Collected by Dan Fogarty
Lugar Bulnes, 22A, 33554 Bulnes, Asturias, Spain
There are no roads to the small village of Bulnes, located in the Asturias region of northern Spain. To reach the village, locals and wandering visitors must either ride the funicular (cable railway running through the mountain) or hike about an...
"Yeah, I can totally drive a car with manual transmission," said my travel companion. Barreling down the winding roads of the Parque de Picos de Europa, narrowly missing hikers and passersby, I realize that statement couldn’t be further from the...
Lago de la Ercina, 33556, Asturias, Spain
Hiking Lake Ercina was only half the fun of exploring the Picos de Europa; the other half was enjoyed learning how to drive a manual transmission all over again. It had been roughly ten years since I got behind a stick shift, and I may have...
33589 Covadonga, Asturias, Spain
Gorgeous and enchanting cathedral amongst the edge of the Picos de Europa. From here you can catch buses up to the Covadonga Lakes, which offer stunning views of two different lakes, and on clear days you can see the Mar Cantabrico in the...
Comillas, Cantabria, Spain
Northern Spain isn't nearly as popular as the south among foreign visitors (if you discount the El Camino de Santiago), but for my money the north provides a more pleasurable experience. The mountainous terrain is spectacular, the food in every...
The road ascending to the two glacial lakes that make up the center of Picos de Europa National Park is well known by bike racing aficionados as one of the most difficult stages (average climb gradient of 7.3% for nearly 8 miles) in the Vuelta a...
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