After so many years of joint travels and adventures around the world, it was time for ROWSE’s Creative Director, Nuria Val, to finally join up with Bellerose, long-time friends and one her favourite brands ever, for a very special collaboration: the Bellerose x ROWSE capsule collection. Being both brands fascinated by the immense power and beauty of nature, the collection has been designed as a celebration of their shared mountaineer spirit. Comfy clothes full of pockets, camouflage patterns, a cosy tartan blanket and a beauty case with ROWSE’s favourite essentials: Argan & Lemongrass soap, Rosemary Water and the Winter Body Oil, a blend evoking the always refreshing smell of alpine forests. Prepare your travel bag and show off your hiking spirit! We’re heading to Picos de Europa, an impressive primaeval landscape of massive mountains, evergreen valleys and pristine glacial lakes where to blend in with the surrounding wilderness.
Lying along the Asturias region in northern Spain, Picos de Europa mountain range is a hidden paradise less than an hour from the Cantabrian Sea. We start the route in Ribadesella, a charming fishing village where to experience the best of the region: dramatic views of the ocean, dramatic views of the mountains, and great food too!
We followed our trip exploring the seaside. We are heading to the Saliencia Lakes, where we want to spend the night and have a swim in its glacial waters, but we wouldn’t like to pass over the rocky cliffs and long wild beaches like Torimbia, a jealously protected white-sand semi-circle backed by the greenest cliff. We then took the road to the green valleys of Somiedo, an untamed natural park known for its tiny rural villages, highland flowered pastures, a dozen frozen lakes and some of the few brown bears in Spain. There are a few hours of hiking through beech, maple and oak forests before getting into the lakes area. Once you arrive the views are breathtaking. We had decided to spend the night close to the lake, so we set up the tent and had the coolest swim ever. The water was of course ice-cold, but so pure and clear! It was the next day during our way back when we learnt about 'brañas' or 'teitos', traditional shepherd’s cabins dotting the fields where cattle happily feed from spring until the first snows arrive in September. These huts are built using stone with roofs made of straw or other vegetable fibres. They were used to shelter people and livestock in days gone by and now give the area the magical air of a millenary village.
The last stage of the journey took us across the tiny rural villages in Redes National Park. We stopped at Caleao, an idyllic parish of only 100 inhabitants living mostly from livestock and apple farming (partly for the region’s famed sidra or apple cider). Meandering through its streets, a beautiful structure made of wood and stone caught our attention. It was an hórreo, a typical granary raised from the ground by heavy pillars traditionally used to store food and grain. Surrounded by the greenest green, completely blown away by the soothing views of the majestic Picos de Europa, we ended up our trip dreaming, as always, with new adventures together. Stay tuned!