July 4th
Dates
7 days
Duration

Picos De Europa healthy breaks in a walking holiday to remember!

Picos de Europa are an iconic mountain range in the heart of northern Spain. The Camino de Santiago passes through the region which rises to 2,500m from a coastline dotted with picturesque small towns and villages.

Far and Wild has been leading european walking holidays in the Picos since 2015, working with family-run guest houses and local guides alongside Irish leaders.

Our Picos de Europa Walking holiday is a 7 night tour in July 2018 and includes an orientation day, 5 days inspiring trekking and a final rest-shopping day. We call it our Discovery Tour because as a moderate tour it is an ideal introduction to European walking for hikers already with some Irish or UK hiking experience under their belts.

“Iconic limestone peaks, alpine meadows, dramatic gorges and lovely trails make the Picos a rare draw for walkers from Ireland, the UK and beyond”, says Lawrence, Far and Wild’s Director. “The warmth of local people, the climate, cultural history of the region and splendid food all make us want to go back year after year”.

The tours starts with pick-up at Santander airport and a 2hr transfer to the heart of the Picos. After a welcome and overnight in a local family-run guest house and traditional evening meal, the tour departs on a 5 day circuit of the most spectacular locations, vistas and trails in the central Massif.

“The heart of the experience is an overnight in Refugio Uriellu at 2,000 metres, a comfy hut tucked under a massive Tor rock, Naranjo de Bulnes which is a mecca for climbers. The Tor lights up in the sunset and morning sunrise, giving the location it’s name- the orange rock of Bulnes”.

Far and Wild knows the region well and works closely with both Irish and Spanish guides. This allows for great routes that match your ability and reveal the dramatic beauty that is quintessential to the Picos.

The Discovery walking tour of the Picos is suitable for people of average fitness who have an interest in walking and have completed day walks in their home country. Walks last approximately 4-6 hours per day depending on the route and weather conditions and there are options to shorten or lengthen some days to suit the group.

Scenery on the route is spectacular and as good as any big European Walks. The Cares Gorge comprises one of the day’s hiking and is a stunning natural feature to see up close. As a limestone upland landscape, the entire mountain range has been transformed from a sea bed to a close-knit chain of dramatic mountains over millennia. People and commercial development have had to accommodate to the environment and find ways to adapt. Tourism is important to the region but still the Picos are quiet compared to other walking destinations in Europe.

Our sister Explorer Tour leaves earlier in the year and is recommended for those with prior European mountain walking experience.

Additional Information

This Tour is priced ‘On The Ground’. Flights are not included. Participants will be picked up in Santander Airport at 4.30pm on Wed 4th July or in Santander City Centre by arrangement only. Drop off to Santander Airport on return is included”.

If you have any question about this tour please let us know, we will reply you as soon as possible.

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What’s included:
Airport Transfers;
Guesthouse B&B accomodation;
Evening Meal on arrival and all hiking days;
Packed lunch all hiking days;
Guiding;
Pre-departure preparation hike in Ireland;
Luggage transfers between some locations (some hikes require carrying your personal items for 2 days);

Not included:
Personal injury or travel insurance;
Expenses and beverages;
R&R day lunch and evening meal

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
08/05/2017

Hiking through the Picos with Far and Wild exceeded all my expectations- and I don’t say that lightly!

For five days, we were guided up and over and down and around some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe (if not the world) and because everything (routes, food and accommodation) were all taken care of by Far and Wild, we were able to simply enjoy ourselves. And Lawrence was a knowledgeable, friendly guide who always made sure everyone was within their comfort zones.

10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a real adventure.

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