Picos de Europa National Park

Picos de Europa National Park

Javier Alvarez Garzo, the owner of Palacio de Cutre looks forward to welcome you to Picos de Europa National Park

Description

The Picos de Europa consist of three important massifs that go by the names of the Eastern Massif or Andara, Central Massif or Urrielles and Western Massif or Cornión.

This region of north or green Spain has truly magnificent and varied scenery. Asturias known as “natural paradise” is for the discerning tourist who loves wildlife and walking, and for those who want to relax or tour in a land seemingly by-passed by the twentieth century.

The climate is characterized by humidity and constant rainfall, a fact that is determined by its proximity to the sea (barely 20 kilometres). The presence of snow is accentuated during the winter months, however, it is not unusual for there to be perpetual snow.

The park boasts 200 heights of over 2,000 metres, and vertical drops of over 2,300 m. The Park is crossed by four rivers channelled in deep gorges: la Hermida defile, crossed by the river Deva; los Beyos defile, by the river Sella; la ‘Garganta Divina’,(Divine Gorge) through which the river Cares runs, and La India defiles, though which the river Duje flows.

There are numerous viewpoints in the Park from where you can admire its beauty. An interesting alternative is to use Fuentedé funicular, via which you can go up to a height of more than 1,800 metres above sea level.

The Picos de Europa are a wonderful setting for hiking and mountain-climbing, wildflower-spotting and bird-watching, scenic drives through the valleys and villages, or even pot-holing and rock-climbing for the more adventurous. They are a working landscape, as can be seen by the network of pathways and pastures, farmsteads and barns. They are also an important wildlife area, home to wolves and Cantabrian brown bears, and are included in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Travel guide

How to Get There

 

The hotel Palace de Cutre is in the North of Spain, inside the call ” Green Coast ” that, in its entirety it includes 4 communities: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Basque Country.

His situation is favoured for being between the sea and the mountain inside the Asturian East

There 2 choises to come to Asturias: By plane or by Ferry

By plane: The there are 3 main airports near Asturias

Asturias Airport is the closest airport to the hotel at 100km and about 80 minutes by car. National flights connect with Madrid and Barcelona, and international flights connect with London Stanstead using Easyjet. It is relatively easy to get to the hotel from the airport by bus, changing once in  Oviedo.

Santander Airport is 160km and just under 2 hours drive away, and is connected to London Stanstead by Ryanair, as well as to Hahn ( Germany ) and Milan ( Italy ).

Bilbao Airport is 220km and a 2½ to 3 hour drive from the hotel, but offers a more extensive range of flights, including Easyjet, Airberlin, HLX, and BA.

By Ferry: From the UK there are two ferry routes to North Spain  : P&O operate a 36 hour crossing from  Southampton   to   Bilbao  (http://www.poferries.com/), and Brittany Ferries operate a 24 hour crossing   Plymouth to Santander.   (http://www.brittanyferries.com/). As well as bringing your own car on the ferry, it is possible to travel as a foot passenger and hire a car at the ferry port.

From Oviedo Airport Leave the airport following the road till you meet the main road N632 which you take in direction Oviedo and Gijon. Keep on this road till it joins the motorway (A66) which you follow direction Oviedo and Gijon. The motorway soon divides and you must follow the signs to Oviedo. On arriving at Oviedo follow the motorway signs to Santander. Keep on the motorway following the signs to Santander. After Pola de Siero leave the motorway (exit 14) and follow N634 (Santander- Oviedo) takes up to the kilometric point 356 exit BORINES, COLUNGA. Turn aside crossing first of all the routes of the train. They will cross the river Piloña, meeting to 400 meters a shift to the right direction to CERECEDA. Follow this road approximately 2 Kms up to coming to a high place called THE TRAPA, where they will find an indication of the Palace that it they turns aside towards the left side, coming to the Hotel few hundreds of meters later.

From Santander Airport, leave the airport and follow the signs to Torrelavega. (This takes you towards Santander City to start with but after about 1 km you take the turn to your right to Torrelavega.) Keep on this motorway in direction Oviedo till it comes to an end when you take the main road N632 direction Oviedo. After about 25 kms the main road joins the motorway again which follow direction till you come to the exit sign posted Arriondas, Cangas de Onis and Ribadesella.

Leave the motorway and follow N634 (Santander- Oviedo) takes up to the kilometric point 356 exit BORINES, COLUNGA. Turn aside crossing first of all the routes of the train. They will cross the river Piloña, meeting to 400 meters a shift to the right direction to CERECEDA. Follow this road approximately 2 Kms up to coming to a high place called THE TRAPA, where they will find an indication of the Palace that it they turns aside towards the left side, coming to the Hotel few hundreds of meters later.

From Bilbao Look for motorway (blue signs) to Santander as you come out of the airport or ferry port. Once you are on the motorway to Santander keep on the motorway till you about 4 kms out of the centre of Santander when you should see blue motorway sings to Torrelevega, follow the signs to Torrelavega (There are other signs to Torrelevga about 25kms outside of Santander avoid these.) Keep on this motorway in direction Oviedo till it comes to an end when you take the main road N632 direction Oviedo. After about 25 kms the main road joins the motorway again which follow direction till you come to the exit sign posted Arriondas, Cangas de Onis and Ribadesella.

Leave the motorway and follow N634 (Santander- Oviedo) takes up to the kilometric point 356 exit BORINES, COLUNGA. Turn aside crossing first of all the routes of the train. They will cross the river Piloña, meeting to 400 meters a shift to the right direction to CERECEDA. Follow this road approximately 2 Kms up to coming to a high place called THE TRAPA, where they will find an indication of the Palace that it they turns aside towards the left side, coming to the Hotel few hundreds of meters later.

Picos de Europa National Park: Plan your journey by public transport

Santander Airport in the region of Cantabria, Spain.

The best way to arrive the north of spain wiht your own car. From the center of the city driving the A8 road to Bilbao, it only takes you 20 minutes to arrive La Casona de Suesa

Picos de Europa National Park weather forecast

Oct 17, 2019 - Thu
Cereceda, España
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Humidity 77%
Pressure 760.56 mmHg
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Places to go

Canga de Onís, heart of Picos de Europa National Park

Visit to the town of Canga de Onís, capital of the Picos de Europa National Park, in Asturias.

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CANGAS DE ONIS: The presence of man in the municipality of Cangas de Onís, there is evidence from thePalaeolithic period, archaeological excavations in the numerous caves of the Council give us an idea about their ways of life. Highlights for his contribution to the Paleolithic art the Buxu Cave the cave of the strike and the cave of losAzules. Of the Franks, however, was recorded in the caves of Salamuda, Trespando and the Cuélebre, as well as the dolmens of Santa Cruz and Abamia.
Memory of the Roman presence is the so-called Roman city bridge, although medieval in its current appearance, surely it replaces another Roman on which would be one of the roads that communicated the zone Center of Asturias with Santander.
Overcome a Visigothic stage, Cangas of Onis charged their greater historical role with Don Pelayo uprising against the Muslim invasion. After the victory at Covadonga (722) Cangas becomes a precarious Court of a fledgling Kingdom, eventually becoming the Kingdom of Asturias.
Cangas became the capital of the Kingdom in time of the reconquest.
Died Don Pelayo (735) four more Kings will happen at his court in Cangas for 57 years, until that King Silo decides to move to Pravia.
From this moment Cangas enters into oblivion for more than eight centuries, of course not-free news.
It should wait for the tragic event of the destruction of the sanctuary of Covadonga in 1777 to attention again therefore to Cangas of Onis and Covadonga.
After the long recovery of the sanctuary, and until well into the 20th century, Cangas of Onis will once again regain its role and will be virtually the people of major events of local history centre.
It is currently considered as the capital of the Picos de Europa and forced almost mandatory step to access them.

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VISIT TO THE ROMAN BRIDGE: Not miss this old building located on the River Sella in the ancient capital of Asturias, Cangas de Onis and separating the Councils deCangas Onisy of Parres. Although it is known as the Roman bridge, its construction is medieval and took place during the reign of Alfonso XI of Castile and León with his famous peraltado of 21 meters high arch and other two minor arches which are unequal. This bridge may well be a reconstruction of another above, although there is no proof of this. This building is known as the puentón. Monument historic asrtístico is declared. Of its central arch hangs a reproduction of the Cruz de la Victoria. In its outskirts are often go fishing numerous coastal salmon in the area of the River Sella.

VISIT TO THE CHAPEL OF SANTA CRUZ The chapel of Santa Cruz was sent by King Favila, son of Pelayo, built to guard the Cruz de la Victoria. Its interior boasts a Dolmen from the year 437
Visit the Sunday market where can still be found at the village women get their products from the mountains and villages. Not miss the post of cheeses.
Go to party (party people) of San Antonio, which is held in June.

PALACE PINTU The Palace Pintu, next to the market square, is a construction of mid-20th century, settled in the place of another of the 17TH century, is named after its facade of colors. In the Center is the coat of arms of the former Palace with the inscription: “the Barelas and the Bermúdez, Ulloas and Villalobos, as old in Galicia and Castile the Goths / by my law and my King will die”. There is a bust of Vázquez de Mella and Fanjul, military writer and politician, work of Gerardo Zaragoza at the foot.

THE ANCIENT CHURCH The Church of Cangas de Onís was built in 1963. It is a building of three naves with cruise in plant, a 33-meter Tower and three-story belfry. Inside it houses the Asturian Casimiro Baragaña paintings and stained glass windows of the Maumejean French. It is built on the former site of Vazquez Mella and the previous Town Hall House.

THE PALACE OF CORTES The Palace of Cortez is in Renaissance style. Built in the 16th century highlights its eaves of wood and the chapel of the conception. In the present Queen Elizabeth ll and Jovellanos.

CHALET IN PRESTIN AND HOUSE SARMIENTO In Cangas de Onís, with the return of “Los Indianos” who made fortune in his emigration to America, flourished around the city the construction of villas, which are now a magnificent testimony of modernist architecture. Buildings of great value are preserved in the Prestín district and the Avenida de Castilla.

CHAPEL OF SAN ANTONIO The chapel of San Antonio lies in the area of Cangas de Arriba. Surrounded by century-old oaks. Built in the 16th century and remodelled in the 19th. It has a Tuscan portico and square nave. Inside it houses the image of San Antonio, patron saint of the city of Cangas de Onís.

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To bath in the frozen and crystalline waters of the river Dobra. It is an experience that you will never forgot.

To eat in the ” Molin de la Pedrera” in Cangas de Onis’s full center.
This restaurant that offers an excellent gastronomic combination between the traditional thing and the creativity. You will be charmed with it!!!

Espinaredo

Espinaredo, lovely village located in the region of Asturias, Spain.

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ESPINAREDO: Wonderful town with rural atmosphere in the municipality of Piloña, just 10 kms from the hotel Palace of Cutre. Put in full mountain and surrounded by oak forests is the Asturian town that presents the greatest concentration of shrines (typical Asturian architecture of agricultural utility, with capacity to isolate the rodents as well as moisture, at the time that was the place where stored the fruits of its orchards and its killing)

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VISIT THE AREA OF THE PESANCA: To 3 Km of Espinaredo, you arrive at Ríofabar, from there the road turns into a track asphalt without any danger, but a little closer and surrounded by an incredibly beautiful native forest and the sound of hell River, after passing the recreation area and the Arboretum of Miera afforestation area, will reach the recreation area of the Pesanca, pure delicatessen for relax and rest with his family, to show them in the photo. GPS: 43 ° 16′ 42 “North & 5 ° 20′ 13” West, at 400 m. altitude and 3.5 Km of Ríofabar. In its ample parking should leave their car and then crossing the bridge by a wide forest track starts unforgettable route to the Foces of hell River

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Don´t miss the listening to the BELONGING OT THE BEER in September and October.

RURAL EXPERIENCE: Enjoy walking calmly rurality of Espinaredo, which is in a beautiful hidden Valley where flows the river has hell. In little more than half an hour by car from the Centre of Asturias they will be surprised to discover this idyllic corner of the Astur nature.

