The Picos de Europa and the regions of Asturias and Cantabria offer quiet roads, lush green landscapes, beautiful routes along the Costa Verde and hardcore stage finishes for the Vuelta España. The people of Northern Spain are open and friendly, the food hearty and delicious, making this unique region perfect for a cycling tour.

The Vuelta España passes through Northern Spain every year and every year riders complain about the brutality of the finishing climbs: test your legs against the steep slopes of El Angliru and Los Machucos. Climb the Peña Carbarga, the Alto de Ermita, the Lagos de Covadonga and more.

Picos de Europa Cycling Highlights

Alto del Angliru

Alto de l'Angliru from La Vega

The Alto de l’Angliru is as tough as cycling gets. Located west of the Picos mountains and just south of Oviedo, the climb spans 13 km with a monstrously steep final section of double digit gradients.

top 1424 m


13.1 km


1,260 m elevation gain


9.4 % average gradient


22% max gradient


Lagos de Covadonga

Lagos de Covadonga from Covadonga

High up in the Picos de Europa are the Lagos de Covadonga. One of the favourite climbs of the Vuelta, talented climbers such as Pedro Delgado, Robert Millar, Lucho Herrera and Laurent Jalabert have stormed to victory it’s challenging slopes.

With an anonymous, forested beginning the climb unfolds as the road ascends, culminating in spectacular vistas of the Picos de Europa National Park and the lakes of Covadonga that give the climb it’s name.

top 1,135 m


14 km


962 m elevation gain


6.9 % average gradient


15 % max gradient


Browse our Picos de Europa Cycling Tours

Picos de Europa Cycling Challenge, Gloria

Picos Challenge

On demand | Epic | Road
Picos de Europa Cycling Retreat

Picos Retreat

May - June 2018 | Leisure | Road
Trans Picos Angliru


On Demand | Advanced - Epic | Road

Blogs from Northern Spain

Trans Picos Angliru CyclingESC ExplorePicos de Europa
November 1, 2017

North Spain will surprise you

I must admit I did not know what to expect from our recent reccy to North Spain. I’d heard that it rains so much that riders race with an aluminium…
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