Destination Summary

This new Asturias and the Picos de Europa photo adventure begins and ends in Santander, the main city in Cantabria on Spain’s less visited northern coast.

Once together we’ll travel west along some beautiful stretches of coastline checking out a couple of Cantabrian locations as a warm up.   We’ll then cross into the ancient kingdom of Asturias, the only part of Spain not conquered by the Moors.

Vivid lush greens fill the strip of coastline between the mountains and the sea, this is where it takes its name from,  Costa Verde (the green  coast).  But it all changes where the land meets the sea with an endless chain of vivid blue and turquoise bays  dotted with mostly empty beaches that just seem to go on forever. Each hand picked beach is full of character,  with features like jagged pinnacles, arches and chasms. Great to explore, wander and of course photograph.

Just a few kilometres further inland is the amazing National Park – Picos de Europa, the Peaks of Europe, named by sailors returning from the new world of the Americas as their first sight of their homeland came into view. The Picos are a compact limestone  mountain range with accessible roads that delve deep into its valleys and high plateaus.

We’ll be exploring some of its higher villages, mountain lakes, vistas and sampling some local culinary offerings including, Fabada (bean stew), amazing Goat stew,  Seafood, Sidre (cider) and the famous Cabrales (blue) cheese while also focusing on capturing its most iconic peak the Naranjo de Bulnes that lies at its heart.

After two nights in the mountains we’ll venture further west and back to the coast to photograph a handful of its most stunning and unique beaches plus explore a couple of  laid back fishing  villages.  Its most photogenic Cudillero will double as our base and our subject matter at dawn and provide some exploration by day.

On the 7th day we will make our way back along the coast via a few more locations to Santander where the trip will conclude in the afternoon.

You can read a National Geographic piece on Asturias here “Why Spain’s Asturias is an under the radar destination”

Asturias and the Pico De Europa –  The Locations 

More information will be available for this photo adventure soon – register your interest by contacting Glen by email


The Asturias and the Pico de Europa photo adventure will have three main bases all with single occupancy rooms.

Llanes – 1 night at the Hotel Finca La Mansion, a short distance from the centre of town and our nearby beaches.

Cangas de Onis –  Hotel Los Lagos Nature – 2 nights in the heart of the town and our base for exploring the Picos de Europa.

Cudillero – 3 nights at the wonderful Casona de La Paca,  a classic house hotel on the edge of the colourful town harbour town a shirt drive from the most dramatic Asturian beaches.

Extra Info 

Meet up will be in the morning at Santander railway station at 10:00am on the 18th

End point will be at Santander railway station at 13:30hrs on the 24th

Your invited to check out some testimonials from previous photo adventures here

Asturias Photo Adventure.
18th - 24th September 2023 - 6 nights / 7 days -
Places available: 6 places - sorry sold out
Trip fee: £2495.00
Single occupancy rooms
Start / end - Santander, Spain
Deposit £200.00


  • 6 nights single occupancy accommodation with breakfast.
  • Pick up & drop off in Santander
  • Transport to locations and guiding.
  • Tickets for the Funicular to Bulnes
  • Fully researched photo location itinerary
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Day and dusk sessions
  • Lightstalker Adventures limited edition Beanie

Not Included

  • Return flights / transport to Spain
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance for this trip

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Llanes town
  • Pendules Beach
  • St Martins Beach
  • Castro de Gaviotas
  • Alton de Fuenlapuente
  • Torimbia viewpoint
  • Poncebas
  • Bulnes
  • Naranjo de Bulnes
  • The Cares River
  • Lago de Ericina and Covadonga
  • Las Arenas
  • Asiego village / Sotres/ Tesviso
  • Mirador Del Fito
  • Cudillero
  • Playa Portizuelo
  • Playa Campiecho
  • Playa Vallina
  • Playa de Silencio
  • Ribasella