The Picos de Europa, one of Europe’s last mountain wilderness areas, are the high point of a long ridge of mountains which runs along the north coast of Spain, the Cordillera Cantabrica.
Rising to 2648m (about 8700ft), the Picos are divided into three spectacular limestone massifs separated from one another, and from the surrounding ranges, by precipitous gorges – a truly spectacular area in which to trek or tour.
This guide contains a wealth of information about the dazzling array of plant and animal life you can expect to see when exploring the range.
The author, an all-round naturalist, has been living and walking in the Picos de Europa for almost 30 years. Together with Mike Lockwood, she has also written Sunflower’s guide to the Costa Brava.
To find out more about the author or to join one of her tours, visit iberianwildlife.com.
We found your book and it became our bible! I don’t think we have ever used a guide book more intensely or enjoyed one so much! (C&LM, Lowestoft)
We have walked and climbed in the Rockies and the Himalaya, but the Picos are unique, and we are so glad that we went. Your book contained so much information, together with the beautiful pictures and the very useful maps, that we felt we were really getting under the skin of this part of Spain. (MH, Glos)
Your walks took us through flower meadows awash with fragrance, buzzing with insect life and clouds of butterflies, through sleepy villages lined with cherry trees so heavily laden that fruit fell to the ground untouched, and up through steep mountain gorges with goats and donkeys for company. Thank you so much. (SP, Harrogate)
I have just returned from my third visit to the Picos de Europa and am writing to tell you what an absolute godsend your Sunflower book has been on all three visits. I am now hardly able to walk at all without poles but even so have been able to enjoy very short sorties from the car and obviously all the breathtaking sights from the miradors. Thank you again for your indispensable book – several of my friends have bought it after seeing my copy.