Cycling in northern Spain has got several meanings: It’s riding through centuries-old cultures. It’s relaxing on sandy beaches in small rocky bays. It’s pedaling past lush green meadows—and it’s enjoying plate after plate of hearty food. And while this combination of some of life’s purest pleasures is certainly rewarding, making the most out of this experience isn’t one for the faint of heart: To see it all, prepare for lots of climbing, pushing your body up almost 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) of elevation over the 434-mile (700-kilometer) route. Therefore, you should arrive in peak physical condition and only bring the kit absolutely necessary for your adventure. After all, as you pedal up and down this cycling paradise, you’ll feel every extra ounce of equipment you brought along for the ride.
If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with one seriously unique cycling adventure. Cycling in the opposite direction to the ever-popular pilgrim route, Camino del Norte (the northerly section of the Way of St. James), this route will take you past a fair few pilgrims, although you’ll be able to enjoy long stretches of complete solitude too, as you roll along the impressive, rocky, coastal landscape.
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Last updated: July 14, 2023
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Your adventure starts in Santiago de Compostela. In addition to the famous pilgrimage cathedral, there are some small alleys and historic buildings in the old town, which you want to discover on a short walk.
If you have explored enough, you will leave the city to the west. Take a look back every now…
Also on this day you collect some altitude. The typical thing about Galicia is not very high, even if you drive today on the roof of the tour (680 m). The first part of the day leads you constantly up and down through quiet forests and past fields to Sobrado. The local monastery is a constant destination…
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The first few kilometers you drive along a main road, which was apparently planned with a simple ruler, thanks to the parallel highway there is once again little traffic.
Before Mondonedo it will be more spectacular and it goes down on a rapid descent into town. The marketplace of the place invites you…
To escape the great slopes of the coastal mountains, head north again to the water. Even if you always make detours, essentially you follow the little-busy highway on the coast.
The port of Luarca is almost spectacularly crowded in the washed-out valley of the Rio Negro. The beautiful and tranquil harbor…
After your short excursion into the mountains, today we will go to the city of Gijon. It is still pretty rural soon, from Avilés, very industrial and urban. Gijon has traditionally relocated a lot of heavy industry, mainly steel production. Although this is in stark contrast to the rural tranquil days…
If you leave Gijon to the east, you have a different picture than in the industrial west. There are great bike paths and the cityscape is greener and more suburban shaped. The massive building of Universidad Laboral de Gijon will catch your eye from afar. Take a little time to visit the impressive building…
It is beach day! To lie extensively on the beach, the kilometers to be covered today are limited. The spectacular beaches line up here only on the rugged stone coast, as it is difficult to make a choice.
The beach of San Antolin on the Rio Bedon is a wide and wide sandy beach that you share with many…
It continues on the highway running parallel to the coast and highway. Again and again you will find branches to other small beaches. The two largest sandy beaches are waiting behind the vivid and slightly crowded place San Vicente de la Barquera.
In Comillas the full package of culture and sights awaits…
In the first half of the day you see the sea only from a distance, even if the first visited place Santilla is nicknamed "del Mar". Take a little time to explore the old town, it is full of well-preserved and renovated townhouses. The place is an old trading center.
On the coast, you continue along the…
Today is the day of the ferry, two small ferry crossings with romantic small harbor-kites are on the plan. In Santander you start near the Centro Botín on the harbor promenade with a crossing to Somo. You always go along the sandy peninsula Punta Rabiosa. Again with a firm ground under the wheels you…
Your bike adventure through northern Spain is coming to an end, the destination Bilbao is near. First you drive on the steep coast to the resort of Castro Urdiales. When you arrive in the port, look at the Santa Ana fortress, the lighthouse and the church of Santa Maria. Along the beach promenade you…
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