"Asturias, a Natural Treasure in Northern Spain"
Asturias is a magnificent outdoor museum that stands out for the diversity of its countryside. It has a unique combination of sea and mountains, and can boast some of the most spectacular Natural Parks of Spain. Asturias is a destination off the beaten track, where you can enjoy nature peacefully, and away from the crowds. And do not forget its unique gastronomy. Asturias is a great pantry: local cheeses, “fabada” bean stew, cider are some local dishes not to miss. Its stunning culture, ethnography, traditions and its friendly inhabitants, all these are the ideal ingredients for an incredible journey to an astonishing destination.
Join us as we climb the Picos de Europa, taste cheese in ancient caves, and trace back the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago. Many routes lead to the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela, and two of these pass through Asturias, the Primitive Way & the Coastal Way. On this amazing trip you will see prehistoric cave painings, climb to the high lakes of the Somiedo Natural Park, and maybe even spot bears roaming in the wild.
from € 3,300
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ All meals – except one lunch
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
| DAY 1 | Exploring Cangas de Onis
Cangas de Onís is a breathtaking village located close to the entrance to Picos de Europa National Park, Biosphere Reserve. Visit to The Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva, built on pre-Roman ruins in the 8th century and the Centre of Cangas de Onís with its “Roman” bridge, curiously, is so named after this style, but actually dates from later time.
| DAY 2 | Picos de Europa National Park & Cavadonga Lakes
Today we hike inside the most important National Park of Spain to discover the Lakes of Covadonga (Enol and Ercina) and the main territory around them, to appreciate the great natural beauty of this Biosphere Reserve. Back to Cangas de Onís, is possible to visit Sanctuary of Covadonga linked to the beginning of the Asturian Monarchy, which constituted the first Christian Kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula.
| DAY 3 | Cares Route & Cheese Cave Visit
Today we head to Cabrales, which lies in the rugged heart of Picos de Europa National Park, and inside is possible to find small villages, high mountains with caves for cheese, and the incredible Cares Route or the Divine Gorge. Enjoy spectacular views and tastings of the local artisan blue cheese of exceptional quality.
| DAY 4 | Paleolithic Cave Paintings & Ribaselda
Our day starts with a visit to the Tito Bustillo Cave, where we can admire Paleolithic Cave pantings in a 700m gallery discovered in 1968. Enjoy a free afternoon to roam the streets of Ribadesella village and visit Saint Marina’s beach with its promenade and its spectacular Indiano buildings raised in the early 20th century by returning emigrants who had made their fortune in the Americas.
| DAY 5 | Coastal Path of the Camino de Santiago
Along this part of the Asturias coast, the landscape of beaches and cliffs invites to the promenade, and the coastal path between San Esteban de Leces and La Isla is an easily passed and scenic route.
| DAY 6 | The Primitive Way of Saint James & Cider tastings.
The origins of the Camino de Santiago starts from the capital of Asturias and follows in the steps of King Alfonso II The Chaste to the tomb of the apostle Saint James. Along this route we will discover true architectural gems, hidden landscapes and important religious and cultural remains, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit to Gijón, one of the most important cities in Asturias. Prehistoric and Roman, revolutionary, urban, mining, metallurgical, ground-breaking, seafaring, cosmopolitan, festive and hospitable. And visit a “llagar” (cider producer) to get to know all about the most typical drink in Asturias: Cider and enjoy a typical Asturian Food.
| DAY 7 | Somiedo Nature Park, land of bears and thatched houses
Today we hike in the Somiedo Nature Park, also declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. An incredible area to discover the natural habitat of Cantabrian brown bears, and stunning landscape. Our walk takes us high up to the four Salencia lakes before reaching the As Veigas Ecomuseum where we can admire the typical thatched house used by the shepherds in these mountains.
| DAY 8| Departure day
After breackfast transfer to Asturias Airport.
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
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