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Northern Spain Bicycle Tours

Introduction

Cantabria and Asturias are adjacent autonomous regions of Northern Spain that front the Atlantic Ocean on the southern shores of the Bay of Biscay. Straddling the border between the two regions is the Picos de Europa, one of Spain’s most spectacular mountain ranges, characterized by towering summits, plunging gorges and hidden valleys that shelter idyllic mountain villages. The Picos are a habitat for some of Europe’s rarest wildlife.

“Green Spain”, as the region is sometimes known, offers images and experiences very different from those of Mediterranean Spain. The Costa Verde is Spain’s most dramatic coastline with fine arching bays between massive cliffs topped by verdant meadows. This is a region of the country that is known, appreciated and frequented by the Spanish themselves. Besides superb cycling, you can also look forward to wonderful food and some of Spain’s finest wines.

Click here for detailed information about the region and its attractions »

Map of the Region

You may find it helpful to view and print off a copy of the regional map and cross reference with the description.

Northern Spain Biking Routes

Northern Spain Biking Routes

Route
Start
Finish
Route options
En route
A^
SANTANDER
SANTILLANA
     
Santander; El Sardinero; Cabo Mayor lighthouse; Santillana; Altamira
A^
SANTILLANA
SANTANDER
     
Santander; El Sardinero; Cabo Mayor lighthouse; Santillana; Altamira
B
SANTILLANA
Cabuérniga
   
Altamira; Cabezón de la Sal; Valley of Cabuerniga; extension to Bárcena Mayor
C
SANTILLANA
Campoó
   
Altamira; Barcena Mayor; Cabezón de la Sal; Alto Campoó
D
SANTILLANA
San Vicente
     
Oyambre; Comillas; Cóbreces
D
San Vicente
SANTILLANA
     
Oyambre; Comillas; Cóbreces
E
Campoó
Campoó
   
Embalse del Ebro; Source of the Ebro; Corconte Spa
F
Campoó
Cervera
     
Aguilar de Campoó; stork nesting sites; Aguilar de Campoó lake
G
Cervera
Cervera
 
Sierra del Brezo; Cervera lakes; Guardo
H
Cervera
Potes
   
Valley of Valdeprado; Puerto de Piedras Luengas; Santa Maria de Piasca
I
Cabuérniga
Potes
   
Puente Nansa; Valley of Valdeprado; Puerto de Piedras Luengas; Santa María de Piasca
I
Potes
Cabuérniga
   
Puente Nansa; Valley of Valdeprado; Puerto de Piedras Luengas; Santa María de Piasca
J
Potes
San Vicente
 
Santa Maria de Lebeña; La Hermida gorge; Panes; Unquera; Noriega
J
San Vicente
Potes
   
Santa Maria de Lebeña; La Hermida gorge; Panes; Unquera; Noriega
K
Potes
Potes
 
Valley of Valdebarro; Fuenta De; Santo Toribio monastery; Mogrovejo
L
Potes
Arenas de Cabrales
   
Santa Maria de Lebeña; La Hermida gorge; Panes; Sotres; Treviso
M
Arenas de Cabrales
San Vicente
   
Panes; Unquera; Noriega; Sierra de Cuera
N
Arenas de Cabrales
LLANES
   
Valley of Cabrales; Costa Verde
O
Arenas de Cabrales
Cangas de Onís
   
Valley of Cabrales; Covadonga; Mirador de la Reina
P
Cangas de Onís
LLANES
Ribadesella; Siera de la Cubeta; Costa Verde
Q^
LLANES
San Vicente
     
Costa Verde; Unquera; Noriega; Andrín
Q^
San Vicente
LLANES
     
Costa Verde; Unquera; Noriega; Andrín
R
San Vicente
San Vicente
 
Estrada; Bielba; Pechón; Santillana del Mar
S
San Vicente
Cabuérniga
 
La Hermida Gorge; Collade de Hoz; Collada de Ozalbal; El Soplao caves
T
Cabuérniga
Villacarriedo
   
Carmona pass; Barcena Mayor; Puente Visego caves and spa; Pas country
U
Villacarriedo
SANTANDER
Miera Valley; San Roque de Riomiera; Liérganes; La Cavada; Somo

Note:

Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.

^ = Public transport option available for part or all of route

* = Route can be divided into two shorter options (with an additional overnight)