WALKING THE PICOS DE EUROPA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

It's difficult to say one inspirational moment.  I think it was all of the walks, each dealing with varied terrain - but, always led by Alvaro, a guide that couldn't be better.

What did you think of your group leader?

Superb!  Alvaro really loves the Picos de Europa; he knows a lot about the area and was always happy to share his excellent knowledge of local flora and fauna.  Also, he had a very good sense of humour so there were a lot of laughs!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Going in late March can result in inclement weather.  It was forecast to be wet all week, on and off.  However, we did have 4 excellent, mainly dry (and quite warm) walking days.  Our 'day off' in Llanes was very wet - and our last walking day - lots of snow!  Potential travellers should be aware that walks are not always as advertised; they have to change due to weather, particularly early or late in the season.  The optional activities for the day off may change, too, according to the weather - for example, our only (and preferred) option was a day trip to Llanes on the coast.  If you are likely to get travel sick, avoid the back row of the minibus - the winding mountain roads are likely to bring on nausea if you are susceptible.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

A really good trip and the hotel provides very good food.