Picos activity holiday in Spain

“Serious week of abseiling, canoeing, hiking and cycling within Picos de Europa NP as part of a small group staying at a family-run hotel near Arenas De Cabrales.”

Highlights

3hr abseiling descent into Rubo Gorge | 24km hike in Cares Gorge | 15km canoe trip along River Sella (Class 1 rapids) | Teleferico of Fuente Dé | 30km cycle from Llanes to Ribadesella | Camino de Santiago |

Description of Picos activity holiday in Spain

An 8 day Picos activity holiday in Spain provides outdoor lovers with all they need to experience the very best of Spain’s first national park where rugged mountain scenes and wonderful walking trails form the basis for an incredible week of different outdoor activities.

From verdant green valleys and fast-flowing rivers to plunging rock-filled gorges and gigantic caves and cliff faces, this week-long Picos activity holiday in Spain is a must for climbers and represents a side to Spain that’s very rarely encountered by those heading to the Costas.

Accommodation for this Picos activity holiday in Spain is a small, family run hotel that’s situated within the foothills of the High Picos region where a range of exciting adventure activities are literally on your doorstep or just a short transfer ride away.

Although all instruction for this Picos activity holiday in Spain will be given on arrival and at the start of each activity it’s also possible for experienced activity lovers to get their kicks too so make sure you get in touch to discuss a pace that provides the best experience possible for you.

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09 Jun 2018
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14 Jul 2018
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Picos activity holiday in Spain

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend the week at the small, family-run Hotel Torrecerredo, which is just five minutes from the centre of the rural village of Arenas De Cabrales. It is ideally situated for anyone wishing to visit the Picos de Europa National Park or the beautiful beaches and fishing ports of the ‘Costa Verde’. As well as being predominantly locally staffed, the hotel also strives to buy the majority of its produce used for meals from local suppliers. The owners of the hotel also grow some of their own vegetables and you will be able to sample these in meals during the week. Meals provided are plentiful and a great chance to get in touch with cuisine in the Picos. The area is famous for its gold-medal-winning blue cheese, Queso Cabrales, which is matured in some of the thousands of deep limestone caves that dot the hills. Lesser known, but equally appealing is the local lamb Cordero al la Menta and a wholesome bean stew, Fabada Asturiana. Fresh fish comes from the coast at Llanes and Ribadesella, half an hour's drive away.

Activity:
All of our activities have a relatively low impact on the environment and are designed to be enjoyed in combination with our stunning natural surroundings in the Picos. We do a combination of canyoning, walking, mountain biking, riding a cable car and canoeing along the River Sella. The river is host to a major canoeing festival which occurs on the first Sunday of August. It is full of music and colour and well worth a visit if your trip coincides. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and to use shops to buy handicrafts.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should pack a refillable water bottle as the water at the hotel is drinkable and your guide will be able to advise where you can fill them up during the hikes.

Community:
We suppport the community by using businesses in the village. Due to its location, our using local restaurants (at least one a week is scheduled), purchasing from local shops and using local transfers, is a very important source of income for many people here. Even profit made from buying locally produced souvenirs is significant for artisans in the village; handmade clogs, pottery and walking sticks are all on sale. Day 5 is free and often clients use this time to try an optional excursion, like caving, canoeing and canyoning. Again, this brings business and income to many companies in the region.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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