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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.

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

Gallery

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

Options

  • 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 Start Stay Core route Other options En Route
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1 - Santillana del Mar - - - -  
2 Santillana Cabuérniga 59 940     Ride along the River Saja from the estuary close to Santillana up to the beautiful rural Valle de Cabuérniga.
3 Cabuérniga Potes 63 1700   A beautiful ride through the remote hills and valleys of Cantabria to the dramatic gorge of La Hermida and the village of Potes in the heart of the Picos de Europa.
4 Potes Potes 44 890 Explore the area around Potes and the Picos de Europa, or take the cable car from Fuente Dé.
5 Potes Arenas de Cabrales 49 1015   From Potes we ride along the gorge of the River Deva and then along the gorge of the River Cares to Arenas de Cabrales.
6 Arenas de Cabrales Cangas de Onis 31 460   From Arenas de Cabrales we ride around the periphery of the Picos de Europa with a possible side trip climbing to the beautiful lake and mountain scenery of the Lagos de Covadonga.
7 Cangas de Onis Llanes 49 1065   We ride through beautiful rural scenery towards the rugged coastline and the fishing village of Llanes.
8 Llanes San Vicente 58 1065   Another combination of valleys and coastline takes us to the fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera surrounded by estuaries.
9 San Vicente San Vicente     Take a choice of roundrides from San Vicente.
10 San Vicente Santillana 63 1050   A largely coastal ride takes us to Santillana del Mar with the opportunity to visit the fine village of Comillas and Gaudí’s El Capricho en route.

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
Basic cost per person sharing 985*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 285
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 155
Carbon Road 200
E-Bike 225
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 410
Each additional person 15
Transfer Bilbao to Santillana (per group- max 4) 140
Transfer Santander to Santillana (per group- max 4) 80

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