HIKING OR BY FOOT ROUTE: PESANCA-FOZ DE MOÑACOS Be sure to make this route on foot. It is one of the most popular in all Asturias. After leaving behind Espinaréu PI-4 road, the village of Ríofabar in direction to the area of the Miera Arboretum (with source of drinking water) and the Pesanca, which also has a source of drinking water, parking and toilets along the river of hell must cross. Here comes a wide track, always soft emerging, which goes through a beautiful forest of chestnut trees and reaches a fork in the kilometer 7. It is followed by the upward path right about 200 m until reaching a slightly flat area. We have a new fork on the kilometer 7.3 in an area of beautiful cabins. It is the place known as Degoes. Continues to the right along a path that returns to climb, crossing the river several times and runs through a beautiful gorge. On our side, the squeezed River forms spectacular wells. 8 Mile crosses a wooden portilla and enter the forest of Moñacos. Following the climb 500 meters, we find a new fork. It has to take the road on the right, leaving the River on the left. Little later the track was tiptoe and by pronounced curves, crossing a spectacular forest of enormous beech. A new fork, this time, choosing the path of the left, leads us to a wide and ascending track to reach a nearly flat stretch, in which for about 10 m we leave two paths to the left. Continue along the widest reaching a very pronounced curve that leaves a beautiful waterfall on the left. From here the road narrows and tiptoe again. This area abounds with the loose stone and need to be careful. Soon, through a beautiful gorge with the River back to the left, we move up to the Moñacos, beautiful pradería, to which access crossing a portilla bathed by the river and surrounded by beautiful mountains.
The return will be made via the site. Difficulty: low Approximate time: 5,30 h.

Lastres

Lastres, fishing village located in the region of Asturias, Spain.

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LASTRES

Lastres, Colunga municipality, is the alternate port to Ribadesella.In addition to the protection provided by Cape Lastres, has a dam of coat with a great height in the espaldón, which guarantees a good access and a safe stay inside. It is the safer port on the Asturian Coast to Gijón E. It has a sports area with pontoons floating, but not with plenty of free space, but its dock allows direct docking to the wall or abarloar to fishing vessels in case of not finding site in the sports area. The village of Lastres has a position high on the port and from it provide magnificent views of the coastline. It is worth walking kilometer there until the Mirador of San Roque, from which you can appreciate the grandeur of the Sueve mountain range, with the Picos de Europa to the Fund and the broad Cove of Colunga. Near beaches among the Greek Beach, with little urban impact, although really appreciated in Lastres is the gastronomic offer based on the magnificent fish provided by its active fishing port and that are appreciated in all Asturias.

TO DO:

Visit the old town. It is considered artistic heritage.

Visit the Church of Sta. Maria Sábada (s. XVI)

Visit the chapel of San Roque, in the meadow of the same name and from which currency is all the people, as well as the coast, and the saw of the Sueve Ribadesella

Visit the Hermitage of San José, in the neighborhood of the same name.

Visit the Ermita del Buen Suceso, which also gives name to the street where it occurs; Come see emblazoned houses and, since recently, all of them with a sign explaining what had formerly been.

Also, visit the clock tower, which is clock from 1751, but previously had served as Tower watchtower for fishermen, both to guide the arrival to port of atalaya to make out when approaching boats of pirates and Buccaneers that many were those who arrived here and were things of value to the people.

Visit the Punta del Castillo, former Fort from the guarding of the aforementioned ships attack.
Finally, on any street that passes, things worth seeing. And almost everything, who has followed the series, came out in “Dr. Matthew”.
Another thing no one should leave without visiting is the lighthouse of Lastres. It is in the neighbouring village of lights, 2 Kms of distance, by the wonderful and stunning views that there is.

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Visit part of the route of the dinosaurs.

The itinerary starts from the viewpoint of San Roque in the highest place of Lastres, next to the chapel of the same name. From there take a narrow descending path which coincides with the so-called Ruta del Castillo, reaching a wider dirt track. Once in it, it is necessary to walk through it towards the left until you exceed a fuente de piedra, now practically dry. A little later we will have to take a path that part right in sharp decline and leads directly to the base of the cliff.

An then, go to visit the Jurassic Museum at only 3 Kms of Lastres. You will understand what did you see before.

Enjoy the cuisine seafood “Restaurant Eutimio”. Asked by Euthymius, alma mater of the restaurant and let yourself be carried away by their experience and good work. If you have chance, buy some of their canned food. They are exquisite.
Climb to the lookout and admires the Picos de Europa and the Cantabrian Coast fusion of an only look. You’ll rarely see something like.

The Virgin Carmen Popular Holiday, patron saint of fishermen, the weekend after July 16. That day the fishermen draw to the Virgin in boats, salear by the Bay accompanied by children that each year make their first communion, along with their parents and the authorities, civil and military. At the end of the walk (“saleo”), after a prayer and singing the Salve Marinera, is missing a wreath in memory of all deceased fishermen of the village to the sea.

San Roque, patron of the town, next to the 15th of August weekend

Llanes

Trip to Llanes, a small coastal town in Asturias, Northern Spain.

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LLANES Llanes was a territory already populated in prehistoric times, studies confirm that in the vicinity of Posada, Llanes, was the area most densely populated in Europe in the Paleolithic.
The history of Llanes is also that of his illustrious, llaniscos reached important positions in the Spanish social scale and it is part of the national history, among others many can highlight from the 16th century to the 19th century.
During these centuries the economic life of Llanes has focused on trade and fishing, becoming one of the most important ports of the peninsular North, above all thanks to the fisheries of the whale, activity that generated a large economic and social development; imports of salt, cereals, wine, cloth, and manufactured goods; and export of salted fish, wood and later textiles.
Today, tradition and tourism come together is this Council with its numerous coves and small beaches bathed by the cantabrico sea.
It is one of the places of summer more important in all Asturias due to its perfect location between the sea and the Picos de Europa.

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THE ROUTE OF THE INDIANOS The East of Asturias was a zone of strong emigration during the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. The llaniscos had as fundamental destinations Cuba, later Mexico and to a lesser extent Argentina. In later times they were in the 1950s and 60 to Switzerland and Germany and Venezuela. Nabob refers to the winners of the American emigration that were usually big tobacco, textile, and grocery business and the richest bankers. The House of the indiano dominates in rural areas by height and design. The Indians brought a cosmopolitan architecture that was inserted in a striking way among the traditional houses, to symbolize the triumph and success.

THE ROUTE OF THE FILM «Film Llanes» is the name of the tourist and cultural project launched by the Ayuntamiento de Llanes in order to highlight the numerous natural scenarios in the municipality have served as sets for the filming of countless feature films, short films, documentaries, commercials, video clips, television series and promotions for television programming. Thus, the City Council aims to also pay tribute and show their gratitude to the directors and producers who chose the llaniscos landscapes to realize their cinematic dreams. The film route, which does not include all of the films made in the municipality, allows to visit up to 25 places that rolled over 42 sequences of 18 feature films, 3 TV series and 1 short. Panels with frames and data of the films must be placed in these spaces. Where technical conditions permit the panels will be installed in sites where cameras were to make shots (camera shot), designed to give more realism to the proposal. In some scenarios, however, there is even the possibility of in situ viewing the sequence filmed on this set it. Previously would be the download to a mobile phone. The initiative is complemented by an explanatory brochure with map of the route, movies and review of Directors, actors, synopsis, stills from scenarios, etc. There will also be a publication containing all the linking of Llanes with the world of cinema. General project «Cinema Llanes» also includes another set of proposals such as the holding of a meeting of film in the municipality, screenings of films and symposia with managers, concert of soundtracks of movies, exhibitions, etc. More information at http://www.llanesdecine.com/

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DON’T MISS TO VISIT THE ARCHIVE OF INDIANOS FOUNDATION You can take a tour of the Museum as the “journey of a migrant” through all dependencies of the building: preparing the departure, carriers of the illusion, the farewell, travel, social centres of the emigration, the memory of Earth, triumphs and failures, the political emigration.

This Foundation this located in a wonderful time mansion called “Fifth Guadalupe” in the village of Colombres, about 15 minutes by car from Llanes.

SCHEDULE FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00 to 14.00 and 17.00 to 20.00 Monday: Closed Tel.: 985 41 20 05

More information in: indianos.es www.archivo

Tour the VILLAGES of interior at the foothills of the Cuera Sierra

Gulpiyuri Beach , an inland saltwater beach.

Idolo de Peña TU: a Neolithic set of paintings and prints

The Natural Resters of salt water(holes in the rocks pushing out water when the waves break).

Ribadesella

Trip to Ribadesella in Asturias, Northern Spain.

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RIBADESELLA

Beautiful Villa of well maintained old town bathed by the Cantabrian Sea with a long tradition of summer, where they used to spend summers high Madrid society to ‘ principles of the 19th century. As a legacy of his tenure at the villa, even wonderful noble houses are preserved at foot of the current maritimo pass as well as the beach of Santa Maria.

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VISIT TO THE CAVES OF TITO BUSTILLO:

The cave of Tito Bustillo is one of the major shrines of Paleolithic art in Europe. It is part of a network of caves connected among themselves and belonging to a same limestone formation that open other caves temporarily inhabited by prehistoric man. Ribadesella was not only an occasional prehistoric sanctuary, fruit of settlements of short duration, but it was one of the cradles of world civilization Paleolithic, with generations and generations of men who grew and multiplied around the estuary of the Sella. The findings, true new gems for the Paleolithic culture, there are little to move. Only in the main Cave of Tito Bustillo, a new technical tracking has recovered to Western history between 50 and 60 new figures on its central panel. To know more, find out athttp://www.desdeasturias.com/centro-de-arte-rupestre-de-tito-bustillo-museos-asturias/

VISIT TO THE CENTER OF INTERPRETATION OF THE CAVES Tito Bustillo cave art center is an ideal place to experience firsthand one of most prominent cave sets in the world. The cave of Tito Bustillo, declared patrimony of the humanity, in 2008 becomes more understandable thanks to this Centre, nearest also and more lasting if possible.

VISIT TO THE CAVE OF ARDINES OR CUEVONA The also is integrated into the cave system of “Tito Bustillo” and, possibly, through it was accessed to the eastern sector of the cave of Tito Bustillo, but a landslide has happened thousands of years ago were hampered by the connection between the two. Highlights the Ardines Cuevona by the considerable size of its main hall where the roof reaches 40 meters high, today drilled by a natural gap that allows the passage of the daylight. For its beauty and spectacular nature, increased by the designated skylight, it was known the cave since ancient and also archaeologically explored in early. The Cuevona excavations at the end of the 19th century were among the first of its kind made in the Cantabrian region.

VISIT TO THE BEACH OF SANTA MARINA It is worth a walk by the beach of Sta. Marina, main arenal in the municipality, and recreate the Nabob houses, built in many cases by those who emigrated to Latin America in the 19th century and made fortune; some of them date back to early 20th century. Soon to be home of the high Madrid society of the time.
VISIT TO THE PANELS OF MINGOTE Very special review of local history with academic language and the comedian leaving his mark as in any other of his works. With the cheerful stroke has been sanding in his long career, Mingote play representation of the representations, on way in his vision of the Paleolithic, which could well be construed as a metalanguage close to art rock.

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GO TO THE CIDER ROUTE

While Ribadesella does not have a tradition of sidrera production Yes it has specialized in consumption as few villas in Cantabria. The success of the announcements on the Asturian fluid is given by an unusual environment in its cider houses, which always have cider of highest quality, accompanying the talks or some good tapas and letters of excellent seafaring tradition. The fish riosellano and recipes from the villa, carefully cultivated for decades, are a safe bet for one who has appetite.

Many local Casa Gaspar, the breakwater, El Carroceu, Llantares sea, El Campanu or La Portiella (which quickly talk) have managed to keep the essence of the food riosellana as a Treasury and, at the same time, enhance their own cuisine and meritosa with the best cider in the region

HAVING LUNCH IN HOUSE TISTA. Casa Tista is one of the restaurants with more history of Ribadesella. Half a century between stoves and cooking only products of quality of the eastern part of Asturias. His speciality of always have been the fish and seafood from the Cantabrian Sea; specifically from the auctions of Ribadesella, Lastres and Tazones, where House Teesta has always bid for the best merchandise.

HAVING DINNER AT LA HUERTONA RESTAURANT

José, the owner will attend you marvelously.

Tazones

Trip to Tazones, fishing village in Asturias, Northern Spain.

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Tazones, declared historical set is configured as a small fishing port whose main attraction lies in its popular caserio. Embedded on the slope of a promontory on the slopes of two hills where the home crowd in a disorderly way and with very accused differences among them. The village retains its old cobbled streets as well as its typical houses, the most original walls enfoscadas and ribeteadas multitude of bright colors in Windows, doors, corridors and galleries of wood.

