Fuente Dé

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  • Day7

    Enforced socialisation

    June 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    No escape from being sociable, or at least pretending. In a fit of optimism signed up for the day trip in to the Picos & swiftly regretted it afterwards but it'll do me good... Grudgingly particpated in the market activity - speculated that if aliens were amongst us would we be able tell them apart from some the bizarre looking things that were on display in the seafood stalls. For all we know some Spaniard is chowing down on an emissary from Alpha Centauri & he thinks it's a crab. My mind wasn't focussed. The day trip was to take in 2 stops - Potes, a mountain village(ish) & Fuente de, a cable car up into the Picos proper. On the way we went past the village we'd be staying in so that would give me a little navigational help. The road to Potes was windy, bendy overload but very dramatic. On arrival it was already lunch time - not a fast process. Once done, inevitably the tower with a view had closed for the day. Ho hum. Took a walk along the river & mooched around town. Still - should be views in the Picos - assuming the cloud holds off - bit hit & miss (showers & sun in Potes) The cable car sped us upto the snow level (temp going down from 21 to 12) & thankfully some stunning views of the mountains & the alpine pastures. Weird to think of snow in Spain in June. Only time for a little walk around & then back down. Both places deserved longer really - the joys of coach party day trips.Read more

  • Day506

    Picos de Europa - Peaks of Europe

    October 24, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    The Picos de Europa are made up of three limestone massifs reaching 2648m and straddle southwest Cantabria (from where we visited), northern Castilla y Leon and southeast Asturias. They offer some of the best walking country and scenery in Spain.

    We took the motorbike and travelled through spectacular mountain roads and villages to Fuente Dé, where we took a cable car 753m up to the sheer southern wall of the Picos' central massif at 1823m. Our Lonely Planet guide told us that from here, there was an easy 3.5km one-hour walk to the Hotel Aliva where we would find refreshments. Sounded like a good plan and so off we set, mostly downhill. We reached the hotel only to find it was closed down, so there was nothing for it but to turn around, at which point we realised just how far down we had come. The hike back uphill was a bit of a killer but we made it and could say that we had really hiked the Picos. We were reminded of our trip still several days later as we could hardly walk! But, as our nephew George pointed out, at least we don't have any stairs in the motorhome to negotiate!
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  • Day4

    Off to a slow start

    July 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    All the blogs said get to Fuente De early otherwise you can wait in line for 2-3 hours to take the gondola to the beginning of the trailheads in the Picos De Europa. The other option is to walk which takes you 3 hours vs. a 3 minute and 40 second cable car ride. I got there at 7:50 am and I was the only car in the parking lot. I walked around. No employees. No signs of life. No signs in English. I was hoping it wasn’t some holiday and closed. So I walked over to the Parador (pictured below) and had breakfast. Around 9:00am I wondered back to the Gondola and there were about 30 people around lined up for tickets. Turns they open the Gondola and ticket office around 10am. Turns out “early” by American vs Spanish standards means something different. Stood in line talking to a couple from Ireland, we were moving in opposite directions as they had just hiked the Cares Gorge the day before and the Lakes of Covadonga the previous day. As I stood in line looking at the mountains covered in clouds it was reminiscent of Poon Hill in Nepal and our 4 am hike to the top of a mountain to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas only to see clouds. I was already shifting my mindset to and expectations and figured I would just have a quiet day hiking around the area, and would forego the idea of getting to Horcados Rojos. My jaw dropped during the last 30 seconds of the gondola ride when we broke through the clouds and were above them. It was indescribable.Read more

  • Day16

    Fuente Dé, Spain

    July 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Bon dia des de Fuente Dé! Aquesta nit ha fet rasqueta I hem posat la calefacció... Ens llevem, esmorzem al merendero, fem el dinar, recollim I pujem a buscar el telefèric. Ingènuament ens esperem que hi hagi poca gent. Ens equivoquem... Hem de fer cua... I L'ian no es porta gens bé. I el pitjor és que la cua de comprar el tíquet és una I encara ens queda una altra cua per agafar el telefèric. Keep calm. La part bona de tot això es que entrem els primers al nostre telefèric. Podem veure-ho tot des de davant. Em fan mal les orelles del canvi d'altitud! Més de 700m de desnivell en 3 minuts. Un cop a dalt flipem molt amb les vistes i ens n'alegrem d'haver agafat la jaqueta perquè fa rasca. Comencem a caminar i L'ian no vol caminar... Vol anar al seu aire... Para a observar cada pedra del camí... No vol caminar. Quan li diem que puji a l'esquena li falten cames. Caminem bastant... I hi ha neu! Hem de trepitjar neu una estona! No ens ho esperàvem! Hi ha bous, i llacs i gent escalant. I no trobem quin és exactament el camí per arribar al refugi hotel que volem. Preguntem a varies persones que estan igual de perdudes. Al final decidim girar cua, al cap i a la fi hi ha previsió de pluja i ja portem 4km caminant. Ara se'l penja el Iuri a l'esquena. Esta dormint... Se li cau el cap pels cantons... Encara hem de trobar la manera de que estigui a la motxilla còmode mentre dorm. Al final ens parem a dinar abans d'arribar al telefèric. A un prat... Molt maco, amb unes vistes increïbles... I ple de bitxos!!! Mentiría si no dic que em molesten i que no els trobaré a faltar gens quan acabin les vacances.... I L'ian es desperta i dins amb nosaltres. I des d'allà fins a basic camina de la mà! Això si, he cantat tot el meu repertori de cançons infantils jaja... Fem un milió de fotos. Un cop a baix ens quedem al bar fent el cafè i observant els corbs, que n'hi ha per parar un tren. Els hi donem kikos per poder fer-los una foto decent... Però no ho aconseguim gaire. Tastem les corbatas, un brioix de pasta de full... Que no mata, la veritat. I després anem a visitar l'exposició dels 50 anys del telefèric. Li comprem un telefèric de joguina a L'ian i tornem a baixar. Un cop al pàrquing... MER-DA!!!!!! La calefacció s'ha quedat encesa a tot drap mentre érem a dalt. Hem llençat menjar... S'han despenjat coses... I fa una calor insuportable...... Acabem de recollir, ventilem I marxem. Continuarà...Read more

  • Day24

    Picos de Europa

    August 16, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Die faulen Tage in Bilbao sind vorbei, nun geht's wieder in die Natur. Klettersteig war heute, dazu ein Heiratsantrag und ein neuer Niveautiefpunkt. Sagen wir manchmal, aber nur manchmal sind unsere Witze selbst uns zu krass. Aber nur so kommt man zu den wirklich guten Witzen.

    Ein kleiner Tipp nebenbei für alle Klettersteigfreunde: der Weg runter is immer viel gefährlicher als hoch. Und dort könnte auch mal jemand ne Runde durch fegen.
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  • Day25

    Peña Vieja

    August 17, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Einer der höchsten Berge dieses Gebirges. Warum machen wir das? Ein entspannter Spaziergang am Meer würde doch auch gehen.
    Aber nö, wir stehen auf sowas. Und während der Schweiß von Händen und Gesicht tropft, arbeiten wir uns Schritt für Schritt nach oben.
    Interessanterweise habe ich versucht, nach der Besteigung in den Pyrenäen, auch mal nur einen Tagesrucksack zu packen, und bin wieder mit so einem Riesending unterwegs...woher kommt dieses ganze Zeug?
    Gut, andere laufen hier in Turnschuhen hoch, was ich auch nicht ganz verstehen kann.
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Fuente Dé, Fuente De, 39588