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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’

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