By its fishing harbour and its proximity to the Picos de Europa, Tazones shares the charm of the mountain and also of the peoples of the sea peoples. Here they say that landed Charles V in his first trip to Spain on 19 September 1517 to take charge of his Crown and is heard to tell others that their dishes are presented the best seafood and fish in the area. For these things, and others, it will be so it holds the title of artistic historical set of the Principality of Asturias. Cozy and simple bunk houses make up the village of bowls. This piece of Asturian land lives inevitably linked to the sea. All an urban framework, in which the sunrises and the sunsets invite you to melancholy and quiet.

And also in their “Masons” we find one of the most important deposits of footprints of dinosaurs from the Jurassic of Europe, exist one quantity more important route to visit them, that they are properly marked by the surroundings.

It is a small fishing village, that has become a tourist attraction and is famous for its seafood.

TO DO:

Simply walk among its narrow streets and if you have opportunity to engaged in conversation with a villager. You’ll find people affable and very close.

Discover the traces of dinosaurs in the port. The field is located on the cliff of the eastern edge of the beach and approximately 120 metres from the ramp that serves as access to the same. On the surface of a gray layer of training Tereñes tilted about 45 degrees, there are several tridactyl footprints belonging to dinosaurs oriented theropods in several directions. Some of them constitute a trail.
A few meters more than notes a loose sandstone with several block traces tridactyl theropods and other quadrupedal dinosaurs oval.
On the cliff of the western edge of the town of bowls, and few meters after exceeding the Jetty of the port, it is a magnificent example of vertical fault within an alternating succession of sandstones, shales and marls belonging to the Lastres formation. A few metres further on you can see several examples of fingerprints vertical roots surrounded by a pale green halo on a background of reddish rock representing Jurassic channels.

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Have some goose barnacles and a nice spider crab for dinner at the Rompeolas Restaurant.

Visit the fish farm/hatchery.

Sanctuary of Covadonga

Sanctuary of Covadonga in the region of Asturias, Northern Spain.

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In the Picos de Europa National Park, surrounded by nature, between mountains and forests lies the sanctuary of Covadonga, Marian Center of great devotion for all the Asturians and all Christians. Santina in his cave, the Basilica on the Hill Cueto and the beauty of the landscape of the Asturian mountain, make the Covadonga sanctuary a place of visit and forced pilgrimage.

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The cave
The meaning of Covadonga is Mrs cave, comes from the Latin, Cova Dominica. The first construction in the Holy cave dates back to times of Alfonso I the Catholic, who sends to build a chapel to commemorate the victory of King Pelayo to the Muslims. Prior year 1.777 the cave was covered with wood, a fire destroys the original stature of La Santina, jewels and valuable belongings. The current carving of the Virgin, dates from the 16th century and it was donated to the sanctuary of Covadonga by the chapter of the Cathedral of Oviedo in the year 1.778.

In the cave is the tomb of King Pelayo, buried in the Abamia church with his wife Gaudosia, and sent to move to the sanctuary of Covadonga by King Alfonso X the wise, thus gave greater importance to Covadonga. La current Chapel is 1940s, in Romanesque style, the work of D. Luís Martínez Pidal.

The size of the Santina is polychromed wood, sweet factions, holding the child and a golden rose. During l Awar civil the image disappears and is found in the Embassy of Spain in France in the year 1939.

The Basilica

The Basilica of Covadonga was opened on 7 September 1901, giving the Pope Leo XIII that dignity of Basilica. It is a monument of neo-Romanesque style built entirely with pink limestone from the vicinity. The entrance Portico are two busts for the Bishops of the inhabitant headquarters bass whose pastoral term began and finished works. The interior is notable for its simplicity. Only the area of the header contains some decorative element of interest. The high altar is presided by a seated image of the Virgin with the child, by the Catalan sculptor Samsó. Also in this area are two large canvases of the hand of the painters Madrazo and Carducho alluding to the battle of Covadonga and the proclamation of King Pelayo.

A casket containing the relics of San Melchor and blessed Pedro Poveda is located under the main altar. The altar dedicated to San Melchor, only Asturian Saint canonized by John Paul II in 1989 by his martyrdom in the missions of China is located in the apse of the left. The apse of the right contains a sculptural group of great baroque theatrical: the delivery of the chasuble to Santo Domingo. On the cruise ship permanently hang the flags of all the South American countries, in memory of his contribution to the construction of the temple. The body is modern, opened in the year 2001.

A clock whose bells Carillon plays the melody of the anthem of Covadonga is installed in the towers:”Blessed the Queen of our mountains, whose throne the cradle of Spain…”

The Collegiate

The collegiate church The oldest building of the sanctuary of Covadonga, distributed rectangular around a courtyard, with a square Tower, vault vaults and choir. It was built during the years 1.585 to 1599, being Bishop D. Diego Aponte Quiñones In its cloister are the tombs of two Abbots of the s.XI. It should also be noted the retable Baroque church, from the monastery of Santa Maria of Valdedios. Inside you can not visit, but you can see her great beauty that enhance the shields and the source that adorns the courtyard entrance outside.

The Museum of Covadonga

The Museum of Covadonga despite constant ruins and fires, retains works of great value.
The Crown of the Virgin of Covadonga and the child are pieces of valuable jewelry, created by Felix Granda Buylla Oviedo jeweller in 1918, the Virgin canonical Coronation year. They are made with Platinum, gold, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, France roses, bright and pearls. These pieces only used on day of Covadonga, on 8 September. Mannerist style is the Christ of ivory from the 16th century, it belonged to San francisco de Paula, and subsequently to the King Felipe II, who donated it to the sanctuary of Covadonga.
In the Museum of Covadonga are also reproductions of drawings, I make for the project of the Basilica, the architect Ventura Rodríguez. of the painter Madrazo exhibited an impressive picture of King Pelayo. Also numerosisimas works of handicraft and clothes lithurgical as the pectoral of San Melchor de Quirós and mantle and embroidered white silk dress, donated to the Virgin of Covadonga by Queen Elizabeth II.

Museum hours: Summer: Every day: 10’30 – 14 pm. / 16-19 hs. Winter: Weekends and public holidays: 11’30 – 14 pm. -16 – 18 hs.

RECOMMEND:

If you are a single, drink some water from the seven pipes fountain of the seven pipes (fuente de los siete caños) and throw a coin into the river.

Access to the Lakes of Covadonga

With the new protectionist policy of the Principality of Asturias, settles the regulation access to the Lakes, in the National Park of the Picos de Europa, in times of greater influx of visitors year-round. These restrictions shall apply from the Covadonga sanctuary from the established schedules.

Carefully follow the directions you will find from Cangas de Onís, which inform you of access and parking available.

Holy week restrictions – bridges – summer 2012
Dates: Easter: 5, 6, 7 and 8 April Summer: to be determined Bridges: May: no restrictions

Hours: 10: 00 to 19:000 (access to the lakes in public transport) access for handicapped and accredited Free access until 08: 30 and from 20: 00 hours
Rates: Parking: 2 euros (todo el día) Bus ticket: 7.50 euros, 3.50 euros under 12 years of age Children under 3 free (Valid for the entire day, unlimited number of trips)
Ticket bus to Covadonga, only ida: 1.40 EUR

Access to Covadonga is cut Places of parking in the sanctuary of Covadonga.
Access to Covadonga is free throughout the day, although it may be limited at the time that dealt with the availability of parking, which, in the case of large influx of vehicles, is recommended to use one of the previous parking lots. It is convenient to remember that parking in Covadonga, may buy there tickets for the bus to the Lakes, so it would have to go back to the previous car park.

Information: Brochures in tourist offices and own parking lots will be divided. Request information of these times in your accommodation.
Use your bus ticket as many times as you wish on the same day. Tickets to the Lakes only sold in car parks marked.

Information provided by www.consorcioasturias.com

Picos de Europa National Park

Trip to the Picos de Europa National Park and the village of Bulnes, located in Asturias, Spain.

TO SEE:

The Picos de Europa are three important massifs known by the names of Eastern massif or Andara, Central massif or the Urriellles and Western massif or Cornión.
Its climate is characterized by humidity and constant rainfall, a fact that is determined by its proximity to the Sea (barely 20 kilometres). The presence of snow is accentuated during the winter months, but the snowfields that are maintained on a permanent basis are not rare.
In this mountain range there are 200 elevations of more than 2,000 meters of altitude and height changes greater than the 2,300 meters. The Park is crossed by four rivers channelled in deep gorges: the Gorge of la Hermida, by the River Deva; the Gorge of the Beyos, by the River Sella; “Throat divine”, through which runs the River Cares, and the Gorges of the India, through which passes the River Duje.
There are numerous viewpoints from where contemplate its beauty. A good option is to use the cableway of Fuentedé, which rises to a height of more than 1,800 metres above sea level.
300 Million years have been needed to create the wavy landscape of Los Picos de Europa.
Different foldings and glaciations have shaped a tortuous landscape shaped by ice and the effect of water on the limestone, forming a grandiose mountain karst.
The three main massifs of this natural wonder are limited by deep valleys and gorges, appeared before the erosionador step of the sharp languages of ice of the glaciers and the force of the waters of the rivers that continue even today, shaping the stone to your tastes, dissolving the limestone. The Dobra River, tributary of the Sella, and the Deva, flank the mountains to the West and to the East of the range, still Cares and its tributary the Duje responsible for distributing the Park in its three massifs.
The Picos de Europa National Park, forms the protected space of greater extension of all Spain. It consists primarily of three large mountain massifs that include three autonomous communities; Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla-León.
In 2003 it was declared by the UNESCO biosphere reserve.
It has more than 200 elevations exceeding 2000 meters of altitude, impressive canyons, chasms and caves typical Karst topography that so this product is in the Park. One of the most famous places of the Picos de Europa are the Lakes Enol and Ercina, popularly known as “Lagos de Covadonga” due to its proximity to the Basilica of Covadonga, Marian pilgrimage place.
According to the tradition in the 8th century (between 718-725) took place the famous battle of Covadonga in which King Pelayo, Christian King elected in full field of battle, defeated the Arab invaders, starting at this point the famous “Reconquista” The name of Picos de Europa seems that it was coined by the sailors were returning from the high seas, the first land sighted the majestic mountain tops that Crown the Park.
Geography The park consists of three mountain massifs: central, Western (the more mountainous) and Eastern. They are all originating from limestone moles makes about 300 million years that initially were submerged and then suffered strong erosion and forces the folds create a landscape characteristically Karst with lots of abysses, caves, gorges, canyons and other typically karstic formations.

The Park offers spectacular scenery, with its steep bare grey peaks of vegetation, its Green majadas, countless simas (more than 10% of the abysses, which exceed the 1000m in depth, are found in the natural park of Picos de Europa), caves, gorges as impressive as the of the River Cares, lakes of glacial origin, as the “Los Lagos de Covadonga”
The central massif, the more mountainous, has its Summit in Torrecerredo at 2648m above the sea level, but perhaps the most emblematic peak is the Naranjo de Bulnes(known locally peak Urriello) 2519m and strange form which attracts the lovers of climbing and mountain.
The Naranjo de Bulnes gets its name from a color orange, seen from certain points, that takes due to the composition of the rock and the incidence of solar rays. About Bulnes comes closest to the mountain population.

TO DO:

Take a walk around the lakes and deleitate with its views. We suggest a walk suitable for any age. They are more simple than the routes that we propose in the routes section of the PICOS DE EUROPA national park destination on the web.
We climbed the Lakes road from the sanctuary of Covadonga, we reached a small hill from which he spotted the first Lake (Enol), on our right opens a track of land down at the junction can leave the car.
From here the vision of the Enol Lake and the peaks of the Central massif of the Picos de Europa are incomparable.

