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Our Walking Tour in Asturias & Picos de Europa, on the north coast of Spain, between the Bay of Biscay and the interior plateau, takes you off the beaten track, where the discerning tourist can enjoy magnificent and varied scenery, wildlife and walking in an uninterrupted way, discovering another face of Spain which seems to have been overlooked by the twentieth century – an undiscovered natural paradise! Asturias is a magnificent outdoor museum that stands out for the diversity of its countryside.
DURATION: 8 days
PICK UP & DROP OFF: Asturias Airport
Asturias is a region of spectacular mountain scenery in a peaceful, rural setting off the beaten track and away from the crowds. It has a unique cuisine based entirely on locally produced foods. In a traditional Asturian pantry you will find cheeses, beans and cider used to create wonderful dishes like “fabada” hotpot. As is often the case in the countryside the inhabitants are friendly and keep strong traditions. All these are ideal ingredients for an incredible journey to this astonishing destination.
Join us as we hike in the Picos de Europa mid-way along the north coast of Spain, a high mountain range separating the coast of the Bay of Biscay from the high dry plateau of the interior. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who walked the Camino De Santiago. There were many routes which lead to the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela and two of them pass through Asturias – the Primitive Way and the Coastal Way. On this amazing trip you will see prehistoric cave paintings, taste cheese aged in ancient caves, climb to the high lakes of the Somiedo Natural Park and maybe even spot some bears roaming in the wild.
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We meet at 13.00 at Asturias Airport and head straight into the Picos de Europa to the town of Cangas de Onís.
Cangas de Onís is a charming village located close to the entrance to the National Park. After settling in to our hotel in the evening we head out to explore the old town, visiting the Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva, built on pre-Roman ruins in the 8th century and an impressive old bridge arching over the Sella river.
Dinner will be in a cider tavern making for a light-hearted and fun evening accompanied by some delicious local specialities.
Today we hike through one of the most spectacular National Parks of Spain to discover the two Lakes of Covadonga (Enol and Ercina) and the surrounding area. The Picos de Europa were the first area of Spain to become a National Park in 1918. The high massifs and limestone mountains of the Picos stand imposingly over the Atlantic Ocean, so close to the cost that they create a dramatic scenery all along northern Asturias. The ecosystems of the park combines both Atlantic (Beech, Holm and Pyrenean oaks) and Mediterranean forest habitats (including Cork oak) alongside that of alpine pasture and man-managed hay meadows.
On our way back to Cangas de Onís we will stop for a short visit to the Sanctuary of Covadonga linked to the beginning of the Asturian Monarchy, which constituted the first Christian Kingdom to begin the Reconquista of Spain from the Moorish invaders.
Today we head to Cabrales, which lies in the rugged heart of Picos de Europa National Park. Here we find small villages, high mountains gorges and many caves used to make the famous Asturian cheese known as Cabrales. Our walk today takes us straight through the middle of the rugged Divine Gorge along the Cares Route which used to be an ancient mining route and water conduct. Few words can describe what we will encounter along this route, it is simply incredible.
After our mornings walk, we will head to explore one of the oldest caves still in operation used to age the local artisan blue cheese, followed of course by a tastings of this cheese of exceptional quality.
In the evening we return to Cangas de Onís for our final dinner in this charming mountain town.
The beauty of Asturias is that along the coastline rise the high mountains of the Picos de Europa. Today we head out from a high viewpoint from where we can appreciate a view of the coastline in front of us and the endless mountains behind. Our walk descends all the way down to the coast where a picnic lunch will be waiting for us on the beach. The brave may even wish to go for a swim in the ocean.
In the afternoon enjoy some free time to roam the streets of Ribadesella and visit Saint Marina’s beach with its promenade and its spectacular Indiano buildings raised in the early 20th century by returning immigrants who had made their fortune in the Americas. After some free time we visit the Tito Bustillo Cave, where we can admire some of the world’s best preserved Palaeolithic Cave paintings in a 700m gallery discovered in 1968. The paintings are some of the most impressive in the world, and the cave it’s self is equally stunning with its many stalagmites & stalactites.
Tonight our hotel will be just outside of the costal town of Lastres, a cute fishing villages with a marina and many narrow streets.
