WALKING THE PICOS DE EUROPA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

gryphon vultures swooping over us as we walked up into the hills, waking up on the first day to see the mountains in front of the hotel after we had arrived pretty late the first day, and our very good guide Alvaro, who was very knowledgeable and good fun!

What did you think of your group leader?

Alvaro was very knowledgeable about the area and informative about life in the area.  He was fun company and always ensured that the mixed abilities of the group were taken into account. Jim and Pilar at the hotel were also very good hosts, friendly and keen to ensure we all had a good time.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Be prepared to be flexible.  We had to have some changes to our activities due to the heat, and apparently the trip before us had changes due to the rain.  Mountains are un-predictable.  Also make sure you have good boots, some of the walking can be quite difficult

Is there anything else you would like to add?

As stated earlier, it felt very short, and personally I would have liked more time in the area to go to the higher peaks and another "relax day".  Overall though it was a very good trip and I would definitely consider going back to the Picos for a third time.  I was last there 17 years ago and it was as amazing as I had remembered!