Fuente De in the Picos de Europa Mountains

We had wandered through Potes and the Monastery of San Toribio and now we set off up the valley of the River Deva to Fuente Dé in the Picos de Europa.

Road to Fuente De

The first part of the road to Fuente De in the Picos was green, rural – it was almost like being in England!

Road to Fuente De in the Picos
The road to Fuente De
Fuente De in the Picos
Fuente De
The Parador at Fuente De with the cable car cables in the sky above
The Parador at Fuente De with the cable car cables in the sky above

Meadow under the Picos

Neither of us enjoy cable cars and so after coffee in the Parador, which in my view faces the ‘wrong way’, i.e. not towards the mountains, we walked around the meadows under the mountains. Yes, it is a tame alternative but enjoyable nevertheless! The grass was covered with wild flowers, people were setting off to climb the mountain face (!), and a group were scrambling up the wrong side of a path leading to a waterfall. Everyone was having a good time, and it was hot too!

The meadows between the Parador and the mountains
Meadows between the Parador and the mountains

The cable cars were constantly in use – it was scarey to watch!

Cable cars crossing at Fuente De
Cable cars crossing at Fuente De

The Mountains

The rock faces towered above and about us – it is an extraordinary place. Clearly it is sensible to take the cable car to the top of the mountain and then go walking. The ‘walks’ up the mountainside here looked more like rock climbing!

The mountains at Fuente De
The mountains at Fuente De
A waterfall off the mountain side
A waterfall off the mountain side
The mountains at Fuente De
A dry river bed in the mountains at Fuente De
The mountains at Fuente De
Picos de Europa at Fuente De
The meadow below the mountains at Fuente De
The meadow below the mountains at Fuente De

It is absolutely stunningly beautiful here. I am not sure if I would want to stay in this Paradore at Fuente De in the Picos – it is so isolated – but perhaps just a day or two so that I could watch the sunrise and sunset…