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Canyons to Coast Adventure in Northern Spain

Hike, bike, SUP, canyon and kayak your way around the undiscovered provinces of Asturias and Cantabria


6 nights

Annual Leave

5 days off work

Group Size

Up to 14 people





Meeting Point

Bilbao Airport

Comfort Accommodation


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Kayak down the stunning Río Deva and SUP along the dramatic cliffs and secluded bays of the Atlantic Coast

Slip and slide your way through the Picos de Europa, tackling natural water slides, abseiling down waterfalls and jumping into clear pools

Hit the trails of the spectacular Cares Gorge, hiking through rocky tunnels in the shadow of imposing peaks

Pedal a coastal section of the iconic Camino de Santiago, before cooling off in the pool at your base on the Costa Verde

Day 1

Welcome to Asturias!

Your host will meet you on arrival at Bilbao Airport and transfer you to Llanes, a charming port town nestled on the rugged Costa Verde. Meet up with the rest of your group for a dinner and chat through the adventure ahead with your host.

Day 2

Kayak down the Rio Deva


3-4hrs · 12km

Kickstart your adventure with a kayak descent of the spectacular River Deva, set to a stunning mountainous backdrop beneath the jagged jaws of the Picos de Europa mountain range. Tackle the exciting but manageable rapids in twin sit-on-top kayaks, with some easygoing paddling needed on the calmer stretches. Tuck into a picnic on the banks of the river and grab a dip if you're brave enough - the water has come straight from the Picos and is rather fresh! Enjoy dinner back in Llanes.

Day 3

SUP the Atlantic coast and go caving

Stand Up Paddleboarding




Swap the river for the sea today, heading along the coast near Llanes on a paddleboard. This stretch of shoreline is home to a series of cliffs giving way to scallop-shaped sandy beaches. Sea conditions will dictate where you head to find the calm waters - your guides know all the best spots and will provide instruction to anyone who hasn't been paddleboarding before. Tuck into a picnic lunch on the beach and enjoy a swim in the sea before going underground in the afternoon, as your guide leads you into some of the best limestone caves in Spain. Hike and crawl through a subterranean world, past amazing rock formations.

Day 4

The Cares Gorge path


3-4hrs · 13km · 250m up · 150m down

Tick off an iconic and famous hike today. The Cares Gorge Trail is a spectacular path cut into the limestone of an imposing ravine, perched 300m above the Río Cares and surrounded by 2000m+ peaks. Drive into the heart of the Picos de Europa, finding the trailhead at Caín to set off on the narrow trail. Wind through small tunnels carved out of the rock and across bridges that hang over the abyss, while the river rages below and mountain goats watch from above. Finish up this memorable hike at Poncebos.

Day 5

Bike along the Camino de Santiago


3-4hrs · 20km

Hop on an e-bike at the small village of Buelna to pedal along the coast, discovering wonderful beaches, reaching clifftop lookouts and witnessing the spectacular Bufones de Pria - a natural phenomenon unique to this area, jets of seawater spout from holes and cracks eroded in limestone cliffs. You'll cycle along a section of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, passing pilgrims on their way. Finish up in Llanes for another post-adventure dinner and maybe a drop of rioja or a cold sidre.

Day 6

Canyoning in the Picos



Your final day of adventuring is a barnstorming one: head back into the Picos de Europa to explore this unique landscape from a totally different angle. Slip on a wetsuit, clip into your helmet in and spend the day leaping into natural wells and pools, slaloming along carved rock water slides, whizzing along zip-lines and abseiling down waterfalls. Your guides will instruct you and keep everyone safe along the way. Cap off a memorable day and toast an epic week of wild adventures with a visit to a local cider brewery for a typical Asturian dinner, washed down by plentiful amounts of sidre - the region's most famous tipple.

Day 7

Adios Asturias

The adventure comes to an end today as your host drives you back to Bilbao Airport in time for your onward flight home. If you are lingering longer in Spain, the Asturian and Cantabrian coastlines have some incredible beaches, good surf and laid back bars and cafes to discover.



