Los Picos de Europa Walking Holidays

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Los Picos de Europa Walking Holidays

Distance: 82 km

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Meals: Breakfasts and dinners

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: from 570€ per person

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Can you imagine walking through one of the most admired mountain ranges in Spain? The hiking trail in Los Picos de Europa will allow you to enjoy stunning views, as well as some exquisite cuisine and an unforgettable experience through limestone mountains.

In Santiago Ways we want to be part of this adventure and, through our experience, help you enjoy your holiday while you try Cabrales cheese, and as you walk through beech forests and over streams and go up to Bulnes, the only town that is only reached on foot or by funicular railway.

The hiking trail in Los Picos de Europa, which starts and ends in Arenas de Cabrales, will allow you to walk along colourful ascent and descent routes surrounded by charming villages: Nava, Indara, Vega de Urriellu and Tresviso.

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

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Arrival in Arenas de Cabrales

Today you will arrive in Arenas de Cabrales, famous for its Cabrales cheese, a type of blue cheese, a speciality of the village. Once there, enjoy its colourful streets, typical of Asturias. We suggest you start your trip by trying a good "Fabada" (Bean Stew) and visiting the Church of Santa María de Llas.

To get to Arenas de Cabrales, your starting point, you will need to fly from your home city to Santander or Bilbao.

Overnight: Las Arenas


Circular route in Arenas de Cabrales

Start your journey by going up and across meadows and stone paths that will allow you to see the Picos de Europa in all their splendour and then start the descent towards the River Cares. This first day will be rewarded with great views and a good regional style dinner.

Length: 11 km

Overnight: Las Arenas


From Tielve to Sotres

Today, you'll be taken to the beginning of today's hike. Tielve, one of the villages of Cabrales, will be the village where you start your walk which will take you through forests and allow you to make an essential stop: trying Cabrales cheese in Valfríu.

Afterwards, you will continue your walk to Sotres, one of the highest municipalities in the Picos de Europa. In addition, it is also characterized by its agricultural tradition by having limestone caves, where the exquisite Cabrales cheese is matured.

Length: 9 km

Overnight: Sotres  


Circular route towards Ándara

Today you will come across multiple types of trails on your walk through the eastern massif. Some of them will be climbing an old mining track and some through forests and grasslands, with fascinating views of the limestone that characterizes the area.

On your way back to Sotres, you will also pass through a landscape that will make you feel like you are on the moon, where we suggest you pay attention to the vultures and eagles that may appear; Also, don't forget that if you've been lucky enough to go out on a sunny day, you'll be able to see the entire Bay of Biscay.

Length: 12 km 

Overnight: Sotres 


Hike to Vega de Urriellu

Today you will climb to the centre of the Picos de Europa and pass through impressive meadows that will help you cross the Collado de Pandébano before climbing to your final destination. From there, the food supplies that fill the area you are heading to today are usually brought on horseback: The Vega de Urriellu refuge.

On your climb, you will find lunar landscapes that you will love and will be the reward for the tiredness that you have accumulated on your fifth day of hiking through Los Picos de Europa.

Length: 18 km 

Overnight: Sotres


Circular route towards Áliva

Today you will reach the municipality of Aliva before returning to Sotres. Along the way, you'll enjoy the views of the central and eastern massifs with their spectacular limestone mountains, as well as the glacial valley you'll see along your route.

Once you arrive in Aliva, we suggest you rest in the Aliva Refugio, a small high mountain retreat on the ridge of the meadows, and from there you can see the spectacular landscape of the central part of the Picos de Europa.

Length: 19 km 

Overnight: Sotres


Hike towards Poncebos

Today you will start walking along an old route that will take you to Bulnes, the only village in Spain that can only be reached on foot or, in recent times, by funicular railway. Once there, you have two options: head towards Poncebos on the funicular or continue walking to the Texu Gorge.

As another option, we suggest walking along the Cares Route, between Caín and Poncebos, crossing the gorge along the river. When you finish your route, whichever one you choose, they will pick you up in Poncebos to take you back to Arenas de Cabrales.

Length: 13 km 

Overnight: Las Arenas 


Return from Arenas de Cabrales

Today, your hiking route in Los Picos de Europa finishes with Santiago Ways.*

*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after you complete your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities in Los Picos de Europa on your own.

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Accommodation on your hiking trail in Los Picos de Europa

Accommodation in hotels.

All the rooms you will find on the trekking route in Los Picos de Europa have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to guarantee good comfort during your stay. 

Our lodgings have been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment during your hiking route in Los Picos de Europa.

Our team checks the quality "in situ" of all the accommodation offered. 

Accomodation in Arenas de Cabrales

Alojamiento La Rivera

Accomodation in Sotres

Aojamiento Sotres

Since we work with quality accommodation with limited capacity, the exact name will be given 30 days before the start of the trekking route.

Services in your hiking trail in Los Picos de Europa

Included services

Accommodation in hotels.

Rooms with private bathroom.

Meal plan of your choice.

Complete itinerary of your trekking route in Los Picos de Europa.

24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

Assistance vehicle en route.

Baggage transfer between stages on days 3 and 7.


Additional services

Additional single room: to consult.

Extra nights (breakfast included): to consult.

Transfers from and to Arenas de Cabrales.

Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

It is important to note that this route can only be done from the end of April to the end of October, starting on any day.

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