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Enjoy a fantastic active week immersed in the pristine nature of Spain's first national park
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Arenas de Cabrales
End Destination
Arenas de Cabrales
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included. Breakfasts are traditionally buffet-style with a selection of local fruits, bread, cereals and tea/coffee, lunches are often packed, picnic style meals and dinners will be arranged by your Tour Leader. 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!

Day 1
Start Arena 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.
Day 2
Day of canyoning in the Rubo Gorge with optional water slides, jumps and abseils.
A short drive and a short walk bring us to the start of the Rubo Gorge, where out fun day of canyoning begins. In the course of our 3-3½ hour descent there are 6 abseils (12m max), 6 optional jumps into deep pools and 2 water slides. From a safety point of view it is possible to climb out of the canyon at any point. We enjoy a pic-nic lunch surrounded by beautiful nature, before making our way back to the hotel in the afernoon.
Day 3
Classic Cares Gorge walk, one of the most popular walks in Spain.
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. 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.
Day 4
Canoeing along the famous River Sella, renowned for its annual canoe competitions.
We drive 45 minutes to Arriondas for a 4 hours' downstream canoeing trip on the River Sella. The river is one of the most popular destinations for this type of activity and it has been hosting a major canoeing festival since 1930. Every year, on the first Saturday of August, canoeists from all over the world come to Asturias to take part in the Sella River race. It is full of music and colour, and has become one of the most important dates on the international canoeing calendar. Our day won't be as challenging but it will be packed with fun. Using open-decked two-person canoes we cover about 15 kms with some easy Class 1 rapids en route.
Day 5
Free day to relax at the hotel, take a trip to the coast or choose from optional activities including climbing and caving.
Choose amongst several other optional activities such as climibing and caving, or take a day to relax and sightsee in the beautiful coastal towns of Asturias.
Day 6
Fuente Dé Cable Car; afternoon walk and visit to the medieval village of Potes.
Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular trips you can take in a cable car, the Teleferico of Fuente Dé allows a quick access to the heart of the Picos de Europa where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks and the valley far below. In just 5 minutes you will climb a drop of of 753 meters, sliding on a cable of 1450 meters. After lunch we make our way back descending the whole route on foot while enjoying some spectacular scenery. In the afternoon we have time for a quick visit to Potes, considered one of the most attractive villages in the region of Cantabria.
Day 7
Mountain biking along the coastal paths of the old Camino de Santiago; free time at the beach (seasonal).
Today’s on and off-road ride takes us from the village of Llanes, to the beautiful coastal town of Ribadesella. The route follows the ancient paths of the old Camino de Santiago and offers spectacular views over the wild northern coast of Spain. The ride will end in lovely beach and here we conclude our week with a well deserved dip in the fresh blue sea (seasonal).
Day 8
End Arena de Cabrales.
The trip ends in Arenas de Cabrales this morning. Those on the group flights will be transferred to Bilbao Airport for the return journey to London.
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