Llanes in the Asturias, Spain. Photo via Flickr:AsturZephyra

Cobbled streets in Castro Urdiales, Cantabria on the Bay of Biscay, Spain. Photo via Flickr:Manuel

Basque Country to Asturias

Spain Bike Tours

Bike the northern coastline of Spain

On this bike tour in Northern Spain, you will follow the beautiful coastline, biking west from Bilbao in the Basque Country to Ribadesella in Asturias. This is misty land with an extraordinary and extreme landscape, alternating between sheer cliffs and green hills, tiny coves, and sandy beaches. The austere blue of the ocean and the colorful splashes of small fishing villages and resort towns add to the palette.

The Basque Region is completely autonomous and is a distinct national and cultural entity, unique in every way. It is also one of the world's top gastronomic destinations!


  • Beautiful villages and beaches
  • The gleaming titanium Guggenheim Museum and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) in Bilbao
  • Unique culture
  • The scenic routes and cuisine

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Where You’ll Stay

Hotels range from small posadas, casas rurales, casas de labranza* or country inn type accommodation to three and four-star hotels.They are, wherever possible, small establishments, each with its own charm and character and are chosen for their unique location, regional atmosphere, comfort, cleanliness, and personalized customer attention. Please note that many of these types of accommodation do not use the hotel star rating system as they are classed as country inns by local Tourist Boards.

What’s Included

  • 8 nights accommodations with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Trek hybrid rental bike with handlebar bag, rear rack, one or two panniers, pump, spare tube, water bottler, bike lock and basic toolkit
  • Full route directions and general information

What’s Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner
TypeSelf Guided
Length9 days
From957 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival date every Saturday from April to October (other start dates may be organised for groups of 4).

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self guided bike tour

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Bilbao
Day 2: Bilbao - Castro Urdiales, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Castro Urdiales - Santoña, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Santoña - Santander, 29 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Santander - Santillana del Mar, 34 mil (54 km)
Day 6: Santillana del Mar - San Vicente de la Barquera, 23 mi. (36 km)
Day 7: San Vicente de la Barquera - Llanes, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 8: Llanes - Ribadesella, 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 9: Ribadesella

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Bilbao
Individual arrival to Bilbao. Fe sure to explore the old quarter in Bilbao and enjoy the best tapas in Spain.

Day 2: Bilbao - Castro Urdiales, 25 mi. (40 km)
A welcome meeting and bike fitting are scheduled after breakfast on the first riding day. Following the Nervión River, you will depart Bilbao, and cycle to the delta, passing the Guggenheim Museum en route. In Getxo,  you can see the magnificent 19th-century villas built by the rich Basque industrialists, before visiting Algorta, an old fishing port. Using the unique Puente Vizcaya, a transporter bridge which dates back to 1893, and is a World Heritage Site, the route crosses the river and then follows the coastline to the fishing port of Castro Urdiales with its pretty harbor and gothic church on the seafront.

Day 3: Castro Urdiales - Santoña, 22 mi. (35 km)
From Castro Urdiales, you pedal west along the magnificent coastline. The Playa de Sonabia, with its crags and cliffs is home to a colony of majestic griffon vultures which you will see soaring high above as you ride. The route leads to the fishing port of Laredo and heads out along its enormous beach towards Santoña and the backdrop of the Monte Buciero. A short ferry ride crosses the river estuary. Santoña is famous for its anchovies, a local delicacy. You will overnight in a hotel on the beach of Berria. 

Day 4: Santoña - Santander, 29 mi. (48 km)
From Santoña the route continues westward, parallel to the coast, with beautiful green scenery, beaches, and cliffs as your constant backdrop. Somo with its beaches and surfers is on the agenda as well as Pedreña and the Bay of Santander, which will be transversed by ferry to reach the elegant capital of Cantabria. 

Day 5: Santander - Santillana del Mar, 34 mi. (54 km)
Leaving Santander, you follow the waterfront, taking in the magnificent views across the Bay; the Magdalena Palace and Beach, and the beautiful beaches of El Sardinero. Cycling west again past the unspoilt beaches of Liencres, you will enjoy the views down the coast to the Picos de Europa mountains, here you will join the pilgrims trail of El Camino de Santiago. You will follow a  lovely bike path down to Besaya River towards the sea and the village of Suances. From here it is only a short ride to the beautiful medieval village of Santillana del Mar.

Day 6: Santillana del Mar - San Vincente de la Barquera, 23 mi. (36 km)
First on the agenda today is the village of Novales, with its lemon groves. More beach and coastal scenery  will follow to Comillas, with its many Modernist buildings, the most famous of which is El Capricho, built by the Catalán architect Antoni Gaudí. The journey takes us through the Natural Park of Oyambre, with its beautiful beaches and coastline toward tonight's accommodation in the seaside fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera.

Day 7: San Vicente de la Barquera - Llanes, 29 mi. (47 km)
Leaving San Vicente the route heads westwards along the coast. After a short distance, you will cycle around the beautiful headland of Pechón with its magnificent views of the coastline. Crossing the River Deva in Unquera we enter the province of Asturias. The village of Colombres is home to the sumptuous villas of the indianos, emigrants to the Americas who made their fortune and then returned. From here, the route continues between the coast and the dramatic mountain backdrop of the Sierra de Cuera, foothills of the Picos de Europa. A beautiful descent through eucalyptus forests brings us back to the coast, where we cycle past beautiful and unspoilt beaches to arrive at the charming fishing village of Llanes.

Day 8: Llanes - Ribadesella, 27 mi. (44 km)
Cycling westwards, you will visit a string of fine beaches, including the incredible landlocked beach of Gulpiyuri. You continue with the magnificent coastline to your right, and the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Cuera and the Picos de Europa to your left. Finally you reach Ribadesella. Here you can spend time enjoying this pretty Asturian fishing village with its beach and lively atmosphere.

Day 9: Ribadesella

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