Green hills of Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain. Photo via Flickr:Guillen Perez

Beaches of San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, Spain. Photo via Flickr:Nacho Castejon Martinez
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Green Coast of Spain Bike Tour

Spain Bike Tours

Bike tour from Santander to Gijón through Spain’s verdant coastal countryside

  • This self-guided bike tour is a cycling journey exploring the spectacular green northern coast of Spain from Santander to Gijón. This area of Spain enjoys a very appealing mild and balanced climate all year around, making it an ideal holiday destination for those people who prefer more moderate heat.

    You will bike carefully selected small country roads close to the coast to provide excellent views of the sea and the many coves and beautiful cliffs. This area is famous for its stunning yellow sand beaches and you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy some of the best.

    Each night you will stay in a different, interesting, and beautiful location including fishing villages, medieval towns, or historic city centers. And at night you will be able to enjoy the rich cuisine that this area is renowned for.


    • The belle-époque elegance of Santander´s El Sardinero beach
    • Perfectly preserved medieval jewel, Santillana del Mar
    • The town of Comillas with its lovely golden beach and tiny fishing port
    • Quaint fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera
    • Coastal town of Llanes
    • Santa Marina beach
    • Villaviciosa

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  • 2019:
    Twin/double:  £ 696 $ 1,542 819 $ 1234 NOK 7712 kr 7119 $ 925 Single supplement: £ 106 $ 235 125 $ 188 NOK 1177 kr 1087 $ 141 Solo traveler supplement: £ 219 $ 486 258 $ 389 NOK 2430 kr 2243 $ 292

    Twin/double: £ 849 $ 1,881 999 $ 1505 NOK 9407 kr 8684 $ 1,129 Single supplement: £ 121 $ 269 143 $ 215 NOK 1347 kr 1243 $ 162 Solo traveler supplement: £ 234 $ 520 276 $ 416 NOK 2599 kr 2399 $ 312

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90 7 dinners (wine not included): £ 132 $ 292 155 $ 234 NOK 1460 kr 1347 $ 175 Extra nights: on request
    GPS device (one device available per group): £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34



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  • Travel

    Fly to Santander or Bilbao International Airports

    Local Travel

    Arrival: There are more international flights to Bilbao than to Santander. If you fly to Bilbao, you can easily get to Santander by bus. The company Alsa run a regular service (about one per hour). The transfer takes 1hr and 30mins.

    Departure: At the conclusion of your tour, the nearest airport to Gijón is Aeropuerto de Asturias. It is a 45 minute bus ride away. The bus company Alsa run a daily service every hour on the hour. The ticket costs under 10 euros.There are flights from Gijón to London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona.

    To go to Santander Airport for your return flight, there are three buses each day from Gijón to Santander Airport. The bus company Alsa run this service taking around 3hrs and 30 mins and costing around 23 euros.

    To return to Bilbao, for flight out of Bilbao Airport, there are several busses each day to Bilbao with the Alsa service. Bus ride is approximately 4 hours and costs about 32 euros. From the city center to the airport, you will take the Termibus which departs frequently throughout the day.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and other important weather related information

Where You’ll Stay

An eclectic mix of 3 * accommodations from modern to rustic to historic, some located by the sea, and others, in the heart of the villages.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed maps
  • Route descriptions and tourist information
  • 21 or 24 gear hybrid bike (Giant Argento, Kalkhoff voyager, or equivalent) with mudguards, bottle holder, pannier, odometer, map holder, and helmet
  • Pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, and tool provided per room
  • Emergency support

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From819 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily departures from April 1 to October 31,  2019

Skill Level

This is a moderate-difficult, self-guided bike tour on rural, paved roads and sometimes hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day averaging 724 meters See day-to-day itinerary for information regarding climbs.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Green Coast of Spain Map

Day 1: Arrival to Santander
Day 2: Santander to Santillana del Mar, 33 mi./53 km. Climb: 893 m
Day 3: Santillana del Mar to San Vicente de la Barquera, 20 mi./32 km. Climb: 528 m
Day 4: San Vicente de la Barquera to Llanes, 30 mi./48 km. Climb: 880 m
Day 5: Llanes to Ribadesella, 24 mi./38 km. Climb: 556 m
Day 6: Ribadesella to Villaviciosa, 26 mi./45 km. Climb: 618 m
Day 7: Villaviciosa to Gijón, 28 mi./42 km. Climb: 246 m
Day 8: Departure or extra nights

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival to Santander
Individual arrival and a chance to explore the belle-époque elegance of Santander along the famous El Sardinero beach.

Day 2: Santander to Santillana del Mar, 33 mi./53 km. Climb: 893 m
On this first cycling day, you will have the bicycle handover in the morning and then your adventure begins. Following bike lanes, you will leave  the city and cycle through the verdant countryside following the coast. Your overnight this evening will be the beautifully preserved and historic Santillana del Mar. There is an old saying that this town is The Town of Three Lies it is not holy (santi), flat (llana) or by the sea (mar)! But, you will not be disappointed. This town is a jewel with its bright cobbled streets and lovely little houses passed from one generation to the next.

Day 3: Santillana del Mar to San Vicente de la Barquera,  20 mi./32 km. Climb: 528 m
Leaving Santillana, first on the agenda is the internationally famous Altamira Caves, containing  Spain´s finest prehistoric art, the wonderful 13.000- 35.000-year-old paintings of bison, horses, and other animals. The town of Comillas, first inhabited in prehistoric times when the caverns that are plentiful in the area were used as shelters will be an excellent place to stop for lunch and spend some time exploring. This full day will end in the fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera where you will be able to enjoy wonderful fresh fish and seafood for dinner.

Day 4: San Vicente de la Barquera to Llanes, 30 mi./48 km. Climb: 880 m
From San Vicente to Llanes, the route is totally on secondary roads near the coast with stunning beaches dotting the way. The beautiful coastal town of Llanes awaits you with its small medieval core and bustling harbor.

Day 5: Llanes to Ribadesella, 24 mi./38 km. Climb: 556 m
You will cycle along the coast following a succession of wonderful sandy beaches, pretty coves and cliffs. Your day´s cycle ends in the small port town of Ribadesella with another stunning beach.

Day 6: Ribadesella to Villaviciosa, 26 mi./45 km. Climb: 618 m
From Ribadesella to Villaviciosa you will see many orchards as this is the area where much of Asturias´ famous cider is produced. More beautiful beaches and estuaries will take you to the quaint small town of Villaviciosa.

Day 7: Villaviciosa to Gijón, 28 mi./42 km. Climb: 246 m
One final cycling day along small country roads following the coast will take you to your final destination: the small city of Gijón. Gijón has emerged from its industrial past and has given itself a facelift with pedestrianized streets, parks, seafront walks, cultural attractions and a very lively food and drinks scene.

Day 8: Departure or extra nights
Extra nights in Gijón, Santander or return.

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Tour Reviews

  • Karen G. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Scenery was great, our main problem would be that the advertising did not really give enough information as to the degree of difficulty as while we are both middle level riders some of the many up’s and downs were a lot more than the advertising suggested. The close gearing of the bikes did not help with that either.

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 1 year ago     Staff

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for sharing this feedback. We have changed the difficulty to moderate-difficult and added more detail to the page, including daily climbs. Thanks again!

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