Picos de Europa National Park

Asturias, Spain

The Picos de Europa National Park is a rock massif located in northern Spain that belongs to the central part of the Cantabrian mountain range. Although is not very extensive, its proximity to the sea makes it prodigal in geographical accidents of great interest. Actually, the Picos de Europa National Park is the second most visited national park in Spain, after Teide National Park (Tenerife, Canary Islands).

This limestone formation extends through Cantabria, León and the Principality of Asturias, standing out its heights, in many cases above 2,500 metres, because at its northernmost point they are barely distant 15 kilometers from the Cantabrian Sea. Geographically, the Picos de Europa are in the Cantabrian mountain range, although they are considered as an independent unit of the latter because of their most recent formation. They occupy a total area of 67,455 hectares spread across the three provinces.

Picos de Europa are divided into three massifs: the Western or Cornion massif, the Central or Urrieles massif, and the Oriental or Andara massif.

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