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    Anyone recommend anyhut to hut routes in the Picos de Europaand what is the best way to get there without hiring a car at that end.Don'tmind wild camping .Best guide book for this area?

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    I went last year and you can get there (depends where there is obviously) using some bus routes; starting from Santander or Bilbao I take it (?) - links to some services on my home machine.

    I have some guides at home that I will look out too - they have hut-to-hut routes.

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    I flew to Santander and met a friend who had got the boat there from Plymouth. Then bus to Potes. Can also get to Western side flying to Gijon/Oviedo. I used the Cicerone Press guide book. Routes will be dependent upon how long you are going for. Don't need a tent unless you are going to camp outside the huts. Suggest you study book and come up with your own route, planning is half the fun. However I really recommend you exit the massif with the miner's path from Treviso. To get into the Central Massif quickly and without too much climbing you can get either the Fuente De chairlift or the Bulness underground railway.

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    Not withstanding pedro's point about planning, Lonely Planet's 'Walking in Spain' (all 3 edits) has a good 9 day circular route in the Picos, easily accessed from Potes/Fuente De

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    Bit quirky but OK for bus planning

    Some route stuff here and here

    The Robin Walker guide is great (little dated in places) and I found the (relatively new) Desnivel guides to be very helpful; I got the Isidorio Cubillas set - in Spanish though.

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    Thanks for the replies thinking about a two to three week trip.Which time of year is best to go?

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    I went for 3 weeks. Plan was to do 2 weeks in the Picos with a friend and I was then going off solo to the Somiedo NP for a few days after. However we hit bad weather in the Picos so we both did one week there and a week in Somiedo. I then did a final week solo in the Picos. Recommend Somiedo, as a very green alternative to the Picos and worth going there for a few days after. Do a search for 'Somiedo' on this site and you will find the only two 'hits' are mine !

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    9 day circular, as mentioned above, is quite spectacular. The navigation can be a little awkward at times, especially when the fog comes down.

    If you go before the end of May, you risk not being able to finish the planned routedue to snow build up, particularly the approach to Cabana Veronica from El Naranjo direction.

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    Picos is lovely. Used the cicerone guide which we found to be very good. We flew to Santander in July and caught a bus to Potes, a good easy starting point. we walked up and over the central massif, then down and around via cares gorge. Took about 7 days, we were probably slow and weather was nasty for 2 of those. Still lots left to explore there, not just the central bits as we did. A few photos here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/coldtoa...2603/lightbox/

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    We love the Picos and have had 3 family holidays in the area. For those of you who like /want R&R beyond the mountains there are some spectacular beaches on the north coast (-and almostno other Brits!!)

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    I've only ever been in November and unless you like bad weather don't go at that time. This year I will be there in May (unfortunately due to having the hotel it is May and November for me) so fingers crossed. I'll either follow the GR 71 into the Picos or do a variation of the Lonely Planet 9 dayer to take in Torre Cerrodo and a few other places. If I do that I will start and finish at los Lagos de Covadonga which are spectacular but very busy in the summer. Luckily for me it is only a 5 - 6 hr drive. But public transport to Potes and Cangas de Onis from Santander is good.

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    Philip - Be careful at Los Lagos of flying cow turds in a high wind. I have experienced them - not a pretty siight!

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    Agree with cathyjc - superb beaches but sometimes iffy, claggy weather on them. We headed to the southern side of the Picos on one such occasion, and like the Pyrenees, it's much better/brighter on the southern side. Great area - love it!

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    The secret to the weather in northern Spain.

    If it's claggy on the coast it will probably be clearer in the mountains. If the mountains are in cloud the coast is probably sunny.
    We stay about 15 Km inland on the edge of the mountains (near Panes) so as you get up in the morning you can see which weather pattern you've got for the day, and then decide on where to go and what to do. This is our experience of 'high summer' weather patterns. I cannot say it would hold for other times of the year. If you stay right by the sea you cannot see if the mountains are clear, and visa versa.

    It took us three trips to find out just how to get the best out of the weather conditions.

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