Costa Verde9-days hiking and culture trip. It is a paradise of nature - Spain's north is considered as a still untouched paradise. Hardly no landscape is more diverse, more picturesque, more varied ...
There are incredible possibilities for hiking - picturesque mountain peaks, fairyland forests or walks along a breathtaking cliff-lined coastline - the small province of Asturias in northern Spain offers something amazing.
In general, the landscape is Asturias largest treasure and offers with the Picos de Europa the oldest national park in Spain. More than a third of the country is protected and belongs to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. But no matter where you go: nowhere is the sea far away, just 30km ...
Fishing villages in which time seems to stand still and whose people are deeply rooted in their traditions and their memory. Here you can still find it, living in harmony with nature ... and with the products of the local cuisine.
The Asturians are particularly proud of their nature. You can feel good about your close connection to your homeland when you make your way through the impressive landscape.
But of course Spain's north has much more to offer. Great cities, world-famous museums, international spots, music, architecture, art, culture ... and history!
But get a picture by yourself ... hiking with sea views.
Welcome to Bilbao!
Your individual flight will take you to the coastal town surrounded by green mountains. Individual transfer to your hotel. Check in.
Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country and the capital of the province of Biscay. Known as a former spot of industry the largest city in the Basque Country has changed to a modern hot spot of culture, nature and scene. At least Bilbao finally became famous with the opening of the fascinating Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank O. Gehry, one of the famous star architect in the world.
Worth seeing is also the old town Siete Calles ("Seven Streets") on the right bank of the River Ria with its many small streets, bars and restaurants. Pulsating life reflects an avant-garde and modern spirit and captivates you in a short time. You explore the center on foot during an evening hike. Dinner is served in one of the typical Spanish restaurants.
Bilbao is a liitle bit different than you imagine a Spanish city. As one of the metropolises of the Basque Country it radiates a special flair. That's because of the location of Bilbao. For the first, Bilbao is located in the North of Spain and do not match the usual (southern) Spain clichés. And secondly, the estuary of the River Ria del Nervión it enabled Bilbao to operate a thriving seaport for many centuries.
Get to know the city and be inspired. Siete Calles, the Theater of Bilbao (Theatro Arriga), the Cathedral of Santiago, the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao) or the cafes and gardens - time will pass quickly.
Along the coast, your bus will take you to San Vicente de la Barquerra. Located on the small mouth of the River Brazo Major, this small fishing village welcomes you and offers lodging for the next 2 nights.
In the Middle Ages San Vicente belonged to the community of the four Castilian ports (San Vicente, Santander, Laredo and Castro Urdiales), whose trade routes ranged to the North Sea and the western Mediterran Sea. The royal city rights did not only refer to trade, but also to fishing.
Woken up by the seagulls ... Good morning!
Do you know Antoni Gaudí i Cornet? Of cause! Then you look forward to the visit of "Villa Quijano", also known as El Capricho ("the mood"). Antoni Gaudí realized here his very personal idea of a summer country house - and you may believe it: here it is again gaudi-moderately "round"! The client was the wealthy businessman Don Máximo Díaz de Quijano and was built in the years 1883-1885.
Continue to Comillas. King Alfonso XII. and many noblemen from Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Bilbao preferred to spend their time in Comillas, also called the "City of the Archbishops". Appetite? A city tour makes you hungry. After a break, may be for lunch, you start the hike back to San Vincente on the "Northern Pilgrims' Way".
The Camino del Norte (or Camino de la Costa) reach back to the time when the Moors occupied large parts of the Iberian Peninsula and Jakobs pilgrims had to dodge the Atlantic coast to safely travel to Santiago. The Camino along the Costa Verde is characterized mainly by a picturesque landscape. Original fishing villages and modern seaside resorts alternate with picturesque estuaries, secluded coves and wide sandy beaches. You will be "inspired" by your hotel in San Vincente.
Today you have breakfast before the seagulls will wake you up ... and leave early by bus. Your destination is the nature reserve Picos de Europa, to hike to the small mountain village of Bulnes.
The Picos de Europa ("Summit of Europe") are a limestone massif within the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain. It covers parts of the autonomous communities of Asturias, Castile-Leon and Cantabria. The National Park Picos de Europa, extends over large parts of the mountains. In this mountain the Reconquista began in 722 with the Battle of Covadonga.
