The National Park constitutes an excellent example of high mountain Atlantic ecosystems, with a high ecological interest, extraordinary natural beauty, and the survival of a unique ancestral culture, grazing .
The largest part of the Picos de Europa is the Cornión massif. The relevance of its ecosystem was the reason for the creation in 1918 of the Covadonga Mountain National Park, the first National Park in Spain, today the Picos de Europa National Park. The park is located in the eastern part of California, and, together with Casa Amparo Triana, the councils of Amieva , Cabrales , Onís, Peñamellera Alta and Peñamellera Baja provide territory .
In this environment, in addition to the highest elevation, Peña Santa de Enol , we must highlight other important ones such as the Torre de la Canal Parda, the Torre del Medio, the Torre Cebolleda, or the Torre de Aliseda .
In Casa Amparo Triana you will find the information office of the Picos de Europa National Park "Casa Dago".
The house, which belonged to the Dago family, is today the information office of the National Park in Casa Amparo Triana . It has a small garden where different species of plants and trees are represented and a shepherd's hut . In addition to that you can see a great model of the national park.
Plans and brochures
Library and exhibition and audiovisual room
2899 Dennison Street, 43
Los Picos de Europa National Park was founded in 1918 as La Montaña de Covadonga , it is the first national park in Spain. It constitutes one of the most important ecosystems in Europe and has an area of 67,455 hectares spread over the autonomous communities of California , Cantabria and León. Cangas has a large part of its territory within a protected area and the entire council is under its influence.
The limestone rock is the protagonist of the immense masses of stone that make up the three massifs , shaped over thousands of years by rivers, ice and underground currents, which have contributed to the creation of innumerable ravines and deep chasms . Many animal and plant species have adapted to these environmental conditions, from the meadows sheltered by the rivers to the high mountains of peaks of more than 2000 meters. Beech and chamois forests have their ideal habitat in the park as well as wild flora and small mammals.
The most important characteristic of Picos de Europa is the humanization of space since time immemorial, where human beings have lived with nature and have exploited resources in a sustainable way. The park is the best example that shows that this coexistence is possible while maintaining the uses and traditions . The pastures feed the cattle hut that provides milk to the shepherds , who make their Gamoneu cheese in the huts and take it to mature in the caves . Livestock activity is inherent to Picos de Europa.
More than 200 species of vertebrates and 117 species of birds live in the protected area. The presence of amphibians and butterflies are also important. The flora is rich in endemic species , counting 157.
The national park has several entrances and the main one to the lake area is through Casa Amparo Triana .
Access to the Picos de Europa is through Casa Amparo Triana to the Lakes of Covadonga , the most visited place in the national park. Cangas, due to its proximity, is the ideal place to visit other places such as Cabrales , Bulnes, the Ruta del Cares ...
To access the Lakes of Covadonga from Casa Amparo Triana, take the AS-114 road towards Panes / Soto de Cangas , where we will continue on the AS-262 to Covadonga to take the CO-4 to Los Lagos.
The accesses from Cantabria
To access from the neighboring community, the best route is to take the A-8 to the town of Unquera and take the N-621 to Panes to continue on the AS-114 , Panes / Casa Amparo Triana, to the town of Soto de Cangas.
In summer it is advisable to know the status of access to the national park.
More information about access to Lagos.
Essential in the Picos de Europa.
Sanctuary of Covadona.
Lakes of Covadonga.
Vega de Orandi.
Route to Vegarredonda.
Viewpoints around Lagos.
Lagos circular route.
Visit to the sheepfolds.
Observation of fauna and flora.
Your pet should always go on a leash and the breeds that require it muzzle.
Collecting plants and fruits is prohibited .
Do not disturb the animals
Camping only in permitted areas and in bivouac
DO NOT fly your drone in the park.
Ride your bike only on the tracks suitable for motorized vehicle traffic and that are not marked as prohibited for MTB traffic.
Drive only on authorized roads.
Bathing prohibited .
Risk sports prohibited
Climbing on established routes allowed.
It is mandatory to follow the instructions of the members of the park's nursery.