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Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa is a range of mountains 20 km inland from the northern coast of Spain, located in the Autonomous Communities of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León, forming part of the Cantabrian Mountains. These limestone massifs vary in height from 90 meters at the Cares Gorge to the 2,648 meter high peak of Torre Cerredo.

Map from Recommended Book: "In The Picos de Europa" by Vicente Ena Álvarez

 

 

The range consists of three major massifs separated by fast-flowing rivers: Central (also known as Urrieles), Eastern (Ándara) and Western (also known as the Picos de Cornión). The Central and Western massifs are separated by the 1.5 kilometres deep Cares Gorge (Garganta del Cares), with the village of Caín at its head. Some of the water in the Cares river is diverted through a hydroelectric scheme, with a canal running in the northern wall of the gorge to Camarmeña. An access path next to the canal provides a spectacular walk.

Almost all of the rock in the Picos is limestone, and glacial action has contributed to create an impressive area of alpine karst. The highest peak is Torre de Cerredo, with an altitude of 2,650 metres . Many other peaks reach altitudes of over 2,600 m.

 

 

 

Naranjo de Bulnes viewed from Poo de Cabrales

Sunset over the mountains from Potes