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Picos de Europa
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Spain’s wildest hike

The Picos de Europa is Spain’s very first National Park, classified as such as far back as 1918. Later on, in 2002, it was also named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The Park is acknowledged for its mighty reliefs – high peaks, broad valleys, deep canyons, gloomy caves, wild grasslands, and picturesque mountain villages. Some of the highest slopes around the massif reach more than 2,300 meters, while the highest peak in the Park is Torrecerredo – stretching 2,646 meters high into the sky.

Heavenly meadows, deep mountain forests, beech woods, oak groves, and lush heathlands – Picos de Europa has a bit to offer for both professional hikers and inexperienced mountain walkers – you just need to pick your track and follow it with all your heart.

Location and getting there

The Picos de Europa National Park stretches for about 20 km and over 64 thousand hectares. It is situated in the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains, in northern Spain, and includes parts of three different autonomous communities – Asturias, Cantabria, and Castilla y León.

The Park is reachable by a private vehicle and opens for the general public all year round. It can also be accessed with the bus and taxi services in the towns around the area. On peak days like Easter, the summer season, and national bank holidays, access to some of the lakes around the Park may be regulated for environmental protection concerns. So, always check before you plan a visit, especially if it includes Covadonga or the Covadonga lakes.

Your visit to Picos de Europa

The Park is widely recognized for its precious natural, floral, and faunal diversity. You can enjoy hundreds of breathtaking viewpoints, protected caves, rivers, lakes, hiking paths, and Atlantic woods – in a casual walk or by riding The Fuente Dé cable car.

Except for that, you will also walk the paths of western brown bears, wolves, wild boars, chamois, deers, mountain cats, red squirrels, and numerous different wild creatures.

The biodiversity in Picos de Europa is protected, so you will have to be extra considerate. Free camping, unauthorized fires, hunting, fishing, and bathing in the lakes is strictly prohibited.

It would be wise if you monitor the weather forecast before you go since the steep terrains and challenging hiking trails might become hazardous if fogs and hard rainfalls are predicted.

Are you ready for Spain’s wildest hike?

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24915 Posada de Valdeón, León, Spain

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Spain’s wildest hike

The Picos de Europa is Spain’s very first National Park, classified as such as far back as 1918. Later on, in 2002, it was also named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The Park is acknowledged for its mighty reliefs – high peaks, broad valleys, deep canyons, gloomy caves, wild grasslands, and picturesque mountain villages. Some of the highest slopes around the massif reach more than 2,300 meters, while the highest peak in the Park is Torrecerredo – stretching 2,646 meters high into the sky.

Heavenly meadows, deep mountain forests, beech woods, oak groves, and lush heathlands – Picos de Europa has a bit to offer for both professional hikers and inexperienced mountain walkers – you just need to pick your track and follow it with all your heart.

Location and getting there

The Picos de Europa National Park stretches for about 20 km and over 64 thousand hectares. It is situated in the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains, in northern Spain, and includes parts of three different autonomous communities – Asturias, Cantabria, and Castilla y León.

The Park is reachable by a private vehicle and opens for the general public all year round. It can also be accessed with the bus and taxi services in the towns around the area. On peak days like Easter, the summer season, and national bank holidays, access to some of the lakes around the Park may be regulated for environmental protection concerns. So, always check before you plan a visit, especially if it includes Covadonga or the Covadonga lakes.

Your visit to Picos de Europa

The Park is widely recognized for its precious natural, floral, and faunal diversity. You can enjoy hundreds of breathtaking viewpoints, protected caves, rivers, lakes, hiking paths, and Atlantic woods – in a casual walk or by riding The Fuente Dé cable car.

Except for that, you will also walk the paths of western brown bears, wolves, wild boars, chamois, deers, mountain cats, red squirrels, and numerous different wild creatures.

The biodiversity in Picos de Europa is protected, so you will have to be extra considerate. Free camping, unauthorized fires, hunting, fishing, and bathing in the lakes is strictly prohibited.

It would be wise if you monitor the weather forecast before you go since the steep terrains and challenging hiking trails might become hazardous if fogs and hard rainfalls are predicted.

Are you ready for Spain’s wildest hike?

24915 Posada de Valdeón, León, Spain

Where is it on the Map?

24915 Posada de Valdeón, León, Spain

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Explore more nearby places in Castile and León, Spain

Spain’s wildest hike

The Picos de Europa is Spain’s very first National Park, classified as such as far back as 1918. Later on, in 2002, it was also named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The Park is acknowledged for its mighty reliefs – high peaks, broad valleys, deep canyons, gloomy caves, wild grasslands, and picturesque mountain villages. Some of the highest slopes around the massif reach more than 2,300 meters, while the highest peak in the Park is Torrecerredo – stretching 2,646 meters high into the sky.

Heavenly meadows, deep mountain forests, beech woods, oak groves, and lush heathlands – Picos de Europa has a bit to offer for both professional hikers and inexperienced mountain walkers – you just need to pick your track and follow it with all your heart.

Location and getting there

The Picos de Europa National Park stretches for about 20 km and over 64 thousand hectares. It is situated in the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains, in northern Spain, and includes parts of three different autonomous communities – Asturias, Cantabria, and Castilla y León.

The Park is reachable by a private vehicle and opens for the general public all year round. It can also be accessed with the bus and taxi services in the towns around the area. On peak days like Easter, the summer season, and national bank holidays, access to some of the lakes around the Park may be regulated for environmental protection concerns. So, always check before you plan a visit, especially if it includes Covadonga or the Covadonga lakes.

Your visit to Picos de Europa

The Park is widely recognized for its precious natural, floral, and faunal diversity. You can enjoy hundreds of breathtaking viewpoints, protected caves, rivers, lakes, hiking paths, and Atlantic woods – in a casual walk or by riding The Fuente Dé cable car.

Except for that, you will also walk the paths of western brown bears, wolves, wild boars, chamois, deers, mountain cats, red squirrels, and numerous different wild creatures.

The biodiversity in Picos de Europa is protected, so you will have to be extra considerate. Free camping, unauthorized fires, hunting, fishing, and bathing in the lakes is strictly prohibited.

It would be wise if you monitor the weather forecast before you go since the steep terrains and challenging hiking trails might become hazardous if fogs and hard rainfalls are predicted.

Are you ready for Spain’s wildest hike?

24915 Posada de Valdeón, León, Spain

Where is it on the Map?

24915 Posada de Valdeón, León, Spain

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