OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

AND ADVENTURE SPORTS

Cycling, climbing, via ferratas, canyoning, canoeing… All adventure sports available to you in stunning surroundings.

MOUNTAIN BIKES

In the National Park, bikes are only allowed on tracks for 4×4 vehicles. However, there are other routes outside the Park for you to enjoy mountain biking.

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Bike rental, repair service, cycling shop, and information on routes.

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SOME OF THE CLASSIC ROUTES

Mountain biking in the Eastern and Central Massifs of the Picos de Europa(80 km).
Pandetrave-Fuente Dé-Pandetrave (23 km).
Tour around the Eastern Massif (Potes-Bejes-Sotres-Áliva-Potes) (64 km).
Tour around the Central Massif (Poncebos-Sotres-Áliva-Espinama-Fuente Dé-Posada de Valdeón-Caín-Poncebos) (75 km).
Bejes-Hitu Escarandi-Bejes  (26 km).
Ascent to the Lakes of Covadonga  (14 km).
 Cosgaya-Pido-Cosgaya (30 km).
 Espinama-Fuente Dé-Espinama (15 km).
 Espinama-Fuente Dé-Sotres-Bejes (32 km).
 El Cable-Peña Oviedo-Mogrovejo-Los Llanos.
 Cahecho-Potes.
 Tudes-Porcieda-Potes (10 km).
Potes-Ojedo-Tama-Castro.
La Vega de Liébana-Posada de Valdeón (50 km).
Soto de Sajambre-Soto de Cangas (40 km).
Arenas de Cabrales-Potes (47 km).
Arriondas-Cangas de Onís-Arriondas (35 km).
The route of the old houses in Benia de Onís (8 km).
A few companies offer the possibility of hiring bikes and doing routes with guides.

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CLIMBING ROUTES

The climbing routes in the Picos are countless, but here’s a selection of the most interesting rock-climbing ones, either because of their characteristics, rock quality, interest of the route, or beauty of the setting. You will not be disappointed by any of them.

The National Park Administration can temporarily close climbing routes for environmental reasons (generally bird breeding seasons). In such cases, you will find notices at the sites and park wardens will be monitoring the area.

OUTSTANDING VIAS

PICO POZÁN. Arista del Jiso, MD inf (V+). 680 meters.

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PEÑA DE FRESNIDIELLO. Elixir para calvos MD n (V+). 300 meters.
PEÑA DE FRESNIDIELLO. Separación real, MD (V+). 300 meters.

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PEÑA VIEJA. Espolón de los franceses, MD inf (V). 1000 meters.

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PICOS DE SANTA ANA. Espolón rojo, AD sup (IV+). 180 meters.

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PICO URRIELLU. Directa de los Martínez, AD sup (IV+). 180 meters.

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PICO URRIELLU. Pidal-Cainejo, D (V-). NORTH FACE. 650 meters.

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PICO URRIELLU. Cepeda, MD INF (V+). CARA ESTE. 350 meters.

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PICO URRIELLU. Murciana 78, ED inf (6a). WEST FACE. 600 meters.
AGUJA DE LA CANALONA. Vía normal, AD sup (IV). 80 meters.
TORRE DE LOS HORCADOS ROJOS. Directa, MD (V+). CARA SUR. 450 meters.

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TIRO LLAGO. Travesía Madejuno-Tiro Llago, AD (III+). 850 meters.

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TORRE DE LOS HORCADOS ROJOS. Directa, MD (V+). CARA SUR. 450 meters.

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TORRE DE PEÑALBA. Gran Diedro, D sup (V+). 300 meters.
PORRU BOLU. Clásica, D sup (V+). 140 meters.
PEÑA SANTA DE CASTILLA. Espolón norte, D sup (V). 500 meters.

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PEÑA SANTA DE CASTILLA. Directa, MD inf (V). 680 meters.
PEÑA SANTA DE CASTILLA. Canal del Pájaro negro, MD (V+). 800 meters.

 

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VIA FERRATAS

A via ferrata is a vertical or horizontal itinerary equipped with different material (bolts, metal rung steps, holds, hand lines, chains, hanging bridges, and cable walkways) that allows walkers and non-climbers to access difficult areas safely. Security is provided by a steel rope installed the length of the via ferrata that you are secured to, using carabiners connected to energy dissipating lanyards attached to the safety harness worn.

