Tucked away in Northern Spains lush landscapes are some of the world’s most extraordinary prehistoric cave paintings, dozens of glorious beaches and one of Europe’s most spectacular and overlooked mountain ranges, the Picos de Europa. The Picos are a mountain range forming part of the Cantabrian Mountains. They have routes regularly used by the Vuelta a España, such as Lagos de Covadonga and the Collado de Hoja. They have dramatic peaks rising to 2,500 m, river gorges, attractive towns and villages plus some big climbs and great passes. The roads, even on the coast, are fairly quiet. It was the first of the National Parks of Spain when it was created in 1918.
Cycling from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela, we will see all of this, and more. Six days cycling, with 7 days accommodation, you will fall in love with this beautiful part of Spain.
• DISTANCE – Approximately from 450 miles.
• BIKES – Ride your own bike ! Your bike can be collected and delivered back to your door, for an extra £40 each way, if based in England or Wales. If Scotland, £50 each way. E-bikes available for hire on board
• ACCOMMODATION – Spanish Hotels
• ACTIVITY LEVEL – 9/10 – Mountains and stunning scenery.
• FLIGHTS – Fly into Bilbao Saturday 29th August (or earlier). Fly out of Santiago, Saturday 5th September (or later).
Starting from Bilbao, we cycle up and into the mountains, to the reservoir at the top of the Ebro river. Then on into the Picos mountains proper. Cycling around the main peak, we continue cycling west, through Lugo and onto our final destinatiomn, Santiago de Compostela.
WE TRANSPORT YOUR BIKE IN A CUSTOMISED VAN SPECIALLY TRANSFORMED TO SAFELY CARRY YOUR PRIZED POSSESSION ! £40 each way (England and Wales. £50 each way fro Scotland).
We recommend a road bike with 25 to 32 mm tyres. Mountain bikes are NOT suitable. The most important thing is that the bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. You should make sure that your bike has suitable gears as there are some steep hills on parts of the route. You should also make sure that you are able to carry some spare food and extra clothing with you on the bike.
We believe your tour experience will be enhanced if you are able to ride a bike you are comfortable and familiar with and, with that in mind, we will transport your bike to and from the start/finish of a tour.
Our vans are adapted to carry bikes in a safe and secure manner which gives you the peace of mind that you will be ready to get cycling on day one without any rebuilding of bikes required.
Bikes can be collected and delivered back to your home though, for an extra £40 each way, if based in England or Wales. If Scotland, £50 each way.
You will require a passport to visit Spain
You are also required to have travel insurance for the duration of the holiday.
The weather in northern Spain can be very different to what you normally expect of Spain. Be prepared for all weathers !
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