Day 1: Potes, Cantabria. After arrival at Santander or Bilbao Airport we transfer to the mountain village of Potes, capital of the Valley of Liébana, where we will spend the next 2 nights. Here we meet our tour guide and fellow walkers.
Day 2: Potes - Porcieda - Potes. An introductory walk to the abandoned village of Porcieda. We are then free to relax, explore Potes and maybe sample its cheeses and its famous orujo, a locally produced spirit. Distance 10 km - 6 miles.
Day 3: Potes - Mogrovejo - Fuente Dé. From Potes we transfer to one of the most beautiful villages in Liébana, Mogrovejo. From here, we will walk through the valley of Valdebaró with the spectacular peaks of the Eastern Massif towering above us. Our final destination is Fuente Dé, an impressive rock amphitheater giving access to the Central Massif. Here we will stay for the next two nights in the Parador de Fuente Dé. Distance 16 km - 10 miles.
Day 4: Fuente Dé - Cable car - Fuente Dé. Today we will take the cable car to the top of Fuente Dé. From here, we will take advantage of the opportunity, weather conditions permitting, to visit the higher peaks such as Pico Tesorero or Peña Vieja. Our softer option is a descent from the top cable car station through the mountain pastures of Áliva to return to Fuente Dé. Distance 17 km - 11 miles (Áliva option)
Day 5: Fuente Dé - Posada de Valdeón. Today's route takes us into the neighbouring province of León and the Valley of Valdeón. Here we can enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the Picos, with the Central Massif to our right and the Western Massif to our left. We mustn't forget to try the blue cheese, so typical of this valley. Distance 16 km - 10 miles
Day 6: Posada de Valdeón - Arenas de Cabrales. La Ruta del Cares is without doubt the most famous mountain walk in Spain. It's an easy walk and offers some of the most beautiful scenery, including views of one peak which has become the most famous in the Picos due to its distinctive shape and the challenge it represents to seasoned climbers - El Naranjo de Bulnes. We follow the River Cares as it carves out a gorge of colossal proportions on its way through the neighbouring province of Asturias to the sea. Upon arrival at Puente Poncebos, we transfer to the Asturian mountain village of Arenas de Cabrales, famous again for its blue cheese and its cider, poured in the most unusual fashion. Distance 19 km - 12 miles or 10 km - 6 miles
Day 7: Arenas de Cabrales - La Hermida. Our final day's walking first involves an ascent by funicular railway to the mountain village of Bulnes, once famous for its relative inaccessibility. Here we begin our walk to the highest village in the Picos, Sotres. We then continue on to Tresviso, famous for the spectacular descent of the same name into the gorge of La Hermida. From here we transfer to the fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera for our final evening. Distance 25 km - 16 miles or 18 km - 11 miles.
Day 8: San Vicente de la Barquera - Departure. Walkers are transferred from San Vicente to their respective departure points.
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