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Picos de Europa is a range of mountains 20 km inland from the northern coast of Spain, located in Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León, forming part of the Cantabrian Mountains. The most widely accepted origin for the name is that they were the first sight of Europe for ships arriving from the Americas. I briefly visited this region in November, just at the start of the winter when higher parts were already covered in snow. Its landmark – Picu Urriellu (left) – rises over 2.500m (8,264 ft) above sea level.