At a height of about 1,000 metres, these are one of the biggest attractions of the park. It consists of a small cluster of natural lakes, the most noteworthy of which are Enol and la Ercina. The road that leads to the lakes passes along incredible cliffs and steep slopes while offering the chance to admire the cattle that graze freely on the surrounding pastures.
Basílica de Covadonga
This is one of the most important tourist attraction in Asturias and one of the main Christian pilgrimage sites. Linked to the start of the Reconquest, in the year 722, since Pelayo defeated the Arab troops here the patron saint of Asturias la Santina has been revered in the Cueva Santa, the Holy Cave. The church and the guest quarters are the other buildings which are part of the Covadonga Sanctuary.
Some of the best views of the national park can be admired from the various viewpoints. Of particular note are El Mirador de la Reina or del Principe, on the los Lagos road; el Valdeon, on the Leon side of the mountains, as well as those offered from the Fuente De cable car and at Santo Toribio de Liebana, in Cantabria.
Cangas de Onis
A lively town on the edge of the Picos de Europa, with fine traditional houses in the Spanish-American style. Emblematic of the area is the bridge known as El Puenton, a significant example of medieval engineering. La Casa Dago houses one of the park's information centres.
This town is located alongside the river Urdon, which passes through a gorge forested with oaks and linden trees. There is an extraordinary beech grove and an impressive canyon road that leads to el balcon de Pilatos - Pilate's Balcony - and makes it an important reference place for hikers and mountaineers. The local picon cheese has its own appellation d'origine.
La Hermida Gorge
The gorge carved by the river Deva in the limestone of the mountain is the gateway to the region of Liebana. In addition, the the impressive natural scenery, right in the middle of the gorge we find a building of great artistic value: the pre-Romanesque Mozarabic church of Santa Maria de Lebeña. The area holds many attractions, such as Potes, the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana, Mogrovejo village - declared a site of historic interest - and the Fuente De cable car.
This mountain shepherd village, situated in one of the most spectacular spots of Picos de Europa, remained isolated until a few years ago when a cable car was built which leads to the town through the heart of the mountain. The altitude of the town, together with its location on top of a small peak surrounded by cliffs, promises unsurpassed views, among them the legendary mountain, the Naranjo de Bulnes, to which the town gave its name.
This famous hiking trail that explores the deep gorge carved by the river Cares in the heart of the National Park offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain. The path, edged by stunning precipices, runs for 14 kilometres between Poncebos (Leon) and Cain (Asturias).
In the far the north end of Leon, we find this isolated area surrounded by mountains and covered by dense oak and beech woods. Here the Cantabrian river Sella has its source. In addition to lofty peaks - Torre Bermeja Tower, Torre Parda and Peña Santa de Castilla - villages such as Oseja and Soto de Sajambre are noteworthy. Also the Arcediano trail, an attractive 13-kilometer cobbled way that connects with Soto de Sajambre with the Asturian village Amieva and which allows the Beyos gorge - through which run the lively waters of the Sella - to be crossed.
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