Today our walks takes us along Asturias coast, through landscapes of beaches and cliffs as we stroll along an ancient section of the Camino de Santiago Coastal Path making our way through many small fishing villages. The Camino de Santiago which start in Asturias is known as the Camino Primitivo as historically it is the oldest route, the one which king Alfonso followed when he first heard of the discovery of the tomb of Saint James. This historic event spawned the pilgrimage phenomena which for centuries has been walked by thousands of pilgrims.
In the evening we spend some time meandering around the streets of the fishing village of Lastres.
Tonight we dine on the elegant balcony of a gourmet restaurant where good food is accompanied by breath-taking views of the sunset over the Picos de Europa mountain range.
We start our day with a visit to a llagar (cider producer) to get to know all about the most typical drink in Asturias: Cider. We explore the apple orchards, hear the incredible story of the owner Antonio, who returned from Japan to dedicate his life to producing cider and up-keeping his grandfathers farm, and most importantly taste some cider.
In the afternoon we explore the city of Oviedo and get to know all about the origins of the Camino de Santiago which starts in the ancient capital of Asturias and follows in the steps of King Alfonso II 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.
After enjoying a day in the ancient city of Oviedo we head into the heart of the Somiedo Natural Park, to the town of Pola de Somiedo.
Tonight’s accommodation will be in an ancient family residence, charmingly decorated with historic memorabilia and furniture.
Today we hike in the Somiedo Natural Park, also a UNESCO Biosphere Resererve. In this incredible area we will hope to spot the Cantabrian brown bears in it’s natural habitat.
Our walk takes us high up through some spectacular landscapes to the four Salencia lakes, each more beautiful than the other. On our way back we will get the chance to admire the typical thatched house used by the shepherds in these mountains and hope to meet some of the few remaining inhabitants.
Our final nights dinner will be prepared be prepared by our host in the ancient family residence we are staying in.
9.00 After breakfast we head to Asturias Airport where the trip ends.
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When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms. We look for hotels or bed and breakfasts which are committed to ensuring their guests are well looked after and pay attention to detail, for example offering locally sourced breakfast produce, or a special selection of toiletries, or tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Wherever possible your hotel* will be perfectly positioned for exploring and will have a historical charm or maybe a new and innovative design. We choose the best possible places to stay ensuring that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm. We are on a mission to find the ingredients you need to wake up feeling rested and looking forward to each day of your Caspin Journeys tour!
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Getting out and about on foot is a wonderful way to slow down the pace, relax and get some healthy exercise.
When we walk we see so much more – grapevines, wildflowers, ancient oaks, wheat fields, avenues of cypresses and pine, time resistant hills and valleys.
As we stroll through historic towns we learn about the culture of the people; as we stand in the splendour of the countryside, beneath the soaring columns of ancient temples, abbey walls and turrets of medieval castles we marvel at man’s ability to conceive of and construct such monuments.
Food is an all important part of each and every one of our journeys. We are foodies, we love to savour the authentic flavours of each destination we visit. And let’s not forget the wine “the drink of the gods” which will accompany every meal, even picnics!
Picture yourself eating Buffalo mozzarella from a farm in Amalfi, tasting a Sicilian cannolo with fresh ricotta cheese, home-made pasta, organic vegetables, fresh fish and so on.
Or why not consider a Gourmet Cooking Holiday in Tuscany, where you will learn directly from the locals?
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On our small group tours we use a combination of gourmet restaurants, local trattorias, traditional pubs, tapas bars and farmhouse meals, to give you the best overall experience!
Each adventure combines fantastic hikes and authentic cultural experiences which make for a phenomenal and enriching travel experience. – admire Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi – walk in the Castle gardens of Henry VIII – stand at the tomb of St James in Compostela – gaze at and touch the columns of a Greek temple – visit the birthplace of Napoleon Buonaparte – see how a Duke lives at Blenheim Palace – tread the streets of Pompeii – admire mosaics in a Norman cathedral – understand more about the Roman Empire Travel in the richest artistic heritage in the world, many of which are part of UNESCO. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on an unforgettable trip.
Our travel style attracts a similar type of people, outgoing, interesting, adventurous, cultured and curious.
You’ll enjoy the company of your fellow travelers on our small group tours. Italy’s food and wine, England’s local pubs, and Spain’s meditative and spiritual pilgrim route are best experienced amidst the camaraderie of the group.
Guests who join our small group tours become our friends. They return again and again to share new adventures as we explore these unforgettable destinations with like-minded travellers and build ever-lasting memories together.