Wednesday, June 20
Free day in Bilbao. The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum (right), the Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre, Norman Foster's Underground, the towers designed by the architects Arata Isozaki and César Pelli... are all examples of the dynamism that exists in Bilbao. The city is surrounded by a fertile landscape with forests, mountains, beaches and steep coasts. Gastronomy is an art in Bilbao. The city is home to prestigious restaurants which offer dishes ranging from traditional cuisine to the most avant-garde culinary creations. Shopping for antiques, typical ceramics, exquisite cakes and pastries or the latest fashions is a must. Walking around in Bilbao is a unique occasion for enjoying the architectural heritage of the city and whilst out you can enjoy the popular pintxos in one of the many taverns or cafés.
Thursday, June 21
The total ride distance for the day is 136 kilometers with about 1,500 meters of net climbing. This is by far the longest route of the trip, to challenge the most avid cyclists. We will have an option to ride a local bus or in one of the backup vehicles for those wishing to do a lesser distance. Our destination is Santillana del Mar (left), a medieval town with a historic old town. We will be staying right in the town center at the historic, luxury Parador de Santillana Gil Blas. To download a Google Maps route map of the day's cycle, click here. To view and download the Strava route, click here. To download the Strava cue sheet, click here.