Wonderfully varied walks in the beautiful Picos de Europa
The Picos de Europa is Spain's third highest mountain range and one of the best locations for walking in Spain. It is a spectacular range of limestone peaks, ridges and deep valleys. The high ground is a 'moonscape' of dramatic rocky terrain almost devoid of vegetation, while the lower valleys (locally known as 'Green Spain') are full of beautiful wildflowers in spring. Its terrain, tranquillity and inaccessibility make the Picos a walker's favourite. Bears, wolves and boars all still survive here, chamois are often spotted, and due to a total hunting ban are not shy and allow us to approach well within camera range. Fire salamanders, golden eagles and griffon vultures are all often seen, along with many other species. We walk from our small family-run hotel into the heart of this beautiful range, Europe's largest National Park, returning each night for one of the many home-cooked specialities on offer. The scenery, walking, hotel, food, climate and wildlife make this a great week's walking.
FREE TRANSFERS AVAILABLE FROM SANTANDER (depending on season)
Should you choose to fly with Ryanair to Santander we are able to offer a free round trip transfer from the airport to your hotel on the group arrival and departure days.
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 it can it uses solar power to heat water; the owners grow some of their own vegetables and you will be able to sample these at dinner; and, 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.
What the papers say about the Picos...
Martin Symington of The Telegraph writes: Spain: Mountains of Cheese
SPECIAL INTEREST: COOKING WEEKS
These special weeks are the perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonderful variety of walks available in the Picos de Europa whilst learning to cook some of the local specialities. Our special Cookery Weeks combine the daily walks with 5 lessons preparing the local soups and dishes from Fabada Asturiana (Spain's second most popular dish) to chick peas, leeks and potato. Please see the trip notes for more detailed information regarding these special departures.
Please see dates and prices page for departures
Under the Naranjo de Bulnes while trekking in the Picos de Europa