Explore the Picos
After crossing the bay of Biscay together on the ferry we head up into the Picos riding past the lakes and gorges that make the area so dramatic and enchanting. Winding through sleepy Spanish towns and villages, and cruising down smooth ribbons of empty tarmac you’re sure to be ready for Sangrias by the pool when we arrive.
From our first overnight stop in the Picos themselves, we head west through the high hills of Galicia and explore some tremendous backroads with several stops along the way at local coffee houses and tapas restaurants. Our hotel tonight is a real gem nestled in the quiet backstreets of Tineo.
This 8-day tour of the Picos is amazing. Enjoy the twisty roads through mountains and open countryside and marvel at how little traffic there is!
Explore the Picos
We continue our journey through this biking mecca and wind via the scented forests towards the famous pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela. This exquisite city, steeped in culture and history is a place that 300,000 people still make a pilgrimage to each year, Magellan riders make their own pilgrimage here too but mostly for the Tapas and wine!
From Santiago we cross back eastwards through rolling hills and unspoilt countryside to the historic city of Zamora ringed by well preserved defensive walls and gates where we can relax over dinner and drinks with views of the castle.
We head back northwards meeting up beside the lake of Riano, with its stunning mountains providing the backdrop for our lunch stop. We can sit by the water drinking coffee and indulge in some of the fantastic local prawns while gazing up at the passes ahead of us still to ride that afternoon.
We carry on after lunch and journey up across the Picos one final time to our hotel for the final stop. The following morning you can choose a longer more scenic route into Santander or a shorter relaxing day taking in a stop at a local’s favourite lakeside grill on the way back to the ferry home.
Picos mountains:A dramatically beautiful combination of geological magnificence, lush green vegetation and fantastic roads provides the setting for the beginning of our tour.
Santiago de Compostela: The capital of Galicia in the Northwest of Spain. A pilgrimage destination for 300,000 Caminos a year, the city is steeped in history and culture.
'Riding the Picos Mountains is a firm favourite for me. I have ridden them a few times but I was looking for something different, that still allowed me to ride them and help me explore more of Spain while keeping the trip to about a week long. I'm so glad i found Magellan's website as this trip was just what I needed. Brilliant, thank you.'Gary H
Historic city of Zamora: Ringed by well preserved defensive walls and gates this historic city has been described as a ‘Romanesque Museum’, we stay in the old town and usually take a walk before dinner to go and explore some of the sights.
High hills and twisties of Western Galicia: These quiet, smooth hills are a bikers dream. With empty, perfectly tarmacked roads, bucketfuls of twisties and no traffic, this ride is incredible.
Starting in Plymouth we take the ferry to Santander. Relax in the comfort of an ensuite cabin, get to know your fellow riders and enjoy dinner in one of the onboard restaurants.
Day 2 114 Miles
Our first taste of the Picos de Europa.
Day 3 160 Miles
We wind via little sleepy Spanish towns along smooth ribbons of empty roads and onto our overnight stop on the Pilgrim Trail.
Day 4 169 Miles
The National park and it’s scented forests lead us towards the pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5 198 Miles
We journey from Santiago through national parks and past the spa town of Ourense to the delightful walled city of Zamora.
Day 6 195 Miles
Heading back north we meet up beside the lake of Riano with its stunning mountains providing the backdrop for our lunch stop. Continuing on north we journey up to our hotel back in the Picos de Europa.
Day 7 117 Miles
Hearty breakfast and then on through the rolling countryside towards Santander to get our overnight ferry for the final leg of the trip home…
Arrive home safe and sound and make your friends jealous with your tales of the tour!
Can I get a different crossing on this trip?
Of course, while the crossing from Plymouth on the way out and returning to Portsmouth on the way back allows you to fit the tour into 8 days and arrive at a sensible time we know that Plymouth doesn't suit everyone. If you would like to make your own arrangements to get over to Spain and meet the group at the hotel on the first night near Santander just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the included crossing from your booking.
What’s the weather like on this tour?
We pick the date of this trip to get the best mix of riding conditions on the different elevations we cover. As you go over the top of the Picos mountains it can be chilly briefly while the days over the plains can be quite warm, a sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities.
Is what I hear about the spanish not eating until 10pm correct?
The Spanish do indeed eat late, in fact it's not unusual for people to go out for dinner at 11pm or later. We've tailored the trip to take in English sensibilities and rumbling bellys after a long day’s ride though and normally eat between 8 - 8.30pm
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