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Some information is provided here about how to get to each area from the UK and from other parts of Spain, with places to stay, public transport and road links.

When travelling from abroad, the easiest (but not necessarily the cheapest) way to get around is generally to hire a car.

Train services are generally very efficient, clean, on time, and cheap (apart from the more expensive high speed AVE lines between some of the major cities) but they tend to be slow, calling at most stops along the route. With good planning the train can be an excellent and cost-effective way of travelling.

Bus services are excellent, with service to even the smallest villages, where you will often also find a bar and an ATM for cash withdrawals. Village services have been very well preserved throughout Spain.

Brief driving directions are provided below. Information about public transport will follow shortly.

PYRENEES - Ordesa National Park

Access by car from Bilbao and Pamplona via the N240 highway. Turn left at Jaca (a very nice small town) and go on to Torla, which is the main base for exploring the National Park. Access from France is from Pau south on the N134 to cross the border at Canfranc.


From Bilbao take the A8-E70 west, passing Santander and then San Vicente de la Barquera. For the eastern part of the National Park, leave the A8 at Unquera, take the N621 to Panes, and then either go south through the Hermida gorge to Potes, or west to Arenas de Cabrales. For the western part, continue on the A8 beyond Llanes, and the Ribadesella exit, go towards Arriondas and on to Cangas de Onis.


Follow the same directions as for the Picos above, but stay on the A8 until you reach the A64 junction. Follow the A64 and then the A66 to pass round the city of Oviedo. Take the A63 westbound, and then the AS228 south to go through Proaza, and on to La Plaza/San Martin, where you should turn right to ascend the San Lorenzo pass and descend into Oviedo. Turn left at the valley bottom to reach the village of Pola de Somiedo.


There are many points of access to the Guadarrama, which is one hour's drive to the north of Madrid. Easiest access from Madrid is via the N VI to the north west, or via the N I Burgos road to the north. Convenient access points are at El Escorial, close to the N VI, and La Cabrera, off the N I.


From Madrid take the N IV Abdalucia highway for about 2.5 hours, until you reach Bailen. Take the A44 towards Jaen and Granada, but very soon turn on to the A32 to Linares and on to Ubeda. Follow the N322 to Torreperogil, and turn right when Cazorla is signposted.


From Granada take the A44 south towards Motril, and then the A348 through Lanjaron and on to Orgiva, from where a left turn takes you up to the Alpujarras villages such as Bubion and Pampaneira.


From Malaga follow the coast road A7/N340 to the east as far as Velez-Malaga/Torre del Mar. The first entry to the Almijara Natural Park is by taking the minor road from Algarobbo to Competa and Canillas de Albaida. Staying on the motorway beyond Algarobbon takes you to Nerja, Maro and Frigiliana, which provide access to the southern section of the park.


In the |Vale del Lago, Somiedo

Ascending the Pedabejo gully in the Picos de Europa


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