Cordillera Cantabrica

The Cantabrian Mountains of Northwestern Spain, locally known as Cordillera Cantabrica, form a 300-mile east-west wall. The northern slopes drop steeply to the Bay of Biscay, while the southern slopes descend gradually to Spain's arid central plateau. Eastward, the Cantabrians merge with the Pyrenees. The Cantabrians, rich in iron and coal, have for centuries been industrially exploited, and consequently are traversed by many railways and roads. The Cantabrians' greatest heights and finest climbs are in the Central Massif of the Picos de Europa. Here, the highest peak, Torre de Cerredo (8,688 ft./2648 m.), rises among a cluster of sharp limestone summits. The Central, Eastern and Western massifs of the Picos are all contained within the Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa, a 1995 expansion of the smaller Parque National de Covadonga, which originally contained only the Western Massif.

Peaks of Cordillera Cantabrica

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