Picos de Europa - Spain's Best Kept Secret

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

"Of all the paths you take in life,

make sure a few of them are dirt."

--John Muir

Today I wanted to talk to you about the ultimate Spanish road trip we took recently!

We drove from Barcelona, with a quick stay in Andorra, then continued West to the Asturias region of Spain where we would hike the Picos de Europa!

Being a nature lover currently living in Barcelona, something about the jagged peaks of the Carpathian mountains just romanced the Hell out of me. I could already smell the fresh air and feel myself walking barefoot across rivers and meadows before we even loaded the car. Needless to say, my favorite range in the world is the Chilean Patagonia in the Torres del Paine area; the Picos became a close second :)

Our goal was to leave from Barcelona and stay a day or so in Andorra la Vella before we set out for the 9-hour drive to the Picos. There we would stay in Alles, a small town fewer than 200 people, and venture out to the Picos daily.

Aside from a few hiccups, we did just that.

I realized, very quickly, that Picos de Europa is seriously Spains best-kept secret!!! From the endless rivers and peaceful cows to the several unmarked trails with views in every direction.

I love Barcelona, but I am far from a "city girl", so many of our folks were surprised we weren't moving to a place liek this rather than bustling Barcelona. However, we are seriously considering moving to this area sometime next year but, que sera sera. The trouble we have with really living off the grid, (which is my ultimate goal) is that we need a car. Not too sure how I feel about that yet, considering living in the city the ease of walking everywhere and not spending that extra money on a vehicle is also appealing


The clouds blanketed all visible peaks but I found it beautiful. The weather wound up like this most of our time there, often times worse. Even so, I really enjoyed smelling rain throughout our hikes and trying to hurry the trek before the daily storm hit!

This was a beautiful trail that went STRAIGHT UP. So many beautiful drop offs and dangerous spots, which I really love! Ollie enjoyed exploring the mountains off leash, but wasn't exactly sure what to make of the cows!

Afterward, once we made it back to the room, we shared quite a bit of cider together until we got drunk and ate our weight in pasta. ¡SALUD!