Walking Picos de Europa show some of Picos de Europa finest culture and mountains, including a hike to the base of the iconic peak of Naranjo de Bulnes. On a trip highlight we trek along cliff-cut pathways through the divine Cares Gorge – over 1000m deep and twelve kilometres long, amazing views of the picos national park valley.
The Picos de Europa area was the first National Park to be created in Spain at the start of the 20thcentury. Consisting of a limestone massif rising from the northern coast the mountains reaching a height of 2648m. The mountains were primarily formed through glacial erosion; however they now form a barrier to the clouds coming off the Atlantic and are heavily eroded by rivers. The area is not like the Spain most of us picture, the mountains are green with forests at the base containing a massive variety of flora and fauna. Its just like somewhere in Himalayas. And less crowded walks them Camino. Beautiful villages in between the valleys and nice and authentic old Spanish hospitality.
There is a great variety of walks to choose: from leisurely strolls in the foothills, to more challenging routes reaching the peaks of the Picos. However, as the impact of tourism is minimal, you may find that in some areas you don’t meet anybody all day sometimes in the route. Most routes have a history attached, there are old villages and by ways tucked away in the valleys that have changed little through the years. Many of the classic routes that are now popular with walkers were once the only access to these remote villages 30 years ago. These destinations give a fascinating insight into times gone by, as well as picturesque spots for rest and refreshments. In short, the Picos are a captivating mixture of canyons, crystal blue rivers, caves, history and wildlife. Its not less then Himalayas of Europe.
We organise yearly few trips to this stunning picos national park, Mix with culture , food, and adventure. This group tour also give opportunity to meet like minded people and become friends forever. Walks are easy and itinerary have plan properly with rest days and day for leisure.
It could be the best walking holiday for many adventure seeker. Join with us and try how you feel.
Day 1: The Beginning
The trip starts in Arenas de Cabrales. Check in and briefing at hotel Picos de Europa. Accommodation. Those on the flights will be met at Santander Airport and transferred to the hotel
Day 2: The western Massif
The western Massif (the route of the Majadas). A Majada is a high mountain meadow, where horses, sheep or other animals are put out to pasture during the mild summer months. The trip starts from Lake Enol in the heart of the Picos de Europa mountain range, and heads up to the top of La Reblagas and then on to the beautiful Toyeyo Majada. The route then continues towards the Las Bobias Majada and on to Vega de Ario, where you will stop to eat with spectacular views of the Cantabrian Sea and peaks of Las Peñas Santas. The route continues via the Belbin Majada, famous for manufacturing Gamoneu cheese and returns to Lake Enol. Back to Arenas de Cabrales with a stop at a local cider producer’s.
Day 3: The cares Gorge path
This gorge, with its narrow passes and gullies, is right in the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains. The area’s stunning landscape affords unique views of the National Park. Getting to know this route is a unique experience. The trail is narrow, surrounded by wild vegetation, with water ever-present. The river flows along the valley-floor, its sound a constant companion in route. Now and again the path takes you through small tunnels carved out of the rock and across bridges that hang over the abyss. All the while, rocky mountainsides tower up on either side of the trail. The itinerary runs between Poncebos, in Asturias province and Cain, in Leon province. It runs parallel to the Cares, the area’s wildest river. The route covers 24 kilometres (round trip) over easy terrain. Transfer back to Sotres the highest village in the breath taking Picos de Europa. Accommodation in Hotel Peña Castil. Before dinner, we will visit a Cabrales cheese cave to see how the king of blue cheeses is manufactured.
Day 4: Walk to the Naranjo de Bulnes peak
We drive the short distance to the tiny hamlet of Pandebano. Leaving our vehicle, we walk up to Collado Vallejo (1.500 m), where the huge monolith of the Naranjo de Bulnes (Pico Urriellu 2519 m) comes into view. This rust-coloured mountain is the famous iconic image of the Picos. We walk up to the very base of the mountain (2.000 m) where there is a refuge. We rest, eat packed lunch and the chance to see climbers attempting to scale the improbable sheer face. We retrace our steps to Pandebano where our transport awaits us to return to our hotel at Sotres.
Day 5: The eastern Massif, Sobra valley and Urdón Gorge
After a hard day of work, today we enjoy a beautiful walk, which runs through the Sobra valley to the village of Tresviso and then descend by the incredible river gorge Urdón to La Hermida pass. We start this morning with a short drive to Jito de Escarandi from where we start our walk at 1395 m through the Valdediezma beech forest and the Sobra Valley to Treviso where we will stop for a lunch break in route. After lunch we will continue self-guided down the Balcon de Pilatos, descending the incredible Urdon Gorge towards La Hermida where we will meet our Guide and continue to the medieval town of Potes in Cantabria.
Day 6: Hike Horcados Rojos summit and Cabaña Verónica hut
To round off this wonderful Trekking, today we walk the route from the Cable car to Horcados Rojos in glacier Circus Fuente Dé. The summit Horcados Rojos (2,506 m) is a magnificent balcony inside the Central Massif, accessible by its side NO. Along the way, we enjoy the essence of high mountains the Picos de Europa, vegetation adapted to the harsh climatic conditions, rocky landscape of sharp peaks, alpine birds, etc. On the way back we will go to the singular Cabaña Veronica hut and back again to the cable car. Transfer back to Potes and accommodation.
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast and transfer back to Santander airport for your return flight.