By this route, on top of the hill (31min), we met a
bull that behaved alarmingly. First it tried to attack a horse with a
rider, could not catch it though. Then the bull started to chase us.
This is the only time in Cantabria we have met a hostile bull. However,
we decided to present this route, because the Pico Cerredo is the
highest of the mountains by the shore and the route as such is
beautiful. But be careful, if you take this route.
Go through the gate (100 m) to a track which bends right. Soon you see
the village of Islares on your right. When the track forks (7min) (160 m), continue to the left. The track bends right and ascends to a hill
(31min) (355 m), where it turns into a
path. After a couple of hundred
meters the path comes to a
leads to a ridge (42min) (425 m). From the ridge it slopes down and
bends then left uphill. Later the
right and narrows into a
path. You walk a while in a shallow
until a path branches off right to a forest (1h) (510 m). In the forest
the path bends left (1h05min) (540 m) and comes then to a grassy
clearing (1h10min) (560 m), where you enjoy a wonderful sea view.
Continue along the right
margin of the clearing uphill. In a minute,
you see the peak of
Pico Cerredo on your left. On your right spreads out
a vast plain. The
path bends left and slopes down to a
(535 m), where you take a track to the right. The
track curves left
towards the peak. When it forks (1h23min) (535 m), go left. You cross a
grassy field with a wooden pole. Keep on the left side of the
When you meet a wooden pole (1h35min) (570 m), follow the white-yellow waymarks through a stony and difficult
terrain to the top (1h50min) (645 m).
From the top you enjoy beautiful sea views. Looking west you see the
coast line all
the way to Monte Buciero. In the east, you see
on the coast.
Small images of saints
are hiding in the rock holes.
Return on the same way back to the beginning of the route (3h30min).