WALKING THE PICOS DE EUROPA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

It's always pot luck as to who your fellow group members are, but it is always fantastic when you get on with everyone despite the mix of personalities and backgrounds.  Great moments included the wonderful views as our daily climbs got a little higher, the siesta in the field on the way down from one walk wtih the cow bells tinkling in the background, the magnificence of the Carres Gorge, the cameraderie and chat over the post walk/pre dinner beer and the sampling of the local delicacy of percebes at the well recommended fish restaurant in Llanes.

What did you think of your group leader?

Alvarro was the perfect guide, his local knowledge of flora and fauna was excellent. He was enhtusiastic and keen and more than willing to answer the many questions our group had for him on the local area and the history of his country.  His knowledge and insight into the history of his country would put most of us to shame.  His English was excellent and he was extremely patient with those of the group who found one particular part of one walk a little tricky - he even picked one of the ladies up and carried her down - to the accompaniment of some rather loud screams.  When Alvarro said 'you will love it' we invariably did!!!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

If you think you want to lose a couple of pounds on a walking holiday don't pick this one!! The food was excellent, from the breakfast through to the packed lunch and the wonderful evening meals. The countryside was beautiful and in early October we hardly met another soul (apart from Carres Gorge).   

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The hotel for this holiday was great - although the rooms were a little basic, the bathroom/shower facilities were great and as I have said earlier the food was to die for.  Nothing was too much trouble for the hosts Jim & Pilar who were also great company.  Great views from the hotel itself .  The itinerary was tweaked perfectly to account for the weather - all the warm sunshine when we were walking and the rain only arrived on our 'day off' when we all opted to do the coastal walk to Llanes and try the local seafood. A great trip which is highly recommended