Spain’s Royal family go hiking to celebrate 100 years of the Picos de Europa National Park

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RAMBLE: The Royals met scouts and young mountaineers during the visit. Credit: Shutterstock

AS part of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Picos de Europa National Park in northern Spain, the Spanish Royal family went for a hike in the beautiful surroundings of Enol lake.

The lake is in the Cantabrian mountains of Asturias, a rugged and stunning region that lines the northern coast, close to Santander.

It was also the first official trip that 12-year-old Leonor, Princess of Asturias, was making as heir to the Spanish throne.

She was joined by her parents King Felipe and Queen Letizia, and her 11-year-old younger sister Infanta Sofia.

The Picos de Europa was the first national park in Spain and is known for its rocky trails and dramatic scenery.

The park has a rich wildlife including bears, wolves and deer, and was awarded the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation in 2002.

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