If from the Col we lower a stretch along the road in direction to the sanctuary, in the early hours is normal to enjoy a landscape of fog covering the valleys of the sanctuary of Covadonga, at dusk the sunsets are a gift for the vista. A few meters above the Col have a monolith from which divisarmos St Mary’s Tower of Enol and its surrounding mountains. We can down a little by the dirt track and surround the Lake next to its shore, we enjoy so the charm of las majadas located on its shores. Without still take the car we walk forward road just 200 or 300 meters and enjoy spaghetti perspectives. We take again the car and continue until the second Lake (Lake la Ercina), next to the car park there is a small bar and a terrace that also serves meals. Their views are impressive. Until the Ercina Lake we can upload even in winter, the park services enabled the road after snowfall, the show will remain spectacular and very different from the summer. Outside the winter season, it is worth early to enjoy a majestic Sunrise alongside the Ercina Lake.
We continue with our journey, one must go back just 50 m of altitude gain to situate ourselves in a lookout placed between two lakes. From the car park, on the left side of the bar, get a good paved road that will take us to the top of a hill which separates both Lagos de Covadonga. On the left side of the Lake la Ercina and virtually parallel to the Lake, a path will gradually catching height, is the path of the refuge of Arius. The path up to the refuge is not difficult to follow but we would carry three hours, so it is not subject to this description of walks around the Lakes of Covadonga.
On the right side of la Ercina Lake there is another barely marked midway between the grass that crossing and without hardly increases leads to some shepherds huts situated at the other end of the Lake, at the foot of Mosquital peak. In addition to get some beautiful pictures of the Lake, if we go back slopes Pico Mosquital by its back side get magnificent views of whole massif West of Picos de Europa. No need to reach its Summit or much less, you just have to gain some height.

Access to the Lakes of Covadonga

With the new protectionist policy of the Principality of Asturias, settles the regualción access to the Lakes, in the National Park of the Picos de Europa, in times of greater influx of visitors year-round. These restrictions shall apply from the Covadonga sanctuary from the established schedules. Carefully follow the directions you will find from Cangas de Onís, which inform you of access and parking available. Holy week restrictions – bridges – summer 2012
Dates: Easter: 5, 6, 7 and 8 April Summer: to be determined Bridges: May: no restrictions

Hours: 10: 00 to 19:000 (access to the lakes in public transport) access for handicapped and accredited Free access until 08: 30 and from 20: 00 hours
Rates: Parking: 2 euros (todo el día) Bus ticket: 7.50 euros, 3.50 euros under 12 years of age Children under 3 free (Valid for the entire day, unlimited number of trips)
Ticket bus to Covadonga, only ida: 1.40 EUR

Access to Covadonga is cut Places of parking in the sanctuary of Covadonga.
Access to Covadonga is free throughout the day, although it may be limited at the time that dealt with the availability of parking, which, in the case of large influx of vehicles, is recommended to use one of the previous parking lots. It is convenient to remember that parking in Covadonga, may buy there tickets for the bus to the Lakes, so it would have to go back to the previous car park.

Information: Brochures in tourist offices and own parking lots will be divided. Request information of these times in your accommodation.
Use your bus ticket as many times as you wish on the same day. Tickets to the Lakes only sold in car parks marked.
Information provided by www.consorcioasturias.com

If you like hiking, not stop doing the ROUTE of CARES (or divine Gorge) as well as the route of the PICU URRIELLU (Naranjo de Bulnes).

If you want more information on these routes, go to routes within the PARQUE NACIONAL DE LOS PICOS DE EUROPA fate within this same website of BOUTIQUE HOTELS that you are visiting.

Rises the Fuente Dé cable car: Visit to the village of Bulnes located in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park.

There are only 2 ways to access the village: Either iconfortably by cable car,( which saves a drop of 753 metres, placing the traveller in the 1,823 m of altitude in only 4 minutes, at a speed of 10 m/sec), or walking.

RECOMMEND:

Visit to the highest village of Asturias: Sotres.

Walking on the Route of Cares.

Visit to the Sanctuary of Covadonga and the lakes of Covadonga

Visit the route in the village of Sirviella Pepin: Guided tours to learn about the Asturian traditional life and enjoy its gastronomy. Learn about the rural world initiative that recovers the family heritage and popular Asturian culture offering a different view of the Sirviella village in the municipality of ONIS, Asturias. Sirviella a village typical of the Eastern Asturias, located only 14 km from Cangas de Onis and Covadonga 18. This people that even in the month of August reyna peace and activities agricultural and livestock are above the hustle and bustle typical of the overcrowded tourist destinations.

The route of Pepín is developed in five phases:
1 Guided visit to the village of Sirviella, commenting on its landscape, economy, architecture, granaries, and popular culture. (Ride for all ages and ages) Duration: approximately 1 hour.

2. Tasting of cider. Visit to become our property, explanation of everything that surrounds to the processes of production and consumption of the Asturian drink par excellence. Tasting of the best cider in Sirviella. Stay in cider for 30 minutes approximately.

3. The cabin of the pastor. Visit to a perfect replica of a cabin of the mayadas of Picos de Europa. Discover the way of life of the shepherds and the description of the way in which the traditional artisan cheeses manufactured.The Gamoneu. Stay in the cabin for 30 minutes approximately.

4. Domestic animals of native breed. Xalda sheep, asturcones and paints pita among others. We know about these animals and how some of them have overcome the danger of extinction when they were. Duration 15 minutes approximately.

5 Traditional food. We will end the visit seated at the table, sipping delicious traditional Asturian rations watered with abundant cider (cakes, sausage, cheese, tortillas,…) No one will go hungry from our traditional llagar. 1 hour of gastronomic delight.

Redes Natural Park

Redes Natural Park, located in the region of Asturias, Northern Spain.

TO SEE:

The Redes Natural Park covers an area of 377.36 km2, covered mostly by wooded masses mainly of beech, the plant species more feature of the Park. In total, the beech forests occupy 3/4 parts of the surface of the Park, and along with the rest of the forests and meadows serve as excellent habitat for multiple species, some of great interest such as the capercaillie. This crossed by a main artery, the Nalón River, one of the rivers more important in the region, which in his time at these places, year after year, has drawn a spectacular landscape that we see today.

THE COUNCILS Network is formed by two Councils, case and Sobrescobio. The municipality of Sobrescobio has its capital in Rioseco, but we find other centres of population such as Anzo Campiellos, Comillera, La Polina, Ladines, waters and Villamorey Soto. In total, an area of 70 km2 of rivers, valleys, gorges, forests,… to know and enjoy. The Council’s case is one of the largest councils in the Principality. Its capital is Campo de Caso.

For more information on the Councils of the Park:

http://www.Caso.es/

http://www.sobrescobiu.org/

SPACE PROTECTED: NATURAL PARK AND BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Networks is Natural Park since 1996 and biosphere reserve since 2001. It is a protected natural space, which houses “some of the most valuable landscapes and ecosystems of the Cordillera Cantabrica”. It is a unique setting to enjoy nature, but always respectful and sustainably, without altering the balance of the environment. The statements of the Redes Natural Park, includes as one of its objectives the maintenance of the State and functionality of ecosystems of the Park and, consequently, the protection of species and habitats, with special incidence in those included in regional, national and community protection catalogs. Depending on the natural characteristics of the territory, its need for conservation and the activities that can be developed.

The Plan Rector of use and management divides the territory in the following way:
General use zone: Areas characterized by its greater degree of modification of the natural environment and human presence continued, being coincident with the villages, estates attached to the urban cores areas rotational or equipment and areas of public domain of communication infrastructures. In these areas it may be circulated with vehicles motor. Agricultural use zone: Areas with a strong implementation of the productive agricultural and forestry activities, which have a clear influence on the landscape and cause a change more or less deep natural ecosystems. They would be areas under greater pressure, management and exploitation of resources by the population. Access to these areas is free for residents and their vehicles as well as the transit of people on foot or by means not involving the use of motor vehicles. Special restricted use zone: are areas that have presence of well-preserved natural systems subject to very moderate, of relevant biological or ecological values traditional use, especially for hosting habitats of interest or populations of catalogued animal or vegetable species, fragile medium or high before any action that could cause irreversible ecological processes and communities there effects present and the towns water catchment areas. The transit of visitors in this area will be limited to the authorized trails. High mountain area: Areas with presence of not wooded natural systems (grasslands and Shrublands) are located above the altitudinal limit of the forest, over 1,700 metres of altitude and on the southern edge of the Park from the port of Tarna until the Tabierna Collado. The transit of people on foot or by means not involving the use of motor vehicles is free. Mountaineering activities will likewise be free provided that they are not the installation of camps.

NATURAL MONUMENTS OF THE PARK A Natural Monument is a kind of protection afforded to those “spaces or elements of nature constituted basically by formations of notorious uniqueness, rarity or beauty, that deserve to be the subject of special protection”.

There are three natural monuments in the Redes Natural Park:

The Alba route: Declared in 2001. It is one of the routes of the Park, which began in waters Soto, in the municipality of Sobrescobio. It runs next to the River Alba and is characterized by its waterfalls, waterfalls and a spectacular Gorge in the final stretch of the route.

Cave Deboyu: Declared in 2003. Cave of origin carst about 200 meters of length drilled and occupied by the Nalón River. It is located in Les Llanes, very close to Campo de Caso. We can see the entrance of the River in the limestone rock from the Colorau bridge, and the output from the Deboyu bridge.

The Tabayón of the Mongayu: Declared in 2003. It is a waterfall of 60 meters located near the town of Tarna. You can access to this waterfall walk. There is a signposted route (PR.)(AS – 60) that, on the basis of the Tarna village passes through a spectacular beech forest to complete under the Tabayón

TO DO:

SERVICE OF GUIDED ROUTES REDES NATURAL PARK
In order to promote the natural and cultural values of the Park, the reception and interpretation centre puts to the service of the qualified personal visitor to make routes guided by this protected space. During the course of the different routes, the guide will accompany visitors and will be making a series of stops in interesting points to explain both the landscape and the flora, fauna and ethnography of the place where they are. To make this more interesting offer, offer routes of different length and difficulty, with the intention that the visitor select your best option:

1 Route Veneros – ethnographic group

-Difficulty: Very low
-Length: < 1 Km
-Theme: Will talk of the timber wealth and the importance of this resource for all the casinos (inhabitants of the municipality of case) and the coyanes (inhabitants of the municipality of Sobrescobio). You can choose to visit the Museum of the case wood, located in the village of Veneros.
-Duration: 1 hour, round-trip.(Excluding visit to the Museum).

2 Route Veneros – Camín Real

-Difficulty: low
-Length: 1.5 Km
-Theme: It’s a tour of the surrounding field of case and Veneros peoples. As in the previous one, you can choose to visit the Museum of wood of Veneros.
-Duration: 1 h. 30 min.

3 Route of the Monte Allende

-Difficulty: low
-Length: 5 Km
-Subject: This is a circular route and in which we can see different types of forests and panoramic views of the capital of the municipality of case (Field case) of Veneros.
-Duration: 2 h.

4. The Arrudos defile

-Difficulty: Medium – low.
-Length: 9 Km
-Theme: During the tour you can see a good example of the riparian forest which can be found in the Natural Park.
-Duration: 3 or 4 h (round-trip)

5 The waterfall of the Tabayón route

-Difficulty: average
-Length: 9.5 Km
-Theme: The route goes into the beech forest of Mount Saperu, of great beauty and mystery. At the end of the route is a waterfall of 60 meters of fall, declared Natural Monument, that will surprise anyone that comes close to see it.
-Duration: 5 h. (round-trip)

6 The Alba route

-Difficulty: Medium – low.
-Length: 14 Km
-Theme: It’s the best-known hiking trail in the Park. The main attraction of this route is the Alba River, that accompanies the visitors throughout the route through the Gorge it has formed over thousands of years.
-Duration: 4 or 5 h. (round-trip)

RECOMMEND:

Visit the Vega of Brañagallones. It is located in an ancient glacier.

Eat at the restaurant of “La Encruzijada “in Caleao. Its traditional cuisine is exceptional. In the autumn did not give up to request any dish of hunting.

Do the Arrudos Route and the El Alba Route by walking

Hike in the Alaba Route

Visit the center of interpretation of the park

The Region of The Sueve. El Fito Viewpoint

Excursion to the region of the Sueve and visit to the viewpoint of the Fito in the eastern part of Asturias.

TO SEE:

Caravia, Parres and Piloña are the perfect symbiosis between sea and mountain, with a common link, the Sierra de Sueve, why the environment encompassing these three amazing and beautiful Asturian councils known as Comarca of the Sueve, a unique and spectacular landscape.

