Brez, a Tiny Village High in the Picos de Europa

The road leading into the village of Brez, high up in the Picos de Europa.

The road leading into the village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, Spain Two dogs coming running out to greet us.
Dogs greet us as we enter into the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, SpainThis village had stone barns galore.
Stone barn in the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, Spain Stone barn in a village in the Picos de Europa of Northern Spain Stone barn in the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, Spain Along with some decrepit wood and wattle ones.Narrow road through a village in the Picos de Europa of Northern Spain Wood and wattle barn in Brez, a village in the Picos de Europa in Spain There were lots of different types of fruit growing in the village.
Green grapes in the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, Spain Kiwis ready to pick in the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, Spain But even though cider was for sale everywhere in the mountains I hadn’t seen a single apple tree.

When we ran into a little old lady along the road, I pointed out a tree and asked, “Higo?” She agreed that it was a fig tree.

“Sidra, sidra por todas partes pero no hay arboles de manzana!” I practised my Spanish. (Cider, cider everywhere but there aren’t any apple trees). 

“Unos pocos” she answered and pulled a couple of scabby apples out of her apron and handed them to us.

I should imagine they’re fairly self-sufficient for food this high in the hills.
Freshly-butchered sheep in the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, Spain At the edge of one of the fields we saw this sign showing how far to walk to the next town.
Walks sign in the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, SpainWe went a little ways further but then stopped as we were headed for Fuente Dé and its teleférico up into the mountains.
Crosses in the mountain village of Brez in the Picos de Europa, SpainWe saw lots of old people in these mountain villages, but not any young people making me wonder how long this life-style will last…

Map of showing the string of tiny villages between Potes, where we were staying, and Fuente Dé where we went up into the Picos de Europa via the teleférico.
Map of Potes to Fuente Dé in the Picos de Europa, Spain More on our October 2014 trip to Spain.

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