Basque country, Cantabria & Asturias Tour

  • Location

    Bilbao to Oviedo

  • Duration

    6 Days | 5 Nights

  • Length

    60 - 120km daily

  • Climb

    1000 - 1,700m daily

14 Sep 2021 - 19 Sep 2021 / 12 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

Asturias ... Cantabria ... Basque Country ... experience the best of "Green Spain", riding from the Basque Country overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and along the northern coast of Spain beside the amazing Picos Europa. Discover some of the epic passes of northern Spain, the lakes of Covadonga and Alto de L'Angliru, featured on the Grand Tour of Spain. Fall in love with some medieval villages, charming people and traditions, and visit the amazing cities like Bilbao, Santander, and Oviedo along the way.

This tour is designed to enjoy incredible rides between 70 -110 km, making sure we always have the best views and safe roads. We’ll ride at our own pace along peaceful verdant hilly roads. As well as visiting medieval villages, fishing ports and savouring the lush green landscape with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Once in the mountains, we will conquer the most impressive mountain climbs the region has to offer, including the iconic Alto de L'Angliru (1,600m) and the glorious Lagos de Covadonga (1,135m).

During this tour, we’ll stay in Bilbao, Santander, Llanes and Oviedo. Each evening, we'll enjoy local cuisine and stay in a lovely hotel - for this tour, the quality of hotels, food and wine are as important as cycling.


Total price: From €2,975

  • Enjoy the ancient cities of Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo, and the mountains and coast of "España Verde"
  • Ride through some of the epic passes of northern Spain, the lakes of Covadonga and Alto de L'Angliru, included in the Grand Tour of Spain.
  • On every riding day, enjoy the passionate and vocal Spanish supporters wherever we cycle
  • Relish the local Spanish food and wine, and relax in the lovely hotels (some with a pool - perfect on a hot day!)
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Bianchi bike rental available (Infinito CV disc + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • DAY 1 - TUESDAY

    BIENVENIDO A BILBAO

    Today we arrive in Bilbao, the capital of Basque country and home to the world famous Guggenheim museum. After meeting you at the airport we'll have a short 15 minute transfer to your hotel in heart of the city. Once you've settled in and we've helped set up your bikes there's a chance for an easy ride to warm up your legs. We'll take a short tour through the iconic city, surrounded by green mountains that overlook the Atlantic ocean. In the evening you are free to explore the city and get some rest for the exciting days ahead.

  • DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY

    BILBAO TO SANTANDER

    118km / 1170 m

    Today we will enjoy a rolling warm-up to Castro Urdiales, where we will stop to take some quick classic photos in the port, before continuing our beautiful ride along the northern coast of Spain. Once in Laredo, we will have a very fresh Gazpacho and prepare for a great picnic with views of the cliffs and sea. The last 15 km before reaching Santander are relatively flat and we will be able to ride at a fast pace emulating the spint of a race. Once in the city of Santander, we will transfer by taxi to our hotel, where we will enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the heart of this beautiful coastal city.

  • DAY 3 - THURSDAY

    SANTANDER - LLANES

    92km / 1075m

    A truly beautiful ride, today you'll be able to soak up the landscape and race to set the pace with your teammates. Our ride takes us west along the flat and open coast roads of northern Spain. Surrounded by incredible scenery, for 92 km we'll have the amazing Picos Europa on one side and the Atlantic ocean beside us on the other. A quick stop for a "cafe con leche" is well deserved in the beautiful Santillana del mar as we ride toward our final destination in the beautiful town of Llanes; known for its rugged coastline of limestone cliffs and beaches.

  • DAY 4 - FRIDAY

    LLANES - LAGOS DE COVADONGA & CANGAS DE ONIS

    94km / 1370m

    A welcome reprieve from packing up all your gear this morning as we'll spend a well deserved 2 nights in our hotel in Oviedo. It's going to be a challenging but stunning day as we ride up to Lagos de Covadonga with 22.4 km of pure climbing with an average of 4.8%. Our stopping point for the picnic today will be at the top. An incredible descent is waiting for us, and once we get to Cangas de Onis, we will regroup and get ready to be transfered. We then will take you to the city of Oviedo where you will be able to relax and explore the city's enchanting medieval old town.

  • DAY 5 - SATURDAY

    OVIEDO & Alto de L'Angliru

    65 Km / 1,720m or 93 Km / 2,180 m

    Lush green mountains and verdant gorges are the order of the day as we enjoy a short but mountain course. After breakfast, we ride south to tackle Alto de L'Angliru, considered one of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing and an epic Vuelta classic. An out and back summit, we'll get to enjoy the full extent of the climb and descent before riding back for a well-earned lunch break. But that´s not all, we have for you 2 optional rides where you can decide what is best for you. We will be back to our hotel by bike and will have a great special dinner.

  • DAY 6 - SUNDAY

    ADIÓS

    It's been an incredible few days. We've explored the cities, towns, coastlines and mountains of northern Spain and experienced the beautidul traditions of Spain. And we can relish the well earned sleep-in today. After breakfast and good coffee, if your adventure finishes here we'll help you with packing your bike, transport you to the airport and say thank you and farewell. You'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and stories that you will never forget.