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Picos de Europa
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Carved into 3 distinct ranges by 2 rivers, these mountains in Northern Spain contain one of the most famous walks in the country.
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jesper berg
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Cares river hike near Poncebos is beautiful but there is minimal public infrastructure: no public restroom, inadequate parking in town, and between Poncebos and Arenas. Shuttle bus only travels hourly from satellite parking with a 4-hour break in the afternoon. Can park 2 km away from Poncebos but no sidewalk or shoulder for road, so walk is dangerous. Park service staff friendly but ill-informed about transit situation.
Written April 6, 2023
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Kioskof_the60s
Morpeth, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Appreciating these beautiful mountains would need a much longer trip, but we were staying on the coast near Laredo and wanted to see something of the Picos in a day trip. We drove just over 2 hours via Potes to the cable car at Fuente De, leaving early as advised to get there when it opened at 9am before the queues developed and the roads were busy.

The cable car itself is a spectacular ride climbing about 800m in 4 mins for 10 Euros adult (16 Euros return). There is a small café and gift shop at the top and a viewing platform with incredible mountain views - as Douglas Adams said of New Zealand's Fijordland "the sort of scenery that makes you want to burst into spontaneous applause".

You can walk down a well defined and well maintained track (it's used by landrovers) which would take you all the way back to the valley in 4-5 hours moderately easy walk and if we went again we would do that, but having teenagers with us and not having seen the terrain we decided to do a shorter walk and get the cable car down. We walked down the track for an hour through beautiful mountain scenery with lots of birds (including vultures circling high overhead) and livestock (cattle, sheep, goats) roaming free, to reach the "Refugio de Aliva" which turned out to be quite a large hotel where we had a drink and then walked back up the track again. There is a landrover service which will take you the same journey for 3 euros each way.

It was the highlight of our week in North Spain and well worth the early start and the long drive which nearly put us off trying it - I'm really glad we went ahead!
Written August 30, 2014
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Jay R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
I've had three types to these mountains. Twice backpacking and once as a family holiday with a car. The scenery is stunning but the scale manageable. I've never found it crowded but there are plenty of facilities in the valleys.

The "must see" parts are:
Covadongas lakes
Cares Gorge
Village of Bulnes
Fuente de cable car
El Naranjo de Bulnes

The city of Cangas de Onis is pleasant but not cheap. Arenas de Cabrales is a useful town, as is Potes.

Buses into the park (lakes) can be taken from Cangas, they're reasonably priced.

Food: try Cabrales cheese (incredibly strong blue cheese) and fabada (bean stew)
Written August 8, 2016
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Jjbaabaa
Cheltenham, UK53 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Family
We visited last week with 2 children... what an amazing place! Cable car was easy and the views tremendous from the top; we walked about 5/6km seeing lots of nature, cows, lakes, snow! We will definitely return and do the longer hike back down. We stayed in the region 4 nights and there is so much to do. 😄
Written July 23, 2018
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travelmojo57
Sunshine Coast, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Thank you so much to the couple from Wauchope, Australia who wrote an extensive review titled 'Picos de Europa without a car'. We followed in some of your footsteps and benefited tremendously from your journey:-)

We walked the Cares Gorge recently (September) and the weather was beautiful with minimal other walkers. We came across a wonderful adjunct to the walk which was offered by a company called Vive Picos de Europa - vivepicos.com

It went like this...we were picked up from our hotel in Arenas de Cabrales and driven to the beginning of the walk at Poncebos.
We then walked 12 kms (took us 4 hours) to Cain. Had a delicious Asturian menu del dia at Casa Cuevas, one of the little restaurants in Cain.

This is when FERNANDO enters the scene and the journey becomes even more amazing. Fernando is an Environmental Science graduate with a real passion for this region.

He met us at the restaurant, and around 15:00 we left on a 4 hour drive by Landrover on the less travelled roads back to our hotel.

It was an amazing socio-cultural, economic, historical, geographical and geological experience....

Sue
Written October 2, 2015
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Poppet75
Brighton, UK36 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Friends
I found it hard to believe I was in Spain, however not the Spain known to me, this was reminiscent of the Lake District or the Brecon Beacons, not arid and sun burnt, but oh so green, chestnut forests, the most beautiful valleys, high alpine tracks covered in a mass of the most beautiful, colourful flowers, which one would be proud to display in their gardens ( at a cost).

Here the flowers were strews amongst the rocks, along the pathways and just covering the terrain in their wonderful hues, a joy to behold.

The high mountain slopes were still covered in snow even though it was the beginning of July, the scenery is stunning and the Picos offers walks for all levels of experience. I would suggest if you are not experienced in the area and want to walk at high levels, take a guide.