A hike to Bulnes - the dream of all city- and lice-plagued people. Only a few tractors help the inhabitants in their daily work, otherwise the hamlet is absolutely car-free. Until the opening of the funicular railway (Funicular de Bulnes) in 2001, the village was only accessible on foot. Wonderful views and a lot of peace await you on the way there. At just 4 km (one way) you have to cover approx. 475 vertical meters. Enjoy the tranquility and seclusion up here, treat yourself to a little break in the tavern.
Cangas de Onis is worth more than a short detour. The small town is located on the banks of the two rivers Sella and Güeña. Cangas de Onis was until 774 seat of the rulers of the Kingdom of Asturias.
Cangas de Onis, which reach back to the year 437th, tells a lot of its history during a stroll through the streets. Largest attraction is certainly the Roman stone bridge, which was declared in 1931 to a historical monument. It has five arches, three are pointed arches. In the middle arch hangs a reproduction of the cross "Cruz de la Victoria", reminding of its history.
A little tip: At the foot of the bridge on the banks are located small cafes that invite to a break.
The mountains in the magic light of the early day are just amazing! Full of anticipation for today's hiking you take the short transfer to Covadonga by bus.
Covadonga is located in a picturesque narrow valley. A narrow mountain path leads from here to one of the most beautiful areas of the Picos de Europa with the glacial lakes Lago Enol and Lago de la Ercina at an altitude of over 1,000 meters.
The view extends far beyond the coastal mountains to the sea. On the green pastures cows and sheep are grazing. After crossing a pass, to the right, the deep blue Lago Enol faces the panorama of the western massif of the Picos de Europa with the 2,594 meter high Torre Santa.
On the way back you will visit the Marian shrine, which is located in a cave. In 722 AC, the Battle of Covadonga took place there, in which Pelayo, the leader of a Christian force, won a victory over Muslim troops. This success is considered the beginning of the Reconquista. The Asturian Chronicle of King Alfonso III. contains a report that in this battle heavenly intervention protected the Marian Shrine and brought about victory. So Covadonga became a place of pilgrimage and a huge basilica was built.
Return to Cangas de Onis.
The walk today takes you to the "Ruta de la Cares" - an absolute must do! "La Garganta Divina - the divine gorge". One of the most breathtaking routes in the Picos de Europa. The path is embedded in a magnificent mountain landscape and promises a fantastic panorama. In the years 1916-1921, the Canal de la Cía was cut above the river into the rock to supply the power stations at Poncebos and Arenas de Cabrales. It runs parallel to Cares, the wildest river in the area. The hiking route measures 12 km and offers beautiful views and landscapes. The area of the Cares, like the rest of the Picos de Europa, is home to a species-rich fauna. Among other things here live numerous chamois and griffon vultures, as well as the endangered capercaillie. After about 6 hours you reach your destination in Cain.
From here your transfer bus starts for the ride (approx. 2 ½ hours) to Oviedo. Check-in at the hotel.
Good morning - enjoy your breakfast!
Oviedo, capital of the Autonomous Community of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the city was the residence of the independent kingdom of Asturias. The inhabitants of the city are called "Ovetenser". Oviedo is a pedestrian-friendly city that serves as a model for other towns. The fairy-tale old town is dominated by the cathedral, in whose sacred chamber treasures from the time of the Asturian king Alfonso II "the Chaste" are kept.
Get to know the city today with its many beautiful gardens and parks, lanes and squares. Worth seeing are e.g. the San Salvador Cathedral, the Church of San Isidoro in the Plaza de la Constitución, the modern Congress Palace, houses in the old town and the Mercado del Fontán, the market hall. Take a seat at one of the tables of one of the small bars outside in the shade of the trees. Watch the hustle and bustle of the streets and enjoy a glass of wine, delicious olives and tapas!
Forget the time? A sight is still waiting for you today: the Sagrado Corazón, the statue "Memorial to the Sacred Heart of Jesus", on the Monte Naranco.
The mountain with the statue of Christ offers an excellent view to Oviedo as well as the surrounding mountains to the Costa Verde, the green coast of Asturias. The mountains on one side and the sea on the other side seem close enough to touch.
From here, your hike starts back through wide forests, green slopes and past Pre-Romanesque churches. On the path there is the possibility to stop and strengthen.
You will reach your hotel in the early afternoon and you will have time for refreshment before heading to the old town for "Semana Santa".
"Semana Santa - the holy week before Easter" begins on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before, and culminates in the processions at the Easter weekend.
