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Set off on a fascinating journey in Spain, walking and hiking in the rich green landscapes of the Picos.
  • Product Code 14370
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade Grade 6, Grade 7
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays Picos de Europa

The vast rock walls tower dizzyingly above you on both sides of a breathtakingly deep gorge that splits the jagged limestone pinnacles – so deep that it supports varying microclimates. This most dramatic of routes is the Cares Gorge. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

The maritime limestone pinnacles, dramatic gorges and verdant valleys of the Picos make for wonderful walking country - many believe the best in Spain. Though relatively small in area, they contain many unexpected challenges and delights. Uninterrupted waves of pristine beach and oak forests stretch over hills and mountain ridges creating a rich green landscape, capped by the famous peaks of the Picos. The flora and fauna, Celtic language and unique traditions make this an exotic corner of Western Europe.

Both of the centres on this holiday are situated in rain shadows (areas which have relatively little rain due to the mountainous barrier) and enjoy the sunny climate of León and Castille. Potes, our first centre, is a small market town on the eastern side of the Picos, in Cantabria. From here we walk among Mediterranean cork oaks and use the cable car from Fuente Dé to reach alpine meadows enveloped by magnificent mountain scenery. Our second centre, the small León village of Posada de Valdeón, is situated above the fissure that divides the central and eastern Picos. From this charming village we take the Picos’ most popular hike, the Cares Gorge.

A free day allows enjoyment of Santander’s sandy beaches or there is the possibility of taking local taxis from Posada de Valdeón to sightsee in one of Spain’s unsung gems, the city of Leon. With its majestic cathedral, the mausoleum of the First Spanish Kings and a fine building or two by Gaudí, there is much to explore.

Holiday Highlights

  • The Cares Gorge walk along the base of 915m high cliffs.
  • The dramatic craggy Picos peaks.
  • Wonderful mountain scenery.
  • Alpine meadows and rich green landscape.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Bilbao (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Two walks, two leaders, two grade options
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6 and 7

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bilbao (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 2 - 3 hours

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Hostal Corona, Posada de Valdeon

The Hostal Corona is centrally located in the small village of Posada de Valdeón, with fantastic views of the Picos. Rooms are simply furnished and the hotel has its own restaurant and a bar. The village has one shop, suitable for picnic supplies, and a small bakery.

Hotel Valdecoro

The Hotel Valdecoro in Potes is centrally located but away from the busy centre. Potes has several shops, bakeries and banks available. The hotel has its own restaurant, Paco Wences, offering traditional Cantabrian cuisine and a bar. The lounge area has a lovely fireplace to take off the evening chill and offers free Wi-Fi. Whilst having breakfast you can gaze out at the wonderful mountain views from your table. Rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable and come with hairdryers upon request. They also have TVs and private bathrooms.

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