Fuente Dé: Cantabrian cable car adventure

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The region of Cantabria covers eastern and southern parts of Spain’s spectacular National Park Picos de Europa. A rugged land of mountains, canyons and a wild nature which is far from the golden beaches of the tourist-magnetic Southern Spain.

Up here it’s all “into the wild” combined with charming mountain villages – and one of the highlights of the Cantabrian part of the park is without a doubt a trip with the cable car at Fuente Dé. A station that opened in 1966 and since has been transporting locals and tourists up in the mountains. It does so while travelling a height difference of 753 meters, and reaching an altitude of 1823 meters at the top station.

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The  oldcable car cabins were exchanged for these new ones in 2016

The journey takes less than 4 minutes and offers amazing views on the way up, through the glass of the new 20-person cabins. It’s easier to enjoy the view from outside on the top though, where several platforms make it easy for visitors to shoot their selfies with the stunning backdrop of the valley below.

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We were extremely lucky as the weather blessed us with clear views far and wide, while we were exploring the rocky landscape around the station/restaurant-complex. A landscape that almost looked like from another planet.

Many people came up here with the cable car to hike their way back down, which would be tempting to do another time – if prepared with the proper equipment. For this time we just admired the surroundings and spotted some local wildlife, like beautiful little lizzards hiding in the cracks of the rockformations and the yellow beaked Alpine Chough dropping by to say hello.

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A lizzard sunbathing on the rocks. They’re fast and can be difficult to spot.

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An Alpine Chough came by to say hello.

I can highly recommend this little mountain adventure when exploring Cantabria, but come early if you visit in the high summer season, as the queues might be long. Return tickets cost €17 for adults, while kids go for just €6.

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer