Trekking through the amazing western and central massifs
Trekking through the Picos de Europa National Park is designed for hikers in good physical shape, who would like to enjoy the high mountain routes without the technical difficulty of climbing the steep surrounding peaks.
We will discover magical locations that will inspire you to pause and contemplate the landscape or simply to enjoy the silence, only broken by the sound of the cowbells of the cattle grazing nearby.
This Biosphere Reserve is a hot spot of diversity, with a great variety of fauna, including several protected species: the bearded vulture, the capercaillie, the griffon vulture and the brown bear. In the high-altitude areas, it is possible to catch a glimpse of chamois, golden eagles and choughs.
There is also a large population of diurnal butterflies. In addition, some 1750 species of flora have been catalogued.
In Picos de Europa, livestock grazing is still very common. During the warm months, the herds are driven towards high altitude pastures. With the milk from these animals, artisanal cheeses are made, such as the prized Cabrales, Gamoneu and Beyos.
The 5 programmed hikes may vary, depending on the weather or physical fitness of the hikers.
Our recommendations include:
Covadonga Lakes and Ordiales Lookout. After contemplating the beautiful landscape of the lakes, we will walk to the Vega la Piedra sheepfold and from there we will continue to the Ordiales Lookout, a natural balcony with a drop of 1750m that offers spectacular views.
Posada de Valdeón – Vega de Llos. This is a gentle circular route that brings us closer to the beautiful Vega de Llos, embedded under imposing mountains.
Cares Gorge (Posada de Valdeón – Cain – Poncebos) We’ll cross open mountain landscape until we reach Cain, where we will enter the gorge by walking along a path carved into the rock, with stunning views of the Cares River and the surrounding high peaks.
The base of the Naranjo de Bulnes. Is affectionately called Pico Urriellu or El Picu by the locals. This incredible limestone mass, idolized by mountaineers for its vertical walls, is one of the most emblematic and stunning places in the National Park.
Sotres – Bulnes – Poncebos. This route will take us through trails and sheepfolds, dotted with shepherds’ huts, to the picturesque village of Bulnes, then descend down through the Texu channel to the idyllic Jaya Bridge over the Cares River.
We will stay in the villages of Cangas de Onís, Posada de Valdeón and Arenas de Cabrales, and use public transport and taxis to move around.
⮕ Rural Accommodation (double room) & Breakfast
⮕ Guided Spanish / English
⮕ Backpack and Gear Transfer
⮕ Transport Cangas de Onís – Posada de Valdeón
⮕ Transport Arenas – Cangas de Onís
⮕ Transport to and from hikes
⮕ Welcome Dinner
⮕ Picnic on hikes
⮕ Civil Liability & Accident Insurance
⮕ Photo Report
⮕ Meating Point: Cangas de Onís
⮕ Main transportation: air, train, bus to meeting point
⮕ Any other expenses for food, beverages, transportation, etc. not specified
⮕ Single Room Supplement €30 per day
Scheduled dates 2024
⮕ 4 – 10 July
⮕ 1 – 7 October