The Cares Route/Xanas Route
A hiking magnet for Europe and the world for a good reason.
Asturias hiking routes.
Hiking enthusiasts will be in their element in Asturias when in comes to enjoying the magnificence of nature. In the Picos of Europa National Park alone there's an awesome 12-kilometre (7 1/2 mile) route which will take you between the rocks and along the channel of the River Cares between Caín in the province of León and Poncebos in central eastern Asturias. Also dubbed the garganta divina ("divine throat"), it's one of the most famous hikes not just in Spain but in Europe; folks flock here from the world over to enjoy its incredible views and become "dwarves" amid the grandiose mountain landscapes of the Picos de Europa (just watch out, because some of those passes can be tight). If you don't want to trek quite so much, you have the option of a shorter stretch between Vilanueva the Xanas Pass to Pedroveya, a shorter, less trafficked route but one with views as spectacular as any in spectacular Asturias.