Expert, English-speaking activity guides


6 nights in a 4-star hotel in Llanes


6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners


Airport transfers and everything in between


Kayaks, SUPs, e-bikes, canyoning gear and all safety equipment

Not Included

Travel insurance

Flights to and from the meeting point

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Tips for your guides

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share




Day 2 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share




Day 6

Hotel · Twin share




Day 7




What is the food like?

Breakfast at the hotel in Llanes is a sumptuous buffet that always gets rave reviews. Breads, pastries, baked treats, cereals, fruit, meats and cheeses. Lunches will be sandwiches and snacks to be enjoyed on beaches, riverbanks, clifftops and mountainsides, depending on the day of the trip. You'll have a traditional Asturian dinner on your first and last day with an array of local dishes to choose from. The other four dinners have been left out of the trip price to allow you to explore the bountiful food options in Llanes - which is particularly renowned for its seafood and pinchos (northern Spain's version of tapas).

What is the accommodation like?

Hotel Finca La Mansión

You have a single base for your whole trip, allowing you to settle in and enjoy downtime at the end of each of your big adventure days. You'll be staying at the 4-star Hotel Finca La Mansión in Llanes, a picturesque port town on the Asturian coast surrounded by beaches and blessed with history, culture, great seafood and a mountainous backdrop. The hotel has traditional rustic decor, an outdoor pool, garden and sun terrace. There are mountain views from many of the rooms, and the breakfast buffet is brilliant. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathroom.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking.

The Area




Bilbao Airport

13:00 on Day 1


Bilbao Airport

12:00 on Day 7


Please arrive at Bilbao airport by 13:00 on Day 1 in order to join the group transfer from Bilbao Airport to Llanes for your first night. On Day 7, your host will provide a group transfer from Llanes back to Bilbao airport, dropping you off at approximately midday.

If you are arriving/departing at different times, on different days or flying to/from alternative airports (Asturias Airport or Santander Airport) your host can arrange private airport transfers for an additional charge, subject to availability. Please see Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

Bilbao Airport is accessible via various direct flights from the UK and mainland Europe. Flights from outside of Europe are typically indirect.

Bilbao, Asturias and Santander airports are all an hour or two away from Llanes and have public transport options between them.

UK travellers with a bit more time (and possibly a vehicle) on their hands can travel to Asturias using the popular Portsmouth-Santander ferry route. Rail travellers can get to the start of this trip via Bilbao's main railway station - Bilbao Abando - which is well connected to various major cities in Spain. It is possible to travel from the UK to Llanes all the way by train, transiting through Paris and Hendaye in France, and Bilbao.

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What's included?

  • Tandem sit-on-top kayaks and paddles
  • Inflatable stand-up paddleboard, paddle and lifevest
  • All your canyoning gear
  • Front suspension 'hardtail' mountain e-bike & helmet

What do I need to bring?

Main bag: duffel, rucksack or suitcase to be kept at base in Llanes
Daypack (15-30 litres)
Waterproof liner for daypack
Small drybags if you want to take your phone with you on the water-based activities

Lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket
Fleece jacket or similar
Buff or neck scarf
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
Underwear and socks
Swimwear - multiple sets for both the hotel pool and the water activities
Sunglasses with leash
Hiking boots or trail runners (worn-in)
Old trainers/trail runners for the canyoning

Universal travel plug adapter
Passports (and visas)
Travel insurance documents
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Face mask
Two reusable water bottles x1 litre

Energy bars and snacks

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Single room in July & August

Payable Before Departure

Single room in July & August

Per Night

Single room in June/September/October

Payable Before Departure

Single room in June/September/October

Per Night

Twin/double room in July & August

Payable Before Departure

Twin/double room in July & August

Per Night

Twin/double room in June/September/October

Payable Before Departure

Twin/double room in June/September/October

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade - July & August

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade - July & August

Optional Private Room Upgrade - June & September

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade - June & September

Private Transfer Asturias or Santander Airport to Llanes (1-8 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private Transfer Asturias or Santander Airport to Llanes (1-8 people)

