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Picos Picking #670115
31/10/20 10:32 AM
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Yes, amidst all the doom and gloom, it’s time to look forward to the sunny uplands of a Covid controlled Europe, so planning a trip to the Picos de europa via Santander/Bilbao.

Found a post from 2018 so will look at that but any tips on attractions, towns, roads and hotels to visit would be welcome.

Hotels need to be within walking distance of a sizeable village or town as my friend Derek likes to sample the local culture (John Smiths on draft and the Sticky Vicky “Up North” show would keep him happy!)


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Re: Picos Picking [Re: Clipper] #670116
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Brittany Ferries do a Picos holiday that would help. so would looking at the Scenic & continental one


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I planned my own trip through the region three years ago. Drove through France, Andorra, Spain, Portugal then up to the Picos and back home through France. Happy to share my Picos route and hotels. Send me a PM.


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Re: Picos Picking [Re: Clipper] #670131
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We went with Scenic last year - a great trip.
San Sebastian is a good first night stop although in the wrong direction for the Picos ( we were heading for the Pyrenees first) - worth 2 nights as there is so much to see and some fabulous restaurants.

Some trips recommend a detour in Bilbao to take in the transporter bridge - we found it disappointing and not worth the detour - especially as you can see so little from the transporter bridge itself and the adjacent roads are congested with the queue for the bridge.

The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao is worth a detour on your way back to the ferry - plenty of secure parking nearby.

We stayed in Paradors - which were very good. One thing to be aware of - the Spanish eat late and most Paradors don't start serving evening meals until 8:30pm. On the plus side, the G&T measures are very generous - one evening we counted and the barman only got 6 measures from a bottle.

If you stay in Cangas d'Onis the Parador is good and the town is a 20 minute walk away if you would prefer to eat out. A detour to Covadonga is well worthwhile to see the Covadonga Sanctuary, with its twin spires.


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Re: Picos Picking [Re: Clipper] #670160
31/10/20 01:20 PM
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Looked at the S&C tour - they have one scheduled for September - will check Brittany ferries.

Originally planned to drive back through France but think picos area deserves a good week (I am time limited).


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Re: Picos Picking [Re: Paul F] #670187
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Originally Posted by Paul F
On the plus side, the G&T measures are very generous - one evening we counted and the barman only got 6 measures from a bottle.

Sounds like my kind of G&T! grin2


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Re: Picos Picking [Re: Clipper] #670240
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Great idea.
1. The Santander ferry was posher than the Bilbao one. Depends if you like your luxury en route or on return.
2. Basílica de Santa María la Real de Covadonga is a nice stopping point. If you get their early you can park near the front of the church. When I was there was a Seat500 meet in front which was interesting!
Have fun!


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PaulV, the hotel/parador opposite the church is worth staying at, a few years ago i had booked to stay for two days, ended up staying for 4 days it is excellent .

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Re: Picos Picking [Re: Clipper] #670383
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It’s probably just me, but what to do on a night time? Loads of separated hotels in the Cova area but it must just be meal and a drink at the hotel bar.

One or two quiet night is okay though, but need a few bars to visit some nights.





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Re: Picos Picking [Re: Clipper] #670427
01/11/20 09:33 PM
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Hello Clipper!

I can't post you a PM (apparently you're over the limit or something like that....). Maybe you can send me a PM?

I'm Spanish, know my country pretty well. And can tell you the best routes / roads around the Picos de Europa.

On the top of that, my fabulous co-pilot and wife, Ana María, has a bespoke-travel agency. She can build for you the whole hotel pack, adapting to your budget, avoiding tourist traps and choosing the best cozy and surprising boutique hotels en-route. Plus recommending stops you shouldn't miss, and some restaurants.

Your call!

In you can't send me a PM, let me know and I give you my email through here if necessary.

Best regards

Javier and Ana Maria

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