|Dusk in the Cares River Gorge|
I made sure to fix this problem during the road trip my housemates and I took across Spain’s northern coast back in November: after getting coffee in cozy Cangas de Onís and appreciating la España profunda (“deep Spain”) at Covadonga, we drove deeper into the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. Literally the “Peaks of Europe,” this compact collection of mountains sits at the center of the Cordillera Cantábrica, the east-west mountain range that forms the natural border between Spain’s northern coast and the flat meseta to the south.
But the Picos are more than just a geologic definition; they’ve got some of the most beautiful natural scenery I’ve seen in the country.
Cutting through heavy fog at the Lakes of Covadonga
|At least I got to recreate that Mac wallpaper|
|What Enol Lake looks like when it’s not foggy|
|Hopping to an island|
|A herd of cows just chillin’|
Being seven-year-olds and laughing at poop
|It’s actually pronounced “poe,” but who cares?|
Experiencing the sublime along the Cares River Gorge trail
|At the start of the hike|
|Resting on a ledge|
|A rare glimpse of sunlight|
Since we had arrived so late in the day (4:30pm), we were only able to hike an hour in (about 5km) before having to turn back. But at the halfway point, my housemate and I stopped for a breather at a great clearing that opened up to the side of the trail. While we precariously peeked off the ledge to try to see the river below, the sun finally emerged from the fog for a brief five minutes…before descending behind the imposing hillsides.
Have you gone hiking in the Picos before—or any mountain range in Spain, for that matter? Tell me about what you’ve done below in the comments!
For more pictures, check out my album on Flickr.