I stayed at the Hotel Torrecorredo in Arenas de Cabrales, an ideal location for the various walks to Cares Gorge, the village of Bulnes, this was the last village in the Picos to get electricity, which was installed in 1980, the funicular was installed in 2003 until then there was no option but to walk to the village on a roman track (supposedly), to my mind it was more of a goat track, however the village is pretty and worth a visit, of course the easy option is to take the funicular there and back at E17.50. The mastiffs are a majestic sight and wonderful to walk, as are the Lakes.

Bear in mind you are in the mountains, check with the park authorities as to weather conditions at height, even in summer, there could be mist cover or rain, don't go walking without your rain gear!

If you have not travelled to Northern Spain, this area is a must and well worth a visit, whilst there go visit Bilbao and the Guggenheim, Bilbao is an interesting city of old and new which does seem to work.
Written July 20, 2014
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Redfred320
Greater London, UK286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
If you get luck with the weather, head for the two lakes above Covadonga. It's a 12km drive above the town and if the sun is out it will almost certainly be busy (and a whole new set of rules about access apply during the summer) but the views across the snowclad Picos are stunning.
But here's the bit you have to do. Take your hiking boots and a picnic, and get more than 400 metres from the car parks. 99% don't! Even for families with fairly young children, provided you all have good footwear, there is a great 5km clockwise circuit of the lakes to be done, starting along the right hand side of the upper lake, going round the back of the peak between the two lakes, and returning along the right side of the lower lake. Take all the normal mountain precautions, Google around for a map of the path (they can be found), and allow around three hours to do the circuit - it is a scramble over rocks for a while. But the (sporty) six year old boy in our party did it with energy to spare. For adult parties there are bigger walks to be had.
Written May 6, 2013
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Jackie G
Andover, UK327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
We spent several days exploring the Picos de Europa in September 2012 and found the scenery among the most striking we have ever seen. The roads are also incredibly good which makes journeys easy and far less onerous than might be the case in the UK. There are lots of spectacular sculptures at viewpoints and these are all worth stopping for if you can park safely. Clearly, we were very lucky that we met few cars on our trip and enjoyed happy motoring in our own car with no hassle at all from the locals.

There are so many wonderful places to visit that it is impossible to mention them all but going up on the cable car from Fuente de is a must, as is the walk along the Cares Gorge. There's a mountain road from Espinama to Sotres which is passable with care and respect for walkers using the same path.

This area deserves far more visitors and could probably cope with them very well. There are plenty of good hotels, especially the paradors, and restaurants. Cannot understand why most people head for the Costas when there is so much wild and exciting countryside to explore.
Written November 1, 2012
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Bob P
Burlington, Canada550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
The Picos were beautiful and driving through them was quite an experience. We approached the mountains from the south-east through Cantabria and Potes where we drove 20km through a very narrow, winding, twisty road through the deep Gorge along highway N62 - not far from Potes. It is worth taking the time to make the drive but do drive cautiously as the road comes close to touching the mountains as well as the edge and approaching vehicles can be a challenge, it means being alert and paying attention to upcoming traffic and turns. This deep gorge is called ( Desfiladero de la Hermida), considered one of the most spectacular routes in western Europe and certainly one of the most exciting we have ever traveled. The area is known for it's limestone mountains and the glacial activity has contributed to the many caves throughout the area. The relaxing scenery of vegetation, trees, flowers, birds, and other wildlife is spectacular but all the more need to take care when driving . The area is worth visiting at any time of the year but we went the last two weeks in May - and avoided much of the rush of tourist season - perfect. The route offers non stop breathtaking views, particularly of the Hermida Gorge. You will not be driving the Hermida area long but it's beauty is unmistakeable and stunning. There are some small towns in the area, a park to explore, or spots you can stop at to take pictures, dine or take a rest and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you. How long you spend there depends on where you want to go and what you want to see. Enjoy!
Written July 27, 2015
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supermarioEdinburgh
Edinburgh16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
We stayed at this beautiful location for 4 days and never tired of the. stunning views from the campsite. campingrianopicosdeeuropa is a family run site with plenty of space, electric hookup, immaculate toilets, excellent restaurant and helpful staff.
English is spoken by the staff.
Boat trips around the Embalse can be arranged by the campsite staff and well worth the trip. The reservoir was one of many created in northern Spain and has a darker side to it as there are 7 villages under it's surface. The new town of Riano is a little bit soulless as it was built in 1987 but the small church hides a secret from the villages' past dating back to Roman times. If you approach Riano from the south there's plenty evidence of miles of straight "Roman" roads leading to the mountains.
Apologies for the ramblings but this place and campsite just hit all the correct buttons! :-)
Written August 1, 2014
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