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Food

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included. The region has several delicious specialities for you to try while you are staying here. The area is famous for its gold-medal-winning blue cheese, Queso Cabrales, which is matured in some of the thousands of deep limestone caves that dot the hills. Lesser known, but equally appealing is the local lamb Cordero al la Menta and a wholesome bean stew, Fabada Asturiana. Fresh fish comes from the coast at Llanes and Ribadesella, half an hour's drive away. The local wine is very drinkable, though a glass of local cider can be more refreshing. Breakfast: Cereals, bread, cold meats and a selection of local fruit (depending on season) offered buffet-style. There are also eggs to order, sponge and Anis cake. Lunch: Generally includes a large bread roll, cheese/cold meat/tortilla, chocolate bar and fresh fruit. Dinner: Homemade three-course meal usually consists of soup or salad for the first course, a main local dish with meat/fish and vegetables, followed by fruit or cake for dessert. Wine: To accompany the evening meal, the hotel has a reasonably comprehensive wine list available. Over the years, the hotel has developed a tasty vegetarian alternative to the normal meals. Please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian or have any other special dietary requirements.

Activities

  • Guided Group
  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Food

    • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included. The region has several delicious specialities for you to try while you are staying here. The area is famous for its gold-medal-winning blue cheese, Queso Cabrales, which is matured in some of the thousands of deep limestone caves that dot the hills. Lesser known, but equally appealing is the local lamb Cordero al la Menta and a wholesome bean stew, Fabada Asturiana. Fresh fish comes from the coast at Llanes and Ribadesella, half an hour's drive away. The local wine is very drinkable, though a glass of local cider can be more refreshing. Breakfast: Cereals, bread, cold meats and a selection of local fruit (depending on season) offered buffet-style. There are also eggs to order, sponge and Anis cake. Lunch: Generally includes a large bread roll, cheese/cold meat/tortilla, chocolate bar and fresh fruit. Dinner: Homemade three-course meal usually consists of soup or salad for the first course, a main local dish with meat/fish and vegetables, followed by fruit or cake for dessert. Wine: To accompany the evening meal, the hotel has a reasonably comprehensive wine list available. Over the years, the hotel has developed a tasty vegetarian alternative to the normal meals. Please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian or have any other special dietary requirements.

    Activities

    • Solo departures
    • Walking centre-based
    • Walking & Trekking
    • Wildlife
    • Food

      • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners included. The region has several delicious specialities for you to try while you are staying here. The area is famous for its gold-medal-winning blue cheese, Queso Cabrales, which is matured in some of the thousands of deep limestone caves that dot the hills. Lesser known, but equally appealing is the local lamb Cordero al la Menta and a wholesome bean stew, Fabada Asturiana. Fresh fish comes from the coast at Llanes and Ribadesella, half an hour's drive away. The local wine is very drinkable, though a glass of local cider can be more refreshing. Breakfast: Cereals, bread, cold meats and a selection of local fruit (depending on season) offered buffet-style. There are also eggs to order, sponge and Anis cake. Lunch: Generally includes a large bread roll, cheese/cold meat/tortilla, chocolate bar and fresh fruit. Dinner: Homemade three-course meal usually consists of soup or salad for the first course, a main local dish with meat/fish and vegetables, followed by fruit or cake for dessert. Wine: To accompany the evening meal, the hotel has a reasonably comprehensive wine list available. Over the years, the hotel has developed a tasty vegetarian alternative to the normal meals. Please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian or have any other special dietary requirements.
      • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included. The region has several delicious specialities for you to try while you are staying here. The area is famous for its gold-medal-winning blue cheese, Queso Cabrales, which is matured in some of the thousands of deep limestone caves that dot the hills. Lesser known, but equally appealing is the local lamb Cordero al la Menta and a wholesome bean stew, Fabada Asturiana. Fresh fish comes from the coast at Llanes and Ribadesella, half an hour's drive away. The local wine is very drinkable, though a glass of local cider can be more refreshing. *Breakfast:* Fruit juice, tea, freshly ground coffee, cereals, bread, cold meats, cheeses and a selection of local fruit (depending on season) offered buffet-style. There are also eggs cooked to order, sponge and Anis cake. *Lunch:* Generally includes a large bread roll, with a choice of fillings daily, chocolates and fresh fruit. *Dinner:* Homemade three-course meal usually consists of soup or salad for the first course, a choice of 3 main courses, with meat, fish, or vegetarian, followed by a homemade dessert. *Wine:* To accompany the evening meal, the hotel has a reasonably comprehensive wine list available. Over the years, the hotel has developed tasty vegetarian alternatives. Please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian or have any other special dietary requirements.

