Featured holiday Walking holiday in the Picos de Europa Spain

7 nights/8 days
This is a seven-night, self-guided walking holiday for individuals in the beautiful Picos de Europa national park in northern, 'Green', Spain. Your base for this holiday is Fuente De where you stay in the Parador de Fuente De, a three-star contemporary lodge set amidst the magnificent mountains. We include a choice of five walking itineraries enabling you to discover the beautiful scenery, history and alpine flora and fauna of this region. There is time to explore more of the region on your own with a hire-car too. Recommended from June to October.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on half board
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bilbao, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
  • Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Picos de Europa
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Self-guided walking holiday in the Picos de Europa in Green Spain

Highlights

• Five self-guided walking itineraries • Fuente De cablecar • Under the Peaks trail • Puertos de Aliva trail • Horcados Rojos trail • Cares Trail

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,285

Holiday Code FHSN04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Self-guided walking holiday in the Picos de Europa in Green Spain

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,285

Holiday Code FHSN04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Accommodation in a standard double or twin room at the Parador de Fuente De on half board
● Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bilbao, economy
● Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
● Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Picos de Europa
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Fuente De Cable-car
Tickets for the Fuente De cable-car are not included in the package and must be bought locally. Adult prices are around 11 Euros one-way or 17 Euros for a round trip.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,285

Holiday Code FHSN04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Accommodation in a standard double or twin room at the Parador de Fuente De on half board
• Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bilbao, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Picos de Europa
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Gatwick to Bilbao twice a day although we can also offer flights with regional operators if better suited to your personal requirements. Collect a hire car at Bilbao airport and drive from here to your hotel, which is a drive of about 230km (2 hours 45 minutes). It is possible to undertake this holiday as a self-drive from the UK, using the overnight Brittany Ferries service to Santander or Bilbao.

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Fuente De Cable-car
Tickets for the Fuente De cable-car are not included in the package and must be bought locally. Adult prices are around 11 Euros one-way or 17 Euros for a round trip.

Self-guided walking holiday in the Picos de Europa in Green Spain

Hotels included in this tour
Fuente De
Parador de Fuente De

Parador de Fuente Dé is an alpine escape in the Picos de Europa National Park. This comfortable and elegant hotel enjoys magnificent mountain views and is a relaxing retreat after a day of exploring the surrounding countryside.

Standard double room

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,285

Holiday Code FHSN04

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Accommodation in a standard double or twin room at the Parador de Fuente De on half board
• Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bilbao, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• Route notes for self-guided walking itineraries in the Picos de Europa
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Gatwick to Bilbao twice a day although we can also offer flights with regional operators if better suited to your personal requirements. Collect a hire car at Bilbao airport and drive from here to your hotel, which is a drive of about 230km (2 hours 45 minutes). It is possible to undertake this holiday as a self-drive from the UK, using the overnight Brittany Ferries service to Santander or Bilbao.

Additional information Dates
Although this holiday can be arranged throughout the year, we recommend travelling between June and early October for the best trekking conditions.
Fuente De Cable-car
Tickets for the Fuente De cable-car are not included in the package and must be bought locally. Adult prices are around 11 Euros one-way or 17 Euros for a round trip.

Self-guided walking holiday in the Picos de Europa in Green Spain

Highlights of Green Spain

Santiago de Compostela cathedral, the supposed resting place of St James the Apostle, from whose rooftop you can enjoy unforgettable views over the old town. The attractive Galician cities of Ourense, Pontevedra and Lugo, all with historical sites including Roman architecture. Maritime cities along the Atlantic coastline including A Coruna, Ferrol, Vigo, and Baiona. The Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse near A Coruna. Galicia's fjord-like inlets known as the Rías Altas (along the north-west coast) and the Rías Baixas (along the southwestern coast). The dramatic Cape Finisterre, so called because it was thought to be the westernmost point in Europe. The stunning Picos de Europa mountains, home to a diverse range of walking trails and the atmospheric Covadonga Sanctuary. Oviedo, the attractive capital of Asturias which is home to some remarkable pre-Romanesque churches. Altamira Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient rock paintings which are up to 20000 years old. Comillas, a beachside town with impressive architecture including a building designed by Antonio Gaudí. Pleasant towns along the shores of the Cantabrian Sea including Gijón and Llanes. Santillana del Mar, a picturesque village inland with a number of well-preserved mediaeval buildings. Santander, a lively port city with a historic quarter, a modern centre and the famous El Sardinero beach.

Festivals in Green Spain

February/March: Carnivals celebrating Lent, March: Vigo Reconquest Festival; March/April: Holy week celebrations, July: ‘A Rapa das Bestas’ horse festival held in Galician villages, July: Saint James the Apostle festival in Santiago de Compostela, July: Nava Cider Festival (near Oviedo), August: Festival of San Roque in Betanzos (near A Coruna), August: Santander International Festival.

Gastronomy in Green Spain

Cuisine in the north of Spain tends to be simple and hearty, making good use of the excellent local produce including abundant fish and seafood, plentiful meat and game and a great variety of vegetables. The regions produce a range of dairy products, from the mild soft cheeses of Galicia to the smoked cheese of Cantabria and the blue cheeses of Asturias. Asturias is known for its dry cider, whilst Galicia produces high quality wines, both crisp whites and fruity reds, as well as a strong liqueur, ‘Orujo.’ Local dishes include ‘Vieras de Santiago’ (Scallops, the symbol of St James, which are baked in their shells), ‘Empanada gallega’ (a Galician meat pasty), ‘Lacón con grelos’ (pork shoulder with chorizo, turnips and potatoes), ‘Caldo gallego’ (thick soup with meat, potatoes and beans), ‘Fabada’ (an Asturian stew with pork and beans), ‘Tarta de Santiago’ (an almond cake), ‘La quesada’ (a Cantabrian cheesecake) and ‘Sobaos Pasiegos’ (Cantabrian sponge cakes).

Climate in Green Spain

Green Spain has a wet and mild climate with warm summers and cool winters. Summer is a popular time to visit northern Spain as the weather is sunny yet comfortable, but you can expect good weather in Spring and Autumn as well. Rain falls throughout the year although there is little during the summer months. Temperatures are rarely extreme, although mountainous areas can be very cold in winter with snow falling.

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