Great Climbs of the Vuelta a España
- Guided / Self Guided
- Six Nights
- Arrival/Depart - Oviedo
- Difficulty - Challenging
- Price - from €1050
- Dates - June - September
This guided tour takes place in the north of Spain amongst some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Europe. Beginning in the historic city of Oviedo and crossing through the Sierra del Aramó and the Somiedo Natural Park, you climb some of the most famous mountains in professional road cycling.
On this holiday you will test yourself on the slopes of Lagos de Covadonga, Angliru, La Farrapona, Puerto de Pontón and many more of the climbs which make the Vuelta a España one of the most challening events in sport.
The tour is fully guided and includes all transfers, meals, accommodation and bike hire (if required), so the only thing that you have to do is enjoy the scenery and conquer some climbs!
In addition to the cycling, you will sample the unique and fantastic food and drink from the region, including Asturian cider, fabada asturiana, cabrales cheese and artisan chocolates.
Day 1 - Alto de NarancoWe will pick you up from either Asturias Airport or Oviedo train station and transfer you to your hotel in the heart of the historic center of Oviedo. The capital of the Asturias region, Oviedo is a very impresive town, with numerous sights and a pleasant atmosphere.
Depending on your arrival time, there is the option to do a short warm-up ride. This route climbs Alto de Naranco, a picturesque hill situated on the edge of Oviedo, with magnificent views overlooking the city. It has been climbed many times in the Vuelta a España, most recently in the 2016 edition of the race. Distance: 18km
Day 2 - Angliru & El CordalThe route today begins by following gently rolling country lanes out of Oviedo, before tackling the mighty Angliru
Star of the show at the 2017 Vuelta, Angliru is one of the toughest mountains in professional road cycling. The climb averages 9.9% gradient over 12.5km, with the last six kilometres closer to 13%.
As with all the climbs in the region, the views on the climb are superb, and the sense of achievement at completing Angliru will live long in the memory. However, don't worry if you can not make it to the top; it is a one way climb not a pass, so you can turn around and roll back down any time to continue with the route.
After Angliru, the route continues to Pola de Lena, over the Cordal climb - a much more gentle ascent!
Day 3 - La Cubilla & La ColladonaToday you will tackle what is undoubtedly one of Spain's most scenic climbs - La Cubilla. Known as the 'Asturian Galibier', La Cubilla is long and relatively gentle for the most part, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the green scenery and the views into the neighbouring province of León.
. There is the possibility to extend the route to include La Colladona, a short and sharp climb out of the Ayer river valley, which is another climb which has regularly featured in professional races.
Day 4 - Gamoniteiro & Puerto de San LorenzoThis is arguably the most challenging day of the holiday. The shorter route tackles two tough climbs - La Cobertoria and Puerto de San Lorenzo. Both of these Vuelta regulars have long sections in excess of 10% gradient, although the great scenery and excellent road surface still makes them a pleasure to ride.
The extension options include the stunning Gamoniteiro and the short, but very steep climb to Ermita de Alba - star of the show at the 2015 Vuelta. The day finishes in the beautiful Somiedo Natural Park.
Day 5 - La Farrapona & Valle de LagoAfter the challenges of yesterday, this is a slightly easier day in the saddle. Nevertheless, you still tackle one of the finest climbs in the region - La Farrapona. A Vuelta regular in recent years, the Farrapona is mostly long and gentle, before getting slightly more challenging towards the top.
It is really known, however, for its beautiful surroundings. Set in the heart of the Somiedo Natural Park, the slopes around the Farrapona are home to the most diverse natural area in Western Europe. Although almost never spotted by locals, let alone cyclists, the Somiedo is home to golden eagles, wolves, the small Cantabrian brown bear and vultures. It really is a fantastic area of natural beauty.
Day 6 - Puerto de Somiedo & Puerto de VentanaThe recommended route today passes over two delightful climbs - the Puerto de Somiedo and the Puerto de Ventana, but most of the day is downhill and so, although long, it is a relatively easy day in the saddle. This gives you a chance to enjoy the peace and wilderness of the Somiedo Mountains and the Teverga Valley, before arriving back in Oviedo.
In Oviedo we recommend heading to down the lively Gascona street where you can sample Asturian cuisine and culture at its finest.
Distance: 68-111km (43-66 miles)
Day 7 - OviedoAfter breakfast the tour ends in Oviedo. We wil transfer you to the departure point, or can arrange for you to extend your holiday in this beautiful part of the world. We would be happy to show you even more of the fantastic climbs in the area.
Prices & Dates
|Price (per person)*||Single Supplement||Bike Hire (Optional)|
|19th-25th August 2018||€1270||€225||€100|
|Other Dates||contact us|
|Price (per person)*||Single Supplement||Bike Hire (Optional)|
|May, June, September, October||€1050||€250||€120|
|July & August||€1150||€320||€120|
|Other Dates||contact us|
*Based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.
