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Lebaniego 4-day hike at Picos de Europa National Park

A really unique and different 4-day hiking adventure in Lebaniego led by Andres, AEGM guide. A combination of trekking with a treasure hunt, super fun for the whole family.

Mountain RangeCantabrian Mountains
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


Have you ever imagined a hiking expedition combined with a treasure hunt? In the Lebaniego trek that’s possible! Come live 4 amazing days walking, looking for geolocalized treasures and learning a lot about the history and culture of the main counties in the area.

Taking advantage of the Holy Year of Lebanigo, this trekking route becomes more important than ever in the regions of Liébana and Saja-Nansa in Cantabria, Spain. In addition we will cross the most beautiful rivers, valleys and mountains in direction to the heart of Picos de Europa National Park.

Besides that, I propose a fun game to find the Treasures of the Templars. Without a doubt, it is an ideal activity for families with children since the idea is to discover several hidden and geolocated surprises along the route. To achieve it, I will give you the necessary coordinates and clues.

The Lebanigo trek is highly recommended at any time of the year. It can be done in single stages or in four days (see the complete itinerary below), with accommodation and a transfers included. Depending on the technical and physical level of the group, treasures will be located in different places, which through several tracks will take us to the “great final treasure” in Santo Toribio.

Send your request and book your trip now. I’m sure this will be a one-of-a-kind hiking experience for the whole family. Don’t miss the chance!




Day 1: San Vicente de la Barquera – Muñorrodero

  • Kilometers: 28.5
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Estimated time: 8-9 hours

From San Vicente, we leave behind a blue landscape and so that the green color becomes more intense in its passage through La Acebosa, Hortigal and Estrada (this section can be done by vehicle to shorten the journey if the group wants). The Lebaniego Trek follows a beautiful mountain trail that leads to Muñorrodero. Here begins the Fluvial Path of Nansa that follows a forest of varied trees and wooden walkways. The signposted path ends at Camijanes, although we can continue parallel to the river to avoid the road until we reach Cades, where “La Casona del Nansa” hotel is located. Here we will spend the first night.

Day 2: Cades- Cicera

  • Difficulty: medium-high
  • Estimated time: 7-8 hours

We leave Cades and head to La Fuente where, in addition to accommodation, we will have one of the jewels of Romanesque art in Cantabria: The Church of Santa Juliana. A few meters to the right we will ascend to Burió and then to Collado de Hoz, with a beautiful panoramic view of the Lamasón valley, from where we will begin to descend 1,8 km to Cicera.

Another much more adventurous option is to cross Monte Arria, a route that follows the popular Desafío Cantabria race, from the sea to the mountain, and goes directly to Collado de Hoz.

Day 3: Cicera - Cabañes or Cicera - Ojedo

From Cicera to Lebeña we will go through a forest of oaks and beech trees with a great variety of colors. We will go down to Santa María de Lebeña, which has one of the best Spanish Pre-Romanesque Art Jewels. A Mozarabic temple built in the year 925 by Christians fled from Arab territory. Here we will have 2 options:

Option A

Follow the old “Road of Diligence” over the Hermida Gorge to Castro Cillórigo. A spectacular road although with a quite aerial trail that can become delicate in case of rain. Thus we would arrive directly to Ojedo to sleep in the Hotel Infantado.

Option B

We can continue to Allende by road and then we will face a steep climb to Cabañes to reach the lodge. Another option is, just at the intersection to Allende, take a path to the left that leads directly to the Habario de Pendes, with its thousand-year-old chestnut trees.

Day 4: Ojedo or Cabañes-Santo Toribio

  • Kilometers: 13.7
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Estimated time: 3 hours

From Cabañes we go to the Habario de Pendes and in the village we pass by a cheese factory where we can taste and by some of the typical Liébana cheeses. We then descend to the hermitage of San Francisco. This road leads us to Tama although we can avoid the road by taking the Campañana route, a parallel trek to the River Deva that ends in the center of Potes. The Potes Hostel is in a privileged place, from which we can see the impressive Torre del Infantado, the most symbolic building of Potes and the most prominent one in Cantabria. From there we continue to the Monastery of Santo Toribio (4 km), which has guided tours every day during the summer. Here ends our tour.

About the guide

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My name is Andrés de la Torre and I´m on of the lead guides at Guías de Picos. I'm a Middle Mountain Sports Technician AEGM, deeply knowledgeable of the Cantabrian Mountains and Picos de Europa.

Always thinking of new and different activities, the routes I propose are not limited to walking through beautiful places... you will remember the experience for life!

With a degree in Digital Journalism, I try to organize innovative programs that value local resources and traditions.

I can not conceive the mountain without friends and I believe that there is no better experience than a bivouac under the stars.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1238 each

Group of 2

EUR 619 each

Group of 3

EUR 413 each

Group of 4

EUR 310 each

Group of 5

EUR 310 each

Group of 6

EUR 289 each

Group of 7

EUR 289 each

Group of 8

EUR 258 each

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• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

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