In the midst of the imposing verticality and idyllic scenery of the mountains of Picos de Europa National Park stands the Parador de Fuente Dé, located near this small town's famous cableway. The Parador is a gateway to magical forests, mountain slopes and scenic overlooks that make up a natural paradise of incomparable beauty. This modern mountain hotel is located in the district of Liébana, at the base of the cableway that climbs up to Áliva viewpoint. The interior is warm and cozy, and traditional Cantabrian dishes such as cocido lebaniego (chickpea stew) and sirloin steak with Tresviso cheese are a magnificent way to recharge after returning from an excursion in the area.
If you love rural tourism, adventure tourism and nature, this is the ideal spot for your fantasy vacation. You can hike a number of different trails, including one that descends from Áliva viewpoint and the route up Horcados Rojos, an amazing vertical wall measuring almost 300 meters on the way up to the Cabaña Verónica mountain shelter. A visit to one of the small local mountain villages will transport you into a fairytale postcard. Mogroviejo, just over 15 minutes away by car, is a lovely rural village which has been declared a Historical Site. It retains the charm of the passage of time in structures such as a late 12th-century tower and Santo Toribio Monastery. You also won't want to miss Potes, the capital of the Liébana district, or its Infantado Tower and the delightful Barrio Viejo (Old Quarter).
Would you like to go off the beaten path in the Picos de Europa? River canoing, canyoning in a ravine, rafting or rappelling, climbing Naranjo de Bulnes peak and snowshoeing along a snowy trail are among the many activities available here. Seize the adventure!
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