THE MALL OF THE PICOS DE EUROPA
A straight line is not always the shortest distance between two points, at least in the Picos de Europa. The Ruta del Cares, between Asturias and León, connects Caín with Poncebos, two villages 12 km apart, but where a car ride from one to the other takes about a hundred. If you have time and you want to change the hard shoulders for chalky gorges and the petrol stations for galleries cuts in the mountain, visitors can choose to go in a straight line and do the 12 kilometres that maybe are not the shortest, but are much prettier.
La Ruta del Cares is the busiest route in the most frequently visited nature park in the peninsula. A true ‘Mall’ in the Picos de Europa whose easy access and spectacular views have made it popular. Its origin maybe lies in the comfort of the route, because the Ruta del Cares was not created for mountaineers but rather for the workers of a hydroelectric power station. The passage was opened between 1945 and 1950, and for many years it was also the only connection between the two villages in particularly snowy winters. But the gorges, the crests and the caves that once gave refuge from the cold are now full of trekkers doing this spectacular route in hardly four hours.
The Ruta del Cares was closed in the last year because of rockfalls around León, which for a few months made it impracticable. But the rock has been replaced by timbers. Horses and helicopters took the material to the area and the 23 metres that closed the pass are now one of the areas that give it most charm. Today the road once more is the longest, but prettiest, straight in the Picos de Europa
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