Picos de Europa walking tour

Picos de Europa walking tour – Potes – Fuente Dé – Ruta de Cares- Santander – Self-guided walking holiday – Luggage transport – Cozy Hotels
Walk, relax and enjoy paradise on earth according to some Cantabrians on our Picos de Europa walking tour. A self guided tour where we lead you to the absolute highlights and breathtaking sceneries as well as enjoying good mountain food & rest in our selected family hotels. Easy to medium walking in Picos de Europa, luggage transport, and a chance to get a glimpse of Santander and the beach! (8 days/7 nights).

What we all said after being in Picos de Europa was… I can´t believe this is Spain!Mr. H. Calrsson 2011

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Itinerary highlights
Picos de Europa with about 60 000 square kilometers is one of our absolute favorites in northern Spain. Fresh as the Alps but with the warmth and color of its people and valleys! A mountain range that were the first spots of Europe the Conquerors of the New World would see when they would come back on the Atlantic Ocean and somewhat the beginning of the history of the Christian Spain and the reconquering from the moors in this “Dolomitian” like natural reserve. We take you to small family owned hotels and excellent northern Spanish gastronomy on this week long self-guided walk – Picos de Europa walking tour!


Day 1

Arrival and bus shuttle to city centre on your own. Spend some time after arrival to Santander to enjoy the beautiful coast city and capital of Cantabria.

Day 2

Transfer day to Picos de Europa and the opportunity to walk on your own up in the park and get a glimpse of Potes where you will spend more time during the week.

Scheduled bus to Picos de Europa

Free time and lunch in village of Potes and taxi to Fuente Dé.

Cable Car to top and free linear walk. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3

A day to enjoy the silence and the peaceful ringing of the cowbells and spot the eagles and the vultures right there… See video from Puerto de Áliva. Continue down to the village of Mogrovejo – also one of the best spots to study and enjoy the typical rural architecture in the valley of Liébana. Continue down to San Pelayo and a great spot to relax and read by the pool. A short walk takes you to the dinner option at the camping.

Day 4

Today we will visit one of the oldest monasterys in Spain Santo Toribio also famous for possessing the biggest relic of the Cross of Christ in the Crucis Lingus. One of the best panoramic views of Picos is available by the closeby chapel San Miguel.

Dinner at the hotel!

Day 5

Today we take you off to see one of the most anecdotic walks in Picos de Europa and Spain.

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Day excursión 4×4 to Caín and Ruta del Cares.

Dinner at the hotel!

Day 6

Optional walks or just enjoy Potes and the Monday market- one of the best regular food and local product markets in Cantabria. After market morning stroll and lunch on your own walk it down going up the Viorna or just stroll along the route along the river Bullón.

Optional walks

Dinner at the hotel!

Day 7

Hotel near the bus station

Enjoy beach and city of Santander

Day 8

Bus transfer to airport on your own.

Getting here & transfers


Ryanair operates to Santander  airport from several European cities. From UK there are weekly ferries to Bilbao and Santander. Ask us for the best option!


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All scheduled transfers in Spain included escept airport-Santander-airport. Luggage transfer between hotels in Picos included.
Hotels & meals
Some pictures from our selected hotels on this tour!


Potes hotel day 4-7.  Small family owned hotels as well as a nice Santander hotel gives you plenty of time to relax and rest between walks.



San pelayo day 3. Can you imagine a better scenery to read a good book by the pool after a day of walking…





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Cocido Montañes

 On this tour you will enjoy solid buffet breakfasts with bread, cereals, juice, coffe & tea, ham, cheese as well as local sweets to get ready for a day of walking. 4  dinners & 1 lunch are included during the week. We will also recommend you where to have dinner in the travel documents you recieve upon arrival. We will make sure you try some of the typical mountain stews and one of the Picos famous cheeses…It is this cheese that gives the mountains much of their character. The Picos de Europa was Spain’s first national park, and it is a place where cows and goats still graze purely to maintain the local cheese industry. As they trim the grassy slopes of heather and gorse, they also open up spectacular views across the massif.



Activities on this tour

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Walking Level: Easy/Medium        Shortest/longest walk 7 km/14 km
Maximum climb 800m (optional)    Maximum descent 900m (slowly downwards during several km´s)


By the coast, in the mountains or in charming villages, our leisure walks to explore Cantabria are always suited for all ages. As we have prepared written detailed itineraries and maps, you will be able to complete each route at your own pace. And if you still need an extra challenge we can provide you with some alternative extra kilometers to complete the physical activity of each day. The self-guided Picos de Europa walking tour is excellent for walking since many of the paths are old mining roads, well prepared and in use not long ago. Some routes are marked with yellow/white and red/white itinerary marks.
Recommended walking accesories : Walking poles, gore tex walking shoes/ low ancle boots, light ruck-sack for daily necessities. Lightweight and breathable jacket. 1 Warmer sweater, gloves and cap depending of time of the year for the higher altitude walks day 2 & 3. Light, comfortable and ‘breathable’ layers to either put on or take off depending on changing weather conditions.
More tour maps

See the areas we explore on this tour!

What´s included?

7 nights double room at selected Hotel 3*** or equivalent

7 breakfasts

4 dinners 3 course with wine

1 Picnic lunch & 1 restaurant lunch

1 Ruta de Cares excursion

Bus return Santander – Potes – Santander

Taxi Potes – Fuente Dé

Luggage transport

All itineraries and maps

24h local emergency assistance

Travel documentation and useful information

Pricing & general Conditions

From 800,00€

(210,00€ single room additional fee)

Flight and means of transportation to Spain excluded

Cancellations, Amendments and Refunds Bonito Norte Viajes


Cancellation due to severe sickness, illness, death of close family or catastrophic events at home such as fire, flooding or else: Total refund of the whole Price.

Cancellation due to other reasons

Cancellations up to 7 days tour starting date, 75% refund

Cancellation from 6 days to 48 hours prior to tour start date, 50% refund

Cancellation of tour start date prior to 48h, non-refundable

Tour dates

Available on request


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