Picos de Europa

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Picos de Europa

Worldwide, few places deserve to be called “breathtaking” because of its natural beauty. Extraordinary places such as Torres del Paine in Chile, Yosemite Park and Grand Canyon in the USA, Dolomites in the Trentino-Alto Adige Region on the border of Italy and Austria, and the Alps in Switzerland among many others.

Spain as one of the greatest holiday destinations in the world, especially for its historical cultural heritage, also has natural “breathtaking” landscapes. One of these spectacular places that I have been a couple of times is the “Picos de Europa”. It is the mountainous massif located in the north of Spain that belongs to the central part of the Cantabrian mountain range between the provinces of Asturias, Leon and Cantabria. Although not very extensive, its proximity to the sea makes it be prodigal in geographic accidents of great interest. Its name is supposed to be due to the fact that its peaks were the first European lands that the sailors saw coming from America towards Europe.

Many are the attractions of the “Picos de Europa” National Park with its three massifs interspersed with deep valleys and gorges, carved by the erosion of the cutting edges glaciers and the strength of the rivers that cut the region. In the central massif are the highest altitudes of the Cantabrian Mountain Range, where Torrecerredo rises, the highest point, with its 2,648 meters, in addition to Naranjo del Bulnes also known as Urrielu Peak. The latter is one of the most emblematic hills of Spain, symbol of the Spanish mountaineering with its 2,519 meters of attitude and a vertical wall of 550 meters in its face west.

There are numerous options for adventure sports, especially hiking and climbing. The park has thirty-three short distance signposted hiking trails and two long distance ones, among them stand out the historical routes as the “Senda del Arcediano”, the “Ruta del Cares” and the accesses to cities like Bulnes the Tresviso.

In addition to the numerous trails, there are viewpoints and refuges spread throughout the park … Other highlights are the funicular services in Bulnes and the cable car in the locality of Fuente Dé. In the heart of the “Picos de Europa”, the cable car reaches 1,823 meters of altitude, surpassing a spectacular 753-meter wall.

Finally, the “Picos de Europa” Park is a must-see destination whether for the spectacular of its rocky massifs, valleys and gorges or for the rich vegetation, characteristic of “Green Spain”; or whether for its picturesque climate, humid and temperate, and often unpredictable by the proximity to the Bay of Biscay. All this, it is located about 5 hours north of Madrid. It’s an ideal place for an adventure holiday getaway enjoying spectacular breathtaking scenery.

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