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Unique individual hiking in Picos de Europa

10-days in Northern Spain — includes four days of breathtaking walks

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Spain is More employs locals who know the mountains like the backs of their hands. Their recommendations, warnings and lessons together with our own extensive experience are all summarized in the accompanying guidebook, giving you a safe and special experience. With this knowledge we created this unique hike through the Northern Spanish Picos de Europa mountain range, and included some nights in Bilbao and on the fabolous Green Coast.

Traversing the most desolate parts of the Picos de Europa Mountains is no small task and during the four days of trekking, hikers will cross the mountain range twice.

This includes overnights at four charming mountain hotels. The trip is an unforgettable journey through some of the mountain chain’s finest regions (hiking routes vary with difficulty from intermediate to difficult over all passages).

Your vacation combines two days in Bilbao, where you’ll marvel at the impressive Guggenheim Museum (among other treasures), followed by two nights at the glorious Green Northern Coast of Spain.

The Picos de Europa (Europe’s peaks) mountain range is a well-kept secret as Spaniards lovingly watch over and preserve its authentic charm and quality. The region’s vast beauty is not only ideal for an active vacation, but also provides a gastronomic treasures, where the delicious local cuisine activities between meals. On this selfguided trip with Spain is More, you stay two nights in the best hotels in terms of authentic charm, local cuisine and superb service. Delve deep into the mountains and soak in the most lush and pristine sites.

It is also a trip where you must respect the forces of nature and not wander off without properly preparing yourself. Spain is More ensures that you will be well outfitted and ready for surprises that may arise.

Travelers will see valleys, mountains and lovely alpine villages and will cross the mountain range at least twice, following one of the most famous of the official trails, the Ruta del Cares.

This four-day hike with a backpack requires reaching a new goal each day. Store the rest of your luggage at the mountain hotel where you stay overnight before and after the four-day hike. Spain is More provides maps, trekking-GPS, hotel bookings and other details so you can concentrate on enjoying nature.

The tour combines two nights on the preserved, lush northern coast, with some of Spain’s most pristine beaches, and a variety of thrilling sites for everyone. The coast specializes in fish and shellfish in contrast to the mountains where cheeses, meats and beans are standard fare.

An amazing trip where pictures speak louder than words... (see pictures above).

  • Price
    From 875 EUR/pers.
  • Km
    78
  • Days
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Difficulty
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    ? NOTE: nowhere, in any Camino, will steep cliffs be found next to path!

    1: Very easy. Flat and without significant gradients. Good and normally wide paths.

    2: Easy. Slightly hilly. Good and normally wide paths.

    3: Medium. Hilly, possibly with longer distances between service facilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    4: Medium/Hard. Longer, steeper climbs, perhaps with few servicefacilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    5: Hard. Long gradient(s), possibly few facilities. Very hilly. Good, sometimes narrow paths.
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Day 1.- 17 Km
Day 2.- Day 1: Arrival to Bilbao

During the afternoon or the next morning (depending on your time of arrival), you will visit the Guggenheim Museum (entry included in the price) and you can visit the Old Town in Bilbao and enjoy its marvelous "pinchos," a small snack, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre.

Day 3.- Day 2: Bilbao

Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country. Compared to elegant San Sebastian, Bilbao had always been considered the ugly sister. Things changed, however, when American architect Frank Gehry chose Bilbao as the home of the Guggenheim Museum, which gives Bilbao a magnificent, modern and futuristic feel. Besides the museum, there is another unmistakable thing about Bilbao, its food. Basque cuisine is the culinary mecca of Spain, with the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

Day 4.- Day 3: Picos de Europa

On the way to the mountains you'll find interesting old villages, stunning beaches and picturesque churches and monasteries. These exciting sites can be found in Spain is More guidebook.

Picos de Europa provides plenty of mountain fun before tomorrow’s active hikes, including a pool, good food and stores to buy supplies for the four-day hiking trip. During the first three days, there are no supermarkets, but you stay at cozy little mountain hotels where an attentive “mother” stands in the kitchen, so you will not go to bed hungry.

