Belén Castelló

Cycling Northern Spain – (re)discovering home

Belén Castelló

Cycling Northern Spain – (re)discovering home

Bike Touring Collection by Belén Castelló

3

Tours

54:08 h

390 mi

45,400 ft

It’s a common thought to consider your home country or area a boring place to explore. That was exactly my view until Tristan and I decided to finally give Spain a real chance. This trip completely changed my perspective on home: all I needed was a new mindset. We cycled in Asturias, Cantabria and País Vasco over the course of a month, and in this Collection we share some of our favourite stretches.

Northern Spain is a paradise for all kinds of riding and the possibilities are endless regardless of your stamina or preferred terrain. In general, locals are used to cyclists because of ‘La Vuelta Ciclista’ and the French route of the famous pilgrimage 'El Camino de Santiago' which also goes through there. Even though the temperatures are pretty agreeable all year round by the coastline, do time your visit between April and October to avoid heavy rain or snow if visiting the mountains.

Expect a lot of climbing (Spain is not a flat country, so don’t pack too much!), quick weather changes and plenty of tourists in the hot spots—we’d recommend avoiding these popular places in the summer. When cycling on the more remote paths and areas on the other hand, you’ll discover many lush forests, cross quaint little towns and meet friendly locals (including cows and goats). This is where you’ll be able to enjoy the true Spanish culture and taste the best local cuisine.

We loved discovering this part of Spain, and we hope you do too!

On The Map

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Tours & Highlights

  • 15:39
    104 mi
    6.6 mph
    12,650 ft
    12,650 ft

    The route starts in the city of Oviedo from which you are able to cycle out on a very nice bike lane which once was a train track. Very soon, …

  • 16:09
    125 mi
    7.7 mph
    14,325 ft
    14,000 ft

    This stretch was one of our other highlights from the Northern Spain trip. It starts at the train station of Arriondas and finishes at the train station of Cabezón de …

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  • 22:20
    161 mi
    7.2 mph
    18,425 ft
    17,075 ft

    Tristan and I met up with our friends Ana and Bradley for a little Tour in the Basque Country. We were ready for some dirt roads!

    Without a clear route …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    390 mi
  • Duration
    54:08 h
  • Elevation
    45,400 ft
Belén Castelló

Cycling Northern Spain – (re)discovering home