      Activities

      • Walking & Trekking Bestsellers
      • Centre-based
  • 1

    Start Arenas de Cabrales.

    The trip starts in Arenas de Cabrales this afternoon. Those on the group flights will be met at Bilbao Airport and transferred to our hotel, which has views up to the highest peak in the national park. **

  • 2

    Visit the Arenas de Cabrales valley; pastures of Vanu and spectacular views- Moderate departure (level 3)

    The walk begins directly from our hotel. After leaving the village, a path leads us up to the pastures of Vanu with the most famous peaks of Picos de Europa visible on sunny days. We continue onwards where the scenery changes and we are able to view across the main valley of Cabrales. During Spring time, it is possible to see a large variety of flowers. Looking skywards it is also possible to spot some vultures soaring above. For lunch we will approach the village of Inguanzo before completing the final part of the walk. This section of the walk is more undulating and provides us with fresh views and a comfortable last mile takes us back to Arenas de Cabrales. Most of this first day’s walk follows wide easy tracks for warming up with some steep ascents. There is only a short section of downhill walking during today's walk. Walking approx. 16km/ 10 miles; duration 7 hours; ascent +730m; descent -730m. Highest point (Los Fresnos col): 720m.

  • 3

    Ascent to Pandescura peak with superb views of the Western Massif- Moderate departure (level 3)

    A short transfer takes us to the village of Canales. The first part of the day follows farm tracks before a short climb up to the 'Collado de los Buitres'. If you are lucky you may see Griffon vultures soaring above. We then follow open terrain, slowly ascending to the base of the Pandescura peak. A simple ascent to the top will lead us to an ideal lunch spot with superb views of the Western massif peaks. We then descend through green hills to the village of Bovia. Walking approx. 14km/ 9 miles; duration 6 hours; ascent +550m; descent -580m. Highest point (Pandescura peak): 1000m.

  • 4

    Classic Cares Gorge walk, one of the most popular walks in Spain- Moderate departure (level 3)

    The classic Cares Gorge has been described as the jewel in the crown of Spanish hiking. For 12 km, the engineered path has been blasted into the rock face. Originally built in the 1940s as part of a hydroelectric scheme, it is now one of the most popular walks in Spain. In places, the surrounding peaks rise over two thousands metres above the path and if we're lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the rare and beautiful wall creeper bird. The path eventually emerges in the village of Cain, where we have lunch before our return along the same path to Puente Poncebos. Transport will be waiting here to take us to back to our hotel in Arenas. The walk is relatively flat with a gradual ascent of just 350m from Puente Poncebos to Cain. Walking approx. 24km/ 15 miles; duration 7 hours; ascent +550m; descent -550m. Highest point (Los Collaos): 510m

  • 5

    Free day. Optional activities include caving, canoeing, canyoning or a trip to the coast- Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

    Today is free for you to visit the coast or try a spot of caving, canoeing or canyoning. Our local staff will be able to help organise any of these activities.

  • 6

    Summit of Peña Main, one of the classic viewpoints of the Picos; continue on to Pandebano Col- Moderate departure (level 3)

    Starting close to the village of Tieve, we walk up into the Main range and summit Peña Main, one of the classic viewpoint in the Picos. We walk to Pandebano Col and then begin our descent. Walking approx. 11km/ 7 miles; duration 7 hours; ascent +1050m; descent -740m. Highest point (Cabeza La Mesa): 1612m

  • 7

    Walk up to the twin summits of Mancondiu offering fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs- Moderate departure (level 3)

    At 2000m, the twin summits of Mancondiu are the highest point we reach during the week. Most of the walking apart from the last 200m is on disused mining tracks. The top offers fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs and is a fantastic end to a diverse week of walking. Walking approx. 11km/ 7 miles ; duration 5 hours; ascent +735m; descent -735m. Highest point: Macondiu peak 2000m

  • 8

    End Arenas de Cabrales.

    The trip ends in Arenas de Cabrales this morning. **

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