Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: Forgotten Spain – Mountains, Villages Coast and Autumn Colours

Mountain lake, North Spain

Forgotten Spain – Mountains, Villages Coast and Autumn Colours

Highlights include…

  • Cares Gorge
  • Magnificent coastal scenery
  • Quaint hotel in fishing village
  • Cobbled streets and Roman bridges
  • Soft morning mists with superb light
  • Gorgeous autumn/spring colours
  • Traditional local hotels & food
  • Abandoned villages of Los Beyos, Ponga
  • Cable car into the mountains
  • Los Lagos, spectacular high mountain lakes
  • Spend time with like minded people

Take your photography to the next level

This workshop is oriented around your growth as a photographer. It will be a time of mentorship in terms of exploring the culture and landscape together, how to photograph it, what the colours and textures are, and how to best “tell the story” of the place. Our tutors will work together to nurture your individual vision as a photographer and to stimulate your creative juices.

“Many thanks Geraldine and Martin for running such an incredible trip in a simply stunning area of the country. The number of wonderful locations you took us to make it a ‘must visit’ for photographers… have to mention the food and wine, it was sublime”

Julian J.

See some of Julian’s images from this trip.

General Summary

A gentle and relaxed photography holiday exploring the magnificent Picos De Europa, it’s villages, autumnal forests and the coastal scenery of northern Spain’s Costa Verde. An ideal opportunity to learn how to get the very best images out of your digital camera including developing/processing your images. Photographers who come here for the first time are totally amazed that such a remarkable place is not thronging with tourists. Soaring to nearly 9,000 feet and towering over the Atlantic coast of Northern Spain, this bizarre lunar landscape is enhanced by soft, morning mists with shifting light rising out of high pastures. The area is far removed from the dry, overpopulated southern ‘costas’ and is little-known outside of Spain. There are isolated villages where men and women scythe the meadows and wear clogs. Wolves and bears wander in the old forests and there is a wild rugged coastline with a strong Celtic culture. Here you will find, find a truly magical photographic destination strongly reminiscent of Tolkien’s ‘hobbit land’!
A sense of adventure, a mind open to learning and your photographic antenna are all that is needed to thoroughly enjoy this holiday which offers a fine opportunity to create a superb portfolio of images from this diverse and highly photogenic area. The holiday is suitable for all levels of photographer.

Brief Itinerary

For full details download the trip description PDF

Day 1: Transfer to Mountain Village Hotel (4 hrs)

There will be a transfer in the morning from Oviedo’s Asturias airport to our family run hotel in the traditional mountain village Espinama, the Liebana valley.
Note: Please check with the Wild Photography Holidays office before booking your flight to and from Asturias as, at the time of writing the exact flight timings are not yet online.
Accomodation Hotel Espinama (L,D)

Day 2: Local Village Photography and Sunset in the Mountains

Early morning sunrise in the mountains followed by local village photography.
A late afternoon cable car ride up into the peaks with dazzling views of the whole area a superb sunset location. We will return to the valley and our hotel in 4×4 vehicles.
Accomodation Hotel Espinama (B,L,D)

Day 3: Creative Workshop and Piasca Church

After an optional sunrise shoot, we breakfast before settling down to a morning creative workshop with the tutors. After lunch we drive down the valley to photograph the gorgeous pre Romanesque church of Piasca with its old and very beautiful stone carvings both inside and outside.

Accomodation Hotel Espinama (B,L,D)

Day 4: Potes and a Journey to the Cares Gorge

This morning we will explore Potes a traditional market town with interesting cobbled streets and traditional architecture. This is the perfect place to sit outside one of the excellent street Cafes to watch the world go by whilst enjoying a coffee. Late morning we begin the spectacular drive to Cain. Our journey will be punctuated by stops to photograph many special places.
Accommodation Hotel Cain (B,L,D)

Day 5: The Cares Gorge

Today we will explore locations in the Cares Gorge. Deep ravines, exotic plant life, dizzying cliffs and ever-changing light will make for some remarkable and dramatic photography. At each and every turn there is something to catch our eyes and take our breath away. Look out for the wild goats leaping nimbly on the precipitous cliffs and griffon vultures soaring in the thermals high above. Guests will be able to walk as much or as little as they like depending on personal fitness and ability. Rest assured, the photography always is superb however far you decide to stretch your boundaries.
Accommodation Hotel Cain (B,L,D)

Day 6: The Abandoned Villages of the Beyos

Today we visit Los Beyos in Ponga, the wildest and most unexplored corner of the Picos. Deep ravines, ancient forests and towering limestone walls have limited the development of villages to the river’s edge or high meadows. All seem lost in time. This is surely one of the most beautiful drives in Spain. Evening we go out for dinner in Cangas de Onis one of the major market towns of Asturias.
Accommodation Hotel Soto de Onis (B,L,D)

Day 7: Los Lagos and the Costa Verde

Before breakfast an impressive drive takes us high into the mountains to our sunrise location; the serene Los Lagos These high lakes are set against a back-drop of limestone peaks providing excellent sunrise colours and reflections. Late afternoon we drive down to the Costa Verde. Our coastal hotel is situated on the sea front in a quaint fishing village.
Accommodation Coastal Hotel fishing village (B,L,D)

Day 8: Fishing Village and Coast

Today we will explore the quaint fishing village of Tazones. This very traditional village has steep old cobbled streets, typical brightly painted terraced houses and doors, wooden galleries and some of the best small fish restaurants in Northern Spain. Fortunately for us, the wild coastal scenery of the Costa Verde is little known except to the more discerning Spanish.
Accommodation Coastal Hotel in fishing village (B,D)

Day 9: Airport Transfer (1 hour)

After an early breakfast we transfer to Asturias airport for our homeward flight.

Joining arrangements and transfers

There will be a single transfer from Asturias’s Oviedo airport on Day 1 meeting an Easyjet flight. There will a drop off at Asturias airport on Day 9. Easyjet flies out of London Stansted. Participants can also meet us at the first night hotel in Espinama. If participants would like to arrive in Asturias a day early, please contact us and we may be able to help you to select a nice hotel not too far from Asturias airport.

Note: Please check with the Wild Photography Holidays office before booking your flight to Asturias as, at the time of writing the exact flight timings are not yet online.

What’s included

  • 8 nights small family run hotels based on twin share.
  • 8 breakfast, 7 lunches, 8 dinner (B,L,D) indicated on the daily itinerary
  • Wine with dinner
  • All in country transport
  • Guide
  • Photographic tutors
  • Transfer from Asturias Oviedo Airport or local hotel on Day 1. Contact the office for details. Transfer to Asturias airport on Day 9
  • Cable car

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages except for some wine with meals
  • Snacks, soft drinks and hot beverages
  • Travel Insurance

Complete itinerary and full details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and full details can be found in our trip description PDF It is important that you read the full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.