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Situated on Spain’s northern coastline on the border of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile y Leon, Picos de Europa National Park is full of mountainous terrain and rivers that are perfect for canyoning and other water sports.

Plenty of emerald-green pools present themselves as the perfect spot for this combination sport of climbing abseiling, jumping, swimming and hiking. However, the sport can only be practiced in certain spots, which is why hiring a guide will save you time and possibly a hefty fine.

Starting from the small town of Arriondas, some of the stunningly beautiful national park’s best canyoning is easily accessible with only a drive of 1.5 hours or so. Rubo Canyon is among the most popular spots for canyoning in the park.

Along with canyoning, white water rafting on certain sections of the park’s various rivers is another popular activity.




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What’s the weather like?

During the summer, average daily temperatures range from 15 ºC to 20 ºC in the park. Summer is also the driest season of the year, but still expect more rain than you would elsewhere in Spain. The spring and autumn tend to be cooler as well as wetter.

How to get there:

Any trip to Picos de Europa National Park will likely start with a flight into Asturia Airport (OVD), outside of Oviedo. From here, it is easy to take a bus or rent a car and make the relatively short drive to the national park.


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Best time to visit:

May to October






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