Guided TourGroups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.
The following is included in the tour:
- Six nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite.
- Transfer to and from the arrival/departure point
- Continental breakfast every day
- 6 x Lunches (Three Courses) and refreshments every day while cycling the route (Guided Tour Only)
- 1 x Evening Meal (Guided Tour Only)
- Luggage transferred between hotels
- Experienced guide cycling the route with the group (Guided Tour Only)
- Support vehicle along the route (Guided Tour Only)
- Cycle Fiesta water bottle
- Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
- Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle further
The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:
- Hire of bicycles (see here for details)
- Tour Extensions
The following are not included in the tour
- Any transfers not stated above
- Travel Insurance
- Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
How far do I cycle each day on this tour?
There are two basic route options to choose from each day. The shorter route is usually between 50 and 70km.
The longer route is between 80km and 130km and generally contains one additional climb to the shorter route.
There are optional extensions each day for those of you who to wish to cycle even further.
You are free to mix and match the routes, as they both start and finish in the same place. If you wish to do the shorter route one day, then the longer route the next day, for example, it is entirely up to you.
How difficult is this tour?
If you choose the shorter routes then this is classified as a challenging tour. There is significant climbing
every day, but the routes are not extremely long, and on most days there is only one long climb. Daily climbing is generally between 1,000m and 2,000m.
The longer routes are hard and will challenge most cyclists. There are multiple climbs each day and the distance is long. However, it is not a race, so as long as you go at a steady pace they are perfectably manageable for strong touring cyclists or club riders. Daily climbing is generally between 2,000m and 3,500m.
This tour uses paved roads, which carry little traffic.
Which famous mountains will I climb?
The following are some of the most famous and spectacular mountains that you will climb on the holiday:
La Cobertoria (L)
Ermita de Alba (L)
Puerto de San Lorenzo
Puerto de Somiedo
Puerto de Ventana
Alto de Naranco
(L) = On longer route only
What are the arrival and departure points?
Oviedo is the arrival and departure point for this tour. It is the nearest major city to the Picos de Europa and Somiedo Mountains and has good transport links.
Oviedo is served by Asturias Airport, which has international flights, as well as regular domestic routes. It also has a train station with several trains running each day to Madrid. We will transfer you mmet you anywhere in Oviedo (e.g. Asturias Airport, trains station, another hotel) at the start of the tour and will likewise drop you off anywhere in Oviedo (including Asturias Airport) the end of the holiday.
If you have trouble finding a good connection to and from Oviedo/Asutrias Airport, please contact us, as it is may be possible to arrange transfers from other cities in the area, such as Santander or Leon.
If you have trouble finding a good connection to and from Oviedo, please contact us, as it is may be possible to arrange transfers from other cities in the area, such as Santander or Madrid.
What type of bikes do you hire?
For this tour we recommend that you use road bikes (although hybrids are also available). The bikes we use on this tour are full carbon and have low gearing, set up for use in the mountains. Please see our bicycles page for further details.
When can I do this tour?
We run this tour in July and September each year. These are the best months for cycling in the mountains, as many of the routes are closed in winter and can be quite wet in spring.
What weather can I expect?
From July to September the weather in the Ancares and Somiedo Mountains is usually very good for cycling. It is warm, but without the searing temperatures that are common in much of Spain throughout the summer months. Typical day time temperatures range from
Rain is not especially common, but there are a few wet days in each month - even during the summer - so be prepared for this possibility. There is a good chance though that you will have dry, sunny days throughout the holiday.
Can I see the altitude profiles for each day?
Below are the altitide profiles for both the shorter and longer route each day (the shorter one is always first). In addition to this there are optional extensions, with a lot more climbing available!
We believe that the hotels that you stay in are just as important as the towns that you visit and the scenery that you ride through. On this tour we have chosen accommodation that
is of a high quality and is typical to the area. These include mountain chalets and small boutique hotels in the center of the villages where you stay.
OviedoIn Oviedo you stay in a luxurious **** spa hotel situated in the historic old town. It is less than a five minute walk from Oviedo Cathedral and the Holy Chamber - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pola de LenaIn Lena you stay in a highly rated hotel in the center of the small town. The hotel is close to several excellent restaurants and offers great views of the mountains to the west.
SomiedoYou stay for the night in the finest hotel in the delightful village of Somiedo. The hotel is small, with fewer than twenty rooms, and is housed inside a stone building which is traditional to the region. It is in the center of the village, close to a local shop and several restaurants.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.
To reserve a place on the tour, please follow the link below to continue to our reservation form.
Once we have received the form, we will be in contact to confirm the booking and to arrange for the payment of the deposit.
If you would like to do this tour in a group of six or more people as a private guided tour, please contact us and we can arrange a private guided tour.