Summer 2019: Northern Spain

Spain is not really known for its waterfalls, but turned out to be a wonderful location. Because I think I only listed 70% of the major waterfalls in Spain, it was time to explore Northern Spain. In the summer of 2019 we headed south to the Spanish Pyrenees (our starting point). After a long drive the first overnights where in Rialp, a nice cosy town from where we explored the region.

Near Rialp teh Pyrenees are beautiful and you enjoy yourself with many active sports such as rafting and canyoning (both done). But there are also some nice waterfalls nearby. Cascada de Gerber was a visit worthwhile and is the tallest waterfall in the direct area.

After three days we headed west towards Benasque, again a beautiful area with many waterfalls. I think the highlight was a visit to the valley of the three waterfalls (les tres cascadas) with Cascada d'Ardonés as the most beautiful waterfall. The day ends in Torla.

The following day was THE highlight of our visit to Spain: a walk (of 6 hours) in heaven “Parque Nacional De Ordesa Y Monte Perdido”. There are many impressive waterfalls in the Arazas, too many to list them all. But the walk to the largest waterfall Cascada de la Cola de Caballo (110 meters) leads along: Cascada de Arripas> Cascada del Estrecho / Cascada de la Cueva> Cascada Gradas de Soaso and a number of small waterfalls.

This walk is paradise to me. Because it was our family vacation I could not visit all the waterfalls in the region. Unfortunately we had to continue our trip, to Burgos and to Bilbao. Near Bilbao there are also several tall waterfalls. At least if there had been water in it. The most famous one is Salto del Nervion. Even though the walk was not a punishment (super beautiful views), with water in the waterfall my vacation should have been perfect. Autumn or spring may have been a better period.

Finally our trip went to Oviedo and the mountain range Picos de Europa. Many small waterfalls in the rivers but at Covadonga I found a 10 meter high waterfall near the Basilic... without a name. I named it Cascada de Covadonga.

After 3 weeks our holiday was over, good luck with the weather but I would have liked to see a little more waterfalls. The conclusion is that Spain is indeed a country with exceptionally beautiful waterfalls..