Picos de Europa: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

1. Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

Depart from Santander and head toward Liébana. You will love this region of Cantabria where the landscape is dominated by mountains, forests, and rivers. On the way, prepare to be impressed when crossing the Hermida Gorge, one of the longest gorges in Spain. The first stop will be to visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, a holy place for Christianity that houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. After this very special stop, continue the trip towards Fuente Dé, where there is the cable car station to go up to Picos de Europa. Enjoy at least 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time there to enjoy the place, take the cable car, or embark on a horseback riding experience around the area (optional). If you take the cable car, the trip will only last 4 minutes and will take you to a height of 1,823 m above sea level. The views from there are just breathtaking. Finally, arrive in Potes, the capital of Liébana and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, with its cobbled streets, bridges, and medieval tower, Torre del Infantado. Take a short walking tour of the town and you enjoy free time for lunch and for shopping in one of its many souvenir shops.

Asturias: Canyoning Adventure with 4 Levels to Choose From

2. Asturias: Canyoning Adventure with 4 Levels to Choose From

Enjoy canyoning adapted to your level. You will be accompanied at all times by specialized guides. Jaire Aventura's team is Spanish Champion in Canyoning 2011, winners of the IV test of the Spanish Canyoning Championship 2012, Spanish Champions in Canyoning 2013, European Champions individually and in pairs 2016, Canyoning Champions in la Niebla 2016 in Mexico and World Champions 2019 in Colombia. The descent of canyons or descent of ravines consists of going down, duly insured and protected, the upper courses of the rivers; We will rappel, go down slides, swim and, above all, have fun in this aquatic adventure. We put at your disposal a neoprene suit (jacket and dungarees), helmet, harness, neoprene boots and materials for descent such as unsinkable ropes, etc. In short, everything you need for your canyoning in Asturias to be carried out safely. This year we also provide you with footwear (neoprene boots) specially designed to protect you in water activities. We have different routes so that the activity is valid for initiation level descents, family. intermediate and advanced. - Canyoning level 1: The Ruboó, La Molina and Vallegón Inferior ravines are simple ravines, highly recommended for families, children, or people in low physical shape who want to enjoy the beauty of the high mountain rivers of Asturias. Jumps, slides and in the Vallegón are included some very simple rope. - Canyoning level 2: The Vallegón Superior, Carangas and Pompedru ravines are accessible ravines for all types of people, which include rope progression (abseiling), jumps, slides and downhills. - Canyoning level 3: The Viboli, Carangas Advanced and Vallegón Superior and Inferior ravines are suitable ravines for people in good physical shape who want to enjoy longer ravines where the rappels and jumps are from greater heights. - Canyoning level 4: The Carangas Integral and Vau Azones ravines are suitable ravines for people with knowledge and experience in canyoning who want to explore more difficult ravines with a professional guide who will guarantee the greatest safety during the tour.

From Santander: Cantabria Private Tour

3. From Santander: Cantabria Private Tour

Organize the best route to explore Cantabria with your trip planner after booking. Create your own private tour proposal that is tailor-made for you. The tour will be adapted to the limits of the region and agreed duration. Choose and personalize your visit from one of the following routes: - Eastern Coast (Santoña, Laredo & Castro Urdiales) - Western Coast (Santillana, Comillas & San Vicente de la Barquera) - Picos de Europa & Potes - The Pasiego Valleys and Liérganes On the tour's date, you will have a driver/guide at your disposition all day. He/she will explain to you about all the places you visit during your tour and will make sure you get to each stop on time for the arranged visits. This is a highly personalized tour for 2 - 8 people.