LA HERMIDA GORGE

La Hermida, Peñarrubia (CANTABRIA)

La Hermida, Peñarrubia (CANTABRIA): These via ferratas have an 800-m elevation change, and are almost 6 km long. They follow a trail that shepherds used to take goats from the low areas of the gorge to Cueva Ciloña. There are four vias, and can be done individually or altogether. There is a 45-m Tibetan bridge and the longest wooden hanging footbridge in a via ferrata in Spain (90 m long and more than 100 m high). The descent is made following a trail that goes through a holm oak forest until arriving to the starting point again, the Hermida Gorge. The access is free of charge, but material and the services of a guide can be hired nearby.

LOS BEYOS GORGE

Puente Vidosa, Ponga (ASTURIAS)

The Vidosa Multiadventure Park has seven via ferratas, seven zip-lines, four different Tibetan bridges, a climbing wall, abseils, and areas to practice climbing.

To access the via ferratas, you must pay 6€ to enter the Adventure Park, which has itineraries of various difficulties. To descend, you can pay to use any of the installed zip-lines, as well as hire material or the services of a guide.

LOS LLANOS

Camaleño (CANTABRIA)

This via ferrata has two options: One that joins the three main walls that go to the summit, and a more complicated one that, halfway up the third wall, goes with difficulty towards a Tibetan bridge, and has a challenging exit on a steep wall to the summit.

For this second option, it is essential to be experienced and/or hire the services of a guide. It is a 190-m ascent and a 240-m descent, with an elevation change of 160 m. The via goes to different walls that are connected through the safety line. There are horizontal sections where it’s necessary to do some crossings. There is a medium-levelled section and another section for beginners.

Users do this activity under their own responsibility, since it’s a free entry and a free of charge access. The minimum safety equipment required is a helmet, a safety harness, and a double-anchored lanyard with carabiners and a via ferrata certified shock absorbing device. People without this material can hire it at the reception centre. The area has been equipped with climbs of grades III-V to enjoy and complete a good day’s activity.

VALDEÓN FERRATA

Cordiñanes (LEÓN)

Via ferrata managed by the local government of Valdeón, consisting of 1200 m of routes of various difficulty levels. The access is free, but prior registration is necessary, because from April to July access is restricted to 50 people per day. The local government has a website with a system to confirm registrations and validate access on completion of a personal information form. Access is prohibited for children under 10 years old. The groups using the via ferrata cannot be of more than 6 members, and need to keep 15-minute gaps between each of them for security. It can be used an hour after sunrise and up to an hour before sunset, based on the official timetables of Orto y Ocaso (AEMET). You can hire material and the services of a guide in the area.

 

LA HERMIDA GORGE

La Hermida, Peñarrubia (CANTABRIA)

La Hermida, Peñarrubia (CANTABRIA): These via ferratas have an 800-m elevation change, and are almost 6 km long. They follow a trail that shepherds used to take goats from the low areas of the gorge to Cueva Ciloña. There are four vias, and can be done individually or altogether. There is a 45-m Tibetan bridge and the longest wooden hanging footbridge in a via ferrata in Spain (90 m long and more than 100 m high). The descent is made following a trail that goes through a holm oak forest until arriving to the starting point again, the Hermida Gorge. The access is free of charge, but material and the services of a guide can be hired nearby.

LOS BEYOS GORGE

Puente Vidosa, Ponga (ASTURIAS)

The Vidosa Multiadventure Park has seven via ferratas, seven zip-lines, four different Tibetan bridges, a climbing wall, abseils, and areas to practice climbing.

To access the via ferratas, you must pay 6€ to enter the Adventure Park, which has itineraries of various difficulties. To descend, you can pay to use any of the installed zip-lines, as well as hire material or the services of a guide.

LOS LLANOS

Camaleño (CANTABRIA)

This via ferrata has two options: One that joins the three main walls that go to the summit, and a more complicated one that, halfway up the third wall, goes with difficulty towards a Tibetan bridge, and has a challenging exit on a steep wall to the summit.

For this second option, it is essential to be experienced and/or hire the services of a guide. It is a 190-m ascent and a 240-m descent, with an elevation change of 160 m. The via goes to different walls that are connected through the safety line. There are horizontal sections where it’s necessary to do some crossings. There is a medium-levelled section and another section for beginners.

Users do this activity under their own responsibility, since it’s a free entry and a free of charge access. The minimum safety equipment required is a helmet, a safety harness, and a double-anchored lanyard with carabiners and a via ferrata certified shock absorbing device. People without this material can hire it at the reception centre. The area has been equipped with climbs of grades III-V to enjoy and complete a good day’s activity.

