Picos de Europa hiking holiday, Spain

“A 9 day Picos hiking holiday with 4 days of hiking, time in Bilbao and also at the coast. Tailor made, with mountain guides, staying in small rural hotels. Moderate to challenging hikes. ”

Highlights

Bilbao | Ruta del Cares | Gondola into Picos de Europa | Green Coast | Picos de Europa mountain hotels | Guided hiking in the Picos de Europa

Description of Picos de Europa hiking holiday, Spain

This Picos de Europa hiking holiday in Spain is a tailor made holiday, following a carefully crafted itinerary which not only caters for your hiking abilities and interests, but which also immerses you in the Picos’ cultural heritage.

The Picos de Europa Mountains are still relatively unknown to international visitors, a stunning range of jagged peaks less than an hour inland from the coast. Start your trip in the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao, then head up into the mountains for four days of guided hiking, finishing with three days on the Coste Verde. This is Northern Spain’s beautiful coastline, with traditional towns and vast beaches, many of them untouched by mass tourism.

On our Picos de Europa hiking holidays we work with expert mountain leader guides as there are some serious treks to be enjoyed here, but guidance is a must really. They also know all the best trails, tapas bars and tips to make the most of this unique region, guiding you from one mountain hotel to the next. Hiking through some remote and dramatic terrain such as the Ruta del Cares, with between four to eight hours of hiking a day, some parts of the routes are steep and challenging, so a good level of fitness is required. You will be carrying your own backpack during the hiking section of this holiday, but you can leave your other luggage in a mountain hotel before heading out on the trails, picking it up again before the coastal finale of the holiday.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Picos de Europa hiking holiday, Spain

Environment

All of our travels are individual, tailor-made vacations, which basically give our guest the chance to discover Northern Spain their way.
In many aspects Northern Spain is less developed, tourism wise, than southern Spain. This is, however, a considerable competitive parameter, as the experiences get unique. We spend a lot of time finding the most interesting, most knowledgeable and most service-minded partners in the area, to help us to give our guests truly exceptional holiday in Northern Spain.

It is not only an interesting and authentic way to see Northern Spain, but at the same time you have the chance to support the local communities and their small-scale productions.

Using this approach, we are able to offer whale-, brown bear-, bird- watching, fishing from a fishing boat, collecting and preparing local food and gastronomy with ecological products, sustainable wine-tourism etc. Each local person assisting us, is truly enthusiastic about his/her field and by working with these people, we support the activity, the animals, the park or the local community, as most of the guides as well are archaeologists, ornithologists, geologists, restaurant owners, local farmers etc.

We are proud to be able to develop and support small societies and not least enthusiastic people that make a difference, and that support and commits to our environmental values.

Community

Our guests typically look for a different experience and an alternative to large-resort-commercial-travels. The peacefulness, the small villages, the local food, “secret” beaches and amazing mountain hikes and not least 100% customized pilgrimage are keywords in our philosophy and daily work visiting and discovering new places for our guests.

All of our guest receive, prior to departure, a comprehensive guidebook describing norms and hints how to get the most out of their holiday.
In this guidebook we describe our recommendations on where to find local craftwork, where to find smaller interesting museums as well as tips for the larger ones.
We describe as well how to experience things, which are impossible to find for foreigners, like how and where to witness the local wildlife in a respectful manner.
Local gastronomy is an important part of the local culture, and across Northern Spain, the variety is great and very exciting. We intent always to be up-to-date on the best local restaurants, and we guide you through local dishes, wines etc.

Our office is located in the heart of Northern Spain, in the old historic town of León. Our prime focus is to show our guests the most authentic, most beautiful and loveliest parts of Northern Spain. We always share our guest’s experiences with the hotel and other collaborations partners we work with, to help develop local tourism into a sustainable and healthy destination, that is differentiated from similar areas in Spain, Italy and France. Its important for Us to give our guests an experience that is not reachable in other parts of Europe, though showing the real local life and hidden places. We cant wait to welcome you to Northern Spain.

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