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