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Hiking trails through the middle of the mountain landscape

Picos de Europa

Across the cantabrian coastal Mountains

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Hiking trails through the middle of the mountain landscape

The Picos de Europa, Spain's oldest national park, stretches majestically to the coast, captivating with its wild, romantic allure. Named for its distinctive rock formations soaring skyward like myriad peaks, this region is an extension of the Pyrenees' foothills. Its unspoiled, unspoiled beauty captivates visitors, offering spectacular hiking trails that unveil breathtaking vistas of both mountains and sea. Amidst this simplicity, one finds solace to focus on life's essentials.

The route begins in the beautiful mountain village of Arenas de Cabrales - over the course of six stages, you'll cover approximately 90 kilometers. Right from the start, you'll traverse the stunning Cares Gorge, experiencing your first scenic highlight. On day 3, you'll hike through the high valley of Caben Remona, with the option to either head to Espinama or embark on a spectacular high-altitude trail leading to Vega de Liordes.

The destination of the next stage is Sotres, the highest village in the region, before enjoying breathtaking views from the Pico de San Carlos at over 2,200 meters altitude on day 5. You'll then journey through the Dujer River Valley, across the Pandebano Pass, to the summit of Urriellu, and descend the following day - with plenty of photos captured on your camera, you'll then reach Poncebos!

  • Garganta del Cares: The visually captivating gorge of the Río Cares is characterized by towering cliffs and narrow tunnels. On hot days, you can enjoy a refreshing swim at some spots along the river.
  • The tranquil mountain village of Sotres: The small village nestled in the mountains has just over 100 inhabitants. The village's authenticity, combined with its magnificent views, exudes heavenly tranquility.
  • Special vegetation and animal species: The Picos de Europa is home to a variety of animal and plant species that are not commonly encountered. These include brown bears and the Iberian wolf - but don't worry, encounters with them are not anticipated on our route.

You should have prior experience in mountain hiking for your visit to the Cantabrian Coastal Mountain Range. The itinerary consists of six stages ranging from nine to 20 kilometers in length, during which you may have to ascend over 1,000 meters in elevation per day. Necessary transfers during the journey are included and are organized for you by the Eurohike team.

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Itinerary at a glance

The Picos de Europa are limestone mountain ranges with typical caves and rocky landscapes; the Torre de Cerredo is the highest elevation at 2,648 m. In the Cares Gorge "Garganta del Cares" you can hardly cease to be amazed.
Arrival in Arenas de Cabrales

Short transfer then start hiking through the Cares Gorge, which separates the Massif Central from the Eastern Massif of the Picos de Europa. It surprises with its diverse flora and fauna. You hike through narrow gorges and always follow the water channel. You can take a refreshing bath in the Río Cares.

Today you start your tour to Liébana with an ascent on an old mule track. There, the idyllic high valley of Caben Remona awaits you. Here you choose whether you want to take the descent to Espinama or continue hiking on the unique high trail to Vega de Liordes. From there you take the descent to Fuente Dé, where a transfer will take you to your hotel where you spend the night.

Ascent to the Massif Central via the Aliva Pass. The trail takes you to Sotres over a long glacial moraine through the Duj river valley, the highest mountain village in the Picos de Europa. Here you will spend the night and discover breathtaking views of the mountains.

A short transfer takes you to the starting point of today's hike at 1,300 metres. You march through stony karst and crater landscapes up to an altitude of 2,215 metres and enjoy the fantastic panorama over the Cantabrian coast. The descent takes you back to Sotres.

Todays hike up into the central massif of the Picos to the Pico Urriellu, spectacular landscapes await you. You will hike through the valley of the Duje River across pastures to the Pandebano Pass. The trail leads you to the mountain hut Vega de Urriellu, surrounded by a magnificent rock and mountain landscape.

Enjoy the fascinating mountain scenery once more before you start the descent to Poncebos through a gorge. Alternatively, you can use a funicular railway. From Poncebos, take the bus to Arenas de Cabrales.

Departure or extension

Route information

Mountain Hiking

The mountain hiking tour leads along marked paths and trails. Individual stages require good general fitness and stamina, as there are sometimes steep ascents and descents. A bit of experience is required.

Prices & Dates

Category: 6x 2**-3***hotels; 1x comfortable cabin (dormitory).

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 6 Dinner
  • Luggage transfer on day 2 and day 7
  • 2 transfers (day 2 und day 5)
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline


  • Luggage transfer from day 3 to day 6, EUR 545 per person. Reservation required.

Arrival / Departure

  • Bus journey to Arenas de Cabrales from Oviedo in approx. 2.5 hours (1 change) or from Bilbao in approx. 6 hours (1 change). www.alsa.com.
  • Airport Oviedo or Bilbao
  • Parking: free parking at the hotel in Arenas de Cabrales for the duration of the tour.

Things to note

  • Bus from Poncebas to Arenas (Day 7), approx. EUR 2 per Person.
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