Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa is a small mountain range situated about an hours drive west of Santander and a further half an hour inland. The range is very compact and is surrounded by a range of steep sided foothills. Threading their way around, up and over these hills is a range of tracks and paths that provide some interesting and occasionally lung bursting cycling.

The Picos are easily accessed from the UK either via ferry to Bilbao (P&O) or Santander (Brittany Ferries), or via air to Santander using RyanAir. From Santander an hours' drive west along the motorway (add an hour from Bilbao) will place you at the Unquera junction from where it is under an hour to most access points to the range.

There is plenty of accommodation in the Picos, ranging from campsites through B&B's to the government run Paradors and the private hotels. There is also much self-catering accommodation available and this may be the best solution for those with families or for groups.

Slide shows

El Naranjo de Bulnes Riding above Brez
The normal route on El Naranjo de Bulnes A bike ride around the village of Brez
Rases and surrounds Riding above Bejes
Riding the hills behind Rases A bike ride through the Duje Valley and descent to Bejes
Rases and surrounds  
The Cares Gorge