|Day 1:||Arrive to northern Spain and settle in. Collect your car at the airport and drive into the mountains to your charming, rustic hotel. (D)|
|Day 2:||Day in the water. Meet up with your guide today and spend the morning canoeing down a mountain river. Paddle along a river in 2 person canoes. In the afternoon, there is the option to try canyoning, which has been likened to a log flume without the log! (B)|
|Day 3:||Hike to a viewpoint. Today is yours to walk or explore, with the help of our walking notes. One of the most appealing walks is to a viewpoint where you can see the entire Picos massifs. Walking along ancient Roman pathways, it's usually very peaceful, with amazing views. (B)|
|Day 4:||Cycle and beach. Take today at leisure, though one good idea would be to head to the coast and hire bikes if the weather's sunny. Ride along the shore at a leisurely pace with breaks throughout the day to spend time on the beach, where you could enjoy a picnic. (B)|
|Day 5:||Walk the famous Cares gorge. You change hotels today, though it's only around an hour to your next inn, so you could walk some or all of the Cares Gorge first. The path is carved into the side of a cliff for stunning views above and below. Walk 14km, 4hrs, up 250m, down 250m. (B)|
|Day 6:||Explore the valley. If you've had several active days, you might like to take a more relaxed day. Potes is the pretty medieval town which is the hub of activities, and just a short drive away. Horse riding could be an option, or you have notes for some lovely walks through traditional villages and meadows. (B)|
|Day 7:||Fuente De cable car & hike. The cable-car at Fuente De provides a spectacular 3 minute ride up 1,000m to the upper reaches of the mountains in the heart of the National Park. Walk in the high hills, up to the peak of Horcados Rojos for stunning views. Relax this afternoon. (B)|
|Day 8:||Head to the coast. Today you change hotels again to spend your last three nights in a village right up by the coast. From here you still have easy access to the Picos, as well as being close to some peaceful sandy beaches. (B)|
|Day 9:||Explore the coast. If you didn't get to do so previously, today would be a great day to cycle along the coast, as you have another day with your Pura guide. Ride up to 27km. (B)|
|Day 10:||Relax by the sea. A final day to explore the coves, beaches or mountains of northern Spain. (B)|
|Day 11:||Return home. Head off this morning to get back to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, extend your holiday to take in more of this lovely part of Spain. (B)|
Diego Martin, one of our founders, lives and guides the Picos. This holiday has been created by him to best reflect the fun, active side of the mountains. All activities, walks and hotels have been very carefully chosen by him to make the most of your time. It also means that we can adjust each trip to best suit conditions and the group.
Part of what makes the Picos so special is the preservation of a simple rural way of life in remote villages. Your visit helps preserve this way of life by helping fund small rural hotels and restaurants. Activities are arranged and run in conjunction with local suppliers. We book directly, ensuring maximum benefit for local communities.
By booking onto this holiday, you will be helping to actively support the local mountain conservation charity in the area to which you are travelling.
We keep our groups very small (16 max) and we send you lots of information about your destination before you leave – guidebooks, maps, local information, etc. Because you travel as an informed tourist, you get more from your holiday and you will know how to minimise the environmental impact of your visit. You can choose to offset carbon emissions from your flights.
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