17 days in Cantabria & Asturias Itinerary

17 days in Cantabria & Asturias Itinerary

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17 days in Cantabria & Asturias Itinerary

Start: Bordeaux
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Santander
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Oviedo
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Gijon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cangas de Onis
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Llanes
— 3 nights
Drive:  47​h 30​min
End: Geneva


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Santander

Santander ©
Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Popular historic sites such as Parque de Cabo Mayor and Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza Mayor de Ramon y Pelayo and Refugio Antiaereo. Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia de Santa Maria in Castro Urdiales (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa de El Puntal, stroll through Playa de Matalenas, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de La Magdalena, and get engrossed in the history at Centro de Interpretacion de la Historia de Santander.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santander trip planner.

Bordeaux, France to Santander is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for slightly colder days in Santander, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oviedo.

Things to do in Santander

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Plaza Mayor de Ramon y Pelayo, Iglesia de Santa Maria
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Jardines de Piquio ©
Jardines de Piquio
Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor ©
Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor
Cathedral Santander ©
Cathedral Santander

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Oviedo

Oviedo ©
Oviedo is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Porlier, make a trip to Santa María del Naranco. Prerrománico asturiano, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel de Lillo, then don't miss a visit to Parroquia de San Isidoro El Real, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Desfiladero Les Xanes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Iglesia de San Juan el Real, then wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Tirso El Real.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oviedo tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Santander to Oviedo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Oviedo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Cangas de Onis.

Things to do in Oviedo

Historic Sites Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena, Iglesia San Juan, Desfiladero Les Xanes
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Desfiladero Les Xanes ©
Desfiladero Les Xanes
Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena ©
Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena
San Miguel de Lillo ©
San Miguel de Lillo

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Gijon

Gijon ©
Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Faro Vidio and Barrio de Cimadevilla. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Lorenzo and Senda Poniente-El Rinconin. Explore Gijon's surroundings by going to Faro de Cabo Penas (in Ferrero), Cabo Vidio (in Cudillero) and Iglesia de Santa Maria de Luanco (in Luanco). Next up on the itinerary: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Ecomuseo Minero Valle de Samuno, look for all kinds of wild species at Senda el Rinconin-La Nora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pedro Church, and explore by horseback at Via Verde la Camocha.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gijon online day trip planner .

Gijon is just a short distance from Oviedo. August in Gijon sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cangas de Onis.

Things to do in Gijon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cudillero, Faro de Cabo Penas, Iglesia de Santa Maria de Luanco, Ecomuseo Minero Valle de Samuno
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Lighthouse Cabo Vidio ©
Lighthouse Cabo Vidio
Iglesia de Santa Maria de Luanco ©
Iglesia de Santa Maria de Luanco
Cabo Vidio ©
Cabo Vidio

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Cangas de Onis

Cangas de Onis ©
Cangas de Onís is a municipality in the eastern part of the province and autonomous community of Asturias in the northwest of Spain. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): Head underground at Cueva Del Buxu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minas de Buferrera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Cueva de Covadognga, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario De Covadonga, and finally get outside with Rutas a Caballo El Dorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Olla de San Vicente, then ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento de Cangas de Onis, and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Covadonga.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cangas de Onis trip maker app .

You can drive from Gijon to Cangas de Onis in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Cangas de Onis sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Llanes.

Things to do in Cangas de Onis

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cueva Del Buxu
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Santa Cueva de Covadonga ©
Santa Cueva de Covadonga
Santuario De Covadonga ©
Santuario De Covadonga
Lake Covadonga ©
Lake Covadonga

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Llanes

Llanes ©
Llanes is a municipality of the province of Asturias, in northern Spain. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa María la Real, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Niembro, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Gulpiyuri. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Angeles, kick back and relax at Beach of La Franca, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Cubijeru.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Llanes online tour planner .

Getting from Cangas de Onis to Llanes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Llanes can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Llanes

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Iglesia de Santa Maria de Los Angeles, Beach of La Franca, Church of Santa Maria, Iglesia de Santa María la Real
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Church of Santa Maria ©
Church of Santa Maria
Beach of La Franca ©
Beach of La Franca
Playa de Cubijeru ©
Playa de Cubijeru