Nature and Romanesque art come together in this journey through the wild beauty of the Palencian Mountain and the Picos de Europa.
Days 1 and 2
Sunday and Monday.
With the waters of the Ruesga marshland at its feet and rugged mountains in the background, the Parador de Cervera is an ideal base camp to immerse yourself in the Cantabrian mountain range and the wonderful unspoilt area of the Natural Park of Fuentes Carrionas and Fuente Cobre, a usual refuge for the elusive brown bear. This is a paradise for nature lovers- don’t miss the bawls of the deer between September and October- and specially, for those keen on hunting and fishing. Bring yourself to discover the surroundings through some of the routes such as that of the marshlands, the lookouts, the Roblón de Estalaya, where you will see the “Abuelo”, an impressive oak tree of extraordinary longevity, the Tejada de Tosande, with its millenarian 5-6-meter high yew trees, or the beautiful Senda del Bosque Fósil, whose soil is scattered with stumps and trunks of trees from a forest that existed 300 million years ago. A more relaxed option is to cross the Canal of Castille in a tourist boat. Children will love the Robledal del Oso adventure park, with fun courses from tree to tree. In the surrounding area, you will find over a hundred Romanesque temples, from huge monasteries to small chapels embedded within the landscape, such as the Monastery and Museum of Santa María la Real in Aguilar de Campoo, the cave church of Olleros de Pisuerga or the San Juan de Moarés de Ojeda church, with its amazing Pantocrator. Just over 50 km to the south is the Roman village of La Olmeda, a settlement of palatial dimensions with over 1,500 m2 of floors covered by colourful mosaics.
You will have several possibilities to travel from Cervera to Fuente Dé and all of them will guarantee the enjoyment of stunning landscapes in a winding route of barely 80 km. The grandeur of the Picos de Europa, which got this name because it was the first thing people from the north emigrating to America saw when they came back by boat, is one of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the Iberian Peninsula and it will impress each and every traveller. Given its privileged location, the Parador is an excellent place of accommodation to discover this unrivalled Natural Park. The Fuente Dé cable car, located next to the Parador, will take you comfortably to the heart of the Macizo Central or Urrieles or the Aliva lookout. There are plenty and varied routes for discovering the surroundings and small mountain villages, such as Mogrovejo. Potes is worth a visit too, the village of bridges and towers, famous for its orujo liqueurs. Having cocido lebaniego (traditional dish of chickpeas, potatoes and cabbage) is a wonderful way to restore your energy when you get back from your excursions. You can’t forget to try the singular Picón Bejes-Tresviso cheese either, which is matured in caves. And if you like extreme sports, this is your destination: kayaking, rafting, canyoning, climbing, mountaineering, rappel, trekking with snow rackets, going up the Naranco de Bulnes, horse riding... Which one are you going sign up for?