Mirador de Cable sights, Picos de Europa
The bleak view north with trail leading to the Hotel-Refugio Aliva 4 kms (2. 5 miles) away. A couple of jeeps do the run from the cable car to the hotel for those who cannot do the walk easily.
The edge hosts a carpet of alpine flowers in spite of the hordes that stomp over here daily. Maybe that’s why they don’t have stalks. Evolution at work?
More serious hikers can circle round and down to the village of Espinama or the ambitious could trek on to Pico Tesorero (2, 570m/8, 432 ft) and Peña Vieja on fairly simple trails.
It’s 18kms of mainly downhill walking to Espinama on an unpaved track that should take about three or four hours. It’s well sign-posted and offers constantly changing views. This route is also popular with mountain bikers.
Espinama is also a base for tougher hikes (or possibly a jeep ride) to the mountain village of Sotres, from where trekking gets serious, with trips to Naranjo de Bulnes mountain range, along with Picu Urriellu (also known confusingly as Naranjo de Bulnes), a toothy peak at 2, 519 m (8, 264 ft) that is one of the two most popular climbs.