The season for this holiday is:
15 April - 31 July 2019
01 September - 31 October 2019
3 nights: 15 April - 31 July 2019 & 01 September - 31 October 2019
Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above
|15 April - 28 July||£240||£120|
|1 September - 28 October||£240||£120|
|3rd & 4th person discount||-£25|
|Single traveller supplement||£25|
£ per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.
Prices may be different if you are not arranging your transfers for your main holiday through Inntravel or have your own car; please contact us for a quotation.
Extra nights (£ per person per room) in a double or single room
|Hotel Picos de Europa (B&B)||Double room||Single room|
|15 Apr - 31 Jul 2019||£58||£98|
|01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019||£58||£98|
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We really enjoyed ourselves overall on this relaxing and varied holiday. Travelling on these trains that stop almost everywhere is an experience (a slow one as in the title). The coastline is fantastic - very Cornish. We did the walk to San Estoban from near Cudillero which was very pleasant, with a relaxing wait for the train in a local bar at the end. We enjoyed visiting Aviles, but missed out in Oviedo as we were there on a Monday (after the end of cider season festival) and it was closed (almost). Ribadesella was very nice - very 'Newquayesque'. There are a number of additional walks to do as well as the excellent Tito Bustillo cave and exhibition to visit.
Food in restaurants, cafes and bars is generally good, and when eating out, portions tend to be large; if someone on tripadviser, etc, suggests sharing a course they really do mean it. The Picos mountains are lovely. The Cares Gorge walk is a wonderful walk for the views. The path along the gorge edges is two people wide or wider; it is well worth the effort even if you are a bit dodgy on heights or ledges. I nearly turned back after the long steep climb at the start, but am so pleased that I didn't. The staff in the hotel here could not be more friendly and helpful.
INNTRAVEL NOTE: These customers combined our Discovery Journey A Slow Train Through Asturias with our add on at Hotel Picos de Europa in Arenas de Cabrales
Asturias is a pretty part of the world. It feels quite like Cornwall or Brittany. However it does seem to be quite a wet part of the world. Travelling my train is nice but you should be aware that the timetables are quite limited, particularly at the weekend, meaning you may have to spend longer than you might otherwise have chosen in the places you visit. The Hotel Casona de la Paca and the Villa Rosario are both very nice and the owners, Montse and her son at the former are particularly helpful. Avilles is a real gem and we also enjoyed Llanes. It is worth booking ahead to vist the Tito Bustillo caves and the adjacent museum is very good, with lots in english. We can recommend the following places to eat: Bar Casa Julio and El Faro in Cudillero; Tierra Astur in Avilles and Oviedo (helpfully open on a Monday when many other restaurants are closed) and La Talamera and Arbidel in Ribadesella. Although english is not very widely spoken we found that most places could produce english menus and often someone who could speak english. People were universally kind about my very limited spanish.
We included the Picos de Europa add-on. We were picked up from Ribadesella at 11, meaning we arrived in Arenas at 12, a couple of hours before our room was ready. Arenas is a very small village and if you don't have a car the things to do are very limited. If choosing this add-on, I would recommend that you ask Inntravel to book the taxi to take you from Ribdesella at around 15:30. This would allow you plenty of time for a wander round the village before dinner. The walk into the Cares Gorge is great and a must if the weather allows. There are extremely high, steep drops from the path but it is really quite wide which means that you don't feel unsafe at any time; I say this as someone who is not very comfortable with high, steep drops. You should be aware that the Inntravel provide only a limited number of options for walks and none are really suitable for bad weather. The Tourist Information office did provide an A4 sheet showing a number of walks from the village but apart from a sign at the start point, they have no other signs. A large scale map is not available so this makes them less than ideal. We did do number 3, a very easy walk to Poo, which has a bar, along a track, 45 minutes there and the same back. We also did number 9. This is a nice walk taking about 2.5 hours for the round trip. We were misled by the 'orange markings' along the way so missed the turning back to the village, which is by the picnic spot. We were never really lost though and it was very easy to retrace our steps to the picnic spot.
INNTRAVEL NOTE: As mentioned in the above review these customers added a three-night stay at the Hotel Picos de Europa, in Arenas de Cabrales, to the end of their Slow Train through Asturias journey.
Personal highlight was swimming to the sound of goat bells from the cliffs as we cooled off at the beautiful Playa de Fuentes, a cooling stop-off on the coastal section of a circular walk suggested by staff at the Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Natural de Oyambre.
Also delighted to have completed the spectacular Cares Gorge walk in six hours with tired legs but no blisters!