The natural heritage that treasures the Comarca of the Sueve, confers a special singularity that does not leave indifferent any visitor. It allows us to enjoy in all its splendor of the Natural paradise that makes Asturias gala, and reaches its maximum exponent in the Fitu vantage point. Thanks to this unique setting, we can descry overnight cleared, from the highest peaks of the Picos de Europa, until the Cantabrian coastline, dotted with numerous beaches of golden sand, such as La Espasa, La Beciella or the Arenal Morís in Caravia. Another of the attractions of this region, and it gives if possible even more beauty, is the horse “asturcón”, the most emblematic animal of Asturias, which maintains its natural habitats in the protected landscape of the saw of the Sueve. Seals, salmon river par excellence in Asturias, attracts with its crystal clear waters to fishermen and genuine supporters of the international descent of the Sella. Active tourism is very important in this area with activities such as hiking, trekking, sailing, canoeing, horse riding, bicycle of mountain, diving, kayaking, surfing or windsurfing.

The protected landscape of the saw of the Sueve unfolds along 12 km and is composed of a limestone massif which reaches its maximum height in the 1,161 meters of Picu Pienzu, giving it a significant attraction for hiking and sports in low mountain. The Cordal is actually a continuation of two adjacent sierras. On the one hand is in greater proportion, a vast limestone mixed with slate and dotted with forests and Highland on its northwestern side. Instead, in the part of El Fitu, located to the East of the above, the sierra is smaller but it is an excellent vantage point for the contemplation of the coastal rasa in Caravia. In detached days, also it allows us to contemplate splendid views of much of the Asturian eastern coast and the Picos de Europa.

This viewpoint, for its beauty, is one of the most visited natural spaces of the Eastern Asturias. This mountain range contains the largest forest in Europe yew on its north face, in groves of beech and chestnut trees. This tejedal is of considerable value for its existence in such density being rare. Its presence in this protected space is highly acclaimed by reputable studies of the natural habitat. If major is in the cordal the no less important forest stain is animal life. Livestock, cattle, goats, sheep, horses and foals, share the slopes of the Sueve with wildlife. Stands out among all the most emblematic animal of Asturias, the Asturcón, semi-wild race horse. Also called powerfully the attention other species such as foxes, wild boars, deer and vultures, among other mammals and birds that enjoy the visitor of this natural space.

Another of the attractions of this region, and it gives if possible even more beauty, is the horse “asturcón”, the most emblematic animal of Asturias, which maintains its natural habitats in the protected landscape of the saw of the Sueve. Seals, salmon river par excellence in Asturias, attracts with its crystal clear waters to fishermen and genuine supporters of the international descent of the Sella. Active tourism is very important in this area with activities such as hiking, trekking, sailing, canoeing, horse riding, bicycle of mountain, diving, kayaking, surfing or windsurfing. The Comarca of the Sueve possesses an almost magical natural heritage, which gives a great singularity. This territory integrates in a same perspective magnificent beaches, such as those of Caravia, and forests as the Piloña, to vie in beauty with the waters of rivers as emblematic as the Sella, passes through the municipality of Parres. A natural barrier that makes this territory in a unique landscape and with multiple possibilities for your enjoyment, with abundant hunting and fishing, and where the horse Asturcón, settler of this mountain range, is the owner and Lord of the Sueve, own right.

Note, also, the beaches of golden sand, providing that uniqueness and perfect symbiosis between sea and mountains in the region of the Sueve. In a few places there is a very noticeable contrast and in such harmony, what constitutes an experience very pleasant for the visitor. Ideal for the practice of diving, surfing, fishing and, of course, the bathroom. They are also suitable as wind scenarios for the lovers of the comets, are annually held numerous concentrations of this specialty; as well as for the practice of kitesurfing and windsurfing.

The beaches that are within the Comarca of the Sueve, are as follows:
THE ESPASA. Easy road access and fine sand, it is the natural mouth of the river of the same name and puts the limit at Caravia by the West. It has a length of 1000 meters and a width average of 60 meters, and includes the beaches of El Viso and Moracey. Available life-saving service, showers, bathrooms and parking.
THE BECIELLA Located in the parish of Duesos (Caravia Baja), in a rural environment, it has an approximate length of 275 metres. It has a small parking access, and is ideal for fishing and bathing.
ARENAL DE MORIS Arenal Morís or Caravia Alta beach is a beach located two kilometres from the town of Prado and shell-shaped. It has road access, parking and lifesaving. It is located in a rural environment and residential, surrounded by meadows and cliffs. It has a length of 800 meters, windy and medium waves. Fishing and recreation, attractions including the surf.

TO DO:

Don’t miss the international rise of the Fito Usually held in mid May. Large audience of fans to the engine gathers annually to enjoy this Rally, scoring for the European Championships, Spain and mountain Asturias. The route corresponds to the ACE-260 road part from Arriondas in Parres and climbs the South face of El Fitu. This test enjoys great popularity among fans for its layout, ideal for Motorsport mountain, which guarantees the competition spectacular and wonderful panoramic views of the Comarca of the Sueve. More information on the website: http://www.subidaalfito.com/

Going to the International Canoe Feast is indispensable. The party is the best known and popular of Asturias. At the feast of the asturianía, hundreds of declines run parallel between Arriondas and Ribadesella. Already in 1946, from the fluvial train that took fifteen wagons, one could count up to 285 cars, 23 coaches, 400 bicycles and 50 motorcycles. Today there are thousands of people.
It all started when Dionisio de la Huerta, in 1929, arrived at his home in Coya, Infiesto, to enjoy their summer vacations. When heading to the railway station in Barcelona, where he had planned to take a train that will lead to Madrid, to get there one with direction of Asturias, saw a folding kayak in the century warehouses. Seemed it the gadget more appropriate to reach Coya, a few days was practicing canoeing in the mill dam. Shortly after he made the journey to Arriondas and a few years already evolved to the current and known tour today by all, Arriondas – Ribadesella. More than 200,000 people invade Arriondas from several days before the descent. Sports apology gives rise to a lengthy pilgrimage, but when the time comes, all concentrated on the banks of the Sella. And it is that the descent of the Sella today by its own right is the most important event of the world canoeing. In addition, the decline has a number of peculiarities that make them unique. Even the most reluctant to mass popular demonstrations is love with her magic the first time he attends the Festival of the canoe. Every year, the first Saturday of August, output is given after the reading of the verses that compose Dionisio de la Huerta. However, it is necessary that before leaving the river the newts, clad in costumes, they throw into the water under the bridge from Arriondas after the parade. Far from being a nuisance, they are part of the Festival and its importance recognized in the lines of output:

Go to Mirador del Fito. The Fitu vantage point, one of the viewpoints is located halfway between the Councils of Asturian Caravia and Parres and in the midst of a beautiful landscape, most beautiful of Asturias. The mirador is a concrete structure, work of Pimentel, inaugurated in 1947, original construction that us elevates the field for best views if possible. In Asturias it is familiarly known as the “cazu” for his Cup. From the viewpoint of the Fitu in collada call cross it currency, to the North, the Bay of Biscay, Ribadesella, Caravia, Colunga and Villaviciosa; on clear days you can even get to see Gijón. To the South, the Councils of Parres, Cangas de Onís and Covadonga. In the background the peaks of Europe and much of the Cordillera Cantábrica. In el mirador, the panorama is a dream. Its proximity to the coast, just 5 kilometres, allows a 360º vision, see the Cantabrian Sea, admire the green of the meadows of the Valley and discover in the distance, the imposing mass of the Picos de Europa. A few meters from el mirador is the refuge of the Fitu. The highest point of the saw of the Sueve is the Pienzu peak, which can be reached from El Fitu a route approximately four hours roundtrip. Along the way, it passes through the grasslands and the sources of the Bustacu and Mergullines, rather than the route rises, zigzag form and will harden.

Don’t miss the Asturcón Festival, held the third Saturday of August at the flock in the Sueve, Espineres. This celebration has been declared as a holiday of Regional touristic interest. This event is intended to highlight the importance of the conservation of the “asturcón”. It is brand of young and brave native horses bred in the mountains (Asturcones), as well as a Stallion dressage and dressage. The feast of the Asturcón, that thirty years held in the flock of Espineres, in the heart of the Sueve, is one of the public holidays of our region and the rest of the Principality of Asturias. The party starts at around 10 in the morning with the demonstration of rural sports, then held a test of drag where animal and man put to test his strength, cunning and skill. Subsequently, takes place a demonstration of tune Asturiana, mass and an exquisite taste of flesh “roxa” for all those attending the Party (until stock is exhausted). The main dish of the day arrives in the afternoon with the marking and dressage foals, a show to enjoy at least once in life. Horse fight for their freedom within a landscape so beautiful and with the music of the bagpipes of Fund, make this moment, an atmosphere that envelops the memory and magic makes this celebration, which also allows camping the night before in a place where the sky seems closer than ever.

If you like this sport, come to Surf Festival, Caravia is the most important of the year in Asturias surf event, it is the second stop of the national Surf circuit, considered the most important. Account with a category of 5 ** in the category Surf absolute (Open), 3 born in women’s surfing and 2 ** Longboard whatsoever and with the presence of the best national athletes of different categories. All this framed within a main sports, cultural and musical with a comprehensive programming and to suporan economic Awards 10,000 euros. And at night the beach becomes a stage act where artists of renown in the music scene as well as there is also the presence of well-known DJs. All this in the beautiful beach of El Arenal’s Morís in Caravia, in mid-September.

Don’t miss the great Kite Festival on the beach of the Espasa in Caravia. This festival they attended commit you and pilots throughout the national territory, is of great interest because you can see all sorts of kites: static, acrobatic, revolution and traction with the modalities of kitebuggy, kitemountain, blokart etc… piloted by commit you of all ages. During the weekend there are spoiling for everyone: enjoy KiteBuggy race, routines of flight synchronized team, flight precision, releases of paratroopers and sweets from messengers, children’s workshop of comets, aerial photography… and many more activities. There are also activities designed for the smallest of the family as comets workshops, launch of paratroopers and trinkets from comets, or flight exhibitions. The environment in which this festival is an addition it should be noted that you can leverage to make the coastal path which runs from the beach of the Espasa to Arenal Moris.

RECOMMEND:

Visit the Fito lookout. If your stay is several days, choose the most clear day to be able to make out the peaks and Europe while you witnessing the coast of the Cantabrian Sea. You’ll rarely see something like.

You fight not to try the daring kitchen of Chef Jose Antonio Campoviejo in the restaurant El Corral del Indiano in Arriondas. It has 1 Michelin star. Asked by the same Jose or his wife (is the sommelier) and says that you are on our side. They turn. Do not hesitate!

Experience a gourmet lunch at a 2 star Michelin restaurant: Casa Marcial in the Salgar (the viewpoint of the Fitu road). Calls from us, you will try to wonder.

Do you want something more traditional?. It is at the end of the world, but you download allícomo angeles los if yours is the local gastronomy of the Earth. Will undoubtedly give us thanks for recommend it!. El Molin de Mingo is called. Make a hole in your agenda and you will not regret. When you come back to the East of Asturias, sure that you repeat.

Routes

Route from La Llama to Majada de Espineres

 

Hiking route from La Llama to Majada de Espineres in Asturias, Northern Spain.

Route type: ascent
Level of difficulty: moderate

Coming by car from Infiesto: drive towards Santander. Once you passed the village of Villamayor, leave the AS 259 road towards Colunga, passing the villages of Vallobal, Miyares, Borines (Palacio de Cutre), La Infiesta until getting to the Alto de la Llama pass.

Leave your car and take the track on the right which is suitable for all-terrain vehicles and ascends a steep slope until getting to a gate. After crossing the gate, the route alternates strong ascents with softer sections. From the Campera de Campu Riu, on your right, you’ll have a nice view to the Ordiyón Peak.

Later on you’ll cross a pasture area and, among abundant hawthorn, you’ll get to Majada de Espineres, a village that helds every year the Asturcón Horse festival, which has been declared Festival of Regional Tourist Interest.

Distance/Time: Approximately 1-2 hours.
Points:
Infiesto, Villamayor, Vallobal, Miyares, Borines, La Infiesta, Majada de Espineres

Route from Miyares to the Ordiyón Peak

 

Hiking route from Miyares to the Ordiyón Peak, Asturias, Northern Spain.

Route type: ascent
Level of difficulty: moderate

Coming by car from the village of Infiesto: head towards Santander. After passing the village of Villamayor, leave the AS 259 road towards Colunga until getting to Miyares.

