Cantabrian Mountains in Spain

The beautiful and rugged Cantabrian mountains are one of the largest mountain ranges in Spain. Situated in Asturias in the North of Spain, they stretch East to West for over 300 kilometers and offer a huge amount of hiking and rock climbing routes of varying difficulty.
Cantabrian Mountains

Cantabrian Mountains, Asturias, Spain

It is also possible to ski in the resorts of Manzaneda and Alto Campoo. This area is also known for it’s excellent lake and river fishing. Several of Spain’s large rivers rise from the Southern mountain range including the mighty Ebro. The Cantabrian mountains are home to several protected areas, including 6 natural parks, the Muniellos Nature Reserve and the wonderful Picos de Europa National Park.

Picos de Europa National Park

Known to be the first national park in Spain and covering an area of over 600 km2. In the heart of the Cantabrian mountains, Picos de Europa is a mountain range in itself and was originally named Montana de Covadonga back in 1918 and renamed in 1995. The area was awarded the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Designation in 2002. Only 20 kilometers from the coast, the climate is humid with a high rainfall but still snows in the winter. The area is extremely craggy with deep canyons and ravines interspersed with high mountain peaks reaching 2000 meters above sea level in over 200 places with the highest peak being Torrecerredo that reaches 2,646 meters. The Picos de Europa National Park is home to 4 rivers and the famous Covadonga Lakes. Interspersed throughout the park are many viewpoints for visitors to catch their breath and take in the beautiful views. For those visitors wanting to experience the beauty of the park without having to do it all on foot there is the Fuentede cable car that takes visitors to 1800 meters above sea level.

Cantabrian Mountains Wildlife

The Cantabrian mountains are home to a wide range of flora and fauna, and animals such as the Iberian wolf and the Cantabrian brown bear can still be found in the area. There are also 2 reserves dedicated to the conservation of the European bison. When visiting the Cantabrian mountains, for those wishing to explore further, there are some lovely beaches, medieval villages and stoneage caves. The Altamira Caves are a World Heritage site and thought to be the oldest stone-age caves in the world, with cave paintings dating back to 18,000 BC.

Spanish Costas

Spanish Costas