Picos de Europa & Somiedo Mountains
Arrival - Oviedo
Depart - Oviedo
Difficulty - Challenging / Hard
Price - From €960
Best Months - June - October
The Picos de Europa National Park is a great destination for a road cycling holiday, making an excellent summer alternative to the Pyrenees or the Alps. As well as the stunning Picos de Europa, this tour also includes the Somiedo Natural Park.
This self guided cycle tour conquers some of the greatest climbs in the Vuelta a Espana, including Lagos de Covadonga, Collado de la Caballa and Alto d'Angliru.
On this challenging tour you will stay in charming Asturian towns as well as visiting some of the beaches along the beautiful north coast of Spain. The Asturias region is also known throughout Spain for its gastronomy, with many excellent restaurants in the region.
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Day 1 - Cangas de OnisWe will transfer you from the arrival point to the town of Cangas de Onis. The capital of the Kingdom of Asturias until the 8th century, Cangas de Onis is a beautifully picturesque town on the edge of the Picos de Europa. It is famous for its Roman bridge and the high concentration of restaurants and artisan shops that line the narrow streets.
Depending on your arrival time, there is the opportunity to do a rolling circular route into the northern edge of the Picos de Europa.
Day 2 - Collado de la CaballarFor the first full day in the saddle, you will tackle the Collado de la Caballar. This 14.5km has an average gradient of 7.5%, with a couple of steep kilometres just past the village of Sotres.
The scenery is superb on this climb, with the narrow road offering fantastic views of the tall, rocky mountains that characterise the Picos de Europa.
On the return to Cangas de Onis there is the option to extend the route with a fantastic loop through the Sierra de la Cubeta mountains.
Day 3 - Lagos de CovadongaToday you will cycle one of the best known climbs in Spain - Lagos de Covadonga. The road up to Lagos de Covadonga has featured eighteen times in the last 30 years of the Vuleta a Espana - making it one of the marquee climbs.
The climb is known for the beautiful scenery, culminating in two mountain lakes at the top. Lagos de Covadonga is a tough climb with an average gradient of 7.3% over 12.6km, and it fully deserves its reputation as one of the most spectacular in Spain.
From Covadonga you will head to the coast, passing the dramatic sea caves and the surfing town of Ribadesella.
Day 4 - Mirador del FitoYou will leave Cangas de Onis via the Mirador del Fito, a viewpoint in the Sierra del Fito mountains which offers a superb panorama of the coastline.
From Fito it is a short descent to the coast which you will follow around the Lastres peninsular into the town of Villaviciosa.
Villaviciosa is a small, historic town that is beautifully situated in between the mountains and the sea.
Day 5 - Somiedo Natural ParkThe cycling continues with a rolling route heading inland towards the Somiedo Natural Park. You will follow quiet, undulating roads through the vibrant green scenery that is typical for this part of the Asutrian region.
The destination is the Somiedo Natural Park which, along with the Picos de Europa, boasts the best high mountains for cycling in Northern Spain.
The Somiedo Natural Park is isolated and tranquil, making it an excellent place to cycle and enjoy the scenery. It is also home to the largest population of bears in Western Europe; however, they are notoriously timid so you would be lucky to spot one.
Day 6 – Pola de SomiedoThe route today, through the Somiedo Natural Park, is one of the most beautiful on the holiday. The highlights include the climb up to Valle de Lago and the stunning road which crosses the Puerto de la Mesa pass.
This is one of the most isolated parts of Spain, with some of the villages that you pass through lacking phone and internet connections, due to the rugged nature of the terrain. Fortunately the road surfaces are in excellent condition though, allowing you to enjoy the scenery in comfort!
Day 7 - Alto de l'AngliruThe final day of the tour will see you tackle Spain's most fearsome climb - Angliru.
Star of the show at the 2013 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.
From Angliru, you will descend into the historic city of Oviedo for the final night of the holiday.
Day 8 – Depart
After 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.
7 Nights / 8 Days Guided
|Accommodation A||Single Supplement A||Accommodation B||Single Supplement B|
|June, September, October||€960||€260||€1010||€300|
|July - August||€1030||€280||€1170||€300|
Bicycle hire is an additional €100 for the length of the tour.
These prices are based on two sharing a double or twin room. For a single room, the single supplement cost is in addition to the respective accommodation option.
One night is in a **** hotel
Three nights are in *** hotels
Three nights are in a country house
Six nights are in **** hotels
One night in a country house
The following are included in the tour:
- Seven nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite. Please see price list for details of single supplement.
- Transfer to and from the arrival/departure point
- Continental breakfast every day
- Luggage transferred between hotels
- 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
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
- Lunches and Dinners
- 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?
The daily minimum averages 70km (44 miles). However there are options to extend the route each day by up to another 50km.
How difficult is this tour?
This tour to the Picos de Europa and Somiedo Natural Park is mostly in significant mountain ranges, and so is a challenging tour. There is between 1,500m and 2,500m of climbing on most days and so the
tour is ideal for cyclists that like climbing.
This tour use 100% paved roads, which carry little traffic.
What is the accommodation like?
This tour uses some of the best accommodation in the region. We have personally selected a range of country houses, small boutique style hotels and mountain chalets that best reflects the
character and beauty of the Picos de Europa and Somiedo Natural Park.
Please see our accommodation page for more details.
Can I personalise or change aspects of this tour?
Absolutely! We have designed a tour that we feel strikes a great balance between cycling routes, accommodation and interesting towns. However, if, for example, you would like to do the tour
for a different number of days, stay in a different level of accommodation, or extend the route to a different location, we would be happy to discuss the options with you.
What are the arrival and departure points?
Oviedo is the arrival and departure point for our Picos de Europa cycling 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.
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.
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 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 between June and October 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.
The tour can start on any day of the week from June to October.
How famous are these climbs?
This tour combines the most famous climbs in Spain, with some hidden gems. The big names include Angliru, Lagos de Covadonga and La Farrapona, which are all climbs regularly used in pivotal stages of the Vuelta a España.
To reserve a place on the tour, please follow the link below to continue to our reservation form.
This holiday can begin on any date from June to October.
Once we have received the form, we will be in contact to confirm the booking and to arrange for the payment of the deposit.
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