Park your car. In the village center, at approx. 200 meters distance from the church, starts a track known as La Armonga. Don’t leave this track until you get to the cabin of La Peruyal, where you can enjoy a beautiful view to the valley of the Piloña River and the villages of Sevares, Villamayor and Miyares.

Continue the path until getting to a ‘false’ plain from where you’ll see the Ordiyón Peak. Ascent the summit and enjoy the marvellous views of the Piloña river valley, the Picos de Europa mountain range and even to the distant Naranco Mountain. Return on the same path.

Distance/Time: Approximately 3 hours (round trip)
Points:
Infiesto, Miyares, Ordiyón Peak

Route La Pesanca to Vizcares

 

7-hours hiking route from La Pesanca to Vizcares in the Picos de Europa mountain range, Asturias, Spain.

Route type: ascent
Level of difficulty: challenging

Coming from the village of Infiesto: Head towards Santander. Take road PL 4 direction Espinaredo – Riofabar until you get to the recreational area of La Pesanca.

Take a wide ascending track, leaving the recreational area on the left, until you get to a bridge across the Infierno river. You’ll pass first the Degoes shelter, later on the larger Cureño shelter. Continue on the same track, passing a fountain and a water trough on the right, unitl you reach a place called Collado de Traslafuente. From this point and on your left you’ll already sea the peak. Continue ascending always in this direction, until reaching the Viscares summit (1,419 meters).

Return on the same path, enjoying the beautiful views of the Picos de Europa mountain range.

Distance/Time: Approximately 7 hours

Route to Degoes

3 hours hiking route to Degoes, located in the Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias, Northern Spain.

Route type: cross country
Level of difficulty: moderate

You can start the route in the village of Espinaredo, which means that you have to walk 3,5 kilometres to La Presanca. Optionally you could drive to the parking area of Presanca and start walking from there.

Take the smoothly ascending, wide and comfortable track, until you see two houses with a small pool in between. Passing the second house, take the path on the left that leads down to a small bridge. Cross the bridge and start a steeper ascent. When getting to a sharp bend (about 180 degrees), search for a path in the northeast. Access from the curve, facing north and right. It’s a dark path. Continue the path to the right (on the left the ground’s steeply sloping towards the river). The path leads, among rocks, oak and chestnut trees, moss and lichens, to a 15 to 20 meter waterfall, in the form of a ponytail.

If you want to see a beautiful place in between: Ascent the path and then turn left, descending to a small stream that crosses the path. Take the last curve to the right, a sharp bend. After verifying that the place is even nicer than you had been told, catching again your breath and having taken the required pictures, return on the same path. Ascent the last stretch until getting to a curve to the left. Descend to a small stream that crosses the path.

You know you’ve arrived at Degoes when you see two restored cottages, and another one, at more distance. Before getting to this last cottage take a path to the right. The descend starts here.

You’ll see another house and a bit onward, also on the right, a gate locked with a chain and padlock. At this point you’ll already hear the sound of the water falling into narrow and natural ‘channels’.

The gate is locked, but there is a gap through which you can pass. Onwards you’ll see a big fallen rock on your left indicating the way to the waterfall. The access is lush and slippery, be very careful. From this point you’ll see the waterfall from above. Following the path you’ll get to the waterfall, but you won’t see those ‘channels’ which the falling water has formed naturally.

In order to finish the route, go back and pass again the gate. Take the path that ascents to the track that leads down to the parking area of La Presanca.

If you want to walk a bit further you might continue the track until La Foz de Muniacos.

Distance/Time: Approximately 3 hours.
Points:
Espinaredo, Degoes, La Foz de Muniacos

Route to Hoces del Río Infierno

Hiking route to Foz de Muniacos in Asturias, Northern Spain.

Type of route: crossing
Level of difficulty: average
Suitable for children and pets

Access is by road from Infiesto. In direction to Santander take the road 4 Pl, address Espinaredo. After about 3 Kms from Espinaredo, will reach a small and beautiful village called Ríofabar, which we will have to pass through and which will take us to the recreation area of the Pesanca by a narrow road.

It is in this Recreation Area where the car must stop because there is a spacious car park although it is not guarded. Crossing the bridge of river hell, we started our route taking a wide track, leaving the recreation area on the left. We will find several forks, but we will continue our gentle ascent among Oaks, chestnut, beech and hazel trees, without diverting us from our path. Through a surprising and beautiful gorge and enjoying the beautiful forest, the soft murmur of the hell River and its waterfalls as well as its crystalline water will reach our destination. The decline it will make using the same route.

This route is perfect to make with children. Complete will be make it about 4 hours and half to 5. However we can turn when we want so there is no danger that children may tire halfway through the trip. The pets are welcome.

No doubt, this route is a gift for the senses.

If you want to learn more about all its mysteries, the Cutre Palace Hotel can manage you which accompany him a biologist to explain the fauna, flora and aspects geological route which undoubtedly to an inexperienced walker will pass unnoticed.

Distance/Time: Approximately 4 hours and a half or 5 hours

Route to the Pienzu Peak (1,149 m)

Hiking route to the Pienzu peak in the Sierra del Sueve, Picos de Europa mountain range, Asturias, Northern Spain.

Council of Parres. Sierra del Sueve.

Due to its proximity to the sea, this route offers wonderful views to the coast, from Villaviciosa to Ribadesella. In addition, you’ll enjoy stunning views to the Picos de Europa from El Fito viewpoint. With some luck you’ll even see a herd of Asturcón horses, a native breed.

Access: Coming from Oviedo on A-8 motorway, exit to the N-634 road towards Arriondas. From here on the AS-260 in direction Mirador del Fito viewpoint, Colunga, where you can park the car.

Route description: From El Fito viewpoint the slightly ascending trail leads among pine trees and a small forest. Going around the hillside you’ll get to the Bustacu sheep pen, a large meadow with a good fountain.

Picu Pienzu, in the Sueve, 1159 metres of altitude is only 5 kilometers away from the coast which makes it one of the highest altitudes close to the coast of the world.

From this point you’ll see the rest of the ascent. Follow the path that ascents parallel to a fountain gully and the Mergullines sheep pen. Continue ascending and you’ll get to the Beluenzu pass.

Continue walking the soaring mountainside until you reach the summit with the iron cross.

Distance/Time: Three to four hours, 300 meters difference in height
Points:
Sierra del Sueve

Route to Villar

Hiking route from Espinaredo to Villar, at the Picos de Europa mountain range, in Asturias, Northern Spain.

In the village of Espinaredo, behind the blue house, there is a path that leads to Villar.

You’ll pass another house, on your right, with beautiful views. Follow the path until getting to some restored cabins. The village is supposedly abandoned.

You can return on the same path, or take a more comfortable track which leads to a pass where a steep descent starts coming close to El Horry Restaurant, at about one and a half kilometers from Espinaredo.

Points:
Espinaredo, Villar

Sierra Bedular Route

Hiking route in the Sierra Bedular, Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain.

Route type: cross country
Level of difficulty: moderate

Coming from the village of Infiesto: Head towards Santander. Take road PL 4 until getting near Riofabar. Turn left towards the village of El Campón.

Park your car and take a wide path with a steep slope until you reach the Sobaneu hamlete. Continue on a flat mountain trail to Pandulosín and from there, on a similar path, to Collada Espina.

At this point, take a mountain path downwards to the shelter of Tablazo. From here you’ll walk again on a descending trail until getting to the village of Porciles and the final destination: Espinaredo.

Distance/Time: Approximately 3 hours
Points:
El Campón, Porciles, Espinaredo

The Cares River Route

The Cares River Route in the Picos de Europoa mountain range, Asturias, Northern Spain.

Path or Ruta del Cares Follow the course of the River Cares in their senior tranches is entering in a limestone Gorge of genuine Vertigo that has its home in the municipality of Cabrales. Nature exposes its most hidden beauty here. Drained by an unlikely path, more vertical slopes of the Picos de Europa are thus within the reach of any mortal, affordable and nearby for the human enjoyment of the mountain and its gorges.

The path that runs along the River Cares Gorge is known in Asturias and most spectacular hiking route. No doubt is the most traveled of the Picos de Europa and as they argue numerous statistics, is also the busiest Spain mountain path. Inducements not lacking to be powerful magnet for lovers of nature from around the world; it equates its spectacular nature and beauty to the ease of their journey and in recent times have counted over 200,000 hikers per year. These figures also warn us of something very important to keep in mind, and it is for the full enjoyment of the layout it is preferable not to undertake it in the month August or on the weekends of the summer given the concentration of people on the road. Choose any date is more rewarding if we seek the intimacy of the mountain.

With slippers of sport or light boots and a backpack with Essentials (including a raincoat just in case), the route can take on any date between the months of May to October, so it is only to choose an auspicious day for walking.

On the other hand, without a minimum historical data makes it difficult to understand how is it possible that so many kilometres road crosses the mountain in a very bold manner, and we wonder who undertook this project and for what. Although the first traverse of the Cares her undertake mountaineering deserving as the English Abel Chapman and Walter j. Buck, along with the Marquis of Villaviciosa, Pedro Pidal (first also climb to the top of the Naranjo de Bulnes), the popularization of the route would not arrive until well into this century and after certain works that set the path for the transit of any person.
The oldest route was significantly different to the current layout. Initially it was exclusively pastoral use only after 1916 changed things. This was a year in the began to demarcate a sinuous and precarious path so Electra Viesgo company operators could monitor and maintain a water canal, canal carrying part of the flow of the Cares for its hydroelectric exploitation in the Central of Camarmeña. The construction of this power station was the minimum expansion of a sidewalk with continuous ups and downs, from the dam of Cain to Camarmeña. Then they took seven hours to go of Poncebos Cain. Later, enabled via was used to carry agricultural products from Caín Cabrales markets, and only in the 40-50 years built the current path to improve the maintenance of the channel. The route was opened from peaks and dynamite and in recent decades they have improved certain sections to ensure a hiking without risks.

Over time this route was gradually transformed into a tourist attraction in the area.Currently it is one of the cardinal points of the Picos de Europa for any lover of the mountain. It is also known as the throat divine, given its spectacular nature, and offers to their walkers images privileged twelve kilometres that mark the division between the Western massif of the peaks or the Cornión, and the Massif Central or the Urrieles. If we focus the gaze upwards, we will see that the Ruta del Cares is also the home of a multitude of channels that run through the strong crashes of the two massifs that divide. The Mesons channel towards the West, or Dobresengros towards the central are two clear examples. In addition, roof peaks, Torre Cerredo, falls vertically on the River Cares, shaping its vertiginous Canyon.

This hiking trail has its development in the Central massif of the Picos de Europa, between the provinces of Asturias and León. The real Ruta del Cares begins in Poncebos (Asturias) and ends in Posada de Valdeón (León) or vice versa, but due to its great length, 21 kilometres, only this option in journey may undertake if a car is going to pick up our point of arrival. Currently, the HNS travel company (985 846 455), headquartered in Arenas de Cabrales, approaching the walkers to Poncebos and them pick up in Caín to start from a 4 × 4 adventure by tracks of the valleys of Valdeón and Liébana.

Since Posada de Valdeón take between 5 0 6 hours to reach Poncebos. Once in the town follow the road until Cordiñanes; past this village we find the viewpoint of the Tombo, with a sculpture of the most emblematic species of the peaks, the chamois. The road continues parallel to the River Cares, and shortly after passing the ravines of los Lobos, we are going through the flock of the Crown, to reach the village of Cain. After the bridge over the dam, after Cain, the road becomes narrow, because the walls of the two massifs are already true throat. Several tunnels excavated in rocks full lead us up to the bridge of the chamois and the Bolín bridge, from where we run the Cares in the depths of the throat. Follows the path and we leave behind the small flock of Culiembro, part where the channel that bears his name, and in strong ascent leaves us very on top, in the flocks of Ostón, in the massif of the Cornión. The path continues along the River, and after a slight climb we already nearing the end of the route in Poncebos.