Anillo de Picos de Europa: Central Massif - 5 days Trek

4. Anillo de Picos de Europa: Central Massif - 5 days Trek

Day 1: On our first day of trekking, we will start from Puente Poncebos(218m), to carry out the famous, popular and spectacular Cares Route, one of the most impressive gorges in the world, to the Leonese town of Cain(460m). We will continue going up the Cares River, to the plain and Mount Corona, where we will visit the Chorco de los lobos, to continue to the beautiful town of Cordiñanes, where we will stay at the Hotel Tombo, where we will spend our first night of the trekking. This beginning of trekking, will serve as a "warm-up" for the unevenness that awaits us in later days. Day 2: A beautiful day, in which we will enter the Massif Central, and which will take us from Cordiñanes (880m), saving an important unevenness, until the Collado Jermoso refuge (2,046m). The route begins by rapidly ascending towards the exit walls of the via ferrata, where we will walk along a narrow terrace to reach the beautiful Asotín beech forest, which will leave us at the Vega de Asotín. From here we will ascend to the Collado Jermoso refuge, located in one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the entire National Park. Located on the edge of a precipice and surrounded by the steep peaks of the group ofllembrio, in front of the spectacular Friero's Tower, and with magnificent views of the Valdeon Valley and the Cornión Massif, with Peña Santa standing out. Despite the hard day, everyone will feel satisfied to stay in such a place, especially after enjoying its spectacular sunset. Day 3: This day will run through the high levels of the Massif Central, rarely being below 2,000 meters high. We will go to the busiest refuge in the Picos de Europa, located at the base of the most emblematic peak of all those that make up the National Park, the Picu Urriellu, and in its most spectacular part, its impressive west wall, more than 500 meters high, a true reference of Spanish mountaineering. An unforgettable place, both for its beauty and its symbolism. Day 4: We left the Urriellu refuge, to go to Cabrones refuge, base of the mountain sector where the highest summit of the entire National Park is located with 2,648 meters, Torrecerredo. Next, we will go, passing in front of another emblematic summit such as Cabrones, towards the refuge of the same name, where we will get supplies to make a long and pronounced descent from the Cabrones refuge (2,030m) along the slope of Trave and the Canal de Amuesa to reach the beautiful town of Bulnes(648m), inaccessible with vehicles and where we will spend our last night. Day 5: On our last day, we only have to descend until Puente Poncebos (218m). From Bulnes, we only have to go down the Texu channel to Poncebos, place of completion of our beautiful adventure.

Best of Picos de Europa & surroundings: 4-day trekking

5. Best of Picos de Europa & surroundings: 4-day trekking

Experience an unforgettable journey of 4 days-trekking in the Picos de Europa, exploring accessible trails and off-the-beaten tracks in the western massif and surroundings, without loosing the iconic Ruta del Cares and other places such as Maraña, Cain de Valdeon and Soto de Sajambre. Discover picturesque villages and beautiful places in nature in a private tour with a knowledgeable guide in a nearly all-inclusive activity in the Cantabrian mountain range. Immerse yourself in nature and create lasting memories. The activity and its tracks can be adapted to the group preferences, physical condition of the participants and weather conditions. 1st day: Arrival at the airport and transfer to rural apartments Meals included: dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in rural apartment, Puebla de Lillo 2nd day: PR-PNPE 3 Ruta del Cares Meals included: breakfast, dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in rural apartment, Puebla de Lillo 3rd day: PR-PNPE 9 Soto de Sajambre - Refugio Vegabaños Meals included: breakfast, dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in rural apartment, Puebla de Lillo 4th day: PRC-LE 27 Entrevalles and the Pinzón Valley Meals included: breakfast, dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in rural apartment, Puebla de Lillo 5th day: Climb to Pico Ausente, Pico Requejines and Lago del Ausente Meals included: breakfast, dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in rural apartment, Puebla de Lillo 6th day: Return with transfer to Oviedo airport Meals included: breakfast No accommodation

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4.7 / 5

based on 74 reviews

This is a great day trip, helped by the fantastic weather (a bit too hot for me, but better than rain and low cloud in the mountains). Jairo was friendly and informative, particularly on nature and ecology. We had an all English-speaking group and there were 6 of us plus Jairo in a 7 seater vehicle. The cable car ride is an extra cost but absolutely worth it and the highlight of the day. Good value for money.

Today was a wonderful day trip. Our guide was enthusiastic, informative and enjoyable. We also had sufficient time to explore on our own. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you.

Nice trip. The climb to the impressive peaks. Potes a nice town. Thanks to Rafa, the guide, always attentive and aware of everyone.

Very enjoyable and complete excursion. The guide is very nice and with a sense of humor. It was worth it.

Excellent experience, Mercedes was a fantastic guide!