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“More than a day trip”

Ranked #20 of 426 things to do in Asturias
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

This park has a well developed central area, focused on two small lakes, and several hiking trails for the more intrepid. There are beautiful views from the area around the parking, especially if you make the short climb up the stairs to the "mirador" or lookout. The land is open grassland and cattle wander freely.
The drive from the town to the lakes is not for the faint of heart. Choose the bus service if you're not a courageous driver. The service is seasonal and we did not see a bus when we were there early in May.
We had only a half day but I understand you can hike in and camp in the park.
You can eat at the main area but we were told by the host of our hotel to go to the outpost you can see from the lookout. It's a short drive or a long walk. There was no English spoken but we managed to get a simple, delicious home cooked meal.

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Reviewed 26 May 2013

There's nothing negative to say! The Picos are glorious...from the top of Fuente De to the Lakes of Covadonga to the Cares Gorge and the drive down the west of the massif to the reservoirs of the South,,,the Picos are jus plain fantastic!

1  Thank Nontouristy
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

The drive is amazing. Tiny villages tucked into the mountainsides. Narrow and steep gorges. Take a good map, get an early start and allow plenty of time. We made the whole loop in one day which made for a very long day.

2  Thank cloudyskiies
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We were staying in Oviedo for 3 days, and find out one day trip to Picos de Europa national park. So we desided to take it. And it was wonderful. Apart from magnifisent nature, park is very good kept with tourist traks little bridges and tourist sentres, little restourant. We were unlucky with weather - foggy, so we dont see how peaks mirrowing in the glass od lakes, but all the same it was unforgettible experience - pay attantion to the special kind ov vegetation, one can find here, asturian cows with bushy ears and sheep, garded with pirenean sheferd dogs. It was a real vocation for the soil.

6  Thank Betulanana
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We stayed in Cangas de Onis where we could catch the bus to Covadonga, and from there, there were buses that went straight up the mountain to the lakes. We were lucky as we were told from the tourist office in Cangas that these buses only operate during summer and that the service would begin in the middle of July, but when we got to Covadonga (on the 2nd of July) the service had already started from the 1st of July. The bus company is Alsa and they seemed to run every hour or so. I do not recommend walking from Covadonga up the mountain, it's about 12km along the road with little scenery.
The lakes and the mountain top were amazing. You can relax and not do much, or walk one of the routes. We did the one that circles the peak. It took about 2 hours but well worth it. The views were great, and the cows were very cute! (Farmers take their cows up the mountain during summer to graze). We took our own food and had a picnic, but there is a bar up there - not sure if they had food or not though.

When we stayed in Arenas de Cabrales, we had to catch a taxi to Poncebos as there were no buses. We called a few taxi companies (we got the numbers from a bar), and were lucky to find one available who took my partner and I for 8 euros. From Poncebos you can walk one of the many routes. We did the route of Bulnes which goes up the mountain and ends at the small town of Bulnes. There were a few bars/restaurants there but they are expensive. The walk up was steep and slippery at times but it's pretty doable for most people - you don't have to be a hiker in other words. It's also not very well marked - so when the track splits in two, take the most obvious one. When we came down the mountain we didn't have phone reception to call the taxi, so we walked to one of the hotels and used their public phone. The walk was really enjoyable because of the amazing scenery. We saw a few eagles and mountain goats. It's meant to take 1 hour 15 mins to reach Bulnes, but it took us about 2 hours with stops to take photos and enjoy the views. There is also the Funicular (tiny train) that can take you up the mountain to Bulnes and back down. It's run by Alsa, they have the times and prices on their website (search Funicular/Poncebos).

12  Thank Salme G G
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