Of Poncebos Cain. This is the journey that is normally done. They are 12 kilometres of ida and other 12 back. The time is similar to the used in the detailed from Posada de Valdeón option, but in this case we do not have the drawback that a third party come to find us to the point of destination. We can leave the car ne Poncebos and return to take it at the same point after returning of Cain. The path can take us between 3 and 4 hours in a sense and a similar time in return. The degree of difficulty is low and the drop of 700 metres. Passed the village of Poncebos, metres below the road becomes gravel runway and a sign indicates the beginning of the path of the Cares with the legend of “Cain 3 h, Posada de Valdeón 6 h”. The initial 2.5 kilometers are perhaps the toughest, a slope continued some ups and downs until reaching the ruins of a House and a tree (first shadow in many meters). Shortly after we arrived at Los Collaos, point at which begins a slight drop until you find the path carved into the rock along with the channel. From here the gap is almost non-existent. After five kilometres we reach the flock of Culiembro, where part of the channel of the same name which ascends towards the ports of Ostón. We continue walking, we appreciate that it increases the height on the River. We arrived to the Bolín bridge, which crossed the River at high altitude, returning to cross shortly afterwards by the bridge of the chamois. Finally, we go through a zone of tunnel with Windows dug into the rock, in the narrowest area of the route and arrive at the dam of Cain, where he began to open up the Valley and will see the houses of the Leonese people.

Distance/Time:
A) 21 kms (6-7 hours)
B) 9 kms (3-4 hours)
Points:
Posada de Baldeón, Cordiñanes, Mirador del Tombo, Chorco de los Lobos, Caín, Cornión, Poncebos

Route of Pre- Romanesque Asturian Art: Oviedo

Description

The Old Court Walk covers the best and largest group of pre-Romanesque monuments of which evidence has come down to us from Asturian pre-Romanesque Art, among which we find pieces such as the Ancient Seat of the Kings of Asturias: Oviedo.

Asturian pre-Romanesque art flourished between the 8th and 10th centuries, and coincides with the birth and development of the Asturian Monarchy. The buildings that arose within the context of this legendary monarchy are reminiscent of Late Roman Empire provincial art and visigothic art, although they possess a personality all of their own, and one which experienced a unique development.

There is no need to leave the city in order to go on this walk.

If the visitor starts out on the walk at the city’s Cathedral, an excellent example of Gothic architecture which serves as the traditional reference point to the town centre, he will have the:

Church of San Tirso el Real
It was built in or around the year 812 A.D. by King Alfonso II The Chaste. Only the upper part of the central apse’s back stope, with a three-arched span of Roman stone, capitals and late-Roman type bases, framed by an alfiz (rectangular frame of an arch) remain of the original structure.

Cámara Santa (The Holy Chamber).
Today, closed in by the group of cathedral buildings, beside the cloister, it originally formed part, as a Royal Chapel, of the Palace of King Alfonso II The Chaste. Traditionally used as a reliquary for the Cathedral, thus explaining it being called the Cámara Santa (Holy Chamber), it is composed of an upper chapel and a crypt. Renovated in the 12th century, it is vaulted, with figures of the twelve apostles being used to support the vault. These figures are undoubtedly on a level with the carvings to be found in the Pórtico de la Gloria (Gateway to Glory) at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Not very far from the Cathedral, we come across, at the end of the Calle Gascona:

The La Foncalada Fountain.
Supposedly built during the reign of Alfonso III The Great (866-910), it is the only known civil construction for public use that has come down to us from the Early Middle Ages. It shelters a natural spring, and is the centre of an important group which is under excavation at present.

Not far away, near the beginning of the motorway that leads to Gijón and Avilés there stands:

The Church of San Julián de los Prados.
We have here one of the oldest, largest and best preserved pre-Romanesque buildings in Asturias. Built during the reign of Alfonso II The Chaste (792-842), it formed part of his palace, which was located outside the city walls, and was itself surrounded by palaces, baths and triclinií according to the sources available to us. It has a Latin three-nave basilica ground plan, a transept made up of a large cross nave, a tripartite apse with three square barrel-vaulted chapels, and a portico at the foot. The inside is materially covered with wall paintings in the Roman Pompeian tradition, with sets of curtains and buildings.

On the side of Mount Naranco, which dominates the City of Oviedo, there stand two of the emblematic buildings of the so-called Ramiro I style. Both formed part of a group of temples, palaces and baths. Their building was carried out by order of King Ramiro I (842-850).

Santa María del Naranco.
This is, without doubt, the most important pre-Romanesque building in the whole of Europe. Built as a palace or Royal Chamber for King Ramiro, it is a two-storied building: the upper storey has a large vaulted hall, which terminates in two beautiful balconies, while the lower floor is a crypt, whose eastern wall contains a door, which grants access to a semi-underground annex, which has frequently been identified as a royal bath, although this use cannot be taken as certain. The altar, located on the eastern balcony, is a perfect replica of the primitive altar stone, which can be seen at the Archaeological Museum of Oviedo.

The Church of San Miguel de Lillo.
Unfortunately, only a part of this magnificent church remains, given that the rest of the structure fell down in the Late Middle Ages and in the 18th century. Even though the building may seem a little confusing in our day, its decorative relief’s are truly impressive, as well as the remains of the wall paintings, where human figures appear for the first time. The entrance doorjambs are of especial interest given that their carving found its inspiration in the Byzantine Roman consular diptych of the Consul Areobindus (506 A.D.).

Distance/Time:
50 Kms from the Hotel
It can be visited in 1/2 day
Points:
Oviedo

Route of Pre-Romanesque Asturian Art: Villaviciosa y Colunga

Great Asturian pre-Romanesque can be visited in an area near the coast in eastern Asturias, in and around the town of Villaviciosa. These are the last buildings that were built after this architectural style.

Asturian pre-Romanesque art flourished between the 8th and 10th centuries, and coincides with the birth and development of the Asturian Monarchy. The buildings that arose within the context of this legendary monarchy are reminiscent of Late Roman Empire provincial art and Visigothic art, although they possess a personality all of their own, and one which experienced a unique development.

The Church of San Salvador de Valdediós.
Located in the outskirts of Villaviciosa, off the road for San Pedro de Ambás, it was built by Alfonso III The Great in 891 A.D., in the presence of seven bishops. It is made up of three apses, is vaulted and displays novelties such as the horseshoe arches or the side doorway.

The Church of San Salvador de Priesca.
In the same township of Villaviciosa, this church was consecrated on 24 September 921 A.D. It has a basilica ground plan with three naves and a timber roof, three rectangular vaulted apses and the decoration is quite a lot cruder than the previously mentioned churches. It also has latticed windows and important remains of wall paintings in its interior.

Not very far away from the previous churches, in the environs of the town of Colunga, at the foot of the majestic El Sueve mountain range, we have the:

Church of Santiago de Gobiendes.
It is thought to have been built in the first quarter of the 10th century. It has a three-nave basilica ground plan. Only two side apses remain of the three original ones. The arches are made of stone, while the roof is made of timber. In addition, it preserves a lovely mullioned window on its southern face, with very closed-in horseshoe arches.

Distance/Time: 30 Kms. It can visited during one morning or one afternoon
Points:
Colunga, Villaviciosa y Gobiendes

Route of Prehistoric Caves

TITO BUSTILLO CAVE
The cave forms part of an interconnected network. The entire gallery and fissure system resulted from the erosive action of the River San Miguel, which is a tributary of the River Sella. A group of potholers descended the Pozu del Ramu fissure in 1968 and came across an unexpected and extraordinary set of engraved figures and paintings on the walls of the cave that they were exploring. A short time later, one of the aforementioned potholers died in a mountaineering accident. He was called Tito Bustillo, and in his memory the cave received its name. The set of paintings that have been preserved in the Tito Bustillo Cave are among the main Palaeolithic parietal art treasures that have been left to us to enjoy. In truth, the paintings are not to be found only in one cave, but in several galleries of an extensive karstic complex created by the River San Miguel. The linking-up between these cavities was quite complex until an artificial tunnel was built as an access for visitors.
The pictorial catalogue of Tito Bustillo is split into two sectors, to which access was originally gained through two different entrances, which no longer exist due to cave-ins. The paintings in the eastern sector are divided into seven areas, distributed into two sanctuaries: Sanctuary A, the red paintings, dots, and male and female sexual drawings. The latter are to be found in ‘El Camarín de las Vulvas’ (lit. The Little Chamber of Vulvae). Sanctuary B, contains more naturalistic themes: three walking deer, horses, an auroch and a goat, all of which were engraved.
The western sector is where we find the most outstanding paintings and engravings, with finely detailed grouped figures. The Horse Gallery and the Large Panel belong to this sector. These drawings combine red and black pigments with the natural colouring of the rock, scraped interiors and engraved lines.

THE BUXU CAVE
The Buxu Cave is located in the vicinity of the town of Cardes. It was discovered in 1916 and studied a short time later by Count de la Vega del Sella and H. Obermaier, who mainly focused on its parietal art. Its stratigraphy plays host to important Solutrean levels with lithium and bone industry, accompanied by various expressions of furniture art, among which the rare sculpture of a carved bird on a cave bear’s canine and a limestone plate engraved with different motifs (animals, signs and catarrhine primates).

The parietal art to be seen in the Buxu Cave also contains several works executed in various techniques, engravings and painting, representing a wide variety of geometric and zoomorphic figures.

According to recent excavations, during the some of the Solutrean occupations it has been revealed that the Buxu served as a seasonal settlement during the summer and autumn months for the hunting of deer, ibex and goats.

ARDINES CAVE
The Cuevona was one of the natural entrances to the Tito Bustillo Cave. It is located above where today we find the Art’s Centre of Tito Bustillo.

LA LOJA CAVE
La Loja Cave, situated on a rocky escarpment, opens out onto the banks of the River Deva. The cave is neither noteworthy for its special dimensions, nor its geological complexity. It is to all intents and purposes a type of platform that dominates the river behind of which there is a hall that provides access to a long gallery, quite narrow at times, which is loses itself in the depths of the earth before once again giving out onto the outside.
La Loja Cave was revealed as a prehistoric site in 1914 and boasts of a Magdalenian archaeological deposit described back as far as 1929 by Count de la Vega del Sella. The artwork on its walls has been attributed to the same period. It deals with animal themes: several cows and a horse.

THE PINDAL CAVE
The Pindal Cave is situated in a spectacular spot where the cliffs drop directly down to the Bay of Biscay (Cantabrian Sea). It is a cave in the form of a tunnel, which is some 300 metres long. The artwork that has been preserved there is to be found on one wall only, and is made up of a composition that combines signs, painted figures and engravings.
The composition of the panel begins and closes with signs: lines and series of dots. The main motif comprises of the horse and bison duo, accompanied by other animals and signs. The drawings of the mammoth and the fish are noteworthy for their rarity. Drawings of fish are extremely uncommon in Palaeolithic art. Technically speaking, in the Pindal Cave the red and black shaded painting is combined with the engraving.

LOS AZULES CAVE
The Los Azules cave is located in the Contraquil quarter of Cangas de Onís. It was discovered in 1972, with archaeological excavations beginning there the following year. It houses rich Magdalenian levels, however, it is more famous for its epipaleolithic records, which have been dated to the Azilian culture, (10th and 7th millennia B.C.) which has turned it into a typical formation throughout the Cantabrian area. Among its bone industry, the typical Azilian harpoons are worthy of special mention.
The appearance of a tomb in the cave from the last period of Azilian occupation represents evidence of a kind of burial ritual. A reconstruction of the Los Azules site can be visited in the Archaeological Museum of Asturias (Oviedo).

THE LLONIN CAVE
The Concha de la Cova, as it was traditionally known, is situated on the southern slopes of the Sierra de Cuera, some 700 metres from the site of the Molinuca, by the narrow valley, which rises northwards from the banks of the River Cares.
In 1957, the cave was used to ferment Cabrales cheeses, nevertheless, the paintings were not identified as being most likely of prehistoric origin until 1971, when a group of potholers were exploring it.
The parietal art pieces in the cave have been classified into five stages, which range from the Gravettian to the Magdalenian. The animal representations, which have been painted and engraved are about thirty in number. They are noteworthy for the abundance of deers, although goats, a bison and reindeer antlers can also be seen.

Prehistoric route by car.
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ACCESINGS

TITO BUSTILLO
From Ribadesella, after crossing the bridge over the River Sella one takes the signposted turning, continuing on for some 300 metres until arriving at the entrance that has been provided to facilitate visits to the cave, and near which there is a Presentation Room.

THE LLONIN CAVE
Molinuca is situated some 9 kilometres to the west of Panes, along the route which leads to Cabrales and Cangas de Onís: National road AS-114.

THE BUXU CAVE
5 km from Cangas de Onís, take the AS-114 for Panes, turn off to the left at the town of Cardes and following the signposts.

