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PICOS DE EUROPA

LATEST NEWS: Early in 2018 I will be publishing my new guide book to the Picos -"SPANISH TRAILS - a guide to walking the Picos de Europa". For further information get in touch via the "Contact"page.


The Picos de Europa form the highest part of the Cordillera Cantabrica, a
mountain range running parallel with the Spanish Atlantic coastline, in the far north of the country. The National Park covers a small area, only about 50 kilometres by 25, but within those boundaries there is a vast choice of great walks. Although the northern slopes are within just a few kilometres of the sea, the hills rise to a height of 2,850 metres, with jagged limestone peaks separated by green valleys and rivers, with the highlights being the Cares gorge and the Covadonga lakes.


The Picos are situated west of Santander and east of Oviedo. The walking can best be accessed from the villages of Sotres in the north-east and Posada de Valdeon in the south west, because these villages give direct access on foot to some of the highest peaks. More popular with tourists are Potes in the south-east and Cangas de Onis to the north-west. These small towns offer ample accommodation, but require transport to get you to the main walking areas. A particular favourite with tourists is Fuente De, 23 kms from Potes, where a cable car takes you 600 metres up a cliff face to reach high level walking painlessly.

Walking in the central Picos is generally moderate to strenuous. Some of the highest peaks can only be reached by overnighting in mountain refuges, where you can get a good meal in the evening but sleep in dormitories. However, for those who prefer their creature comforts, there is ample walking available from Sotres and Posada de Valdeon, where comfortable en-suite accommodation is available.

TRAVEL

From the UK there are flights from Stansted to Bilbao, Santander and Asturias, and from Manchester to Bilbao. The easiest thing is to hire a car, although a good way to travel if you have plenty of time is on the FEVE narrow guage railway which runs along the north coast. The Picos can then be accessed by bus from stations at Arriondas to the west and Unquera to the east.

You can walk through the Picos from north to south in a distance of about 30 kilometres, but to drive can be up to 120 kms because the roads go round the perimeter of the national park.

RECOMMENDED MAPS

Adrados Ediciones publish 2 25,000 to one maps, one for the central and eastern massifs, the other for the western massif. In comparison with most Spanish maps these are excellent, and they show many footpaths. However, there are many maps not shown on these maps, and if you wish to follow my routes you should use these Adrados maps in conjunction with my skecth maps, which may look scruffy, but they tell you what you need to know. ISBN 84-922363-9-6.

For a view of the wider area and some of the peripheral walks, there is another Adrados map at 80,000 scale. This is useful for getting to know the general positioning of places in the Picos, whilst the 25,000 maps are excellent for the detail.

FOR DETAILED WALKS IN THE PICOS CLICK HERE or on the Picos tab above

FOR AN OUTLINE MAP OF THE PICOS CLICK HERE or on the Map tab above

LATEST NEWS: Early in 2018 I will be publishing my new guide book to the Picos -"SPANISH TRAILS - a guide to walking the Picos de Europa". For further information get in touch via the "Contact"page

 

 


The peak of Cuetu Teyaju


Ascending the Canal de Pedabejo

The peak of Cuetu Teyaju

Ascending the Canal de Pedabejo

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