Picos de Europa Route
PICOS DE EUROPA ROUTE (RUTA DE LOS PICOS DE EUROPA)
If you love nature and dramatic mountain scenery, this is for you! Many of the views on this route are truly spectacular and the cable- car ride at Fuente Dé is absolutely not to be missed.
Suggested access airports: Bilbao/Santander
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First and Second Nights: Parador de CERVERA
This Parador is a dream for the nature lover. The Fuentes Carrionas nature reserve boasts abundant ecosystems, luxuriant valleys, native flora and fauna, and scenery and locations of incomparable beauty. In this region rises a spectacular and virtually unknown mountain range, some of whose peaks rise to 2,000 metres, reaching a natural space bathed by lovely glacial lakes. Discovering this area is a true pleasure for all the senses, whether on foot, in a 4x4, or by other means of transport. Locations of special natural interest include the Ruesga and the Estrecho Valley, La Pernía and Fuente Cobre, the Route of the lakes, the Peña del Oso Trail, and more.
After a day of nature, we can dedicate our second day to art with a capital A. The Palentine Mountains contain one of the greatest concentrations of Romanesque buildings in all Europe. Just a few kilometres from Cervera, heading towards Potes, we come to the town of San Salvador de Cantamuda with its 12th Century Romanesque collegiate church. Travelling towards Herrera de Pisuerga we find Perazancas, with its Asunción Church, dating from the 12th Century. The 11th Century church of Pelayo displays the influence of Catalan Romanesque in its Lombard arches. Santa Eulalia Chapel in Barrio de Sta. María is small but perfectly formed. San Andrés de Arroyo Monastery is a noteworthy monument to the Romanesque style, and a jewel of 12th Century Palentine art.
Third night: Parador de FUENTE DÉ
The reception staff at the Parador de Cervera will be pleased to provide you with information about various options for a visit to Fuente Dé, allowing you to discover the beauty and majesty of the Picos de Europa Mountains. To the north of the Cantabrian Mountains lies one of the most spectacular and lovely regions on the Iberian Peninsular: the Picos de Europa Mountains and the national park of the same name. The Parador is an exceptional place from which to discover this spectacular natural setting. The Fuente Dé cable car (teleférico), located near the Parador, allows you to comfortably ascend to the heart of the Central Massif, or Urrieles, through the passes of Aliva. Parador staff can recommend any number and variety of available routes to enjoy this spectacular setting.