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Caving in Picos de Europa, a new world is waiting to be discovered!
Caving is the art of exploring caverns, caves and other subterranean hollows and is a great chance to have fun in an extremely interesting and otherworldly environment. Venture below and discover the world underground with our specialist guides. Explore underground Underneath León in the Picos de Europa National Park, there is a spectacular yet almost unheard of subterranean world. Despite being unfamiliar to most, it is one of the most interesting and singular places in the whole of Spain to explore caves and caverns. Explorers have discovered more than 400km of caves and caverns here, including 14% of the deepest chasms in the world. How were the caves in Picos de Europa formed? Over 30 million years ago, thanks to the collisions of the Iberian and European tectonic plates, a mountainous relief was produced in our National park. From the top of this relief, which now forms our mountain range, the area’s rivers eroded the terrain to produce deep and precious valleys which now divide the three massifs of the Picos de Europa National Park. “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence.” (Buddha). A large part of the […]
Nature workshops and family eco-tourism in Picos de Europa
Would you like to learn and get the most out of you ventures in to nature? Are you passionate with a hunger to learn? Do you want your little ones to share your appetite for the outdoors? Then come and take part in our exciting nature workshops! Our workshops are a fun way to discover and enjoy nature with your family. Both adults and children alike are guaranteed to learn something new as they unearth the importance of eco-tourism. Whether you’re into understanding and following animal tracks, the different properties and uses of flora, or if you simply would like to improve your orienteering skills on the trail, we can be sure to help. Choose your workshop and get discovering! Animal tracking workshops When we venture out into the countryside our attention is usually caught by the sky as we often look for great birds as they swoop down. Small creatures scurrying around in the undergrowth are often missed. What many people don’t know is that the earth itself can give clues about the creatures which live there! With our Animal tracking workshop, all the family will know all about the animals living in in this here environment through the […]
Eco-Circuit: plunge in to nature through play
Eco games for children and families, because learning eco values is more fun through play. At Camping el Cares we take pride in that we excel in ecotourism. Our activities teach ecological values and encourage an understanding of the natural world for both children and adults. We find that the most effective way to learn as a child is through immersion and play. With our energetic team of biologists, we have developed the Eco-Circuit. The Eco-Circuit is a fun trail which, through play, will help children make new friends and learn all about the valley’s magical environment. The whole experience is specially designed to help create strong emotional connections which inspire curiosity, love and respect for Mother Earth. Making friends Encouraging and strengthening ecological values is more effective when you are young and in a group amongst others of a similar age. Being part of a team makes the experience ten times more captivating as children learn with others whilst having fun. Our campsite is lucky enough to attract adventurers from a wide variety of nationalities meaning that our Eco-Circuit has a unique multicultural feel. Conundrum A great way for children to make friends is for them to introduce themselves […]
Family hikes in Picos de Europa
See the Valdeón Valley from a unique perspective Hiking through the mountains has always been one of the easiest and most effective ways to fully immerse oneself in nature. Whether you are a child embarking on your first family trip, or an adult who has hiked all over the globe, every encounter in the Valdeón valley is novel and educational. Eco-tourism is fun for the whole family and it’s never too late to start to enjoy its physical and mental benefits. Wonder at the peculiarities of the Picos. Picos de Europa National Park is home to magnificently long and winding walking trails. Starting at Camping el Cares, we offer a ‘guided hike’ along one of the nearby routes with our team of expert biologists who are members of the Spanish conservation group ‘GNature’. With their help, all the family will be able to unravel the many natural secrets hidden along the trail! Along the route we discuss the history of the Picos de Europa National Park and the Valdeón Valley. We also refer to the vegetation and fauna in the area and try to catch a glimpse of the wild animals living near the campsite. However, as the wildlife are […]
Valdeón, the valley which guards the gate to the Cares route.
Valdeón is full of hidden wonders. The southern-most slope of the Picos Mountains is directly north of the Province of León. The slope is the starting point of the River Sella and is one of the world’s best conserved natural areas. The mountainside has a ‘villagey feel’ and exudes a natural rawness which give a truly authentic experience to those who adore mountain life. The Valdeón Valley preserves the sheer essence of unspoilt nature by being cocooned within the Picos de Europa National Park. Also, due to its remote location, the Valley only tends to attract the most fearless of adventurers in search of remarkable encounters. Many people come to Valdeón to relax and look for inspiration. The Valley’s rural areas are rife with adventure, all of which infatuate its visitors with their own unique charms. Its intricate geography makes every spot a viewpoint for the spectacular countryside. The Valdeón Valley. Eight villages; hundreds of mountains. The Valley is home to eight villages which are scattered among the many mountains in the region. However despite the area’s harsh terrain, life has managed to survive and develop over the last few centuries and exists today in the form of this handful […]
Valdeón Festivals: The magical traditions in Picos de Europa.