The processions take place throughout the Holy Easter-Week. They are organized and conducted by associations called Hermandades or Cofradías. The brotherhoods are usually affiliated to a parish. Each procession can range from several hundred to over a thousand people. The processions are composed mostly of the Pasos with their bearers and companions, the Nazarenos and Penitentes and bands together. The penitents often walk barefoot, wear long coats and are masked with the typical pointed hood, which serves the anonymity of the penitential act. Watch or accompany the procession with special attention to the Pasos and in relative silence.
"The green coast - la Costa Verde."
Those who travel to the Costa Verde will rub their eyes. This Atlantic landscapes do not go with the pictures we know from Spain. Suddenly everything is wide, big, green and wild. The mighty Atlantic Ocean rolls in long waves on the gentle sandy beaches, the waves breaks at the cliffs and cows are grazing at green juicy pastures. It looks almost a little bit Bavarian, only that this mountains are located at the coast.
Your walk will take you from La Nora to Gijon. Part high on surfy steep coast, partly directly along seemingly endless beaches. In any case, spectacular. Realy, it is an amazing dream path.
You reach Gijon in about 3½ h. Gijón is located on the Bay of Biscay, and thus directly on the Green Coast, the Costa Verde. It is well-known for its seafaring history and the old fishing district of Cimadevilla. On the hill Santa Catalina there is a park and with sculptures at the rocky outcrop. The Revillagigedo Palace, built in the 18th century, houses an international art center. Next door is the church Colegiata de San Juan Bautista, now used as a concert hall. Nearby located is the 16th century clock tower with a museum about the history of the city. From the hill Cerro de Santa Catalina at seaside you will have the most amazing view to the city. Worth to see is the old university with its impressive courtyard. Transfer back to Oviedo.
After breakfast and check-out, transfer to Oviedo Airport. Return flight to your home airport.
Individual drive home.
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Your travel price:
TRAVEL PRICE / PAYMENT TERMS
Travel price in ½ double room / from 1.455, - € p.P.
Single supplement: 375, - €
Deposit: 20% of the travel price p.P. when booking, plus any insurance fees. Airline tickets are fully payable on booking.
The balance is payable no later than 28 days before departure.
- 9-day hiking and pleasure trip
- 8x B & B in typical 3-4 **** hotels & guesthouses
- 5x dinner
- Entrance fees Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
- Bus transfer according to the program
- P.T.A. TOURS Travel Guide
NOT INCLUDED SERVICES:
- Arrival and departure to the departure airport
- Flight to Bilbao
- Flight back from Oviedo
- Any daily updated flight surcharges
- Meals and drinks, if not listed in the program
- Entries, fees, gratuities, if not listed in the program
- Transfers, if not listed in the program
- Tourist tax, payable locally
- Personal expenses
- Insurance, travel cancellation insurance
You spend the night on a roundtrip in typical 3 & 4 **** hotels and guesthouses
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CANCELLATION BY CUSTOMER (CANCELLATION COSTS):
The customer can withdraw from the trip at any time prior to departure. In that case, fees will be as follows:
- until the 91st day prior to departure in the amount of the deposit
- from the 90th to the 31st day before the start of the journey 40%
- from 30th to 21st day before departure 60%
- from 20th day to 15th day before departure 80%
- from 14th day to 1st day before departure 90%
- 100% on the day of departure
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We recommend the conclusion of a travel insurance package and travel cancellation insurance. For hiking trips we recommend the conclusion of a (foreign) health insurance including mountain rescue.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
min 12 people; max 16 persons
P.T.A. TOURS GmbH reserves the right to cancel the tour no later than 28 days before the start of the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Payments made will be refunded immediately.
Local events can lead to changes in the program flow due to current local events.
Due to the nature of the trip, this is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
For Spain, no vaccinations are required.
The following vaccinations are recommended when entering Spain:
- Vaccinations according to the current vaccination catalog of the Robert Koch Institute
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B, for long-term stay or special exposure
- Meningococci ACXY, for long-term stay or special exposure
- Meningococcus B, for long-term or special exposure, as well as in persons under the age of 25 years
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The following data concerns travelers with a valid German ID document and the destination Spain.
No visa is required for a stay in Spain, provided that the trip does not exceed a stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.
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Transit visa requirements
Visas requiring visas require a transit visa. The following exceptions apply: Travelers with the nationalities of the EU countries have a free stay. Travelers flying from non-Schengen land by plane to another non-Schengen country, not leaving the transit area and having valid documents for onward travel. Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Togo can spend up to 24 hours visa free in the transit area of the airport if they are coming from a non-Schengen country and a non-Schengen Continue on your journey
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