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The National Park of The Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa are made up of three great massifs, the Western Massif, the Central Massif or Los Urrieles and the Western Massif or Andara. From the 30th May 1995, the National Park of the Picos de Europa became the largest area of national park in the country. It was originally the National Park of the mountain of Covadonga, the first national park in the country. The oak, the holm oak, the beech and the holly are the tree species which are most abundant in the area. In terms of fauna, there are Leonardo vultures, chamois, roe deer, mountain cat, and with a little bit of luck you might see a capercaillie, the emblem of the Picos de Europa. There are various sites of interest to visit in the park:

The Royal Area of Covadonga. A sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Covadonga. (Cangas de Onís)

The Lakes of Covadonga (Enol y Ercina). Located in the eastern massif, el Macizo del Cornión. (Cangas de Onís)

The route along the river Cares. This walk starts at Poncebos (Cabrales) and marks the separtion between the Urrieles and the eastern massif, the Macizo del Cornión.

The viewing platform of Ordiales. This is found in the eastern massif, the Macizo del Cornión. The route begins from La Vega de Enol.

The funicular to Bulnes: This can be found at Poncebos and goes up to the village of Bulnes, even though there us a walking route which Stara fom Poncebos, too.

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