Discovering Los Picos de Europa

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Las Arenas / Las Arenas
  • Distance 87 km / 54 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    April - October
  • Price From $894

Overview

Los Picos de Europa is one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Spain with a magnificent landscape that hosts a wide variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. Starting in the quiet village of Arenas de Cabrales, your first day of walking will be a colourful ascent to Nava. Later, the hamlet of Tielve and  Valfriu await to tempt you with the famous "Queso de Cabrales", a local blue cheese. Then you will reach the highest of all the villages, Sotres, which will be your base for the next 4 days. 

Day walks through the villages of Andara to Vega de Urriellu and Tresviso, will take you to the Eastern and Central Massif. You will be able to see the strange Capercaillie bird and, following an ancient path, you will reach Bulnes which is only accessible on foot or by funicular.  Before returning to Arenas de Cabrales, prepare yourself and extend your walk through a deep ravine where vultures nest.

  • You will breathe in clean, fresh air in Los Picos de Europa National Park.
  • You will experience the authentic Spanish culture and customs.
  • You can taste the famous "Cabrales Cheese" with the locals.
  • You will travel through the vast valleys formed by glaciers.
  • You will stay in charming hotels and cottages that have been carefully selected for their food and features.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Evening meals on days 3, 4, 6 and 6
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Transfer from Unquera to Arena de Cabrales
    • Transfer from Arena de Cabrales to Unquera
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional night(s) in standard accommodation
    • Airport arrival/departure transfers

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    There are different airport options, but Santander and Bilbao airports are the most recommended ones. 

    From the centre of Santander or Bilbao you will have to take a bus to Unquera. Once in Unquera, we will transfer you to your hotel in Arenas de Cabrales. 

    FAQs

    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    We suggest that you make the reservation as soon as possible, as soon as you have decided your travel dates as this destination is extremely popular

    You can start this experience any day of the week between April and October. You will find date availability on our website, and we will always try to organise according to your plans.

    This route is moderately difficult, so you'll enjoy it more if you have an active lifestyle. Most roads are easy to follow. The walks last between 4 and 6 hours each day with various ascents and descents. 

    If you suffer from vertigo, there are a couple of stretches (during the walks on the 5th and 7th days) that are exposed and may not be suitable for you, but we can provide options to avoid these sections.

    You'll need good walking boots or shoes, comfortable clothes, waterproof trousers and jackets, a light backpack, warm year start/end clothing, abundant sunscreen and caps etc. for summer. We will give you a detailed list of packaging with your information package.

    The best months to do this route are in summer, between June and September, when exotic flowers are blooming and the weather is good. However, we can offer you this route between April and October, so any date during this period is ideal to live this experience.

    You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next place of stay.

    During high season, we may reserve different accommodation for you than the one in the description and slightly alter the start or end of some of the hiking trails. But don't worry, any alternative accommodation will have the same or higher quality as those described.

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