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Parque Nacional Picos de Europa

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Parque Nacional Picos de Europa

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James Weaver wrote a review Oct 2019
Irvine, California2,056 contributions14,903 helpful votes
Driving for 7 hours to reach the Santiago de Compostela from San Sebastián, we had one day of poor weather over the entire month long trip. So here we were in the chilly altitude and broken clouds, with occasional spits of rain. The road itself was good, not much traffic, gas stations were few and far between. I filled up on green 98 three times, just to make sure I did not run out and also for rest breaks and some food. The scenes of the mountains was spectacular, clouds at their peaks, others clear. All very green from the rain and previous days of drizzle. I planned this drive to be during daylight hours. I do not believe I would want to try it at night. I wish we might have had the time to stay a few days, maybe on the next trip to Spain.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Travel Bug wrote a review Sep 2019
Bethesda, Maryland16 contributions9 helpful votes
If you are in Northern Spain do not miss this place. Make sure you can tolerate altitude and can walk, hike, breathe in the clear mountain air! We parked in parking lot 4 and caught a bus into the national park. Very convenient and then hiked 12 miles in 1/2 day around two lakes. There are 6,000 heads of cattle and large herds of goats as well roaming free during the warm seasons...and a lot of cow dung everywhere. But also cowbells creating a magical symphony!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Ian C wrote a review Jul 2019
London, United Kingdom23,995 contributions1,384 helpful votes
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We parked at the car park at the bottom and took the special public bus, which also enables you to stop off at the Basilica. I'm glad I'm not a bus driver having to contend with narrow, winding roads, but also other vehicles, cyclists, sheep, goats, and cows. There are amazing views as the bus drives up - make sure you sit on the same side of the bus on the way down, in order to see the views on the other side. Once at the car park at the top, there is a further brisk walk up to the two lakes. The views are just amazing, with snow still at the top of the mountains and the cows are quite inquisitive - watch out for their large presents on the footpath! This was definitely a highlight of my trip to Asturias.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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JP C wrote a review May 2019
101 contributions51 helpful votes
Don't visit Picos de Europa! There's nothing to see here! Only a few hours from Madrid, Picos de Europa is a stunning place. The mountains are beautiful. The hikes are fantastic. We stayed overnight at one of the refugios (Vegarredonda) within the park and had a great time. Watching the clouds roll in--below me--from the Atlantic was amazing. I would have loved to have spent days exploring this place, but unfortunately, our trip was cut short by rain (and late spring snow, per the forecast). I want to come back! But don't visit!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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MULCASTER2 wrote a review May 2019
Cumbria, United Kingdom3,625 contributions3,061 helpful votes
Living in the Lake District I see the beautiful sights of the fells every day but cani say this area of Spain is simply stunning. With amazing roads and access the sights are breathtaking. We done this trip in my wife's sports car and the roof down all the way through this area and further on down to southern Spain. Lots of bikes and very easy to navigate with a right hand drive vehicle. Loved every minute.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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