Private Transfer Bilbao Airport to Llanes (1-8 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private Transfer Bilbao Airport to Llanes (1-8 people)

Lieke(November 2023)

An amazing week in the stunningly beautiful area of Asturias. A full program with a nice mix of activities - I would not have wanted to miss out on the hike Ruta del Cares, canyoning and caving. The guides were brilliant, very helpful and fun. All in all a fantastic experience!

Helen(November 2023)


Cathy(November 2023)

This holiday does exactly what it says on the tin…but so much more. You’ll see from the itinerary (& from what others have voiced) that there’s a varied range of activities, all really well thought out and accessible to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the caving (as someone with mild claustrophobia & fear of being deep underground); and this was down to the skill and knowledge of the two fantastic guides. Txetxu & Carlos and also the e-bike trip (something I had always been quite dismissive of), which was so much fun! Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

So the activities were great, well planned out & really showcased all that this fantastic region has to offer, but what made this trip really stand out was indeed the fore mentioned guides. Throughout the trip they provided exactly the right amount of guidance, support & knowledge. Different in temperament they balanced each other perfectly, with the own style and unique comments of praise….and in Carlos’s case his animated hand gestures really said it all.

It’s a 5 stars review from me, from the pre trip information through to the daily briefings on what to wear & bring, the food, and of course my fellow travellers, who were a lovely bunch of people too!

Sophie(November 2023)

Fantastic week! Good balance of activities so you don't get bored (or muscles get tired!), hosts who went out of their way to make sure you had fun and got to experience everything the region had to offer. You can tell they love Asturias! All the gear used was good quality, lunches great etc didn't feel like any corners cut. Highly recommend!

Clare(November 2023)

Absolutely bleedin’ brilliant! The trip is a fabulous mix of activities (works both your arms and legs so do turn up with some fitness) from the beauty of caving, to the adrenaline rush of canyoning, to the amazing group joy of mountain e-biking. Carlos and Txetxu were so great, and handled everything with diplomacy and patience. I’m hoping more mixed activity trips will come up in the Asturias region - it’s stunning

Matt(October 2023)

This was definitely one of the best life experiences I've done so far. txetxu and Carlos were amazing guides. They were both very friendly and a good laugh, their food recommendations were on point and all the activities were amazing not only for the scenery and the fun we had but both txetxu and Carlos knew so much about the local land and geology. You can tell they both have a passion for the outdoors which made them perfect guides for this trip. Would definitely recommend this trip to see the hidden gems of northern Spain.

Helen(October 2023)

Highly recommend, lovely hosts, awesome activities accessible but challenging enough with lots of tasty food and a fairly luxury hotel!

Ty(October 2023)

Carlos and xtetchu were absolutely amazing, they're full of life and charisma. This was my first time booking a solo trip and I worried I'd be the only solo traveller and the rest would be groups but there was a good mixture with most being solo. The days were long and full of activity, the evenings could be spent either alone or we tended to go out in groups. Each activity seemed to push my limits which is exactly what I'd wanted. I suffer from anxiety disorder and I felt great after this trip. I will most definitely be booking again!!

Roibin(October 2023)

This was an amazing trip. Great guides, fantastic group and awesome activities.

Everything was well organised and planned. Would really recommend this trip.

Peter(October 2023)

Really good trip with a range of activities to a beautiful area of Spain. The best part was the great people we had on the trip who were always supportive of each other on the various activities. Our guides - Carlos and Txetxu - were amazing and absolutely made the trip an adventure I will remember for a long time - thanks both.

