Picos de Europa trail

Picos de Europa trail

25–28 July, 2021.

Bicycle journey around the Picos de Europa mountain range, located in Northern Spain. Four days of a lovely mountain landscape, from strenous mountain trails to easy roads.

We started our route at Potes and followed the path in four stages. During the first day, we rode to Espimana through a beautiful forest of beech and birch trees, and climbed up until we reached the Alto de la Triguera (1.890 m). Then a fast track leaded us to Posada the Valdeón where we spent the night.

On the second day, we headed to the top of Puerto de Panderruedas (1.450 m), following a track that passed through a deep forest until we reached the pass. From there, we followed the road to Oseja de Sajambre crossing the Puerto del Pontón (1.806 m) and cycling down twelve kilometers until we turned right to Soto de Sajambre, a tiny beautiful village located on a high valley. After a quick lunch, we climbed up to Puerto de Beza pass (1.750 m) following a very old Roman trail (known as Senda del Arcediano). The path was impossible to cycle, therefore we had to carry our bicycles a long way until we found a track that leaded us to Amieva. The worst thing was that the weather was wet and cloudy with a dense fog along the way. It was very late at night when we reached Amieva village. So, we had to ask for a drive to Cangas where we were supposed to overnight.

Luckily for us, the third stage was a pleasant one: we followed the local road from Cangas to Arenas de Cabrales, and from there to Poncebos where we stopped for a healthy ‘spaghetti al cabrales’ (popular local cheese). We could reach the village of Sotres by mid afternoon. So, a good time for a beer and a relaxing shower at the mountain hostel.

The fourth (and last) day was the best, since the track followed the high Duje river valley between Los Urrieles and Andara mountain range. Cows, sheep and horses were pacefully grazing while we kept on cycling uphill in a quite confortable track. After we reached Puertos de Aliva, we drove downhill a long way until we passed Mogrovejo and entered the main road that we followed until Potes, our departure and final location.

A farewell dinner was the rewarding pleasure that we had really deserved after this four day tour around Picos de Europa.

Peña Remoña (Los Urrieles) from Campodave. Fuente De.

Journey stages:

Stage 01. Potes — Posada de Valdeon  (51 km)
Stage 02. Posada de Valdeón — Amieva  (49 km)
Stage 03. Cangas de Onís — Sotres  (48 km)
Stage 04. Sotres — Potes  (31 km)

Beech tree forest near Cosgaya
Los Urrieles from top of Alto de la Triguera (1.890 m).
Climbing to the Portiella de Beza. Peña Beza and Cantu Cabroneru at the front.
Short stop at the pasture of Collada de Beza. Los Collaos (1.500 m).
Nice mountain view from top of Los Collaos (1.500 m). Puerto de Beza.
Invernales del Texu, Sotres.
Riding at the plains of Duje river, near Vegas del Toro. Sotres.
Vegas del Toro, Sotres.
Sierra de Andara. Picos de Europa.
Cows grazing gently at Puertos de Aliva.
Riding up to Puertos de Aliva, Los Urrieles.
Andreu, Xavi and Joan Anton, at Puertos de Aliva.

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