Olmares is between the Picos de Europa & Fuentes Carrionas National Parks
Olmares in Basieda is ideally situated in the Liébana Valley between the National Parks of the Picos de Europa and Fuentes Carrionas in the Cordillera Cantabrica and is just an hour from some great beaches.
The Liébana Valley: The wildlife and flowers here are varied and wonderful. The local walks from your doorstep, as detailed in 10 Circular Walks Around The Picos de Europa by Pete Ward and Trish Myers, are excellent. There are several restaurants close by and the locals are friendly – always ready to help and advise.
The Picos de Europa National Park: is justly famous for its natural beauty though it has become somewhat crowded in the season. Activities include birdwatching (the wallcreeper in particular), walking, climbing, horseriding, canoeing, canyon ascending and lots more. Fuente De with its cable car ascent is famous. The mountains are high – Torre de Cerredo is the highest at 2,648m.
Fuentes Carrionas: part of the Cordillera Cantabrica are much more of a back to nature experience. This Park is not nearly as commercialized and as a result has a special subtle attractiveness. The scenery is more open, the walking a little easier and the wildlife and flowers equally, if not more, wonderful. Because it’s quieter bears roam the high places at peace with the world. The highest Peak is Peña Prieta at 2,575m. Peter Walker, the well-known environmentalist, has written an inspiring guide including this region – ‘Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica’ .
The Sea: There are 2 roads from the Liébana Valley to the sea. The usual one through the dramatic Hermida Gorge is a little shorter but much busier than the Polaciones road. The Polaciones road takes you through some spectacular scenery and ancient villages of historical interest. Basieda is about half way between the 2 routes.
Touring: There are many wonderful drives with Basieda as the convenient centre base. Take the West to León and Asturias. The East to the Meseta with its Romanesque churches (the largest concentration in all Europe – details in our communal ‘salon’) and on to historic Burgos. Or take in the Roman ruins close to Aguilar de Campoo, some golden orioles and a very good restaurant for lunch! Further South drive through villages skirting the mountains and then home by the famous reservoir at Riaño. Take a picnic or eat in any of the great restaurants on your route.
International airports: Santander 135Km (1½hrs). Bilbao 236 km (2 ½ hrs). Madrid 422 km (4 ½ hrs)
Ferries: Brittany Ferries - Santander: 120km (1 ½ hrs) - Bilbao: 236 km (2 ½ hrs)
Also now there is Ferry company LD Lines has started operating between Poole and Gijón and Santander. Also Rosslare to Gijón