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Welcome to The Picos de Europa,

your complete English guide to these beautiful mountains of Northern Spain.

Here you'll find information on the area's wildlife in the nature pages Picos de Europa wildlifewhich are part species identification guides on plants and animals found around the Picos de Europa and part English translations of Spanish news regarding rare species such as the Cantabrian brown bear or threats to their habitat such as the San Glorio ski resort project. Check out the special interest holidays too, such as bear-watching and birdwatching.

Find a friendly place to stay in Picos Holiday Rentals from our selection of self-catering holiday houses and apartments to let in Asturias, Cantabria and Castile-León.

For planning excursions into the mountains you'll need to check current weather conditions and forecasts for the Picos de Europa.

Picos Rock and Snow
And in Picos Rock & Snow you'll find guided mountain activity holidays such as walking and trekking, snowshoeing and ski touring - plus trip reports as well as general mountaineering information. Catch up with the latest expeditions in the Picos Blog. Independent travellers can find trip packages, support and bag transfer services for self-guided routes.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Picos de Europa, whether virtual or real!


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Our Level 2 walking holidays are moderate to challenging and can involve 6 to 8 hour days of walking over technical, steep ground, possibly scrambling over trackless terrain, bagging peaks and maybe moving to the edge of your comfort zone. A good head for heights is required for some of these walks.

The walks combine ridges and peaks and are among the best walking to be found in Europe.High in the Picos

High in the Central Massif we can summit peaks over 2,500m including the highest peak in Cantabria, Peña Vieja at 2,613m, and Pico Tesorero at 2,570m, the meeting point for the three provinces which share the Picos de Europa; Castile-León, Asturias and Cantabria.



Scrambling in the Picos

In summer, during high-pressure weather, there's often an inversion of clouds hanging first thing in the valley that can, to the unintitiated, appear to be a bad day for venturing into the mountains. Your guide, however, has other plans, leading you into the higher atmosphere of the secret blue above.

There will be times when you will need to use your hands and scramble to reach the summit where the views of the sea in the distance make the effort worthwhile.

Alpine plants provide colour relief from the dazzling grey limestone while mixed flocks of Alpine and Common choughs frolic in the air around you.



Climbing above a cloud inversion
Trumpet gentians



Peña Prieta in summer




The highest mountain in the Cantabrian range, apart from those in the Picos de Europa - Peña Prieta, rising to 2,539m, is also accessible, along with other peaks such as Coriscao with its spectacular views.





Our Level 2 guided mountain walking holidays are centred around the Central and Eastern massifs of the Picos de Europa, the valleys of Liébana and the Cantabrian mountains of northern Spain.

As with Level 1 Walks, the price of €650 pp. includes;

  • 6 full days of guided walking and scrambling with packed lunches
  • 7 nights full-board accommodation, including hearty 3-course dinners with drinks, in a comfortable, family-run guesthouse
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Free airport transfers from Santander.

The price does not include snacks and drinks in bars or cable car tickets (@ 10€ pp. one way).

See dates and availability here.

To find out more,

Send us an email or call 0034 942732010 or text 0034 660551307

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Bear News

Bear or Dog?

Following the recent heavy snowfalls a photo has been doing the rounds on Spanish social media and even made it to the

The Picos Blog

Go to the blog


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