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Costa Verde & The Picos Self-Guided Tour (10 Nights)

Tour code: NOSSG10

Tour Overview

Starting from Santillana, you first ride south following the Saja River and then climb west over the pass to Carmona. The next leg starts with a bit more climbing to the Puerto de Piedras Luengas and then a wonderful descent to Potes in the basin of the Picos for a two night stopover. There are many options for the loop ride from here, including taking the cable car from Fuente De and then hiking down through the mountains. From Potes you ride north alongside the River Deva through the Gorge of La Hermida to Las Arenas de Cabrales. From Arenas you continue west to Cangas, and then cross the Sierra de la Cubeta to meet the Casta Verde at Llanes. The next route follows the coast east to San Vicente for a two night stopover. There are several great options for the loop ride from here. Finally you follow the coast through Comillas back to Santillana – or you can extend the route and finish in Santander.

See the Regional Details page for further information on the scenery and attractions.
The itinerary follows routes B, I, K, L, O, P, Q, R and D.
The tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • Santillana del Mar
  • Carmona Pass
  • Potes
  • Fuente De
  • La Hermida Gorge
  • Las Arenas and the Cabrales Valley
  • Cangas
  • Llanes
  • Parque Natural de Oyambre
  • Comillas


  • Climbing
  • Near Somo
  • Not-so-Iron Donkey
  • Picos De Europa
  • Potes


  • This itinerary can be easily be shortened to 9 nights by removing the second night in San Vicente. There is the option to spend one or more nights in Bilbao at the beginning or end of your bicycle tour.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at SANTILLANA DEL MAR          
2 route B Santillana Cabuérniga    
Altamira; Cabezón de la Sal; Valley of Cabuerniga; Bárcena Mayor
3 route I Cabuérniga Potes    
Puente Nansa; Valley of Valdeprado; Puerto de Piedras Luengas; Santa María de Piasca
4 route K Potes Potes  
Valley of Valdebarro; Fuenta De; Santo Toribio monastery; Mogrovejo
5 route L Potes Arenas de Cabrales    
Santa Maria de Lebeña; La Hermida gorge; Panes; Sotres; Treviso
6 route O Arenas de Cabrales Cangas de Onís    
Valley of Cabrales; Covadonga; Mirador de la Reina
7 route P Cangas de Onís Llanes
Ribadesella; Siera de la Cubeta; Costa Verde
8 route Q^ Llanes San Vicente      
Costa Verde; Unquera; Noriega; Andrín
9 route R San Vicente San Vicente  
Estrada; Bielba; Pechón; Santillana del Mar
10 route D San Vicente Santillana      
Oyambre; Comillas; Cóbreces
11 depart from SANTILLANA DEL MAR        

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
Carbon Road
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider
Transfer  Bilbao to Santillana (per group – max 4)
Transfer Santander to Santillana (per group – max 4)

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