PICOS PEAKS & GORGES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

I loved all the walks, unfortunately due to the weather we were only able to do one peak. The Cares Gorge is lovely and it was great dangling my feet in the icy cold, refreshing water in the river in Cain before having lunch and a beer.  Seeing a Golden Eagle flying over the valley in Inguanzo.

What did you think of your group leader?

Jim and Pilar the hotel owners were friendly and helpful. They provide the transportation from and to the airport and also do the drop offs and pick-ups for the daily walks. We were never left waiting very long. Victor our mountain guide was great, a local young man, highly qualified and considerate of everyone. He ensured everyone was safe and told us how much water would be required each day. He had a great sense of humour and always had a story to tell.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Be aware that changes in weather will alter the programme of walks Make sure you drink enough water and take heed of Victor's advice regarding filling up at different springs. Take time to walk into the village and visit the Cabreles Cheese Museum. We haven't ever used poles but the majority of walkers had poles so you might want to try them before you go.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We did a walk on our free day rather than visit the beach. Jim provided the map and we did a lovely walk visiting the pretty village Inguanzo. A few of the people in our group stopped over at Bilbao at the end of the week which I hadn't thought of but it seemed like a good thing to do. Jim or Pilar dropped them off after they dropped us at the airport. The Guggenheim at Bilbao sounds interesting.