Picos de Euro National Park
Picos de Euroop – the first park in Spain, which received the status of the national. This is one of the two most famous sights of the North of the country along with Santiago de Compostela. Park is located on the provinces of Leon, Cantabria and Asturias.
The most visited natural park of Europe includes high mountains and deep gorges that do not cease to managate tourists. Hiking routes on the slopes of mountains and mysterious caves are full of exciting spirit of paintings and acute sensations.
Traveling according to the famous nature reserve can also be on a canoe, mountain bike, and even snowshoes. A variety of excursion programs include races on cables in the gorge, climbing, paintball games, horseback riding and many other types of adventures.
If the hiking view does not close, then the tourists are a cable car FENDET, raising everyone to 1800 meters above sea level. Viewing platforms give a unique opportunity to consider all the greatness of the mountain valley. High in the mountains snow lies until six months.
We recommend going on a trip to Picos to those who love active rest. The most popular mountain route includes a visit to the Amazing Gargant Gorge. Unforgettable walks in mountain valleys and near amazing glacier lakes, along the edge of the abyss and through steep mountain passes
Climbers professionals will be considered an honor to climb on the legendary rock in the form of the El Naranho de Bulnes tower (2515 m).
If you dream except for mountain peaks to conquer mountain rivers and airspace, then Picos de Euroop is perfect for the implementation of these plans. Rafting and paragliding here are very popular.
Picos de Euroop Slanged Endemic Flora and Fauna. In the spring, you can observe the bloom of more than five hundred plant species, which are colored valleys and meadows with a multi-colored carpet. The butterflies of 150 species live here, the beauty of which is impossible to convey words. What are the exotic Mahaons worth.
Just 3 minutes 40 seconds (so much lasts climbing the cable car, in the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge) – and you are on top of the peak of Europe.
Local villages attract travelers by cultural monuments, cheeses, vodka "Aguargeent" and global dishes are unique in Spanish cuisine.
Path to mountain peaks (how to get there)
Get to the Picos de Euro National Park is difficult. Popular Costa Brava, Costa Blanca resorts, Costa del Sol and Costa Dorada are located in the east, southeast and south of Spain, and Picos de Euraop Park in the northern part of the country. Excursions our tour operators do not suit, too far and tedious. Relatively close to the resort of San Sebastian, but our tourists here are rare.
You can rent on your own, but warn it right away that it is not easy. Depending on the end point of the route you choose, we offer to use the following ways of traffic movement.
Mountain peaks are available only from three cities: Cangas de Onis, Arenas De Cabreles and Potes. Choose routes to these cities. Driving on the road N-621 from the coast of the ocean to the town of Potable, find yourself in front of the gate of the park from the Cantabria. Prior to Santander, travel from Madrid through Bilbao.
The rented car is the best option to get, with public transport the situation is more difficult.
Every day a bus on the route Kangas de Oneis – Kowadong. Some 15 minutes – and you are in place. From Kowadong Last flight goes to eight in the evening (July – August), the remaining months – at 17:15.
I warn you immediately that from July to September, during the passionate week and some other holidays the road from Lago de Anol to Kovadong from 8:30 to 20:00 is open only for private transport. For the convenience of tourists, there are buses from Kangas de Oneis to Kowadonga, Kangas de Oneis and the Sakhambre village and the village of Monday to Friday, and then from September to June.
More than three bus routes follow from Arriondas to the coastal cities of Ribadaselia and Llanes. Railway communication in this direction will please six trips per day.
In the morning in the summer seasons, buses are moving from Oviedo to Kangas de Oveis and Posada de Valdeon. In the evening and at noon they return back. In the summer, three flights go between Arenas de Cabrales and Ponsebosom daily.
Two bus flights follow from Arenas to Llanes every day, except Saturday. Time and frequency of routes can vary, so always specify this information before traveling.
Taxi trip – option convenient, but extremely expensive. Taxi prices in Spain are high, and the distance is large – from the nearest major town of Bilbao to Picos de Euroop about 200 kilometers.
How expensive the pleasure of Picos de Euroop (prices and tickets)
Bus tickets on average cost from 1.35 to 7 euros. It all depends on the route, which preference preferences during travel.
From Kowadong to Lago de Anol ticket will cost 7 euros, children – 3 euros. From Kangas de Ontis in the village de Sakharbra, travel will be taken from your wallet 2.75 euros.
The direction of "Arriondas Ribadesseli" will delight in 1,60 euros, Arriondas-Llanes – 3.70 euros. From Arenas to Llana, the trip will cost 2.95 to 5.60 euros.
Drive through the cable car – pleasure is inexpensive: 16 euros in both directions.
Room rates in hotels begins with numbers 30 euros per day. Local cafes and restaurants will delight the prices lower than in Madrid, Barcelona and in the resorts, but remember that almost all of them closes on a siesta.
Cost of excursions Specify the tour operators. Prices change often and rapidly.
Doors are always open to beauty (opening hours)
Picos-de-Euroop is happy around the clock all year.
Cable car booths accommodate 20 people and raise everyone every 10 minutes from 9 am to 8 pm. Cableway may not work on holidays and in bad weather. Work chapels, temples specify in advance.
