Casa de Juansabeli
Hotel Restaurante La Casa de Juansabeli

The Hotel La Casa de Juansabeli is on the outskirts of Arenas de Cabrales (Asturias), on the banks of the river Cares and gateway to the Picos de Europa. It is an old stone building that has been restored and decorated with great care to create a welcoming space. It takes its name from the fountain described by Pliny (1st century) as Juansabeli (Fonte Sacro Belli?) at the foot of the Roman road to Caoro. Its restaurant is a reference point in the area.

www.hoteljuansabeli.com

PRACTICAL INFO

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between May 1st and November 15th

The nearest airports to the Picos de Europa are: Oviedo - Asturias (OVD), Santander (SDR) and Bilbao (BIO)

How to get to Arenas de Cabrales 

From each airport there are good connections to the station in the city centre, where there are links with other services to the final destination (ALSA company).

From Oviedo centre, there are direct buses to Arenas de Cabrales, although these services cannot be booked in advance. From Santander and Bilbao, there is a direct bus service to Unquera, then the journey continues by taxi to Arenas de Cabrales.

NOTE: It is recommended to book bus tickets as well as the taxi transfer in advance, especially for arrival and when travelling in the summer season or on Friday afternoons. Tickets can be purchased either through the ALSA website (www.alsa.es) or through the S-cape office in Asturias, which can also take care of booking the taxi from Unquera to Arenas.

If you arrive in your own car in Cabrales, you can leave it parked in the hotel's private car park for the duration of your trip

HYBRID BIKES

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

  • Bike model: GIANT,  SPECIALIZED 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"

                                                             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 and mobile tracks available on request. Own App for route tracking

INCLUDED

Included

  • 3 nights´accommodation with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with gastronomic menu
  • Detailed description of the routes and maps in digital format
  • Access to our app to follow the routes from your mobile phone 
  • 24 hour telephone assistance

Not incluided

  • 2 dinners and 3 lunches
  • Hybrid or electric bike rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers by public transport
  • Transport to and from accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, additional transfers, etc...
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme

Optional services

  • Hybrid or electric bike rental (includes helmet, mobile stand, map holder, lock, repair kit, pump and pannier).
  • If you want to immerse yourself a little more in the local culture, we suggest you book one of these guided tours (cost not included):
    • Aula de la Miel de los Picos de Europa (Honey Classroom of the Picos de Europa)
    • Cheese and Cider Route (includes espicha - traditional dinner-)
    • Maín Cheese Factory (includes cheese tasting) 
  • Sending of printed documents to the first accommodation
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