This will be our fourth year of touring in Northern Spain which will give you an insight into how much we enjoy riding the roads and also how popular this tour is with our clients. We have three destinations in the regions of Cantabria, Castile & Leon and Alava staying in two 4* Spa hotels and a Parador where you will be able to savour the cuisine typical of the regions at the end of a day of riding through the varied landscapes
Having taken an overnight sailing into Santander we ride through the Montana Oriental region to our first spa hotel in Solares. We are in this location for 2 nights with a ride-out planned over Portillo Lunada, a high mountain pass in the Cordillera Cantabrica mountains, continue through the Collados del Ason Nature park and along the southern shores of the Emblase del Ebro.
The tour continues with a ride to our second spa hotel which was once a 16th century university and has retained much of the original architecture. The old town square in El Burgo has many bars and cafes where you can soak up the Spanish culture each evening before dinner. We have two full days of ride-outs planned taking you on wide open roads with smooth tarmac with hardly a car to be seen!
We’ll take you on the Ruta del Duero where riding on flowing ribbons of tarmac can be enjoyed as the roads curve their way through the river valley. Riding through the Urbion Mountains and the Sierra de Pela and Alto Rey you will be rewarded with spectacular views over the landscape as we summit to over 1,500 metres. The region is steeped in history with castles and fortresses dotted throughout the hills and sleepy villages. One such place we visit is the cobbled streets of the village of Medinaceli home to the only three-gated roman arch in Spain. Our routes include a ride into the Rio Lobos Canyons which are close to our hotel in El Burgo, a photo stop at the viewpoint high above the deep ravine is a must.
Leaving the Duero Valley behind we ride through the Sierra de Cebollera, a high river valley within the Iberian Mountains which has sweeping roads on the ascent to the summit at Santa Ines and continues over Puerto de Monetenegro where the borders of the provinces of Soria and the Rioja wine region meet. The route continues through the Rio Najerilla valley to our final destination of the tour in a former Renaissance palace now a Parador hotel which overlooks the Gorbea Mountains.
On our last full day before heading to the ferry you may wish to visit the small medieval city of Vitoria and the gothic cathedral of Santa Maria only a short ride from the hotel or join us on our ride-out which takes you through the Alava province in the south of the Basque region of Northern Spain. The region is home to several reservoirs and nature parks and we route takes you on wonderful riding roads through the Urbasa and Andia Mountains
We have a short route on our last day of just over 100 miles as we return to the port of Santander for an overnight sailing to Portsmouth riding through the Cantabria mountains and over Los Tornos pass.