Picos de Europa, now luxurious only. Max 14 NOW CLOSED.
Wed 13th Jul 2022
by Lazlo Woodbine
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Update 20/7/21. See below. bit.https://myadventuresacrosstheworld.com/hiking-the-picos-de-europa/
Look at these walks and let me know of any you fancy. Three of them start from our hotel which is useful.
White water rafting and kayaking is also available if anyone is interested.
I can book these in advance.
Other things people might be interested in are climbing the peak in the picture. 300 euros for two day ascent with guides. Adrenaline freaks with good fitness only.
UPDATE 17/06/21. I have booked Easyjet from Manchester to Bilbao EZY1877 departs 13.50 arrives 16.55. Return EZY1878 departs 17.35 arrives 18.40. Cost of flight £81. With luggage £137.
UPDATE: 23/05/21. I now know a bit more about people's preferences so the budget options are no longer available. I therefore am no longer confined to Llanes. It would have been a 100 minute bus ride to the Picos as well so I have reserved rooms in a hotel in the centre of the National Park. The Parador del Fuente de is at the foot of the cable car (not a good day to say that). I have booked for 5 nights and intend to move to Llanes for two nights at the end of the holiday asithe hotels are less expensive and there is a choice of places to eat. We can then do coastal walks on the last two days.
Picos de Europa. 5 twin rooms, cost £490 each, 4 single rooms £419 each. B & B. The hotel does packed lunches and evening meals. The price is for 5 nights.
Llanes 2 nights at the Europa Hotel San Rocque.
6 twin rooms cost £84 each, 2 singles rooms available at £52.
Total cost per person in Twin rooms. £287. Total cost for 7 nights single room £471 !!!!!!
One person has already requested single rooms. Please advise me of your requirements now you know the cost.
This will probably be my last European mountain adventure. I will have reached my allotted 3 score years and 10 and the body is starting to creek a bit so I have to go out with something spectacular and what better way than one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Europe.
The Picos de Europa are a range of limestone mountains between Santander and Gijon on the Costa Verde. They are still wild in places and the only place on the Iberian peninsula where bears and wolves still roam although the chances of seeing one are very small.
The mountains as you see from the photograph are quite wild and can be covered in deep snow right up to the end of June. However in July the hiking season starts and there is the benefit that the Spanish tourist board provided free guided walks. The guide only speaks Spanish but we can't have everything. The area is not hot like the Costas but similar temperature to Cornwall. I have chosen July because it is the driest month.
Getting there. There are flights every day to Bilbao (Covid permitting) flights cost around £80.
There are ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander. They cost around £120 qnd take around 18 hours to cross.
As well as the mountains there are some of Spain's finest attractions nearby including El Bufones del Praia (jesters of the beach) which are blow holes on the cliffs which shoot up fountains of spray as the Atlantic rollers crash on the cliffs. Santillana del Mar close by has been voted as one of the prettiest towns in Spain. Then there are the Cathedrals of Ribadeo where the land has lifted from the sea and left enormous sea arches on the beach. The cities of Bilbao, Gijon and Santander are worth a visit.
Once I know numbers I can reserve accommodation on a 100% refund basis if we are still restricted by the pandemic.
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