He Picos de Europa National Park It is one of the most beautiful and impressive natural spaces in Spain. This place in the Cantabrian Mountains, halfway between Asturias, Cantabria and the province of León, is a paradise for anyone looking to disconnect, breathe clean air and do outdoor sports.

For example, one of the most popular activities are hiking trails, since there are many options for all tastes and levels. One that stands out for its spectacularity is that of the Bulnes Orange Treea dizzying route with which we will touch the 2,000 meters high.

Bulnes town between mountains.

The impressive hiking route in the Picos de Europa to one of the most isolated towns in Spain

The route to Naranjo de Bulnes

The Naranjo de Bulnes Route is one of the most popular in the Picos de Europa. This takes us through 11 kilometers (one way) through some of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes. With a degree of medium difficultythe route has a gradient of 750 meters, the highest point it reaches is 1,950 meters above sea level and it will take us a while to complete it completely about 6 hours.

The village of Sotres in the mist between the mountains in Asturias, Spain

The first thing of all will be to go to the beautiful Asturian town of Sotres. Once there, we must follow the signs to the area of ​​the Pandebanus Hill, where you can leave the car and begin the route on foot. We will start walking along the marked path and soon we will arrive at the Tenerosa Refugethe last point where you can collect water, so it’s time to fill the canteens.

The path continues through the call Majada de la Tenerosa, where we will ascend while we contemplate the Cabeza de las Moñas, the Vega de los Tortorios and the town of Bulnes around us. Then we will arrive at Collado Vallejo and we will pass through several torrents and a stone bridge. The next step is to ascend the Jou Lluengo depressionsomewhat more difficult because it is a very rocky terrain.

Bulnes Naranjo Route.
Bulnes Naranjo Route.

Finally, we will arrive at a meadow where the Delgado Úbeda Refuge is located and, just behind it, the imposing presence of the Naranjo de Bulnes or Picu Urriellu and its 2,519 meters of altitude. Here we can stop to rest and contemplate the wonderful panoramic views before heading back. Even the most adventurous dare to climb that impressive stone mass.

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How to get to the beginning of the route

He car ride from the city of Oviedo to Collado de Pandébano is 2 hours and 15 minutes on the A-8. From Santander It is 2 hours and 10 minutes also on the A-8.

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