Carretera a Cain

Garganta del Cares, one of the most difficult drives of Spain

Garganta del Cares, also known as Garganta Divina (Divine Throat), is a very narrow canyon located in the province of León, in the northwestern part of the autonomous community of Castile and León of northwestern Spain. It’s one of the most scenic canyon roads of Spain.

Located in the very heart of Picos de Europa National Park, the road through the gorge carved by the river Cares is totally paved but very narrow. This tortuous and winding route should not be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. It's so narrow that one wheel will be touching the rock and the other one besides the river precipice. If you go in winter, you must be very careful with the snow

The most challenging part of the drive is 6.2km (3.85 miles) long running south-north from Cordiñanes de Valdeón to Caín de Valdeón. Dramatically carved out rock on the side of mountains, the road is a unique experience for any rider. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. Autumn and spring are ideal because of the temperature and because the road is not so crowded. In summer, especially July and August, and Easter, it can be overwhelming.

 

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