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Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias
8 days
Spain - Trip code CSAS

Self-Guided Cycling in Asturias

A self-guided cycle trip that explores the green north coast of Spain, sandwiched between the Cantabrian Mountains and Atlantic Coast. Cycle on quiet country roads, passing tiny coves and charming coastal villages on an exploration of Asturias. Along the way you can enjoy great seafood, cheeses, local delicacies and the cider-making capital of Villaviciosa. The route ends at the friendly seaside town of Gijon. Some of the rides follow sections of the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela (St.James' Way) past intriguing ruins and Romanesque chapels.

Trip highlights

  • Delicious regional gastronomy, including hearty stews, free - range chicken and beef, natural apple cider and an amazing variety of locally-produced artisan cheeses
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Cycling grade:
Easy To Moderate
This grade is ideal if you want to enjoy both easy and moderate rides on the same tour. You’ll be cycling through flat or gently undulating terrain, with the occasional more energetic ascent.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Holiday starts in Llanes

Arrival in Llanes by car or public transport. There are good connections to all three nearby airports (Santander, Oviedo or Bilbao). We usually reserve a hotel some 3 kms outside of Llanes but please check the hotel details when you make your booking. From the bus station in Llanes you can take a taxi to the hotel. If you are early you can spend some time at the pool before your stroll along the riverside foot path to the centre of town, with numerous shops, bars and restaurants to choose from for dinner. Your included rental bike will be delivered today or tomorrow morning by 9am and you will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike. Details of how to reach the start point of your holiday can be found on our website in the tour specific 'dates and prices' section by clicking on 'Joining Info' and then the 'Show More' button.

Accommodation: Hotel Finca la Mansion(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Circular ride exploring Llanes villages and coves

After you have tested and adjusted your rental bike, you start a lovely circular ride on quiet tarmac roads, country lanes and unsurfaced tracks around Llanes with some short steep climbs to test your legs and fitness! First you cycle east along the coast to a beautiful view point, where rural farms meet steep cliffs above the sea. Next you follow narrow tarmac lanes and hardpack dirt tracks, cycling inland before you ride back out toward the coast . Along the way there is the chance to visit several villages or stop off for a picnic or swim at a quiet cove. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 22 kilometres (265 metres total ascent and 265 metres descent).

Accommodation: Hotel Finca la Mansion(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Cycle across green rolling hills to Nueva de Llanes

Today's ride is across rolling green hills to Nueva de Llanes town and there are several spots where you can stop for a dip in the sea and enjoy beautiful beaches. There are a few ascents on today's ride and the main one ascends 175 metres, although this can be avoided if you choose to take the main road instead. You will ride past the ethnographic museum in Porrúa and the beautifully-situated church at Niembro. From the market village of Posada you continue onward, paralleling sections of the Camino, to reach your accommodation overlooking Nueva de Llanes. After arriving you have the option to cycle on for about 4km to the beach at Cueva del Mar from the hotel. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 27 kilometres (450 metres total ascent and 400 metres descent).

Accommodation: Hotel San Jorge(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Ride along the coast to Colunga

The cycle route today along the coastal strip to Colunga is also part of the Camino de Santiago del Norte (northern variant of Saint James' Way) and painted shells in blue and yellow will line your route. Along the way you pass the beautiful town of Ribadesella, with its tiny port and historic 'Indiano' mansions, and lovely beaches at Playa de Vega and Playa La Espasa. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 37 kilometres (330 metres total ascent and 375 metres descent).

Accommodation: Hotel Entrevines(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - Circular cycling route from Colunga via Lastres harbour

A gentle and relatively short cycle loop today helps you explore the coastal area of Colunga. We recommend you stop for lunch at the harbour of picturesque Lastres (which has the steepest streets out of any Asturias fishing village) and visit the Jurassic Museum where you can literally walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 21 kilometres (300 metres total ascent and descent).

Accommodation: Hotel Entrevines(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Cycle to Aguero via cider capital of Villaviciosa and seafood of Tazones

On today's cycle route you will pass through Villaviciosa with its inviting historical centre. Once an important stop for pilgrims going to Santiago, it is now the centre for cider-making in Asturias. You then ride along the protected birding area of the estuary known as ZEPA. Another stop along your route today is at Tázones. A village famous for its seafood restaurants and because of the accidental anchoring of Emperor Carlos V's fleet in 1517. The route continues to Aguero. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 37 kilometres (420 metres total ascent and 375 metres descent).

Accommodation: Hotel Casona de Tresali(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 7 - Cycle to the welcoming seaside town of Gijon

The ride for your last day is slightly shorter but has a good ascent of 200m in the middle as you make a detour through the valley of Péon in order to avoid busier roads. Then you sail down into the city of Gijon and ride along the beautiful San Lorenzo beach boardwalk to your hotel. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 29 kilometres (240 metres total ascent and 450 metres descent).

Accommodation: Hotel Blue Santa Rosa(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 8 - Holiday ends in Gijon

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Cycling information

General cycling information
On this journey you cycle 173 km over six days (an average of 29 km per day). The rides mostly follow quiet interior roads (busier near the major towns). The terrain is generally rolling with plenty of uphill sections, although never more than 200m in any one ascent. There are no sections with dedicated cycle paths but traffic is light. On the two circular routes about 30% follows gravel tracks and dirt roads (days 2 and 5). We have graded the route as easy to moderate.
Bike included
21 or 24 gear Giant or Specialized hybrid bike with front suspension. Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday (£45). You will be required to pay a refundable deposit upon collection of the e-bike in country. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.
Bike information
Your included bike is a 21 or 24 gear Specialized or Giant hybrid bike with front suspension and will be the correct frame size for your height. Women's frames available but limited in number - please request at time of booking. The bike is fitted with a lateral rear pannier bag, water bottle holder (except smallest frame bikes) and waterproof map carrier as well as the facility to fit your own saddle if you wish to bring this. A lock, pump, spare inner tube and puncture repair kit with tyre levers will be provided. All you need to bring is your own helmet. You will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike. Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday (44 GBP). A pannier can also be hired at extra cost. You will be required to pay a refundable deposit upon collection of the e-bike in country. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.
Cycling grade
EasyToModerate

