We left a rainy San Tirso de Abres to head east to Los Picos de Europa in Cantabria. It rained for most of the journey, but by the time we reached out campsite (Camping La Viorna) in Potes the sun was out!

En route we stopped in Villaviciosa for lunch. It was lashing it down, so we needed to find somewhere quickly to eat. We stumbled across an excellent restaurant – La Forja. The food was fresh and delicious. And the restaurant had a clear character and an area for littlies to play! It was a real breath of fresh air. A particular highlight was the Goxua – a typical Basque desert.

Goxua pudding

The final stretch of the drive took us through the towering limestone karst peaks of Los Picos de Europa on narrow windy roads. As I was driving there wasn’t much opportunity to take in the view, but I hear it was stunning.

Potes is a very touristy little town and serves as one of the gateways to the peaks. Still, it had a little charm and plenty of little shops and places to eat. It even had a swimming pool for Mr H to train in (as did most of the towns we visited…).

I think it’s fair to say that we didn’t really make the most of Los Picos de Europa in the sense that we didn’t go on any hikes. Perhaps next time when I am not pregnant and we don’t have a toddler. Ah, so it might be a while! But we did do a few drives from Potes and were treated to some incredible views.

Next stop, the long awaited Basque.

Los Picos de Europa, Cantabria, July 2016