Mirador Naranjo de Bulnes, Poncebos

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The Naranjo de Bulnes is a limestone peak dating from the paleozoic era, located in the Macizo Central region of the Picos de Europa, Asturias . Its name Picu Urriellu is believed to be derived from the term Los Urrieles which is used to describe the Macizo Central. Naranjo de Bulnes is part of the Cabrales region of Asturias, and lies within the Picos de Europa National Park.The first written reference to "Picu Urriellu" as "Naranjo de Bulnes" is credited to the German geologist and engineer, Wilhelm Schulz, who, in 1855, published the first topographic and geological map of Asturias. As far as is known the etymology of this name is not clear, because, historically, the local inhabitants always referred to the mountain as "Picu Urriellu". It has been suggested that the name can be attributed to the orange hue of the limestone from which the peak is formed. The local residents of Bulnes have a saying concerning the contentious name: "No me llameis Naranjo, pues fruto no puedo dar, llamadme Picu Urriellu que es mi nombre natural". .It has an altitude of 2,529 metres and although it is by no means the highest peak of the Cantabrian mountain range, it can be considered the best-known summit in the world of Spanish mountaineering, especially the 550m high vertical wall of the west face. At its foot lies Vega Urriellu, a glacial valley from the quaternary period. Use our Poncebos road trip planning app to arrange your visit to Mirador Naranjo de Bulnes and other attractions in Poncebos.
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  • We walked up from Poncebos and were recommended this place by other walkers. You could take the funicular and walk the last hill through the village. Lovely plate of local cheese with friendly...  more »
  • If you climb up here and, like me, find yourself alone to soak up the magnificent scenery, you will be very well rewarded. Stunning. Just me, a couple of pretty little finches and the sound of...  more »
  • Hard to get there with a heavy backpack;-) But it is absolutely worth why. The prices are just accurate - but as you go down from here with the path that is not on a map it is good to have: good boots and a light backpack.
  • Spectacular! You have to go to Refugio Vega de Urriellu and see it on your own. From the neighbourhood of Sotres it takes 3-4 hours to get there. Trip to this mountain and back can be done within one day. I saw people climbing this mountain, which must be very difficult.
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