NATURE AND CULTURE
A selection of various guided routes that will make your visit a fun, educational, and rewarding one.
GUIDED WALKING ROUTES
Picos de Europa National Park offers its visitors a guided-routes service taken by guides/interpreters (free of charge).
From 1 July to 30 September, from Mondays to Fridays (except: 25 July, 15 august y 9 September inAsturias; y 15 august y 9 septembre inCastilla y León).
A different route is offered in each of the four main accesses to the National Park: NW Sector (Lakes of Covadonga), NE Sector (Cabrales-Tresviso), SE Sector (Liébana), and SW Sector (Sajambre-Valdeón). To participate, you can book in advance through the National Parks Reservation Centre, where reservations can be made for each route. Only 20% of the places are accessible without a reservation, arriving to the point of departure at the indicated time. In this case, admission will be in order of arrival until reaching the maximum number of people per route.
A maximum of 15 people per guide is allowed on each route. There might be one or two guides for the routes.
For other organised groups, and outside the summer season, there is a service of guided visits to the visitor centres in the Asturian, Cantabrian, and Leonese sides of the National Park. For information, see contact phone numbers.
Casa Dago (Cangas de Onís): 985848614, Oficina de información de Posada de Valdeón: 987740549 y Centro de Visitantes de Sotama: 942738109.
For school groups, and based on the school calendar, a program of environmental education is available each year, offering different activities suitable to each school grade.
You can do 4×4 routes in the Picos de Europa National Park by hiring the services of companies that are authorized to do this activity.
INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS
S-cape Travel Turismo Activo
33554 Arenas de Cabrales (ASTURIAS).
676 293 945 / 669 063 506
Cares Gorge, Cheese and Viewpoints Route, Grape Spirit and Honey Route, Route of the Lakes. Transfers from Santander airport to Picos.
Cheese and Viewpoints Route
You will enjoy the wonderful views of the Picu Urriellu from different viewpoints, and then visit an authentic artisanal cheese producer in the village of Sotres.
Grape Spirit and Honey Route
A spectacular route along the passes of Áliva with great views to Fuente Dé. A gastronomic stop is made in Potes with a visit to a grape spirit distillery before moving on to the Hermida Gorge where a visit with a beekeeper ends the tour.
This is one of the most emblematic mountain routes in Spain. After going through the tracks of the passes of Áliva in a 4×4 vehicle, you will reach 1 800 m of altitude in the Valdeón valley to then descend to Caín. This is where the 12 km of the Cares Gorge start, and you can walk along it back to Poncebos where the 4×4 will be waiting to take you to Arenas de Cabrales.
Lakes of Covadonga Route
You will visit the most famous spot in the Picos (the Lakes of Covadonga) where you will enjoy a pleasant walk before going to the Basilica of Covadonga..
ROUTE IN THE MAJADAS (HIGH PASTURES)
A whole-day’s route that brings you closer to the world of the shepherds in the Picos and to the process of making Gamonedo cheese.
The walk is on high pastures (groups of huts), and goes into the National Park through shepherd’s trails.
CASA DE LA MONTAÑA
ROUTE OF THE MOUNTAINS OF THE BEARDED VULTURES
Centre of Interpretation and Visitor Centre dedicated to the bearded vultures. The visit starts with an interesting audiovisual display that introduces the visitor to the history of the geological and biological formation of the Picos before highlighting the key role grazing has played in the present landscape. It further introduces the bearded vultures and the current Recovery Program in the Picos de Europa.
Visitors can look into important aspects of the biology, ecology, and ethology of this bird in the Picos, and visit the different exhibition rooms focused on shepherding, mountains, and bearded vultures.
- Winter (1 October to 30 June): Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 to 16:00. Closed on weekends, except for organised groups.
- Summer (1 July to 30 September) and Easter: Mondays to Sundays from 11:00 to 15:00 and 16:00 to 20:00. Every day during summer season, there are guided visits at 13:00 and 18:00 (25 people maximum).
- General: 3€.
- Reduced (groups of more than 20 people and big families): 2.70€.
- NChildren (0 to 6 years old) and members of the foundation: Free.
- Audio guides: Free.
Pepin’s Route is a cultural and gastronomic route in rural Asturias, discovering the way of life in a typical Asturian village, and one of the best activities for children in Asturias.
This route consists in an accompanied descriptive walk around the village, observing its architecture: “hórreos” and “paneras” (granaries), traditional houses and balconies, etc., a visit to a cider-press house to learn about the history of cider and its consumption while enjoying a tasting, and a visit to a “mayada” (high pasture) where a replica of a shepherd’s hut is shown. The making of Gamoneu cheese is explained and the shepherd’s culture that continues in present times. There are native breeds of domestic animals that thrive in the green hills: “Pita Pinta” chicken, “Asturcón” pony, and “Xalda” sheep. The last part of Pepin’s Route is dedicated to the gastronomy, and consists of an “espicha” (meal based on a variety of food) with traditional Asturian products.
Every day in Easter, July, August and national bank holidays.
- Mornings: 11:00 to 14:30.
- Evenings: 19:00 to 21:30.
- Adults: 24€ (food included).
- Children (3 to 12 years old): 10€ (food included).
- Special prices for groups with 15 adults or more.
- Previous reservation (limited number of spaces).