Welcome to Western Picos
Approaching the Picos from the Asturian (western) side, the Macizo Occidental (El Cornión) unfolds in a series of gorgeous high-altitude lakes, green-on-green pastures and bald-rock panoramas. Plain Cangas de Onís is the area's main base, with a host of outdoor activities, while unassuming Arriondas, 8km to the northwest, is the starting point for kayak and canoe rides down the Río Sella. About 10km southeast of Cangas lies holy Covadonga, famous as the first spot in Spain where the Muslims were defeated. From Covadonga, a twisting mountain road straggles up to the beautiful (and incredibly popular) Lagos de Covadonga, where several fine hiking trails begin.