PICOS DE EUROPA
You might get the odd spot of rain in the mountains of Spain’s north coast, even in summer – but most of the time it’s just perfect for riding bikes: dry, bright and sunny, hot without being too hot. Ideal for making the most of the grippy roads that twist over passes between grey-crowned peaks, through shady gorges and into fascinating small towns.
Northern Spain is close to paradise for the British biker. Your money goes a long way (three-course meal with wine for €10? Don’t mind if I do, which helps justify the cost of the ferry to Santander – though that works out about the same as riding across France and back). The difference being that 24 hours on the boat gets you into Spain for your whole trip… rather than wasting half of it on French motorways.
These roads have everything that’s great about the Alps – with half the traffic. It’s as if the secret hasn’t got out to the rest of Europe: you’ll bump into the occasional bunch of Brits but there are no crowds of Swiss GS riders.
‘With shady gorges and fascinating small towns it’s close to paradise’