Experience the iconic ‘Pico’s de Europa’

Sensational, twisty, smooth mountain roads, stunning views!

 

Once again this exceptionally priced and very popular tour starts at Portsmouth where we will join our Thursday late night 22.15 hrs departure cruise with Brittany Ferries, aboard their new ship the Galicia to Santander. With meal inclusive ticketing to include one complimentary three course dinner and one continental breakfast, further included for your comfort an upgraded, large two berth inside  cabin. Each air-conditioned with an en-suite, a flat screen TV and USB charging points as standard in your MSL rate. It’s a relaxed two night cruise, with an early Saturday 08.00 hrs arrival in Santander, for Day One in Spain.

Choose whether to go directly on your first day’s ride out from Santander or go the short distance  to our quality four star (half board)  tour hotel in Suances to leave your luggage (room check-in will be from 16.00 hrs  in the afternoon) before you head out on your first day for some fun on your bike!  Suances with its local restaurants and bars will be our comfortable and familiar base for the next four nights, just a short ride (less than an hour) from the heart of the Pico’s de Europa. Enjoy an all-inclusive comprehensive buffet style meal with wine each evening and a comprehensive breakfast to start each days ride out!

This tour is undoubtedly about riding the roads, stunning scenery, wonderful roadside cafes, some great company and making new friends. The Picos de Europa makes up the central range of the Cantabrian Mountains and without doubt providing some of the best biking roads in Europe! If you do nothing else just take the N-621 south from Unquera, take a right at Panes over the bridge and track upwards along the incredible AS-114 towards Cangas de Onis, along bend after sweeping bend. Follow the road south to Rhiano on the iconic N-625 to re-join the N-621 north bound back up to Potes along some fabulously smooth, sweeping roads and switch backs with stunning scenery and mountainous back drops to match! Don’t forget to stop at the Mirador del Corzo along the Puerto san Gloria for a photograph with the iconic bronze ‘Cantabrian Chamois’ and take in the incredible views! You really have to experience these roads on a bike and many more amazing endless mountainous routes which twist and turn through the stunning heart of the Picos de Europa and the wonderful regions of Cantabria and Asturias

Our return journey to Portsmouth on Day Five is on the following Wednesday after four nights in Suances so a relaxed breakfast is in order followed by a coffee or two near the lighthouse in Suances, before making our way back to Santander. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the roads around Cantabria one final time on the way back to the port!  Here we re-board Brittany Ferries ship the Galicia at 17.30 hrs for our overnight crossing back to Portsmouth arriving at 19.15 hrs on Thursday evening. Plenty of time then to catch up with some banter on-board over a few beers, reflecting on our shared experiences on the highlights of this fabulous trip to the Pico’s de Europa.