Walking the Picos de Europa

Start: Arenas de Cabrales Finish: Arenas de Cabrales

Visiting: Picos de Europa


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: TSQ

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1556

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Tour Overview

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.   *Temporary changes due to COVID-security measures.* *Last updated: 22nd October 2020* At Exodus we acknowledge our responsibility to have the most up-to-date information on anything that will affect our customers on holiday, and to communicate this to our customers as effectively as possible. Our general global COVID security measures are described in our  Travel">https://www.exodus.co.uk/travel-safety-charter">Travel Safety Charter, and changes will be made to these measures as required by the global pandemic situation. However, we also expect there to be requirements, measures and sometimes itinerary changes that apply to certain trips only, and may well be temporary measures. We have highlighted all known changes in the section below.   *Entry requirements* For all trips, having the correct documentation and visa, if required, remains the customer’s responsibility based on their own nationality. We therefore encourage all travellers to check entry requirements using the travel advice of their home nation for the relevant destination. For UK passport holders that is  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice The">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-tra... Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) currently advises against all non-essential travel to Spain. Information on local restrictions will be updated in 2021, closer to the time when trips are operational again. 

Highlights

  • iconTraditional mountain villages in the valleys of Green Spain
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  • iconDiverse walks in Spain's oldest national park
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  • iconFamily-run hotel with stunning panoramic views
  • iconIncredible wildlife including Chamois, Golden eagles and Griffon vultures

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icon Day 1 : Start Arenas de Cabrales.

Meals: dinner

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. **

icon Day 2 : Visit the Arenas de Cabrales valley; pastures of Vanu and spectacular views- Moderate departure (level 3)

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 today's walk. Walking approx. 16km/ 10 miles; duration 7 hours; ascent +730m; descent -730m. Highest point (Los Fresnos col): 720m.

icon Day 3 : Ascent to Pandescura peak with superb views of the Western Massif- Moderate departure (level 3)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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.

icon Day 4 : Classic Cares Gorge walk, one of the most popular walks in Spain- Moderate departure (level 3)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

icon Day 5 : Free day. Optional activities include caving, self-guided canoeing, canyoning or a trip to the coast- Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

Meals: breakfast

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 these activities.

icon Day 6 : Summit of Peña Main, one of the classic viewpoints of the Picos; continue on to Pandebano Col- Moderate departure (level 3)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

icon Day 7 : Walk up to the twin summits of Mancondiu offering fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs- Moderate departure (level 3)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

icon Day 8 : End Arenas de Cabrales.

Meals: breakfast

The trip ends in Arenas de Cabrales this morning. **

What's Included

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    Transfer for group flights 

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    All accommodation

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    All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included

What's Not Included

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    Visas & Vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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    Single supplement

Food

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 more refreshing. *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 dietary requirements.

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Walking the Picos de Europa
What is it about a range of mountains that is so inspiring? Their nobility, their grandeur, their immutable timelessness? All this and more is to be found in los Picos ....more What is it about a range of mountains that is so inspiring? Their nobility, their grandeur, their immutable timelessness? All this and more is to be found in los Picos de Europa.

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Hiking the Picos de Europa - a great week!
A fabulous trip - beautiful scenery, great hikes, delicious food and good accommodation. What really made this trip for me - was the super fabulous hiking guide - Alvaro! He ....more A fabulous trip - beautiful scenery, great hikes, delicious food and good accommodation.

What really made this trip for me - was the super fabulous hiking guide - Alvaro! He was awesome.

The team at the hotel were pretty great too.

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Food was excellent
Food was well above the standard I expect. Well presented and varied menu. Lovely views and good company. Shame we had rain on the gorge walk Food was well above the standard I expect.

Well presented and varied menu.

Lovely views and good company.

Shame we had rain on the gorge walk;
Excellent walks in a stunning location!
The Picos de Europa is an area of outstanding scenery and has well defined walking paths. Every walk during the holiday had it's own distinct 'feel' and all were ....more The Picos de Europa is an area of outstanding scenery and has well defined walking paths.

Every walk during the holiday had it's own distinct 'feel' and all were excellent! The accommodation was relaxed, staff were friendly and the food was very good.

Our group got on very well with each other so everything combined to make this an excellent holiday!; ....less
Picos de Europa
An excellent holiday with a lovely group in beautiful surroundings, and a very friendly hotel. An excellent holiday with a lovely group in beautiful surroundings, and a very friendly hotel.

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Wonderful week in the Picos
I wasn't sure what to expect given that this was my first solo trip and the first time with Exodus. I shouldn't have worried though, it was a most excellent ....more I wasn't sure what to expect given that this was my first solo trip and the first time with Exodus.

I shouldn't have worried though, it was a most excellent walking holiday.

The scenery was stunning, the hotel lovely, the walking varied, the wildlife and flora beautiful, the fellow walkers splendid company and the tour guide just perfect (see below).

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Walking the Picos de Europa
Great trip. Walks, views, guide, hotel, village, the lot! Great trip.

Walks, views, guide, hotel, village, the lot!;
An enjoyable week - recommended
It's almost superfluous to repeat what everyone else says - that the hotel is relaxed, informal and friendly and the food is excellent. The walking programme is fine-tuned by the ....more It's almost superfluous to repeat what everyone else says - that the hotel is relaxed, informal and friendly and the food is excellent.

The walking programme is fine-tuned by the leader on a daily basis to take account of the weather and the abilities of the party.

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Walking the Picos de Europa - a very special part of Spain
We all think that Spain is an arid country with every town heaving with tourists, music blaring from every club, drunks roaming the street !!Well think again. The Picos de ....more We all think that Spain is an arid country with every town heaving with tourists, music blaring from every club, drunks roaming the street !!Well think again.

The Picos de Europa is the northern mountain range in Spain, with lush flora; fantastic gorge and mountain views; small villages and hamlet, and a so very different part of Spain.

We spent the last week of June on this trip and enjoyed every minute.

The hotel may only be 1 star, but is comfortable, has fantastic buffet breakfasts (cereal, fruits, drinks, meats, cheese, bread, etc), ample packed lunches (with choices of baguette filling, chocolate and muesli bars), and sublime 4 course evening meals (with 3 choices of main course).

The tour leader Nacho (Ignachio) was extremely proficient and friendly, ready with useful information and, very much, part of the group.

The variety of landscape, local flora, long gorges, wonderful mountain peaks lead to some great experiences and unbelievably beautiful views.

One of our best Exodus trips so far, and so close to the UK; ....less
Picos de europa
Well planned walks. Lovely scenery. First class leader. Comfortable hotel - excellent food Well planned walks.

Lovely scenery.

First class leader.

Comfortable hotel - excellent food;

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