Picos de Europa National Park & Potes

Overview

West of Bilbao is the Liébana region, famous for Picos de Europa National Park. Take a break from the cities and coastline and explore the mountains, valleys, and villages of beautiful Cantabria.

Start in the small town of Fuente Dé, where a cable car takes you up into the Picos de Europa. On your way to Fuente Dé, you'll cross rivers, forests, small villages, and the famous Hermida Gorge. The cable car ride is just four minutes and takes you nearly 6,000 feet (1,823 m) above sea level. Enjoy stunning views and explore the closest surroundings of the station.

Next, head to the Monastery of Santo Toribio, one of the four holy places of Christianity. The monastery houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest piece of preserved wood from the Cross of Jesus. You can also enjoy the scenery at the viewpoint of the San Miguel hermitage.

Finally, you'll explore Potes, the capital of Liébana and one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Highlights of this town are its cobbled streets, bridges, and medieval Tower, which is called Torre del Infantado. Enjoy a short walking tour of the town and some free time to eat and shop.

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Itineraries with Picos de Europa National Park & Potes

Discover Spain, North to South - 18 Days

Discover the highlights of Spain's cities and nature on this tour, starting in Picos de Europa National Park near Bilbao, and heading into Madrid via the UNESCO city of Segovia with its ancient Roman aqueduct. Visit the region of Andalucía, exploring the cities of Granada, Seville, and Ronda, plus hiking the Caminito del Rey, exploring the white villages, and enjoying an optional beach day. End your trip on the island of Mallorca, discovering its historic inland villages and coastal harbors, as well as its caves, mountains, and wineries.