Picos family adventure holiday, Spain

“11-day tailor made holiday ideal for adventurous and active families in Spain's majestic Picos de Europa National Park”


Picos de Europa National Park| River canoeing | Canyoning | Cares gorge | Potes | Fuente De cable car & hike | Hike to Horcados Rojos peak | Coastal fun at Playa del Poo or Playa del Toro

Description of Picos family adventure holiday, Spain

Picos de Europa - rugged mountains - sandy beaches - green valleys - canyoning - walking - canoeing - biking by the sea - culture - relax.

A relaxed and fun family holiday in the spectacular Picos de Europa, tailored to suit both the adults and the children.

Enjoy a unique variety of scenery and activities within a few short miles.

Explore with the help of our own private guides to help you find your feet and make the most of your time.

Experience beautiful beaches, high mountains and peaceful valleys, whilst enjoying fun activities including canyoning, walking, canoeing and mountain biking.

Day-by-day experiences

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.
Day 2:Meet your private guide today to walk and explore the mountains. Hike along ancient Roman paths to a viewpoint where you can see the entire Picos massifs. Explore the area around Covadonga lakes, spot bearded vultures and visit shepherds making traditional cheese in mountain caves, and finish the day with a special 'espicha' dinner.
Day 3:Day in the water. Meet up with your guide today and spend the morning canoeing down a mountain river. In the afternoon, you have the option to try canyoning, which has been likened to a log flume without the log!
Day 4:A day at leisure to explore the mountains further on your own. There are various hikes to suit all activity levels, as well as farmers markets or more active pursuits.
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. Arrive at your next hotel and cool off in the pool.
Day 6: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 before relaxing by the pool this afternoon.
Day 7: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.
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.
Day 9:Your guide returns today to take you mountain biking along the rolling coastline. Ride along the shore at a leisurely pace, with breaks throughout the day to spend time and perhaps have a picnic on the beach.
Day 10:A final day to explore the coves, beaches or mountains of northern Spain. Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding are easy to arrange, but likewise this is a great spot to just relax by the sea.
Day 11:Head off this morning back to the port, train station or airport for your journey home. Alternatively, extend your holiday to take in more of this lovely part of Spain.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 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.

1 Reviews of Picos family adventure holiday, Spain

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking and canyoning in the Picos.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you love National Parks and beautiful mountains this holiday hits the spot.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely especially at Mastes de Con. This hotel served local food and was run by local, passionate people . Our guide was also local and passionate about the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Read the operator's response here:

Dear Tracy,

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of your family's holiday.

We're delighted to hear you had such a good time, it really sounds as though the things we love most about the Picos were the highlights for you. Given our historic attachment to the region, it's always a real pleasure for us to introduce clients to the beautiful mountains, food and people. Speaking of people, I know Alex also had a lovely time with you all walking and canyoning!

Thanks again, and we hope to welcome you onto another holiday with us soon.

All the best,


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