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THE EASTERN MASSIF OR "ANDARA"

The Eastern Massif, also called Andara, is between the rivers Deva and Duje, separating the Valley of Liébana from the depression formed by the mountain pastures of Aliva. Its maximum height belongs to the "Morra de Lechugales" (2,441 m).

The Eastern Massif has adopted a Y shape, with its base going along the village of "Las Ilces", "Cotero Llau" and "Sierro Alto". The inferior strand continues through the mountain range of "Cumbre Abenas", up to the peak "El Jierro". From here, two new strands open up; one, to the west, going to the "Collado Valdominguero", and arriving at the peak "Alto de Pirué". The strand coming from the east has its starting point in "Pica del Jierro", and goes along the Peak of "Sagrado Corazón", where there is a brass image of the Sacred Heart since 1900, dominating the Valley of Liébana; and over the "Samelar" peak, up to the "Cueto Agero", which dominates "Lebeña" and the "Hermida" gorge.

Amid the strands making the Y shape is the double summit of the "Mancondiu", in the centre of the Andara depression, recommended because of its easy ascension and the views of the whole group of Picos de Europa from the top.

The Eastern Massif of Andara presents attractive routes to go hillwalking and impressive summits to climb.

Picos de Europa:
Panorámic | Eastern massif | Central massif | Western massif | The rivers | Routes | Fuente Dé

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