Picos de Europa self guided hiking vacation, Spain

“A week of self guided walking in the Picos, with friendly family hotels, most meals included and flexible routes to suit all levels – great price, too.”

Highlights

Picos De Europa | Espinama | Fuente De to Sotres | Tielve | Bulnes | Poncebos | Cares Gorge | Arenas de Cabrales | Optional: free day

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Picos de Europa self guided hiking vacation, Spain

Environment

We are serious about maintaining the natural beauty of the Picos De Europa region and always ensure that the environmental impacts of our activities are kept to a minimum throughout the week.

Our transport throughout the week is kept to an absolute minimum, with our feet being the preferred choice of transport.

We include in our walk packs flora and fauna guides to increase the awareness of the environment and cultural guides to make the walker aware of the local customs and traditions.

We encourage the use of filling your own to water bottle throughout the week to reduce the waste.

Last but not least, as hikers by passion, we have a strong ethic about respecting the places we go to and their environment, either for business or personally (e.g: not leaving any rubbish behind us during a day walk or using reusable water containers), and we encourage our guests to act responsibly while traveling.

Community

As on all our vacations there is no exception in the Picos De Europa walking vacation. We work with local knowledgeable people and reserve your vacation direct with local family run hotels. We always use local transport for our baggage moves and airport transfers. This helps the local community survive as it is mainly cut off during the winter seasons.

We always recommend local bars or restaurants were you are walking through a village around lunchtime or 11’s for a cafι con leche. All these little things help these very small communities survive and keep their traditions.

The hotels we use are all employers of local people, we don’t use chains! We do inspect the hotels regularly to keep the standards we expect.

The route on this walking vacation stays in some very traditional villages with some excellent local produce to try and we thoroughly recommend to try it!

We always send a phrase sheet before you arrive . The older generations in the small villages do not speak English and we find just having the bare basics will make your vacation a much more enjoyable one and help the villagers understand you.

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Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


A new adventure for us. Fantastic mountains. Beautiful quiet valleys. The only noise busy bees in the heather and the sound of bells from hidden cows, sheep and goats.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Get fit. Take well tested socks and shoes/boots. You will be walking for 7/8 hours. Dan was able to change our walks itinerary mid vacationwhich was great.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Staying in tiny villages and spending money locally will, I hope, help preserve their way of life.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great!

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The welcome at each hotel and variety of each walk

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Good walking boots and be prepared for rain

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported local business.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

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