Disfruta las fiestas y tradiciones de Valdeón Amongst tall, rugged mountain tops and imposing nature, sits the Valdeón Valley. A magical place with ample custom, tradition, and celebration. The Valley is a nirvana which will help you blissfully forget the world and feel at home with mother nature. Enjoy this stunning setting with Camping El Cares The terrain is tough and the area is remote. However, it is precisely this harsh terrain which gives the place its charm. With only two ways in, the Valley is a hidden gem within Picos de Europa. It will have you captivated at first sight with its many views, you won’t ever want to leave. The charm of Valdeón Valley traditions But it isn’t all fields, mountains and countryside. The Virgen de la Corona Cultural Festivals are official events of tourist interest. Every year the valley’s patron festivals are all events that you wouldn’t want to miss. With the procession of the statue of La Virgen accompanied by bagpipes, these festivals start with a bang. Shortly after, they continue with multiple activities, such as lucha leonesa (folk wrestling) or games with inflatables for the children. The 8th of September is when La Virgen returns […]
The Covadonga and Santina lakes: everything there is to see and do.
If you plan to visit Asturias, you simply cannot miss Covadonga Park. It is one of the biggest natural wonders not only in Asturias, but the whole of Spain. Come and visit the Covadonga and Santina Lakes. The Covadonga Lakes are three glacial lakes (Lake Enol, Lake Ercina and Lake Bricial) that sit within the Covadonga Park, which itself lies within Picos de Europa National Park. Lake Enol is the biggest of the three. Within the lake you can see a submerged image of La Virgen de Covadonga (the Virgen Mary). Every year on the 8th of September it is taken out for procession. Lake Ercina is smaller, but is the perfect picnic spot. Here you can relax and savour its wonderful surrounding views. Lake Bricial is the smallest, it only appears in the months where the mountain ice melts. © Daniel_Nebreda As well as the Lakes, there are also many other things to enjoy. The Santuario de Covadonga, a beautiful neoromantic church built towards the end of the 19th Century upon Cueto Hill, is truly symbolic of The Reconquista. The church was built on the site where Don Pelayo defeated the Moors in the battle of Covadonga. Santina is […]
Wholesome tourism, “a lifelong gift”
Naturalist intelligence, meaning the sentience to appreciate the subtleties of the countryside, is one of the most important traits you can instil in your child through environmental education. Simple things, like spending time together as a family camping in the Picos de Europa National Park, can be invaluable in your child’s development. Tourism with health benefits. Healthy tourism. High up in the mountains, filled with hiking trails through oak, holly and beech wood forests. Approaching the commanding limestone summits which are characteristic of Picos de Europa. Walking the famed El Cares route. What activities make up healthy tourism? These are just some of the reasons family holidays in natural destinations are based around sporting activities. It’s an escape offering distinct activities, such as horseback riding through the enchanting Valdeón forests. Activities like this are sure to leave your children with fond childhood memories. However, the diverse range of fun family activities doesn’t quite end there; canyoning, traversing La Vía Ferrata de Valdeón and canoeing down the River Sella are just some of the ways you can enjoy the Valdeón Valley and make your trip one to remember. VS Nature Technology, the ECO-Fun Alternative The children […]
Anillo de Picos: a compelling journey in to the depths of Picos de Europa.
The spectacular Anillo de Picos route explores the different preserved mountain huts in the complex mountain range terrain of Picos de Europa, making it a gripping hike. Anillo de Picos offers three alternative circular hiking trials which lead on to each other: El Anillo Vindio, El Anillo Extrem and El Anillo Tres Macizos. When strung together the hike becomes more uneven and requires more days to complete. Advice and recommendations for hiking this route. You should consult different guide books before starting the route, in order to get to know the terrain. You should also check the weather conditions for the days you plan to hike. Before hiking up mountains like the ones in Picos De Europa, it is paramount that you prepare appropriately. It is not recommended to attempt a high intensity hike if you carry a physical condition. Ideally, you should train beforehand to physically and mentally prepare yourself. This way, when you come to actually do the hike, you’ll enjoy it much more. What you can not forget Orientation it is essential, and to help with this you should bring a map. This is because, although you will often see signposts, they are not present at all […]
The Hórreos de Valdeón, a charming feature.
The Hórreos throw the times The Hórreos de Valdeón are age old granaries although now a days they do not store any food. What they do hold is an impressionable antiquity and a quaint beauty which captivates its onlookers. The Valdeón Valley is home to 83 hórreos which vary in structure. Their peculiar architecture, like the materials used to construct them, are reminiscent of age old times. These buildings are so archaic that the ancient roman scholar, Marco Terencio Varrón (116-27 BC) commented on them as early as the first century in his works. He wrote: “Others construct granaries suspended above the ground in their fields, not unlike those in eastern Spain and some parts of south east Italy. These granaries are ventilated not only by the air that penetrates them laterally through the windows, but also by the air which flows underneath them.” The fight against rodents A granary is a building meant for storing and preserving food in dry conditions. It also keeps food out of the reach of animals (particularly rats and other rodents). They are usually found in the north of Spain and Portugal, in regions where the early arrival of a long, cold and wet […]