Wonderfully varied walks in the beautiful Picos de Europa
Spain's third highest mountain range after the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada, the Picos de Europa is a spectacular region of limestone peaks, ridges and deep valleys.
A varied landscape of dramatic rocky terrain and lush lower valleys with meadows covered with beautiful wild flowers in spring, this area is also known as 'Green Spain'. Its terrain, tranquility and inaccessibility make the Picos a walker's paradise. Though rarely seen, bears, wolves and boars all still survive in this stunning wilderness. Chamois, Griffon vultures, Golden eagles and many other species are regularly spotted here offering an additional and fascinating dimension to this area and trip.
The family run Hotel Torrecerredo, positioned in the heart of this region, is our base for the week. Its breathtaking panoramas will allow you to sit back at the end of your day and still absorb the landscape while also enjoying a well-deserved glass of wine.
Please note - This trip has had a name change for 2013 season, the trip was formerly called: Picos Peaks and Gorges
What the papers say about the Picos...
Martin Symington of The Telegraph writes: Spain: Mountains of Cheese
C-Grade departures - 15 June, 7 September and 26 October 2013
On the C-Grade departures we walk between 5 and 7 hours each day at a steady pace allowing time to fully appreciate the wonderful scenery. We use established trails and mountain paths, which are often more rocky and exposed than grade B walks. These challenging weeks allow access to higher peaks that are usually limited by difficult sections or unpredictable weather.
Please see dates and prices page for departures
What makes this trip responsible?
The hotel we stay in is very conscious of its environmental impact and does a number of things to minimise this. Where possible solar power is used to heat water, and low energy lighting is used where practical. The owners grow some of their own vegetables and you will be able to sample these at dinner. There is a recycling policy throughout the hotel. The hotel also strives to buy the majority of its produce from local suppliers and employ staff from the local area.
Trekking in the Picos