Walk from the square (880 m) along a narrow asphalt road to the upper
part of the village, where you find signs for the walking routes (3min)
(890 m). Follow the sign for "El Cable, PR-PNPE-24" to a
which is open to traffic, but suitable only for 4x4 vehicles.
The road snakes its way in an oak forest revealing the
Pico de Valdecoro above the tree tops.
cottages of Igüedri (46min) (1290 m) starts an open landscape.
Dotted with red-roofed huts the rolling hills with herds of
a lovely scene. Now you have views also down to the valley and up to the
peaks of the Picos de Europa. On the opposite side of the valley, the
highest mountain is Coriscau.
The road ascends above the cottages to the Portillas del Boquejóniin
(56min) (1345 m), where you go through two
gates. The river Nevandi
starts to flow on your left. Bordered by the Cueto Redondo and Cumbres
de Avenas, the road goes gently upwards along the
pass. You find
charming fountains in the grassy field.
You pass a track branching off right with a sign for "Peña Oviedo,
PR-PNPE-22", and continue straight ahead (1h06min) (1390 m). When the
(1h23min) (1480 m), keep left following the sign for "El
Cable, Refugio de Áliva". Looking northeast, you see the
The Puertos de Aliva continues to the north, dividing the mountain range
of Picos de Europa in eastern and central massifs. In the northwest
Sierra de Juan de la Cuadra.
Somewhat later you follow the sign for "PR-PNPE-24" and the
white-yellow waymark to the left (1h26min) (1495 m) at the junction,
where you can discern the
tower of the Ermitage of
Santuca on your right.
Refugió de Áliva
(1h56min) (1670 m) the waymark takes you left between the hotel and restaurant buildings to a
track, which you follow to the left. In front of you rise the impressive
peaks of Picos de Europa - Peña Olvidada and Peña Vieja.
You pass the white building of
(2h12min) (1740 m) and keep climbing uphill to the Pass of Horcadina de
Covarrobres (2h37min) (1935 m). Looking ahead you see the
Europa. Soon you can admire the ridge formed by
Peña Vieja, Pico de Santa Ana and Torre de los Horcados Rojos behind
The track goes left downhill to El Cable (2h53min) (1855 m).
You can take the
cable car down to Fuente De, and walk then 3.5 km
back to Espinama
(3h50min)The other option is to return the same way back to Espinama. There is also a path descending from El Cable to Fuente De,
but we consider it dangerous.