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Albergue de Cabañes - El Hayal: Rural hostel in the Picos de Europa (Cantabria)

H G Picos de Europa - Liébana


Albergue de Cabañes - El Hayal

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The Hostel is located in a spectacular setting, surrounded by forests and next to the limestone cliffs of the Picos de Europa Natural Park: this is an ideal place to rest and enjoy nature and hiking. The county of Liébana has a remarkable biodiversity being surrounded by rich and diverse habitats ( Atlantic , Mediterranean , Alpine, etc). The area is protected by several levels of protection (National Park, 4 bird ZEPAS, Lic Natura 2000). The hostel is also just half hour from the beaches and Cantabrian Coast (natural parks of Oyambre and the Estuary of San Vicente.)

Hostel facilities

The hostel, built in traditional stone and wood , is set on 3000 m 2 grounds and has capacity for 56 people. The hostel has family rooms with 4 to 6 places, and rooms for groups with 4 to 20 places. The house has a dining room with fireplace, swimming pool, large terraces, Bar-Restaurant-Roastery with home cooking, etc.

We are specialized in ecotourism and rural activities, and we run an extensive programme of nature activities throughout the year (see web. In addition we are collaborating members of NGOS such as SEO-BirdLife, Sociedad Micológica Cántabra, etc.)

Prices (7% VAT not included)

Full board (Accommodation + breakfast + lunch+ dinner)
24 €
29 €
Half board (Accommodation + breakfast + dinner)
20 €
Accommodation + breakfast
15 €
18 €
Services of individual meals
8 €


  • More than 20 people and only when doing a programme of activities.
  • Open all year round to groups.
  • Groups do not pay high season rates (Easter, August, and Bank holiday weekends and normal weekends)


  • Open March to September + Weekends, Bank holiday weekends and holidays.
  • Rest of the Year, book in advance.

Surrounding area

  • 15 minutes from Potes
  • 30 minutes from Fuente Dé cable car.
  • 15 m from Picos de Europa Visitor's Centre (Tama - Liébana)

Less than one hour from:

    • Soplao cave
    • Altamira cave (Santillana del Mar)
    • Oyambre Natural Park (Comillas)
    • Beaches of San Vicente de la Barquera
    • Asturias
    • Montáña Palentina Natural park

Less than two hours from

    • Cabárceno Nature Park
    • Oceanographic Museum ( Santander )
    • Santander
    • Santoña marshes
    • Cañones del Ebro
    • Lagos de Covadonga


  • Hiking
  • Botanical walks
  • Mushroom walks
  • Rural activities
  • Birdwatching
  • Training courses
  • Tourist trips
  • Educational workshops
  • Adventure sports



















See also Asturias - Coast of Asturias - Picos de Europa - Cantabria - Northern Spain
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  • H Hotel
  • S Self-Catering
  • G Guided bird tours, etc
  • A Adventure sports

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