Outdoor activities in Asturias: what to do
Asturias is an autonomous community located northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. Its best showcase are its stunning Picos de Europa , but gracefully, it has other charms with which to flavor the first ones.
The climate of the Asturian region, an oceanic climate characterized by rain, makes this area of Spain, and also its neighboring communities, enjoy some of the best green landscapes in the country .
And it is that something must have that color that invites the villager and the visitor to leave the cities (although also full of monuments and enchanting corners) to jump fully into the mountain, the meadows; to enjoy nature in a practically virgin state.
Among the options that the traveler has, once he steps on this land, there are adventure sports , cultural routes guided by small towns, such as Cangas de Onís and his obligatory visit to the Lakes of Covadonga, with its spectacular landscape of three glacial lagoons Enol, La Ercina and El Bricial, and the charm of herds of grazing cows at ease, or visits to the different National or Natural Parks. That, if Asturias can boast of something, it is of zones gathered in protective figures.
To name a few examples, we will find in Asturias the well-known National Park of the Picos de Europa, first National Park of Spain, declared in 1.918, the Natural Park of Somiedo, the Natural Park of the Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias, where the bear brown and oak are the main inhabitants of this unprecedented area of southwest Asturias, or the Redes, where between beech and oak stains, the bear, the Iberian desman and the Cantabrian capercaillie still inhabit some of their places.
The Natural Park of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa houses the Camino Real de la Mesa, Roman road that communicated with the Leon region. Or the Natural Park of Ponga, with spectacular gorges like that of Ponga or the Beyos.
Asturias is a paradise for hiking , walking, walking, riding a bicycle or climbing for the most expert. Among the most famous mountain routes we can choose the route of the Lakes, Hoces del Esva, Pico Pierzu or the Pienzu, the viewpoint of Urdiales, the famous route of Cares, Mount Camba, The Encantau walk, or green ways to do bicycle touring as in the Senda del Oso, the Cordal de la Carisa or the green route Turón.
The cicloturistas routes like and much, between them we can name the route Pendueles - Llanes, of about 14 km, and that after leaving behind the cliffs you arrive at the lookout of the river Purón, from where you can appreciate the beauty of its mouth.
For experts in ascents, the Central Massif, or the Urrieles, hosts the highest summit of the Cantabrian Mountains, Torrecerredo with 2,648 meters, and the emblematic summit of Picu Urriellu or Naranjo de Bulnes of 2,519 meters. Other well-known ascents are the Pico Cornón, Peña Ubiña, Tiatordos, Pico Zorro or El Cabril.
You can also visit the Integral Nature Reserve of Muniellos, for hiking in the ascent to the Lagunas de la Peña, Grande, Fonda and La Isla.
In the Sierra del Suave, the legend of distant times resounds at a gallop rhythm. They are the Asturcones , an autochthonous breed of horses that have lived semi-wild for thousands of years and that once captivated historians of ancient Rome.
We could not forget either one of the forts, not only of Asturias, but of Spain as a whole: the Camino de Santiago . Fortunately for the pilgrims, both the coastal road and the primitive road cross Asturias from east to west.
This fortune is also shared by local people, and the fact that the Camino de Santiago favors sustainable development and local commerce, since in different parts of the Asturian geography, stopping places and establishments are provided for pilgrims to feel all the needs of the hard but majestic journey.
The reasons why one chooses a destination and not another can be the most varied, but to help you, here we leave you 6 reasons to choose Asturias.