Caves are available for visits only at certain hours that may vary.
Stop instant – you are fine! (how much time plan)
Be prepared for the fact that the road to the mountain heights of Spain will take from a pair of hours until half of the day (if you consider the vehicle and starting point).
For lovers of mountain hiking, there is an opportunity to stay here not for one week. Routes from two hours to several days are laid in the National Park. You can just come here on a picnic.
The queue on the lift will last from half an hour to two hours if you arrived at the height of the season. For a walk through the park of time, take more than a day, otherwise you will not have time to examine a significant part of the reserve.
For a while, stop the "running" of your tourist life and enjoy the landscapes of the mountain wage.
Famous Peaks of Europe (Facts, Figures and History)
Picos de Euroop – with. Picos de Europa is translated as "Peaks of Europe" – this is a mountain range formed 50 million years ago. The height of more than 2500 m above sea level raised the nature of sharp snow-white peaks. The wet climate of Cantabria decorated the foot of the mountains with meadows and forests. This mountain park with a territory of 77 square kilometers in 2003, UNESCO declares the biosphere reserve due to the uniqueness of the local flora and fauna.
Torre de Seryrho (2648 m) – the highest point of the mountain range (on the photo on the left, click on the photo to increase), it is also the highest peak of the Cantabrian Mountains. The ridge consists of limestone and karst.
Western (Picos del Cornion) and central (urrieles) Range arrays are separated by the gorge with a depth of about one and a half thousand meters. In this gorge, the path of the Karese River paved itself.
Eastern Array (Andara) shares Asturia and Cantabria. Picos de Euroop Slanged deeper caves in Spain: Torka del Serro (-1589m), Sima de la Cornisa (-1507m), Pozo del Madejuno (-1252m) and Torca Los Rebecos (-1255m).
Two lakes with transparent water of the Glaciers Anol (1016 m) and La Ersina (1108 m) are located in the western part of the park.
One of the important places of pilgrimage in Spain was the monastery of Santo Toribio, located on the Luzen, the Cantabrian part of the reserve. On these lands, Christians hid from Mavrov. Local monks guard the largest piece of cross from crucifix. Amazing ritual can be observed with periodicity of 12 years in the walls of the monastery. Passing through the door "Forgiveness", pilgrims from all over the world receive the forgiveness of all sins.
In the valley of Leban, that in the east of the park, the town of Pota with the medieval quarter of La Solana, as well as Torre del Infanterno Tower.
National Park is proud of wild animals living in habitat familiar to them. Iberian Wolf, Kaban, Cantabrian Sulna, Brown Bear (Businesska Picos de Euroop) and DR. consider themselves full inhabitants of local forests. Ryano protected Spaniards in the park and endangered species of birds.
Surcept not only the mountains (what to watch)
Interesting architectural monuments Kandas de He. Town Hall, Santa Cruz Temple, Statue of King Pelaio, San Pedro De Villanueva Monastery (in the photo below, click on the photo to enlarge), Chapel of Santo Medzero, Pintu Palace – Here is a list of amazing sights of this area. Do not forget about the chapel (Holy Cave) in the Kowadong rock near the city and about the Mountain Lake Anol.
Visit on the funicular (no other kind of transport before it is not to get there) Bulnes village, famous for its cheeses, the taste of which will be remembered for a long time. Local cheeses can definitely be called one of the most successful gifts that can be brought from Spain.
Be sure to visit three large river gorges. Canyon Cares with twenty-cell meter will hit its kilometer depth. Rio Selral Valley is famous for the most narrow gorge in Europe. Rio Virgo – another amazing gorge, the bottom of the sun does not penetrate.
Frame drawings in Altamir will surprise even skeptics. Visit Kowadong’s Caves – feel an exciting atmosphere of the places of the origin of Christianity in Spain, touch the history of the Spanish people.
Riding on a cable car between the peaks of Fount de Deva will be remembered by a stunning view of the mountains, lakes, valleys and forests. Village Mogrowereho is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. We think this assessment obliges to look into it at least for a couple of hours.
Do not miss the beauty of the beauty of the mountains, built by people for more than a dozen years, and sometimes centuries.
Agent – it means armed (Tips for tourists)
– Picos de Europa is especially good in autumn. The weather is not very hot, and the number of tourists is reduced;
– For swimming in mountain lakes (in the photo on the left), only time is suitable, the remaining seasons water is too cold;.
– Better travel yourself by rented a car. But a guide with a guide for one day is better to order, otherwise "Extlifted" Amazing places of Picos de Euroop;
– Shoes with non-slip convenient soles will protect against unpleasant surprises while traveling. About the selection of shoes and clothes we talked in a review "What to take with you in Spain";
– View weather conditions in advance. Mountains There are mountains: fog, precipitation and unexpected cooling – the usual phenomenon for them;
– Carefully read signs warning about danger or meeting with animals;
– Do not try to conquer the mountain peaks or descend into the gorge, without having appropriate training;
– Now the entire territory of the park has a cellular coverage, calls and Internet are available. Read our reviews "Internet in Spain Deshevo" and "How to call from Spain Deshevo".
Remember that you are in the reserve. Do not leave garbage and other traces of your visit.
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