Trip reference number: 14370
Trip Operator: Ramblers Walking Holidays
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. 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 beech 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 and enjoy a sunny climate. 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 D to reach alpine meadows enveloped by magnificent mountain scenery. Our second centre, the small Leon village of Posada de Valdeon, 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 each week allows enjoyment of local walks or a day of rest and exploring the towns we are staying in. There may be the possibility of taking local taxis from Posada de Valdeon to sightsee in one of Spains unsung gems, the city of Len. With its majestic cathedral, the mausoleum of the First Spanish Kings and a fine building or two by Gaud, there is much to explore.
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