WALKING THE PICOS DE EUROPA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Undoubtedly, the walk through the Cares Gorge.  24 Km with 300 m of ascent but worth every footstep.

What did you think of your group leader?

Alvaro was a superb leader.  He knew every footpath - and they are not all easy to find in the Picos - he was knowledgeable about the mountains and about the history and culture of his native Asturias, about where to go for refreshments, and he spoke good English. 

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

If you like walking in mountains, go!  The Picos are "Spain's Dolomites" but far less visited by tourists.  Best to learn a bit of Spanish, as few people speak English in this area.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The food in the hotel was superb.  If you think of Spanish food in terms of buffet meals in coastal resorts, think again!  It was freshly prepared every day, there was a good choice with generous portions, and the menu was based on local Asturian cuisine and often locally produced food.  The wine was also highly recommendable, at a fraction of the price in most hotels. The only drawback of this holiday was the early morning departure from Stansted Airport, very inconvenient for many people.  Consider flying independently to Bilbao or Santander.