Teleférico de Fuente Dé

Top choice in Picos de Europa

In less than four minutes, this spine-tingling cable car whisks visitors up from the valley floor to the top of the 600m-high sheer southern wall of the Picos' central massif – an ascent of 753m in a horizontal distance of just 1.45km. Cable cars depart continually throughout the day, weather permitting. During high season (especially August) you can wait over an hour for a seat, in both directions. There are cafes at either end.

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