A wonderful week in the Picos de Europa

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Seeing the early morning sunlight on the mountain range from our bedroom window and knowing that we would soon be in amongst them.

What did you think of your group leader?

Alvaro is a great group leader. Every day he told us at breakfast what to expect from the day and what to take. Throughout the walk he was encouraging, informative and great company. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He organised the week's walks to suit the weather and on his day off was busy checking out the snow conditions for a walk later in the week. I can't speak highly enough of him.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Poles were useful. I needed more than 2 litres of water on the longer days but Alvaro carried extra water for the group as he was concerned about the heat. What a hero! The wild life was great - black redstarts, Egyptian and gryphon vultures, chamois, wild boar. For those interested in wild flowers, the first week of June was a good time to be in the mountains.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Take your binoculars and a good camera.