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The Picos de Europa

Asturias – where the mountains meet the sea
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • breathtaking, contrasting scenery
  • spot eagles and vultures
  • high-quality, authentic accommodation

Green and unspoiled, Asturias is dominated by the magnificent mountain range of the Picos de Europa, just a few miles inland from the Atlantic Coast of quiet beaches, sweeping bays and enticing fishing ports. There is a distinctly Celtic feel to the region and its generous people – cider is served in the bars and restaurants, and traditional music, including haunting bagpipe tunes, played at the fiestas. Walking amid the mountains here is a magical experience.
We had the mountains almost to ourselves. The green had that zingy luminosity you get only in early summer and the flowers were sumptuous.
     
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This classic mountain route takes you through some of Spain’s most splendidly dramatic landscapes, from the wild and remote-feeling Picos de Europa Mountains, which shelter rare birds and animals, to the rugged Atlantic Coast with its fishing ports and sandy bays. Besides the scenery, one of the holiday’s greatest features is the opportunity to stay in authentic Asturian casonas – atmospheric village houses offering delicious traditional cooking, charming accommodation and a genuine welcome in inspirational surroundings.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
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mm 93 89 82 101 90 51 48 47 56 91 100 94

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

Late May, June and September see the most settled weather, but conditions are changeable, and there is always the chance of rain whenever you travel - the landscape wouldn't be so green otherwise. Fortunately, rain showers don't tend to last long, usually giving over quickly to sunshine.