Asturias, North Eastern Spain
Situated in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, between the Autonomous Regions of Galicia and Cantabria, is a small region that does not fit the stereotypes of Spanish tourism. A cycling paradise still undiscovered by the mainstream cycling community, despite being an important host to La Vuelta Espania for many years.
Asturias has more to offer than you can imagine, cycling holidays for the family, including the 20km Bear Trail that takes in sight of the small ASTURIAN villages, crossing bridges over fresh water stream and rivers and of course the famous brown bears that roam the region. Also if you are looking for a challenging cycling terrain, then look no further, if it’s good enough for the Pro riders of La Vuelta, then it will deliver a unique experience for you.
Emulate the achievements of great cyclists like Jan Ullrich, Alex Zülle, Tony Rominger and Laurent Jalabert and take on slopes with inclines of more in excess of 23% during the climb in the Cycling Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a España) to mythical peaks such as the COVADONGA LAKES, ANGLIRU AND LA FARRAPONA.
Los Lagos de Covadonga
The Lagos de Covadonga is an HC climb similar to Alpe d’Huez in length, gradient and height gain. A spectacular climb it was the grand finale of Stage 15 of The Vuelta España in 2012 and this year it was where Nairo Quintana claimed his red jersey back on stage 10. A spectacular climb with amazing views of the lake and definitely one to tick off the bucket list.
Although there are two small sections that go into double figures the rest of the climb never really goes up to much more than 8% with the first 2 kilometers not even reaching 6%.
It is no secret that people eat well in Asturias. Its wonderful natural larder (the sea, the countryside and the mountains) offer everything one could ask for, with the guaranteed quality of the best ingredients.
Proof of this is the dozens of products that to date have been worthy of being awarded a Protected Designation of Origin classification. And it’s not all about traditional cuisine (although this cannot be missed). Nowadays the stoves are used to prepare modern dishes that, together with the traditional cuisine, make this place a paradise for good food: bean stew, casseroles, seafood (crab and barnacles); fish (hake, monkfish), red meat, lamb and of course a wide variety of artisan cheeses (the most varied in Europe: Cabrales, Casín, Afuega’l pitu, Gamonéu, etc.).
Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a dessert of “arroz con leche” (rice pudding), “casadielles” (pastries), or “frixuelos” (crepes). All washed down with some cider, the Asturian drink par excellence, an apple elixir that forms the basis for various social events and whose pouring ritual is considered an art worth seeing.
- Average flight time from the UK to Asturias is 1hr 50min
- Asturias airport is just 30 miles from the capital, Oviedo
- Asturias plays host to the La Vuelta Espania
- Some of Spains toughest cycling ascents are in Asturias
- Asturias is much greener than typical Spain destinations
- Great for both coastal and mountain cycling, both for road and MTB
- The main mountain range for cycling is called The Picos de Europa
Asturias is a cyling paradise and offers a lush green, mountanous and coastal climate. August is the hottest month in Asturias with an average temperature of 19°C (65°F) and the coldest is January at 9°C (48°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 6 in July. The wettest month is January with an average of 120mm of rain
Just like England, Asturias can be prone to some rain in early spring months but an idea cycling holiday destination from May - October.