Day 5.- Day 4: Hike from Fuente Dé to Sotres14 Km

(13 km. easy hiking) The luggage can be left at the hotel, and you will only need to bring a few possessions for the hike. The trekking-GPS will be handed over at the hotel, and need to be delivered back after the hike. 

From the hotel you'll drive to the end of the Valle de Liebena valley, to Fuente Dé. A gondola takes you up to 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) where the hike begins. The first hike passes one of most stunning mountain massifs of the Picos de Europa, through valleys, plateaus and high passes. The stage ends in the small mountainvillage Sotres, which has some good restaurants to pamper yourself after the hike.

Distance: 14 Km

Perfil:

Day 6.- Day 5: Hike from Sotres to Bulnes10 Km

The stage is short, only aprox. 10 km. (6,2 miles) but with a steep descent.

There are easier alternatives, which are described in the guidebook. You stay in a small secluded mountain town  inaccessible by car. Enjoy the local country kitchen and the huge mountain ranges surrounding the village with breathtaking scenery few places can match.

Distance: 10 Km

Perfil:

Day 7.- Day 6: Hike Ruta del Cares23 Km

(23 km. easy hike, stage can be splitted in two) Today we’ll explore one of Spain’s most famous and precious hiking trails, Ruta del Cares. The route passes through a deep canyon where mountains tower high on both sides of the path. You feel miniscule compared to the large dimensions around you. Stay overnight in a small mountain village hotel where the view and the well-deserved dinner are unbeatable.

Distance: 23 Km

Day 8.- Day 7: Hike back to Fuente Dé14 Km

(9-12 km. let to difficult hike depending on route choosen) Cross Picos de Europa again toward the starting point via the steepest climb to the tour’s highest point. From the top, views are phenomenal (weather-permitting) and after the well-deserved climb, eat a pack lunch leisurely before heading toward the valley, back to the starting point. That night, stay overnight at the same hotel as the first night in the mountains.

Distance: 14 Km

Perfil:

Day 9.- Days 8-9: The Green Coast

Guests can either choose an extra night in the mountains or spend the next two nights in a lovely setting on the coast. The Spanish coast has a wide range of fabulous attractions, beautiful coastal towns, wonderful restaurants, fantastic beaches and lush countryside offer limitless opportunities for marvelous adventures. You will stay at a lovely hotel in a coastal town to provide rest and reflection on your impressive hiking achievements.

Day 10.- Day 10: Departure from Bilbao
Day 11.- 20 Km
 
What is included in this trip?

From 875 EUR/pers. Per person in a double room.

Single room supplement:180 EUR

It includes
  1. 9 x nights in double room in stunning hoteles selected for their quality, location and authentical charme. 
  2. 9 x breakfast.
  3. Rented car all days. Category: Ford Fiesta or similar (inclusive unlimited mileage, taxes and basic insurance). Upgrade when more that 3 pax.
  4. The price includes 1 Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook per every 4 travellers. More copies can be purchased when booking for 20€ per copy, or 30€ per copy if the request is less than 6 weeks prior to departure.
  5. Garmin Trekking GPS rental with typographical map of Picos de Europa with route marking.
  6. Entrence to Guggenheim.
  7. Teleférico Fuente Dé - (one way only).
  8. 24/7 emergency telephone number.
  9. Taxes.
Optional
  1. Personalise your trip: Extended stays, transportation to startingpoint from anywhere in the world and back, add interesting and authentic experiences etc. Please ask us, we will be happy to assist you.
  2. Car rental: Please, ask for price, if you prefer a different category.  
  3. Extension of stay in Bilbao, Picos de Europa, The Green Coast etc. can be arranged.
  4. The price include 1 Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook per every 4 travellers. More copies can be purchased when booking (20€/copy).
  5. Cancellation insurence: 6% of total price (can be added when ordering).

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