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Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa, Asturias

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The Picos de Europa National Park is a National Park in the Picos de Europa mountain range, in northern Spain. It is within the boundaries of three autonomous communities, Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León, which are represented on the body which runs the park.HistoryIt was the first of the National Parks of Spain along with Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the Pyrenees. When it was created 22 July 1918 it covered the western part of today's national park, centered on the Lakes of Covadonga. The Parque Nacional de la Montaña de Covadonga, as it then was called, had an area of 169.25 km². On May 30, 1995 the park was extended to include its current total area of 646.60 km².On July 9, 2003 UNESCO approved Biosphere Reserve status for the National Park. Picos de Europa is one of several biosphere reserves in the Cantabrian Mountains which are being integrated into a single super-reserve to be known as "Gran Cantábrica".GeographyThe total area of the park is 646.60 km² and is shared by Castilla y León, Asturias, and Cantabria. The highest point of the park is in Torre de Cerredo peak, 2,648 m AMSL and the lowest point is 75 m AMSL in the Deva River, that is, a vertical drop of 2,573 m.
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  • Where can I start? The view, the wonderful view, the fresh air, the nature so close, all the beautiful landscapes. It was a great trip! If you have the chance, visit. You won't regret it!  more »
  • If you're feeling a little adventurous, I recommend at least a day hike that starts with a ride up to the top of the mountain from the Fuente De cable car. I have hiked a lot in North America, but the...  more »
  • We put in for an overnight hike from the Lagos de Covadonga and stayed at Refugio Vega de Ario. I was a little worried because the parking lots and well established trails around the lakes were very c...  more »
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  • Picos de Europa is breathtakingly beautiful! The jagged peaks provide an incredibly dramatic backdrop, and there a several hiking trails. I was able to drive through it just fine in a mini, though one hill was a bit steep and would not have been safe to drive in the rain. There are little towns like Sotres that you can stop for cafe or lunch as well. It is definitely worth the trip to come to Picos de Europa!
  • What a dramatic scenery. The mountains may be relatively small in height, but the Picos and its cayons are amongst the top most beautiful places in Europe.
  • Probably the most beautiful mountains in the world. Can be busy, obviously.
  • Silent, beautiful place with great routes and very helpful and kind local people
  • Beautiful landscapes! be careful with roads, they can get very narrow.