Example tour: Bears and Hiking in Somiedo Natural Park, North West Spain
A 5 day hiking and nature break in one of Spain´s wildest and most picturesque areas.
Wonderful hiking for all levels, Unspoiled villages, Pristine wild mountains and valleys, Cantabrian Brown Bear, Superb flower meadows, Birding. Great Food
Day 1. 3 star Village Hotel, Pola de Somiedo
Pick up from Bilbao or Oviedo. Drive to our 3 star hotel in the village of Pola de Somiedo. Pola is set in the beautiful Somiedo Natural Park and is a picturesque and idyllic base for hiking. The area is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve with a healthy population of Brown Bears and wolves. Farming in this very rural area is still highly traditional with cattle going up to the Brañas - high mountain pastures in the summer.
Day 2. 3 star Village Hotel, Pola de Somiedo
A twelve mile circular route taking in 3 high passes, stunning Brañas (shepherds settlement high in the hills), Beech forest and three beautiful villages. A spectacular day of views, rural and high country farming and stunning scenery with very few people around.
Day 3. 3 star Village Hotel, Pola de Somiedo
The walk starts at a high pass (1600 metres) and takes us down past a series of lakes down to El Valle. This is a classic Asturian walk with beautiful high pastures, picturesque shepherds huts, ancient Roman mines and great views. The bird and plant life is exceptional and we could well see Vultures, Golden Eagle and enjoy many alpine flowers.
Day 4. 3 star Village Hotel, Pola de Somiedo
Drive to a lookout point to try and see Brown Bears. It´s amazing to see these animals in the wild in Europe in the 21st Century. Spotting scope provided as they can be a fair distance from the vantage point. Do an easy hike afterwards before going to a good local restaurant for Sunday lunch.
Day 5 Return to Bilbao.
We´ll have time for a two hour sightseeing or walking stop along the way.
What´s included in the price: Accommodation and breakfasts in a 3 star, family run hotel (single occupancy in en suite double rooms), Transfers and all transport in 9 seater minibuses, Two guides/drivers, Excellent picnics using local products