Day 2 - Stop off at a Niembro beach to relax or swim in the sea.
Day 4 - Have an optional walk to see the Bufones (blowholes) along the limestone cliffs at Lames or visit the 'Cueva de Tito Bustillo' cave paintings (tickets are limited so you will need to book tickets in advance at the local tourist office). Perhaps spend time today at Playa de Vega beach.
Day 6 - Take an optional walk to see dinosaur tracks at Tazones (accessible only at low tide).
Day 7 - Visit El Jardin Botanico del Atlantico (Botanical Garden).
On a number of days there is also the opportunity to visit local medieval churches and museums.
Bring cycling gear such as quick drying cycle tops, padded cycle shorts and cycle gloves. Remember that the weather is slightly more changeable in northern Spain, and it can be cool, especially at night and at the start and end of the season, so bring a warmer jacket/fleece. A waterproof cycle jacket is recommended in case of rain. A light windproof jacket is always useful.
Luggage: On tour
Bring one main piece of baggage as per your airline luggage allowance, maximum 20 kg per person. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage if using public transport so don't overload yourself. Luggage transfers between hotels are normally arranged by the hoteliers. Please note luggage transfers are restricted to 15 kg per person, any additional weight will need to be packed in your day bag or pannier bag. Mark your bags clearly and leave them at the place and time arranged with them. When travelling on public transport you should always take your luggage with you.
Included between each hotel.
On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. It is a legal requirement in Spain to wear a helmet that meets current safetly criteria. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. Cycle glasses (to protect against dust, insects, pollen, sun etc) , cycle gloves (padded for more comfort) and a water bottle or water delivery system (eg camelback or platypus). Please note that it is a legal requirement to wear a helmet while cycling in Spain (minimum fine 200 Euros). In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies (explore included) are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. If a handle bar bag or pannier is not provided (check bike details) then you may like to bring a small rucksack to wear while cycling. A lock, pump, spare inner tube and puncture repair kit with tyre levers is provided with the bike. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.
Maps - Along with the destination manual and route notes you will be sent a set of maps that have been created specifically for this trip to help you navigate. The route is marked on each map together with a series of numbered waypoints which correspond with instructions in the route notes. Should you wish to purchase a more detailed commercially produced map we recommend the following:-
Mapa de Carreteras, Principado de Asturias, scale 1/300.000, free at Tourist Offices.
Michelin, n°. 442, España, Norte, scale 1/400.000.
Instituto Geográfico Nacional, Mapas Topográficos Nacionales, scale 1/50.000:
nr 31 Ribadesella
nr 30 Villaviciosa
nr 32 Llanes
nr 14 Gijon