Saturday we dedicated to the Picos de Europa National Park. Coffee, sweets, and strolling were the highlights of Cangas de Onís, the gateway to the park; fancy churches and Spanish tourists were those of Covadonga. We tried to visit the Lagos de Covadonga within the park but the fog was so thick we could only see the lake shore and hear cowbells jingling playfully, mysteriously in the distance. Thankfully the rain held off long enough that we got to hike for an hour or two in the Garganta del Cares, a breathtaking river gorge that is understandably packed in summertime.
|The Cares River Gorge in the Picos de Europa National Park|
|Tagle Beach, outside of Santillana del Mar|
|The pre-Romanesque Church of San Miguel de Lillo in Oviedo|
|Fabada asturiana stew at Restaurante Punto y Coma in Oviedo|
Have you ever spent time along Spain’s northern coast? What do Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, and the Basque Country all share in common—and what do you think makes each unique? Tell me your thoughts below in the comments.