VALDEÓN FERRATA

Cordiñanes (LEÓN)

Via ferrata managed by the local government of Valdeón, consisting of 1200 m of routes of various difficulty levels. The access is free, but prior registration is necessary, because from April to July access is restricted to 50 people per day. The local government has a website with a system to confirm registrations and validate access on completion of a personal information form. Access is prohibited for children under 10 years old. The groups using the via ferrata cannot be of more than 6 members, and need to keep 15-minute gaps between each of them for security. It can be used an hour after sunrise and up to an hour before sunset, based on the official timetables of Orto y Ocaso (AEMET). You can hire material and the services of a guide in the area.

CANYONING

Canyoning is not allowed in the National Park, but you can enjoy this activity in various locations in the surrounding area. Canyoning is authorized in the following rivers:

  • Vallegón
  • Carangas
  • Vivoli
  • La Molina
  • Ruboó
  • Cueva del Tinganón

There are several companies in the area that offer canyoning trips of different difficulty levels. Before hiring the services of any of these companies, we suggest you check they have been authorized by the Tourist Board to do this activity and their guides have the required qualifications. These companies generally provide you the necessary technical equipment, and they have certified guides that take the groups. Clients are taken by a company vehicle to the start of the canyoning tour, and are picked up at the end of the activity.

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CANOEING AND RAFTING

RAFTING

Rafting is an activity that consists in descending a river in an inflatable boat. To do it, you need to avoid rocks and other obstacles that you might find in the river. The rafting participants are taken by a guide and equipped with helmet, life jacket, wetsuit, and suitable footwear. Rafting can be undertaken in two rivers close to the Picos:

  • River Deva
    This river is one of the most important ones in the Picos, and goes through the impressive Hermida Gorge.
  • River Cares
    A tributary of the River Deva where rafting can be done in several sections, with various technical difficulty levels: low Cares (Niserias-Panes), middle Cares (Mildón-Niserias), and upper Cares.

There are several companies that you can do this activity with. They will give you the necessary technical equipment (individual canoe-raft, wetsuit, helmet, life jacket…).

CANOEING

Another option is to go down the rivers Sella or Deva in a canoe. In this case, it’s not necessary to go with a guide. You can do this activity independently, hiring the equipment and the transfers to and from the start and end of the trip. You can stop at the edge of the river for a rest, to eat, or to take pictures. The trip in general allows you to move with the flow of the river without major efforts.

  • River Sella
    The descent goes between the towns of Arriondas and Llovio with a total of 16 km of which you can do sections: Arriondas-Toraño (7 km), Arriondas-Llordón (13 km), or Arriondas-Llovio (16 km). The whole descent takes 3-4 hrs.
  • River Deva
    After the Sella, the Deva is the Asturian river in which most canoeing is done. It consists of a 12-km descent that joins the towns of Panes and Unquera. It takes 3-4 hrs.

There are many companies in Arriondas and in Unquera that do canoeing on both rivers.

RAFTING

Rafting is an activity that consists in descending a river in an inflatable boat. To do it, you need to avoid rocks and other obstacles that you might find in the river. The rafting participants are taken by a guide and equipped with helmet, life jacket, wetsuit, and suitable footwear. Rafting can be undertaken in two rivers close to the Picos:

  • River Deva
    This river is one of the most important ones in the Picos, and goes through the impressive Hermida Gorge.
  • River Cares
    A tributary of the River Deva where rafting can be done in several sections, with various technical difficulty levels: low Cares (Niserias-Panes), middle Cares (Mildón-Niserias), and upper Cares.

There are several companies that you can do this activity with. They will give you the necessary technical equipment (individual canoe-raft, wetsuit, helmet, life jacket…).

CANOEING

Another option is to go down the rivers Sella or Deva in a canoe. In this case, it’s not necessary to go with a guide. You can do this activity independently, hiring the equipment and the transfers to and from the start and end of the trip. You can stop at the edge of the river for a rest, to eat, or to take pictures. The trip in general allows you to move with the flow of the river without major efforts.

  • River Sella
    The descent goes between the towns of Arriondas and Llovio with a total of 16 km of which you can do sections: Arriondas-Toraño (7 km), Arriondas-Llordón (13 km), or Arriondas-Llovio (16 km). The whole descent takes 3-4 hrs.
  • River Deva
    After the Sella, the Deva is the Asturian river in which most canoeing is done. It consists of a 12-km descent that joins the towns of Panes and Unquera. It takes 3-4 hrs.

There are many companies in Arriondas and in Unquera that do canoeing on both rivers.