Start: Arenas de Cabrales Finish: Arenas de Cabrales
Physical rating: Moderate
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Tour code: TSQ
Group size: 4 - 16
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Spain's third-highest mountain range, the Picos de Europa is a region of dramatic limestone peaks and lush valleys. Carpeted in beautiful wildflowers in spring, this area is also known as 'Green Spain'. Its terrain, tranquillity and inaccessibility make the Picos a walker's paradise. Chamois, Griffon vultures, Golden eagles and many other species are regularly seen, and, although more rarely spotted, bears, wolves and boars still survive in this incredible wilderness. We base ourselves at the friendly, family-run Hotel Torrecerredo, positioned in the heart of the region and offering breathtaking panoramas of the highest peaks from its welcoming bar and restaurant.
Location: Las Arenas
The trip starts in Arenas de Cabrales this afternoon. Those on the group
flights will be met at Bilbao Airport and transferred to our hotel, which has
views up to the highest peak in the national park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The walk begins directly from our hotel. After leaving the village, a path
leads us up to the pastures of Vanu with the most famous peaks of Picos de
Europa visible on sunny days.
We continue onwards where the scenery changes and we are able to view across
the main valley of Cabrales. During Spring time, it is possible to see a
large variety of flowers. Looking skywards it is also possible to spot some
vultures soaring above.
For lunch we will approach the village of Inguanzo before completing the
final part of the walk. This section of the walk is more undulating and
provides us with fresh views and a comfortable last mile takes us back to
Arenas de Cabrales.
Most of this first day’s walk follows wide easy tracks for warming up with
some steep ascents. There is only a short section of downhill walking during
Walking approx. 16km/ 10 miles; duration 7 hours; ascent +730m; descent
-730m. Highest point (Los Fresnos col): 720m.
Location: Western UNION
A short transfer takes us to the village of Canales. The first part of the
day follows farm tracks before a short climb up to the 'Collado de los
Buitres'. If you are lucky you may see Griffon vultures soaring above. We
then follow open terrain, slowly ascending to the base of the Pandescura
peak. A simple ascent to the top will lead us to an ideal lunch spot with
superb views of the Western massif peaks. We then descend through green hills
to the village of Bovia.
Walking approx. 14km/ 9 miles; duration 6 hours; ascent +550m; descent -580m.
Highest point (Pandescura peak): 1000m.
Location: Pandebono Valluno En Casa
The classic Cares Gorge has been described as the jewel in the crown of
Spanish hiking. For 12 km, the engineered path has been blasted into the rock
face. Originally built in the 1940s as part of a hydroelectric scheme, it is
now one of the most popular walks in Spain. In places, the surrounding peaks
rise over two thousands metres above the path and if we're lucky, we may
catch a glimpse of the rare and beautiful wall creeper bird. The path
eventually emerges in the village of Cain, where we have lunch before our
return along the same path to Puente Poncebos. Transport will be waiting here
to take us to back to our hotel in Arenas. The walk is relatively flat with a
gradual ascent of just 350m from Puente Poncebos to Cain.
Walking approx. 24km/ 15 miles; duration 7 hours; ascent +550m; descent
-550m. Highest point (Los Collaos): 510m
Location: Pandebono Delivery
Today is free for you to visit the coast or try a spot of caving, self-guided
canoeing or canyoning. Our local staff will be able to help organise any of
Location: Peña de Francia
Starting close to the village of Tieve, we walk up into the Main range and
summit Peña Main, one of the classic viewpoint in the Picos. We walk to
Pandebano Col and then begin our descent.
Walking approx. 11km/ 7 miles; duration 7 hours; ascent +1050m; descent
-740m. Highest point (Cabeza La Mesa): 1612m
At 2000m, the twin summits of Mancondiu are the highest point we reach during
the week. Most of the walking apart from the last 200m is on disused mining
tracks. The top offers fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs and
is a fantastic end to a diverse week of walking.
Walking approx. 11km/ 7 miles ; duration 5 hours; ascent +735m; descent
-735m. Highest point: Macondiu peak 2000m
The trip ends in Arenas de Cabrales this morning.
All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included.
The region has several delicious specialities for you to try while you are
staying here. The area is famous for its gold-medal-winning blue cheese,
Queso Cabrales, which is matured in some of the thousands of deep limestone
caves that dot the hills. Lesser known, but equally appealing is the local
lamb Cordero al la Menta and a wholesome bean stew, Fabada Asturiana. Fresh
fish comes from the coast at Llanes and Ribadesella, half an hour's drive
away. The local wine is very drinkable, though a glass of local cider can be
*Breakfast:* Fruit juice, tea, freshly ground coffee, cereals, bread, cold
meats, cheeses and a selection of local fruit (depending on season) offered
buffet-style. There are also eggs cooked to order, sponge and Anis cake.
*Lunch:* Generally includes a large bread roll, with a choice of fillings
daily, chocolates and fresh fruit.
*Dinner:* Homemade four-course meal usually consists of soup or salad for
the first course, a choice of 3 main courses, with meat, fish, or vegetarian,
followed by a homemade dessert.
*Wine:* To accompany the evening meal, the hotel has a reasonably
comprehensive wine list available.
Over the years, the hotel has developed tasty vegetarian alternatives. Please
let us know in advance if you are vegetarian or have any other special
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