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.”


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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Holiday type
“Small group walking holiday featuring 4 nights in Torres del Paine National Park, 3 domestic flights from Chile to Patagonia, and 2 weeks of hiking heaven. ”


Santiago | Valparaíso | Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales | Patagonian Chile | Torres del Paine National Park | Lake Pehoe | the Grey Glacier | Camino de los Vientos | the French Valley | catamaran across Lake Pehoe | Cuernos del Paine viewpoint | Calama | Valle de la Luna | Quebrada del Diablo | Salar de Atacama | Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos | El Tatio Geysers |

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.

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 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.

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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