Start: Nueva de Llanes End: Gijón
Today you pick up your hire bike in Nueva de Llanes then cycle to your first accommodation. A long but gentle route today with no tough ascents, just a few hills (60 m to 90 m) halfway through the route. You follow the pilgrimage route along the coastline and do one section through the foothills of the Sueve range. You can stop off to visit the interesting cave art at Cueva Tito Bustillo, the fossilized dinosaur tracks on the beach between Ribadesella and Colunga, or the karstic formations on the cliffs near Guadamía (blowholes!), at the protected nature area called Castru Arenas.
Challenge: 37 km, 400 m ascent, 365 m descent.
Villages on the way: Nueva, Ribadesella, Colunga
Today you start off with a lovely section, which is shorter but also steeper than yesterday’s ascents. Once again, the route follows the Camino de Santiago, passing the “Sierra del Sueve” to reach Villaviciosa, capital of cider-production in Asturias. In the town centre, there are some interesting buildings dating back to times when many pilgrims walked the Santiago Trail following the ‘Camino del Norte’, or northern route. From Villaviciosa you follow the estuary through a protected area (especially interesting for birdwatchers). Finally, you ascend via the picturesque port of Tazones to the plateau at Argüero.
Challenge: 37 km, 420 m ascent, 390 m descent.
Villages on the way: Villaviciosa, Tazones, Argüero
Your last day of cycling is not too long (in terms of kilometres) but do remember that halfway through the route, a tough ascent (of 210 m) awaits. You cycle along a narrow winding road (the only way to avoid heavy traffic), then ‘sail down’ into the city of Gijón and ride along the boardwalk past San Lorenzo beach, to reach your hotel. In the afternoon, you can take a short bus or train ride to the regional capital of Oviedo, some 30 km inland, which has a very interesting Gothic cathedral and three of the most important pre-Romanesque monuments, which figure on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
If you have parked your car in Nueva on the first day, a transfer (1 person + bikes) is included today at 3 pm from Gijón to Nueva to pick-up the car and return to Gijón.
Challenge: 29 km, 240 m ascent, 280 m descent.
Villages on the way: Gijón
Your cycling programme comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure from Gijón.
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 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.
Arrival in Nueva
If you fly to Asturias airport (OVD) there are easy shuttle connections to the city centre bus station, then take a bus to Nueva de Llanes (check timetables at www.alsa.es).
If you fly to other airports (Santander-SDR or Bilbao-BIO) you can catch a direct bus to nueva de Llanes from Santander or Bilbao city centre.
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.
If you want to return to the start, in Nueva, you can take a slow train or a faster trip by bus (without bike).
S-Cape Travel can also arrange private transfers to / from the different airports at the beginning or end of the tour.
If you arrive with your own vehicle, you can leave it parked in a public parking lot in Nueva de Llanes, but it is not a guarded parking lot.
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
GPS tracks are available upon request