Conquering the Peaks: A 5-Day Hike in Picos de Europa, Spain

Gustav Emilio

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There’s something magical about the mountains, the way they tower above us, whispering ancient secrets as we walk among them. The Picos de Europa, nestled in northern Spain, beckoned to me, and I couldn’t resist their call. I set off on a five-day hiking adventure, exploring their rugged beauty and discovering breathtaking views. Join me as I recount my unforgettable journey through one of Europe’s most stunning mountain ranges.

Day 1: Fuente Dé to Vega de Liordes My journey began at Fuente Dé, a small village and the starting point for many hikes in the Picos de Europa. With a cable car whisking me up to the heart of the mountains, I began my trek towards Vega de Liordes. The path led me through lush forests, with the soothing sound of streams accompanying me along the way. The first day was a gentle introduction, allowing me to acclimate to the altitude and soak in the enchanting surroundings.

Day 2: Vega de Liordes to Collado Jermoso The second day was filled with challenges and rewards as I climbed steep paths, scrambling over rocks to reach Collado Jermoso. As I ascended, I was greeted with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, their jagged silhouettes piercing the sky. At the end of the day, the Refugio Collado Jermoso provided much-needed rest and a chance to share stories with fellow hikers.

Day 3: Collado Jermoso to Vega de Ario Dawn greeted me with a fiery sunrise, bathing the mountains in a warm glow. With renewed energy, I continued my journey towards Vega de Ario. This day was a testament to the diverse landscapes of Picos de Europa, as I traversed through lush green valleys, crossed babbling brooks, and encountered the occasional herd of grazing sheep. The day concluded with a spectacular sunset at the Vega de Ario mountain hut, casting a golden light on the surrounding peaks.

Day 4: Vega de Ario to Naranjo de Bulnes The fourth day was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip, as I set off towards the iconic Naranjo de Bulnes. This limestone peak, also known as Picu Urriellu, stands proudly in the heart of the Picos de Europa, demanding respect and admiration from all who behold it. The trail led me through a dramatic landscape of rocky outcrops, narrow passes, and sheer cliffs, culminating in a close encounter with the mighty Naranjo de Bulnes. The sight of its imposing facade left me awestruck and humbled.

Day 5: Naranjo de Bulnes to Bulnes The final day of my adventure led me to the remote village of Bulnes, accessible only by foot or funicular railway. The descent from Naranjo de Bulnes was a gentle one, offering time to reflect on the journey and savor the last moments in this extraordinary landscape. Arriving in Bulnes, I was greeted by friendly locals, ready to share their stories and the warmth of their homes.

The Picos de Europa stole my heart with their rugged beauty and diverse landscapes. As I stood atop the peaks, gazing out at the world below, I felt a deep connection to the earth and a profound sense of accomplishment. This five-day hike taught me that the most challenging journeys often lead to the most rewarding experiences. And as I waved goodbye to the mountains, I knew that their call would beckon me again, inviting me to return and discover even more hidden treasures.

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