Start: Cabrales Finish: Cabrales
Arrival at your cozy guesthouse accommodation in a tiny village in Cabrales. Within minutes, you'll begin to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of these beautiful surroundings.
Challenge: Settle into your new "home for a week" and meet your S-cape agent.
Villages along the way: Arenas de Cabrales, Sotres/Berodia/Inguanzo/Ortiguero
For this week, you will choose from a variety of walks and/or activities to enjoy summer pastures with stone barns, cool woods, high meadows with wild flowers, rushing streams and rocky areas with bizarre limestone formations. Included are 10 different hiking routes in the Picos, with different distances and degrees of difficulty, a canyonning activity (NOTE: this activity has age restrictions, it can be changed to a canoeing activity if children are smaller than 8 years old), and a visit to a dairy.
Today you can choose among the hiking routes that are proposed, depending on your preferences and the weather forecast.
Villages along the way: Arenas de Cabrales, Sotres, Tielve, Bulnes, Poncebos, Tielve, Berodia
An exciting canyoning excursion is the plan for today. This activity is organized by local companies who are specialized in Active Tourism. They’ll provide you with the necessary instruction, as well as the gear you'll need. Activities are run by qualified guides. For families with children under 8 years old, there is an option of booking a canoeing activity along the Deva River.
Villages along the way: Arenas de Cabrales
Today, you have once again a range of routes to choose from, but remember: you can also organise on your own visit to a local dairy. The cheese dairy is localted in Sotres and you can book a guided visit at 12:00, at 16:00 or at 18:00 hrs. The owners of "Quesería Maín" will show you alll about the process to make Cabrales cheese and will take you for a 10 minute walk to the cheese cave where the Cabrales cheese is left to age and mature. Last, but not least, there will be a tasting session of three different types of Asturian cheese, to finish this tasty experience!
Villages along the way: Sotres
Today you can choose among the hiking routes that are proposed, depending on your preferences and the weather forecast. Enjoy your last day in Picos walking through summer pastures with stone barns, cool woods, high meadows with wild flowers, rushing streams and rocky areas with bizarre limestone formations.
Villages along the way: Arenas de Cabrales, Sotres, Bulnes, Poncebos, Berodia
Today you say farewell to the Picos after breakfast. Remeber to leave your guest house before 12 hrs.
You have the choice to extend your trip 2 more nights and go with your family to the biggest mountain refuge in Picos de Europa, located at the base of the stunning Picu Urrielly peak, in the very heart of Picos de Europa. For more information see: Picos de Europa short break • 3 days
We have chosen several traditional village houses (max. 8 people) located in some of the small towns in the Cabrales municipality. Depending on availability and capacity, one of them will be selected for you. On the list below you can see some examples. A travelling way that will allow you the freedom and independence of running your time-schedules as you choose and at the same time enjoying the tranquility of a rural and natural surrounding.
A nice holiday house located in the highest town of Picos de Europa. Wide and comfortable with an eclectic decoration. Ideal for bigger families with children over 4 years old. It has 4 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a toilet. With a nice private balcony and a shared terrace.
Located in the small village of Inguanzo, only 15 minutes from Arenas de Cabrales. An ideal location for small families. A quaint and independent apartment, with 2 en-suite rooms, a living room and a small kitchen.
Two restored manor houses that are perfect for large families. They are located in Ortiguero, a town with views to the Casaño gorge and to the Western massif of Picos de Europa. With wide terraces and a barbecue in the garden area.
A small guest house located in an old village house restored in 2010, perfect for small families, Located in the mountain town of Sotres, with great views of the summits of Picos de Europa. It has 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and a comfortable kitchen-dinning room area.
Five country cottages situated in a peaceful neighbourhood. Perfect for small families. An idyllic hamlet, surrounded by mysterious woodlands and impressive peaks, just half an hour from the highest village in the Picos, half an hour from the lovely beaches of our Cantabrian Coast; the perfect location for a holiday.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between June 1st and October 31st
The nearest airports to the Picos de Europa are Oviedo - Asturias (OVD), Santander (SDR) and Bilbao (BIO).
Arrival in Arenas de Cabrales
This trip is programmed as self-drive arrangement and we recommend bringing your own car or renting a car at the nearest airport. If you're travelling by bus, it is possible to the area by public transport in combination with some extra taxi-transfers.
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 Arenas de Cabrales
At the end of your trip, the return journey is by the same route. Our S-cape office in Arenas de Cabrales can help you make the reservations.
This trip is programmed as self-drive arrangement and we recommend bringing your own car or renting a car at the nearest airport.
GPS tracks are available on request.
(*) Although this arrangement is designed to be a self-drive trip, extra transfers from and to the nearest bus stop (in Arenas de Cabrales) or airports (Santander, Oviedo and Bilbao), can be arranged.
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