Lago Ercina, one of the lakes of Covadonga in the Picos de Europa National Park (Asturias)

Plans for visiting Green Spain for a week or more

We suggest a route from east to west covering the four regions that make up part of Green Spain: the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. The route starts and finishes near two important airports with several international connections: Bilbao, and Santiago de Compostela.

There is also an option to travel through this area on the tourist train. This is the Transcantábrico Train, which connects Bilbao (Basque Country) with Santiago de Compostela (Galicia).

DAY 4: Picos de Europa National Park in Asturias

  • 1 Donostia – San Sebastián
  • 2 Bilbao
  • 3 Santander
  • 4 Altamira
  • 5 Picos de Europa National Park
  • 6 Oviedo
  • 7 Gijón
  • 8 Ribeira Sacra
  • 9 Santiago de Compostela

Picos de Europa National Park in Asturias

The Picos de Europa National Park extends for almost 70,000 hectares and is spread over the regions of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and Leon. Along this route we suggest visiting one of the most popular areas: the Lakes of Covadonga, which are next to the town of Cangas de Onís. Distance from Santillana del Mar: about 130 kilometres. How to get there: the best option is to go by car taking the A-8 motorway until exit 300 and continuing along the regional roads towards Cangas de Onís. The journey by bus consists of several changes and can take almost six hours.

This is a day to enjoy the defining feature of Green Spain’s identity: nature. The entire setting is stunning and we recommend spending some time doing a bit of walking. You can reach the two main sites by car without any problems: the Shrine and the Lakes of Covadonga (Enol and La Ercina lakes). Bear in mind that there is a bus service from Cangas de Onís. In addition, private vehicle access is restricted in summer and during some weeks around Easter Week. One of the most popular viewpoints in the national park is very close if you have time. It is called El Fito, is located less than 20 kilometres from Cangas de Onís and has spectacular panoramic views.

Cares river route in the Picos de Europa National Park

This could be the most popular route in the national park. It is around 22 kilometres and has spectacular views as you pass through the gorge. The route can be completed in just over six hours and goes from Poncebos (Asturias) to Caín (León).

More ideas in Asturias

  • - The fishing villages of Asturias. In one day you can visit LLanes, Ribadesella, Cudillero and Luarca, a journey of about 175 kilometres. - Discover the reconversion of Avilés, which has one of the best-preserved old towns in Asturias and the avant-garde architecture of the Niemeyer Centre. About 30 kilometres from Gijón. - Visit La Cuevona, a large natural cave, which is the only point of access to the village of Cuevas.

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