A Coastal Craic
Picos de Europa
Duration: 5 Nights
Dates: 15 - 20 July 2024
The Picos de Europa were named by the sailors of the 16th century as these towering peaks were the first thing they saw as they approached northern Spain on their return from the Americas. This small mountainous area situated in the regions of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile & León is home to some of the most extraordinary landscape in Europe. Some of my best days on two wheels have been enjoyed meandering through the twists and turns on these idyllic roads, enjoying some of the most dramatic landscape that you will find on the Continent.
As this is a relatively small area, we have found it best to explore using our favourite hotel as a base for three nights, which makes life much easier each morning and saves time and effort getting the bikes loaded up with luggage, ready for the next destination. The views from the hotel are sublime and it has the added bonus of being in walking distance of one of our favourite restaurants in the area! Also, we have added in a couple of surprises to the trip which are guaranteed to put a wide grin on your face...
If you have not ridden in the Picos before, you should put it on your list immediately! The Picos part of this trip takes in the best roads over five breathtaking days and we are confident that it will possibly be some of the best riding of your life..!
We leave in the morning at 8.00am - 9.00am and aim to be at our destination by 6.00pm in the evening. This equates to around 6 hours in the saddle - we typically ride for an hour and a half before a break for coffee or leg stretch with a stop for lunch and another break in the afternoon. We are definitely happy to stop to admire the view and for photo opportunities along the way.
We will meet you at the port of Santander after your crossing.
We will head to the Picos immediately to spend the first 3 nights in Cangas de Onis.
We will spend the next 4 days exploring the Picos mountains on some of the most spectacular roads in the area. The 4th night is spent in the pretty village of Potes.
We will ride some breathtaking routes on excellent roads with incredible scenery.
We will spend the final night in a wonderful castle where Napolean Bonaparte once stayed, after a day visiting a place that you might not have expected to see...
The next morning there will be time to explore the town or to enjoy a coffee in the imposing square, before heading back to Santander to catch your ferry.
Minimum: 3 bikes, 3 riders
Maximum: 5 bikes
1 rider, 1 room
1 rider, 1 pillion, 1 room
2 riders, 1 room
£1,625 per person
All accommodation with breakfast
Dinner on 1 evening with half a bottle of wine per head
An experienced guide throughout your stay
Some awesome riding!
All ferries, Channel crossings, flights and connections
Insurance - we recommend that you take out personal travel insurance before you set off
Any food and drink consumed along the way other than as stated above
All fuel throughout the trip
Motorcycle rental - this can be arranged for you given sufficient notice and subject to availability
Please note that routes and trip details may change due to circumstances beyond our control. We will inform you of this as soon as is practicable.