LOS AZULES CAVE
At Cangas de Onís, in the Contraquil quarter. It is located on a private estate.

THE PINDAL CAVE
Among the N-634, the Llanes-Unquera stretch until about 4 km from Colombres, where you take the turn-off for Pimiango. From there follow the narrow roadway which ends in the vicinity of the cave.

THE ARDINES CAVE
The Cuevona was one of the natural entrances to the Tito Bustillo Cave. It is located above where today we find the Art’s Centre of Tito Bustillo.

LA LOJA CAVE
The cave is located on the El Mazo side, a village situated some 2 km or more from Panes along the N-621 on the way to Unquera.

Route of Rozapanera and Omedal

On the PL 4 road, take the deflection towards Rozapanera and Omedal. The road ascends steeply but is very comfortable.

Halfway, you’ll pass Rozapanera which is on your right.

Upon reaching Omedal turn left, leave your car and go to the cemetery, through a door of iron bars, to an area called Fresnedo. From there you’ll enjoy a wonderful relaxing mountain scenery.

Points:
Rozapanera, Omedal

Festivals and Events

These are the upcoming fiestas, events and festivals in Picos de Europa National Park. The given dates may vary, so please contact the local tourist office if you wish to take part in or attend a specific event.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

May

Festival of Rice with Milk 2016
Rice with milk Festival in Cabranes.

On 11, 12 and 13 May, held the celebrations of the Festival XXXIII of rice with milk of Cabranes (Festival declared of touristic interest) and the Fiestas of San Francisco de Paula, in Santa Eulalia of Cabranes.

When: Second Sunday of May
Where: In Santa Eulalia de Cabranes, in Cabranes Council.

Fitu International Car Racing 2016
The Fitu International Car Racing is held in May in the Spanish region of Asturias.

Automobile Test of great tradition in the Spain Mountain Championship. The test scores in the European Championship and is usually held in mid May.
Large audience of fans to the engine gathers annually to enjoy this Rally, scoring for the European Championships, Spain and mountain Asturias. The route corresponds to the ACE-260 road part from Arriondas in Parres and climbs the South face of El Fitu.
This test enjoys great popularity among fans for its layout, ideal for Motorsport mountain, which guarantees the competition spectacular and wonderful panoramic views of the Comarca of the Sueve.

When: May
Where: Arriondas, Asturias, Spain

June

St. John’s Eve – Bonfire Night 2016
St. John’s eve bonfire night celebration at Espasa Beach in Asturias, Northern Spain.

Traditionally, the Saturday nearest to San Juan (the previous or subsequent) is celebrated in Caravia San Juan Folixa, with bonfire night and an extraordinary atmosphere that San Juan or San Xuan as stated in Asturias, is a celebration of remote origins where music, dance and traditions come together. The atmosphere is charged of a magical breath and is the opportune time for hope us and telling all sorts of stories sanjuaneros. The trasgu is displayed on the call of the bagpipe and les xanes dance next to the fire. This bonfire is one of the best known and popular of Asturias and with more participation since its location on the fabulous beach of the Espasa and all the festive events that focus on this day (there are workshops, exhibitions, exhibitions, stalls, etc…) make it a very special day. The usually accompany and bless this evening in which before turning on the bonfire the organization offers traditional games and a show of jugglers. Then comes the peak with the lighting of the bonfire and Fireworks. After this the party continues all night accompanied by the music of the area Asturian groups and people will touring the way back passing next to the stake and seeing their last embers burning.

When: 27 June 2015
Where: Espasa beach, near the small village El Visu, Asturias, Spain

August

International Canoe Descent of the Sella River 2016
International Canoe Descent of the Sella river celebrated in August in Asturias, Northern Spain.

The international descent of the Sella is held the first Saturday after 2 August between Arriondas and Ribadesella (Principality of Asturias – Spain), with a distance of 20 km along the River Sella. The test is organized by the Spanish Federation of canoeing and delegation by the Organizing Committee of the international descent of the Sella and the Federation of canoeing from the Principality of Asturias and is declared Fiesta of international tourist interest.
History

The test of the year 2010 marked the seventy fourth edition of this competition which was started in 1930. In 1929, Dionisio de la Huerta, Dr. Benigno Morán and Manx Fernández made a tour of the Piloña River since Coya to Infiesto traveling five miles and using two and a half hours. This tour of friends was the germ of the current decline of the Sella and the celebration of the canoes. The following two years were held what would later be the first two editions of this test in which Dionisio de la Huerta, Manx Fernández and Alfonso Argüelles made the descent from Coya to Arriondas in 1930 and until Ribadesella in 1931. The next year, 1932, set final in Arriondas and Ribadesella departure and goal and was the first edition of a competitive nature with thirteen from paddlers of Oviedo, Gijón, Infiesto and Ribadesella and the nature of Provincial decline. In 1935 came the first inscriptions of non Asturian paddlers in the national decline of the Sella. The Spanish Civil War was a hiatus between 1936 and 1943 for the test, but in 1951 the first European participants in the already international descent from of Italy and Portugal were already fall. In the fall of 1994 took out more than 1,400 boats on the banks of the River at Arriondas in which, today, is the most important event of the world canoeing. [edit] Participating CompeticiónLos can be Spanish paddlers and foreigners who are in possession of the racing license of the year with a minimum of 60 days old. Departure is at 12, remain the same of «type seals ‘, i.e. with the participants and their boats out of the water in the assigned positions. The blades of the participants are then locked in a metal structure that releases them at the time that the traffic lights change red to green, and after the verses composed Dionisio de la Huerta.

The arrival is located under the bridge of Ribadesella (43 ° 27′42″N 5 ° 3′42″O / 43. 46167, – 5.06167), 20 km from the exit and for cadets, Centennial (the condition of this category is that the sum of the ages of the paddlers of the vessel exceeds 100 years), mixed and RR under the bridge of the railway from San Román (Llovio) (43 ° 25′54″N 5 ° 3′48″O / 43. 43167)(- 5.06333) about 15 km from the exit. The closure of control performed 30 min after the arrival of the first boat of each category and class.

Festival of International Tourist Interest.

When: First Saturday in August
Where: From Arriondas to Ribadesella.

San Roque´s day in Llanes 2016
In the plaza de San Roque is located the chapel of the Holy that keeps its size, being celebrated on August 16. It is to these fiestas of national tourist interest since 1966.
Your celebration begins with the salvos and the ninth. Its maximum exponent is found in the massive procession from the Basilica to its Chapel. This devotion is founded in the protection of this Holy towards those who suffer, and in particular its crusade against the plague.
The day of San Roque begins with a burst of real bombs. After the parade by the villa and the solemn religious function, the procession takes place to restore the image of the Saint to his Chapel, accompanied by hundreds of women dressed youth of “porruano” and “village” or llanisca them. The procession makes a stop in Plaza de Parres nephew, where takes place the offering of classes and pilgrims of the side interpreted before the image of the Holy “Dancing Pilgrim”.
Once introduced the Holy in its Chapel, takes place in the square festival of most important folklore of the Asturian East dances as Fandango Pendueles, Cuera Jota, Mr San Pedro dance, dance of San Juan’s new, Xiringüelu of ships and the ancestral Pericote from Llanes.
In the evening, it is the turn of the regional encounter of bagpipers, which gathers in Llanes to the best bands of bagpipes in the Principality, and they parade through the main streets of the town. After the premium dance, there are fireworks on the beach of Sablón and verbena.

When: Mid of August
Where: In Llanes, Asturias

Asturcón Horse Festival 2016
Exhibition and breaking-in of Asturcon horses, a native race to the area, highly valued for its strength since the Roman era.

Festival declared of Regional touristic interest and shared with the neighbouring municipality of Colunga. Celebration of a spectacle of folk type on the “asturcón”, a mythical horse native, small, hard and able, adapted especially to the Asturian nature. Yesteryear on verge of extinction, is now perfectly recovered, and it is found in a semi-wild state in the sierra de Sueve. During this feast is carried out the dressage and the marking of specimens born during the year, as well as various games and traditional sports, regional dances and picnic

When: Third Saturday in August
Where: Majada de Espineres (Sierra del Sueve), Asturias, Spain

Outdoor Holiday and Contest of Cabrales´ Cheese 2016
Holiday concerning Cabrale´s Cheese Excellence

Cabrales’s cheese (Council of Cabrales, craftsman and manufacturer). It is an oily cheese that is elaborated from the milk of cow and seasonally, in the ports of mountain with milk of sheep and goat, being the presence of these three milk a factor of tipicidad and quality. Once elaborated, it goes on to caves of mountain with difficult access, where it continues maturing between three and six months, there being generated the mildews of the kind Penicillium that provide it with a blue – greenish aspect. It is a cheese peculiar of semi-hard consistency, of cylindrical form and variable dimensions, sticky pasta, aroma and flavor and piquant sensation. It has name of origin from the year 1.981. There is used milk of cow, goat and sheep.

When: Last week end of August
Where: In “Arenas de Cabrales” in full heart of Europa’s Peaks

September

Caravia Surf Festival 2016
Caravia National Surf Festival is the most important of the year in Asturias surf event, it is the second stop of the national Surf circuit, considered the most important. Account with a category of 5 ** in the category Surf absolute (Open), 3 born in women’s surfing and 2 ** Longboard whatsoever and with the presence of the best national athletes of different categories. All this framed within a main sports, cultural and musical with a comprehensive programming and to suporan economic Awards 10,000 euros. They are offered Surf lessons, Yoga classes, art workshops, exhibitions, batalla de gallos, bike trial exhibits, capeoira, batucada, photo contest, graffiti, etc.. and many more activities. And at night the beach becomes a stage act where artists of renown in the music scene as well as there is also the presence of well-known DJs. All this in the beautiful beach of El Arenal’s Morís in Caravia, in mid-September.

When: Mid September
Where: In El Arenal de Moris Beach, Caravia

October

Hazelnut Festival 2016
Hazelnut festival with traditional market, contests and other attractions celebrated in Infiesto, Asturias, Spain.

The first Sunday in the month of October of each year, Infiesto (capital of the district or Asturian municipality of Piloña) pays tribute to its most precious fruit, hazelnuts. This tradition dates back to the year 1972, in realizing an offering of the first fruits to the Virgin, also coinciding with the celebration of a craft fair. The hazelnut saves hermetic way its fruit. A hard shell that creaks only by pressure of teeth or some gimmick. The interior of the hazelnut flavor is part of Asturias rural flavor and its landscape, in which arbitrarily dominate the hazels, whose rods have been useful generation after generation for many tasks of the field, and not only for inciting the cattle. While a few centuries ago the Asturian hazelnuts depart for the continent huddled in boats exclusively (in full 18th century it was normal to see English ships reach the port of Gijón to load hazelnut, and same thing happened at the port of Ribadesella and Villaviciosa), Asturian production suffered a long missteps by another type of livestock specializations that happenedas well as a low price of the product. The ever-present Hazel was since then hidden in the landscape, without any desire of exploitation or commercialization. Only some areas like Piloña, including hazelnut Festival, attempt to retrieve the symbol of hazelnuts, and also the potential trade of this dry fruit, increasingly more defendant raw and derived pastries or companies liquor companies. Asturias, with decline avellanera and all, occupies the second national production after Cataluña. Account with native varieties such as: Negreta, Amandi, Quirós, Espinareda, Casina and Villaviciosa, which occupy a preferential place in the international scale of grades. In current Piloña, Hazel has found again fair recognition in quality and walks toward the amount renewing their trees and grow new plantations. Hazelnut has a future and is supported in these lands by having its own brand. It also helps the Organization of a festival that has passed its thirtieth anniversary, which has a good turnover and becomes emblematic place of the Asturian hazelnut above other councils that also counted with great tradition avellanera Aller, Cornellana, Teverga, Belmonte, or degree, Quirós Allande. If it pulls technical manual, the avellanero of Piloña horizon through rejuvenate plants, paid and carry out phytosanitary controls also replant. And replanting Hazel is also paid a collective illusion and all parallel cuisine in which all Asturias continue to mirror. Therefore, the hazelnut Festival convenes as much expectation and so many people. The awards given at this event also help: Awards for the quality of the fruit, best gatherers, the younger, older, award to plantations and the pastries with hazelnut…

When: First Sunday in October
Where: Infiesto, Piloña