The road meanders comfortably up through the Picos de Europa to a 14-chimney’d cluster of apartments in tiny Tudes with breathtaking views. Bubbly Lucía greets you warmly and shows you around this meticulously reconstructed farmstead, where old hen coops, barns and pigsty have been transformed into super apartments in new pine and rustic stone, comfortably equipped with wooden furniture and smart kitchens. Splendid murals cover the walls – ‘Natura’ depicts local plants and animals, ‘Cielo’ the stars and the zodiac. Lucía has fashioned the rest of the décor; Tiffany lights, bright fabrics, rustic ornaments, a red sofa. She has thought of everything; so put on a DVD, play billiards or table football, enjoy a drink in the courtyard – or a snack in the quirky village bar… dream in the infinity pool. Tudes (Cantabria Village of 2010) may be tiny, but you’re only ten minutes from Potes, the Picos’ beating heart. Try hiking, biking, horse riding and canyoning, be thrilled by the cable car at Fuente Dé or the prehistoric Altamira cave, spend the day on the coast.