Start: Arenas de Cabrales Finish: Vidiago
Arrival in Arenas de Cabrales, just at the door of the Picos de Europa National Park. Accommodation at a rural hotel, double or quadruple rooms, with en-suite bathroom. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner with our guide at a local cider house to introduce the trip program for the week.
Challenge: Travel to Asturias
Villages: Arenas de Cabrales
Today, the route starts in Poncebos where we begin the Cares gorge walk, Impressive views, beautiful bridges over the gorge and rock tunnels, to get from Poncebos to Caín, a small village at the other side of the gorge. In Caín, a 4x4 car will pick us up to continua our route, stopping to visit the "Chorco de los Lobos", an ancient trap for wolves. Then we continue, up the pass of Altos de Valcabao (1800m) and down to Fuente Dé and finally Espinama, where we finish the day.
Challenge: 3.5-4 h, 250m ascent, 100m descent.
Villages: Poncebos, Caín, Posada de Valdeón, Espinama
Today we enjoy the spectacular views taking the cable car at Fuente Dé. After a lunch break at the mountain refuge in Áliva, we start a long descent along Aliva´s glacier valley. Cows, sheep and horses grazing in the high pasture lands. Choughs, vultures and white-winged snowfinches along our way. A perfect walk through the Picos de Europa!
Challenge: 4 to 5 hrs. 275m ascent, 875m descent
Villages: Espinama, Fuente Dé, Las Vegas, Sotres.
Today we enter the Central Massif. A short transfer will take us to Pandebano pass, where our mountain route starts to get to Urriellu Refuge, at 2000m, under the most famous summit in the Picos. Along the way there are options of shightseeing chamoix and vultures. Once we get to the regufe, we still have time to learn Traditional games out in the field. After dinner , an early sleep, to be able to wake up like the climbers next day ...at 5 o´clock in the morning!!
Challenge: 3.5 hrs, 850m ascent
Villages: Sotres, Pandébano, Urriellu.
Early in the morning, we start our route down to Pandébano again, where a 4x4 will be waiting to takes us to Arenas de Cabrales. In Arenas we will take our cars and go to the coast and on to the camping. At the camping, the first thing to do will be setting up the tents and the camp site. After that , a good swim in the sea is awaiting! Tonight a real camp dinner, under the stars.
Challenge: 3.5-4 hrs, 11km.
Villages: Pandébano, Poncebos, Arenas de Cabrales, Camping.
The campsite makes a great place to spend the whole day. We'll set up our tents in a shady spot, just a 5-minute walk from the beach. At high tide, the sea is churning with high waves. Low tide leaves shallow pools where small children can play. Clinging to rocky outcroppings, we'll find mussels, sea anemones, long-necked goose barnacles and small crabs. We'll have our frisbees, badminton rackets and paddles on hand, for fun on the beach. A short route takes us to the village of Pendueles on the coastal walking and cycling path. Each family plans own lunch and evening meals today.
Challenge: Fun at / near the beach.
Villages along the way: Vidiago
This morning is left free for the activity of your choice. Optional canoeing excursion on the River Deva or visit to the Medieval mariner's village of Llanes. In the late afternoon, we'll enjoy a 2-hour stroll on a fishermen's path to reach Vidiago, where we'll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local cider house. We'll have a fun practising the surprising technique that Asturians use to pour apple cider. Afterwards, transfer back to the campsite.
Challenge: Walking route and farewell dinner.
Villages along the way: Vidiago
Our family adventure in the Picos de Europa comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure from Asturias.
Challenge: Travel home from the Picos de Europa
The accommodations included in this trip have been carefully selected taking into account not only its location and quality, but also its charm and familiar treatment. They include a small rural hotel, two hostel, a mountain shelter and a campsite by the sea.
Availability on request
Arrival in Arenas de Cabrales
From the airports there are good bus connections to city centre bus stations, where you can catch a connecting bus to your destination (ALSA bus company, see time tables at www.alsa.es).
From Oviedo centre there are direct buses to Arenas de Cabrales, though these services cannot be booked in advance. From Santander and Bilbao, you take a direct bus to Unquera and then continue by taxi to Arenas de Cabrales.
NOTE: It is wise to book your bus tickets and taxi transfer in advance, especially for arrivals and when travelling in summer or on Friday afternoons. You can buy your bus tickets through the ALSA website www.alsa.es or through your S-cape office in Spain, also responsible for booking your taxi from Unquera to Arenas.
Departure from Vidiago
From Vidiago should be booked a taxi to Unquera.
Optional transfers: Airport transfers for arrival / departure and taxi transfers can be booked in advance through S-cape Travel. Costs will depend on number of passengers, airport used and time of pick up.
GPS tracks are available on request.