Hiking Picos de Europa - winding roads and glacial lakes

Spain is not only about Barcelona and sangria. Away from the big cities and busy beaches, in the northern region of Asturias, lies the oldest national park in Spain – Picos de Europa. And in the heart of the park, 27 kilometers from the small town of Cangas de Onis, you will find a magical place – Lakes of Covadonga. It offers one of the most beautiful places for hiking in Picos de Europa and is perfectly suitable for beginners. The circular trail starts at the Visitor Center Pedro Pidal and is just over 7 kilometers long. To get to the visitor center, depending on the time of the year, you can drive or take a public bus. You can catch a bus to the top at any of the bus stops or parking lots dotted along the way from Cangas de Onis to Covadonga Sanctuary.

If you are a serious hiker, you can start the Picos de Europa hike at Covadonga Sanctuary. And 12 kilometers later, at 1,070 meters above sea level, you will discover the first lake – Lake Enol. Further up, you will find the second one – Ercina.

Breathtaking scenery and fresh air make it a perfect place for a weekend getaway to hike in Picos de Europa and to explore lush valleys surrounded by mountain peaks and to escape the summer heat.

You can find more information about visiting Picos de Europa National Park here.