Matt(October 2023)

Excellent trip perfect balance of activites , food and seeing beautiful "Green Spain"

Rachel(October 2023)

Such an amazing trip away. Fun packed days doing fab activities in the sun, we were having so much fun the week flew by and we were all sad when it was all over. We had the best guides you could hope for; kind, supportive, patient, experienced, & funny, Carlos & Txetxu from Rumbo A Picos, making every day special and going the extra mile for the group. I feel so lucky to have had such an incredible group to share it all with and have made many amazing memories and new friends. Looking forward to my next trip already!

Matt(August 2023)

I've had a fantastic week - varied programme of activities, which were challenging enough to push me, but not so challenging I felt like they were dangerous. I've done things this week I never thought I could (caving and mountain biking). Our guides were so patient, supportive, and friendly that they coached us through all the activities. They adapted the programme to make it harder or easier, depending on what the group needed/wanted. The group dynamic was spectacular - everyone was really sociable, we went out together every night, but felt comfortable enough to also take a night off to rest if we needed it. It's a full-on week, but not over-whelming. You'll have the best time. Thanks MuchBetterAdventures!

Karolina(August 2023)

Had an amazing experience in this camp with the best group mates and local hosts.

Tj(August 2023)

Incredible experience, the guides were unreal, the activities were so fun and varied. Highly recommend.

Michael(August 2023)

An amazing experience with a wonderful group of people. The guides Carlos and Txetxu were fantastic, knowledgeable and always patient. Fun and challenging activities. Would book again in a heartbeat.

Patrick(August 2023)

This was an amazing trip. Our guides Carlos and Chechu were fantastic. Would highly recommend this trip. The activities were great and you get to see a lot of this area of Nothern Spain which is really beautiful. You also get to discover scenic areas off the beaten track. The food was lovely and we got to try loads of local dishes. Try the Cachopo, the Fabada and the ham croquettes! The group were fantastic and mixed really well. This was my first time travelling solo and the trip was really great. I would highly recommend it.

Corry(August 2023)

Such a fun trip! Tchechu and Carlos were absolute legends, so helpful, great humour and put the groups needa before anything. Llanes is gorgeous, the activities were challenging and very fun. I’d 10/10 recommend this trip!

Akis(August 2023)

As my Brit friends would often say when hearing a good song, this trip was a banger! Great mix of fun and adventurous activities as well as a really cool local town to chill, eat and drink in the evening (Llanes). The whole region (Asturias) has incredible natural beauty and you get to know it firsthand. The Ruta del Cares hike was probably the absolute highlight for me but also the superfun ride with the e-bikes along the coasts as well as the canyoning. Our guides Txetxu and Carlos couldn't have been more awesome and knowledgeable. All in all a great experience!

Anna(August 2023)

Great week jam packed with adventures! Highlights were caving, the walk through the national park, the beaches and the Canyoning - every day had its highlights for sure! Fantastic, knowledgeable and professional local guides and a great group. Very sad to be home and already browsing for the next adventure! :)

James(August 2023)

Brilliant fun. Really varied but equally enjoyable activities, all set in beautiful locations. I really felt like we got to see so much of this stunning part of the world. The food was plentiful and tasty. The hotel was comfortable and the guides were fun and friendly and went out of their way to make sure we all had a great time. For what we did, this trip is exceptional value for money. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone thinking of doing it.

Jos(July 2023)

I had the pleasure to experience Asturia in spain at its finest. This Multisporttrip wa an adrenaline packed and engaging way to experience different activities and local specialities. The host of the tour organized everyones arrival upfront very efficiently. There was a constant communication channel for any requests. We met as strangers from different countries and became one group that enjoyed spending time together. Our local guides, Carlos and Chechu were just amazing to spend time with. With all their passion and professionality, we enjoyed Kayaking, SUP, Caving, Canyoning and Cycling while learning about the local history and traditions. At no point did I feel unsafe or disappointed. The two were taking care of our diverse needs and adapted on the fly, accordingly. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone who is open minded and wants to try new adventures. Thank you guys so much! It was a blast!

