This is one of the only areas in Europe where, within less than 30 km there is such a surprising range of different habitats, from the high peaks of the Picos de Europa National Park, through deciduous forests on the lower slopes and the rivers, cliffs and estuaries on this protected coastline.
The Griffon Vulture and the Golden Eagle dominate the skies, the Alpine Acentors, Woodpeckers and Cormorants are easy to see and the over-wintering wading birds provide a challenge for the experienced birders.
A great area to visit all year round. The mix of high mountain and coastal climate means there is always somewhere to go whatever the weather. When the clouds roll in on the coast the higher peaks are usually in bright sunshine and viceversa, seriously reducing any risk of aborting a birdwatching day.
Easy to get here even for a short break with the excellent road connections and flights and ferries to Santander at less than an hours drive.