The Picos de Europa Trek

The Picos de Europa Trek

Spain » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Green pastures, mysterious woods, wide glacier valleys
  • Accommodation in authentic Spanish villages
  • Tasty cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients
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From 625 €

Duration (days): 8

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The Picos de Europa is without a doubt the most impressive mountain in Spain. Rising from the ocean, this is one of the most striking mountain ranges on the Iberian Peninsula. A paradise of flower-filled meadows among limestone spires, of rushing rivers and deep gorges, of quiet woods and tiny mountain villages. The jagged limestone peaks rise to 2600m and contrast sharply with the lush valleys dotted with small hamlets far below. This is one of the most fascinating (and still largely undiscovered) mountainous destinations in Europe. Rich in wildlife such as chamois, hedgehogs and wild boar and an abundance of wildflowers, the national park is a delight. Our 8-day trip, based in the lush green province of Asturias on the north side of the Picos, is designed to be a relaxing holiday in which you explore a variety of landscapes, doing easy or optionally more difficult day walks in the Eastern and Central Massifs. At night stay in small family run hotels in Arenas and Sotres with opportunities to sample local specialties such as the famous blue cheese, Queso de Cabrales.

Day 1: Arrival to Cangas de Onis by your own car, motorcycle, hire car, public transport or with a private transport. Cangas de Onis is a lovely town with over 3.000 inhabitants and the Asturian capital of the Picos de Europa region.
Day 2: Mirador de Ordiales (hiking: 20 km; 5-6hrs)
Our taxi driver will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel and will bring you to the lakes area of Enol and Ercina (at 1070 m). Here starts the Mirador de Ordiales route, which passes via the Huerto del Alemán and ascents through a glacial valley with changing flora until you reach the top (1.691 m) with an impressive views of the western parts of the Picos. Back to the meeting point and transfer to Cangas de Onis.
Day 3: Senda del Arcediano (hiking: 12 km; 4-5hrs)
Taxi transfer to the trailhead near Collado Angón (at 806 m). The walking route leads you on to Soto de Sajambre, a pretty mountain village located in the province of León. The path is an old roman “via” that connects Asturias with the Kingdom of León. It follows splendid meadows and oak forests. At the end you will reach Soto de Sajambre, where our driver will await you for the return transfer along the impressive Beyos Gorge. Overnight in Congas de Onis.
Day 4: Transfer to Arenas de Cabrales and optional walks.
You can decide at what time you would like to be transferred to your next hotel, located in Arenas de Cabrales (aprr. 25 min from Cangas de Onis). If you want to hike this day you can choose between two possible short walking routes from Arenas. Arenas de Cabrales is one of the most famous villages in Picos de Europa, known for its blue Cabrales Cheese. You will have the chance to taste it in the village and even you can visit some caves where the cheese is kept.
Day 5: The Cares Gorge (hiking: 21 km; 5-6hrs)
Our driver will take you to Poncebos, (202 m) where you start walking along the Cares Gorge, one of the most popular routes in Spain. The path takes you to Cain (located in the province of León) where you can rest and have lunch. Back to Poncebos along the same path and transfer to your hotel in Arenas de Cabrales.
Day 6: Poncebos - Sotres (via Bulnes) (hiking: 10 km; 4-5hrs)
Today we will take you again to Poncebos (202 m), where you can either take the funicular to Bulnes (payable on spot) or walk that distance. Bulnes is one of the most typical mountain villages of the Picos, accesible by funicular only since 2001. From there you proceed uphill, finding meadows on your way until you reach the Collado de Pandébano (1212 m). Then you start walking downhill to Sotres de Cabrales (1020 m), the mountain village where you will spend the last two nights.
Day 7: Sotres - Pandebano - Naranjo - Pandebano - Sotres (hiking: 14 km; 5-6hrs)
From your hotel in Sotres, a transfer takes you once again to the Collado de Pandébano (1212 m). From there you start hiking up to Vega de Urriellu (1953 m), located in the base of the spectacular Naranjo de Bulnes (also named Pico Urriellu). Walk back along the same route and transfer to the hotel in Sotres.
Day 8: Departure day

Accommodation and luggage transportation: Nice 3-star hotels and family-run pensions with en-suite rooms on bed and breakfast basis; luggage transfers between the inns - included;

- April-June and September-October: 625 Euro (sgl room supplement: 190 Euro)
- July-August: 715 Euro (sgl room supplement: 225 Euro)

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes: accommodation and luggage transfers as mentioned, deetailed route notes and maps in English, phone assistance;

The price does not include: Flights, insurance (recommended), funicular and museum/entry fees, other meals and drinks, transfer from/to airport.

The trip can start on any date to suit your travel plans. Optional transfers (price per car for 1-4pax): Sotres -Arenas de Cabrales: 35,00 €; Sotres - Cangas de Onis: 75,00 €