Why book this trip

Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a pump, lock, spare inner tube and tyre levers. All you need bring is your own helmet.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
Transport
  • Bicycle
  • Car
Accommodation
  • 7 nights standard hotel
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Trip information

Country information

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Climate

Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Day 2 - Stop off at a Niembro beach to relax or swim in the sea. Day 4 - Have an optional walk to see the Bufones (blowholes) along the limestone cliffs at Lames or visit the 'Cueva de Tito Bustillo' cave paintings (tickets are limited so you will need to book tickets in advance at the local tourist office). Perhaps spend time today at Playa de Vega beach. Day 6 - Take an optional walk to see dinosaur tracks at Tazones (accessible only at low tide). Day 7 - Visit El Jardin Botanico del Atlantico (Botanical Garden). On a number of days there is also the opportunity to visit local medieval churches and museums.

Clothing

Bring cycling gear such as quick drying cycle tops, padded cycle shorts and cycle gloves. Remember that the weather is slightly more changeable in northern Spain, and it can be cool, especially at night and at the start and end of the season, so bring a warmer jacket/fleece. A waterproof cycle jacket is recommended in case of rain. A light windproof jacket is always useful.

Footwear

If you are not bringing cycle shoes then try to bring stiff-soled shoes as these are better for cycling - transmitting your energy into the pedals more efficiently. This becomes more relevant and recommended the more demanding the grade and distances to cover. SPD cycle shoes are not well suited to tours that combine sightseeing with cycling. Comfortable shoes, trainers, sandals or flip flops are useful when not on the bike.

Luggage: On tour

Bring one main piece of baggage as per your airline luggage allowance, maximum 20 kg per person. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage if using public transport so don't overload yourself. Luggage transfers between hotels are normally arranged by the hoteliers. Please note luggage transfers are restricted to 15 kg per person, any additional weight will need to be packed in your day bag or pannier bag. Mark your bags clearly and leave them at the place and time arranged with them. When travelling on public transport you should always take your luggage with you.

Luggage transfer

Included between each hotel.

Equipment

On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. It is a legal requirement in Spain to wear a helmet that meets current safetly criteria. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. Cycle glasses (to protect against dust, insects, pollen, sun etc) , cycle gloves (padded for more comfort) and a water bottle or water delivery system (eg camelback or platypus). Please note that it is a legal requirement to wear a helmet while cycling in Spain (minimum fine 200 Euros). In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies (explore included) are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. If a handle bar bag or pannier is not provided (check bike details) then you may like to bring a small rucksack to wear while cycling. A lock, pump, spare inner tube and puncture repair kit with tyre levers is provided with the bike. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage. Maps - Along with the destination manual and route notes you will be sent a set of maps that have been created specifically for this trip to help you navigate. The route is marked on each map together with a series of numbered waypoints which correspond with instructions in the route notes. Should you wish to purchase a more detailed commercially produced map we recommend the following:- General Maps Mapa de Carreteras, Principado de Asturias, scale 1/300.000, free at Tourist Offices. Michelin, n°. 442, España, Norte, scale 1/400.000. Topographic Maps Instituto Geográfico Nacional, Mapas Topográficos Nacionales, scale 1/50.000: nr 31 Ribadesella nr 30 Villaviciosa nr 32 Llanes nr 14 Gijon

Country Information

Spain Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£12.00 - 16.00
Beer price
£1.50 - 2.50 (depending on the region/area in Spain)
Water price
£1.4
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euros
Recommended Currency For Exchange
We recommend you take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
In cities and most major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
Travellers Cheques
Not recommended.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bicycle, Car

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, US, New Zealand, US or Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Spain Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room (optional)
Sunday 1 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
CSAS_2018
From US$850
Single room option +US$340
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Llanes
Time and place
12:00 AM at Hotel reception.
Ending Point
Town
Gijon
Time
11:59 PM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 23 June 2018 - Friday 6 July 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
CSAS_2018
From US$960
Single room option +US$370
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Llanes
Time and place
12:00 AM at Hotel reception.
Ending Point
Town
Gijon
Time
11:59 PM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 7 July 2018 - Tuesday 31 July 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
CSAS_2018
From US$1120
Single room option +US$540
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Llanes
Time and place
12:00 AM at Hotel reception.
Ending Point
Town
Gijon
Time
11:59 PM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Wednesday 1 August 2018 - Saturday 25 August 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
CSAS_2018
From US$1140
Single room option +US$610
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Llanes
Time and place
12:00 AM at Hotel reception.
Ending Point
Town
Gijon
Time
11:59 PM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Sunday 26 August 2018 - Thursday 6 September 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
CSAS_2018
From US$1070
Single room option +US$530
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Llanes
Time and place
12:00 AM at Hotel reception.
Ending Point
Town
Gijon
Time
11:59 PM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Friday 7 September 2018 - Sunday 30 September 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
CSAS_2018
From US$960
Single room option +US$370
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Llanes
Time and place
12:00 AM at Hotel reception.
Ending Point
Town
Gijon
Time
11:59 PM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Monday 1 October 2018 - Monday 15 October 2018
Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates.
CSAS_2018
From US$850
Single room option +US$340
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Llanes
Time and place
12:00 AM at Hotel reception.
Ending Point
Town
Gijon
Time
11:59 PM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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