Sarah(June 2023)

The trip was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. The variety of activities and the organisation by the local hosts was outstanding. I can't choose one particular highlight as each day and each activity were fantastic with kayaking, paddle boarding, caving (and discovering the geology of the region), canyoning, biking and the addition of beautiful beaches to swim and soooo many restaurants . Our guides, Carlos and Txetxu were awesome and such a good team. They had so much knowledge of the area and took time to share that knowledge with us introducing us to the beauty of their region, sharing local restaurants and cuisine of the region and took us to the most amazing places. I was so impressed by how knowledgeable and accommodating the guides were about my dietary requirements too. Carlos and Txetxu made sure we had all the kit we needed and let us know what to bring each day making the trip a truly relaxing and safe (but active and challenging) experience. Less physically challenging that I experienced but challenging on other ways. In all, a fantastic experience and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'd go again tomorrow if I could!

Олег(June 2023)

Great expirience!

Daniel(June 2023)

This is a great all-round trip for giving a flavour of everything this area has to offer. The proximity of the mountains and the coast means a variety of activities are possible, and the local guides (Carlos, Txetxu and Rio) were very keen to demonstrate the highlights of their home region. Being based in one place (a very nice hotel), meant that I was able to unwind – actually unpacking my bag and not having to throw it all back together to move to a new location every other day.

The paddleboarding and canyoning were new activities to me, but all the items on the itinerary were very enjoyable. Having seen some photos & reviews of the gorge walk, I was a little unsure whether it would induce vertigo, but this turned out not to be a problem and I was able to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Whilst all the activities required an amount of effort & ability, none were too strenuous or pitched at too advanced a level for anyone with a moderate level of fitness. Our group had a range of prior experience but the guides were able to adjust accordingly to ensure we all had a good time.

The food we ate in the restaurants was fresh and local – not a chain restaurant in sight. The shared experience of negotiating the menus combined with the local sidre & wine was great for getting to know everyone in the group quickly.

We were lucky to enjoy good weather throughout the week, although from the green scenery it’s clear that this area experiences a fair amount of rain (we were advised to always carry a raincoat). Our guides were prepared for this though and adjusted the itinerary depending on the weather predictions.

There is very little I would change about this trip and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to experience spectacular scenery and exciting activities in the company of friendly and knowledgeable people.

Sarah(June 2023)

I cannot recommend this trip enough due to the variation of activities which were all very well organised and run. The local guides were fantastic as they had a great working relationship which brought humour and professionalism. A fantastic company from start to finish.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 153kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

All of the activities on this trip can be done without any previous experience - you'll have expert guides to show you the ropes and help you navigate the kayaking, canyoning and SUPing. The cycle ride along the Camino de Santiago is best enjoyed if you feel comfortable riding an electronically assisted bike off-road, though no technical mountain biking skills are needed. The hike along the Cares Gorge walk is an easy one - it's mostly flat, so it's manageable by anyone who can handle walking for a few hours. The trail is narrow in parts with a steep drop on one side, so those with an extreme fear of heights should be wary, but it's really quite a relaxed hike managed by people of all ages and fitness levels. There may be the option to extend the hike for those who would like to.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion and are non-compulsory on this trip. Of course, if you feel that your guides provided an exceptional experience then you are welcome to tip as much as you feel is appropriate. You should factor in tipping 10% on top of the bill in any bars and restaurants during the trip.

The water in the Picos is safe to drink and you are able to fill up freely at your hotel base and at stops along the way in the Picos and along the coastal stretches of the trip. Make sure to bring a couple of 1-litre reusable drinking bottles or a bladder.

The weather in this part of Spain can be very changeable, so be sure to pack for all weathers. Mainly it tends to be dry and sunny on the south face of the Picos (where you'll be doing the Cares Gorge hike and the canyoning). June and September are cooler months to visit, while temperatures i July and August can rise above 30°C/85°F.

Yes, you can leave your main pack and any other luggage in the hotel in Llanes throughout the adventure, just taking a daypack with you for each day out.

For current advice about travelling in Spain, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

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