2022
Bike tour in Asturias - Potes

Bike Tour in Asturias

On the road around the Picos de Europa

  Aguilar de Campoo – Potes – Arenas de Cabrales – Llanes

  • Mountain range and national park Picos de Europa
  • Picturesque river valley, monastery Santo Toribio, mountain village Bulnes, beaches of Llanes
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profil ●●●●○
  • New Tour 2022!

days
8

km / day avg.
45

Hola en españa! Our bike tour in Asturias around the Picos de Europa takes you on an unforgettable bike holiday adventure in the North of Spain. From the far flatlands of the northern Castilla, you cycle through small towns and idyllic villages, pass the impressive mountain tops of the Picos de Europa and get to know the beaches at the northern shore of Asturias. You start in the historic town Aguilar de Campoo. Little by little, you reach the national park Picos de Europa, one of the most visited national parks in Spain. It impresses with numerous, partly more than 2500-meter-high summits and unique mountain panoramas. Emerge with trips to Fuente Dé and Bulnes into a mountain world, that is characterized by impressive rock formations and a special wildlife. Just a stone’s throw away, there is the Atlantic sea and thus, the destination of our bike tour in Asturias. Enjoy the end of this journey, that had numerous uphill climbs, but also some descents, with a refreshing beach stay in Llanes. With some Asturian specialties like the sparkling cider or the strong cave cheese Cabrales – our bike tour in Asturias around the Picos de Europa could not end more perfectly.

Itinerary

  • Booking Code
    ES-SPAL7
  • Start / Destination
    Aguilar de Campoo / Llanes
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 255 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 15 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●●●●○
Map of Bike Tour in Asturias

Day 1: Individual arrival in Aguilar de Campoo

Our bike tour in Asturias around the Picos de Europa starts in Aguilar de Campoo. Explore the smart and medieval town after the arrival at your hotel. Visit the church Santa Cecilia and the ruin of the Castillo de Aguilar de Campoo, a more than 1000-year-old castle complex above the city. Or what about a long walk to the artificial lake in front of the gates of the city?

Day 2: Aguilar de Campoo – Cervera de Pisuerga, approx. 40 km

Vamos! After you got your bike, the journey starts! You cycle not far from the artificial lake of Aguilar and along the river Pisuerga through small villages and impressive landscapes, until you reach your stage destination Cervera de Pisuerga. Located at about 1000 meters altitude, the city looks back to a changing past. Traces of this history are houses decorated with stone coats of arms and the Gothic church Santa Maria del Castillo. The burial chapel Santa Ana on its inside with its Spanish-Flemish altar is especially remarkable.

 

Day 3: Cervera de Pisuerga – Potes, approx. 60 km

Your bike tour in Asturias leads you on calm land roads to the Spanish region Cantabria. Enjoy wonderful cycling moments on the way, where you can see the panoramas of the surrounding mountain world of the national park Picos de Europa. The small town Potes at the edge of the national park is your overnight accomodation for the next two nights. Try the popular dish of the city, the Cocido Lebaniego, a chickpea stew. Or what about the grape marc Orujo? It is made from the wine cultivated in the village. Enjoy your meal!

Day 4: Round trip Potes – Fuente Dé – Potes, approx. 50 km

You can create the day on your bike tour in Asturias according to your own ideas. We suggest making a trip to Fuente Dé, to the heart of the Picos de Europa. Before you reach the city, you have to pedal strongly. The uphill climbs are worth it! By cable car (not included), you reach the mountain station, from where you can enjoy an impressive view to the surrounding hills in only a few minutes. Alternatively, you cycle to the medieval monastery Santo Toribio not far from Potes. The biggest treasure of the monastery is a part of the Holy Cross, that makes the church not only interesting to pilgrims.

Day 5: Potes – Arenas de Cabrales, approx. 50 km

From Potes you cycle not far from the rivers Rio Deva and Rio Cares through the valleys accompanied by rocks and mountains. On your way, you cross the border between the regions Cantabria and Asturias without noticing. In the North of the Picos de Europa, you reach the Arenas de Cabrales. The town is known nationwide for its Cabrales matured in caves, a blue cheese produced from cow, goat and sheep milk. To its honor, every year in August, there is a festival, on which the best cheese of the region gets awarded.

Day 6: Arenas de Cabrales – Bulnes – Arenas de Cabrales, approx. 15 km by bike + approx. 5 km hiking

First, you cycle to Puente Poncebos today. There, you take the funicular railway (not included) up to Bulnes. The small mountain village is in the middle of the Picos de Europa and was only reachable by foot until a few years ago. Make a walk to the Mirador de Pico Urriellu after your arrival. The viewpoint gives you a wonderful view to the imposing Pico Urriellu, the most popular summit of the Picos de Europa. With the funicular railway, it goes back to the valley station. Alternatively, you can hike the difference in altitude from around 400 meters on a hiking trail (don’t forget to wear good shoes!) You spend your night again in Arenas de Cabrales.

Day 7: Arenas de Cabrales – Llanes, approx. 40 km

Today, it goes curvedly to the Atlantic Sea! With the small fishing town Llanes you reach the destination of your bike tour in Asturias. Many altitudes are lying behind you. Treat yourself at the end of the journey with typical Asturian specialties. Try the cider popular for the region and a Fabada, a rustic beans stew. Or what about a long stay at one of the three beaches?

Day 8: Individual departure

Your bike tour in Asturias around the Picos de Europa already ends after breakfast.

Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2022

Arrival daily from 01.04.2022 to 30.10.2022

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
01.04. - 30.10.

from859 €
All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 2* / 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Llanes, limited to one peace per person
  • Cycle route description in english with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline

Minimum number of participants per booking: 2 people

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Not included:

  • city or visitor's tax (if payable)
  • cable car Fuente Dé
  • Funicular railway Puente Poncebos
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For our younger cyclists

Unfortunately there are no shared rooms available on this tour.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

219 €

Additional fee half-board (7 x dinner)

169 €

All prices are per person

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Mietrad
Mietrad
99 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
179 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 24-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
  • Electric bike
Fittings

Pannier, map holder, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

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Rental Bikes

24-gear Rental Bike

99 €

E-bike

179 €

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    ES-SPAL7
  • Start / Destination
    Aguilar de Campoo / Llanes
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 255 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 15 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●●●●○
  • Route condition
    You mostly cycle on asphalted streets, that lead through hilly territories. Be prepared for several uphill climbs on every stage.
  • Note
    In Spain, helmets are compulsory for cyclists outside built-up areas. The helmet requirement does not apply on long climbs, in extreme heat or if you are medically instructed to do so. Please also note that this rule is interpreted differently from region to region.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.
Map of Bike Tour in Asturias

days
8

km / day avg.
45