Picos de Europa

Walking in the Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa is one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Spain and a superb environment for walking. This self guided holiday will take you through jagged limestone mountains providing magnificent scenery and harbouring a rich variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. 

 

Initially based in the quiet village of Arenas de Cabrales, your first day's walk is a colourful, rewarding ascent to Nava above the Cares River. Further on the village of Tielve awaits with neighbouring Valfríu tempting you with their famous ‘Queso de Cabrales’ - local blue cheese. Through landscapes of heather, beech woods and flowing streams you arrive in Sotres, the highest of all the villages and your base for four nights, before finishing your trip in Arena de Cabrales.

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Viewing format
moderate
10.7 km
5:00 h
800 m
800 m
Walk briskly out of Arenas de Cabrales toward Nava above the Cares River. 
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easy
9.5 km
4:00 h
396 m
392 m
This is an alternative circular walk from Arenas, passing through the village of Poo. 
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Hiking trail
Tielve to Sotres
moderate
8.7 km
4:00 h
596 m
254 m
Enjoy today's walk across the traditional landscape of the Picos, experiencing the stunning scenery and local delicacies of the region. 
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Hiking trail · Cillorigo de Liébana
Circular Walk to Ándara, Eastern Massif
moderate
11.9 km
5:30 h
708 m
978 m
A day of contrasts awaits you on this exploration of the Eastern Massif.
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difficult
17.7 km
7:00 h
1136 m
1224 m
After a short transfer, a spectacular walk takes you right into the heart of the Picos de Europas.
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moderate
19.3 km
6:30 h
899 m
780 m
From Sotres, work your way along winding paths through green valleys and towering peaks, the lofty views your reward on this challenging walk.  
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Hiking trail · Cillorigo de Liébana
Hitu Escarandi to Sotres (via Valle Sobra)
moderate
13.6 km
6:00 h
498 m
760 m
An alternative to the Aliva walk, you will start this circular route from Hitu Escarandi, then return back past Hitu to finish in Sotres. 
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Hiking trail · Cabrales
Circular walk around Sotres
easy
5.4 km
2:30 h
317 m
317 m
A third option for your day in Sotres, follow farm tracks and footpaths as you circle the Picos de Europa village. 
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moderate
13 km
6:00 h
455 m
1177 m
Access remote villages and pass through a humbling gorge en route to Poncebos. 
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Hiking trail · Cabrales
Cares Gorge Walk
moderate
25.3 km
7:00 h
600 m
600 m
Walk the stunning Ruta del Cares through Cares Gorge.
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