The Principality of Asturias is famous for being a natural paradise from coast to coast and kilometer by kilometer. Its natural parks, mountains, beaches, capes, waterfalls, lakes, towns and gastronomy make this region one of the richest in the country culturally and landscape. We show you the 5 natural places to visit in Asturias that you cannot miss.
Asturias has a little bit of everything and can offer a very complete end-of-year trip. In this article we give you our particular top 5 natural places to visit in your short stay in this Autonomous Community.
This is one of the places you can’t miss in Asturias: the most popular route in the whole region. Being well communicated and easy and accessible for everyone, it has become a pilgrimage for all those who visit Asturias for the first time.
The Covadonga lake complex is made up of three lakes: Enol, Ercina and Bricial. Due to the massive influx of visitors, access by car has been limited, but it is a visual spectacle that you cannot miss. It is one of the most recommended places to visit in Asturias.
Peaks of Europe
This National Park, which extends through Leon, Cantabria and Asturias, is ideal for mountaineers of all kinds and has numerous and varied natural areas: lakes, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, valleys, forests…
The highest heights are found in the Urrieles massif, the most rugged of the three. Fourteen of its peaks exceed 2600 m in altitude, with the Cerredo Tower, 2650m, being the highest peak of these mountains and the third in the Iberian Peninsula. Another important mountain that is part of this massif is the Naranjo de Bulnes or Picu Urriellu, historically of great importance in Spanish mountaineering. It was conquered for the first time on August 5, 1904, by Pedro Pidal, Marquis of Villaviciosa, and his companion, the Cainejo. This ascent is considered the birth of mountaineering in Spain.
The Natural Park of Somiedo is one of the last strongholds where nature is pure. Its landscapes, its fauna and flora, its gastronomy, and its people make this corner a privileged place. Somiedo Natural Park is one of the last strongholds where nature is pure. Its landscapes, its fauna and flora, its gastronomy, and its people make this corner a privileged place.
Its impressive lakes stand out, those of Saliencia and del Valle, its «brañas» where you can find the «teitos», constructions used by the «vaqueiro» made with broom roofing.
A legendary and mythological forest, it is about 500 million years old and covers more than 2,000 hectares. Made up mainly of oak but also of other species of the Atlantic forest, it is one of the places you cannot miss on your trip to Asturias. Its extension, its environmental richness, its «semi-virgin» state of conservation and how it promotes the Cantabrian mountain range, Asturias and the council make it a valuable heritage of this region. This is why authorization is required to enter the forest, and only 20 people can enter per day.
The route of the forest is circular, starting at the Reception Center; it goes up to the lagoons and goes down again to the Center along the river path, and it is approximately 20 km. (7 or 8 hours) of mountain path, ascending to a difference in altitude of about 600 m.
The buffoons of Pría
The bufones de Pría are located in the Spanish town of Llames de Pría, near Llanes. A bufón is a karst formation consisting of a vertical hole formed a few meters from the edge of a limestone cliff and communicating with the sea. When the tide rises and the waves beat strongly, it expels upward a spray of pulverized seawater, which causes a characteristic sound that is what gives it the name of bufón. The column of sprayed water can reach more than 10 meters high and the sound can be heard several kilometers away.
Likewise, the nearby Guadamía beach is one of the most beautiful in the Principality, a natural union between the river of the same name and the Cantabrian Sea. Without a doubt it is one of the places to visit in Asturias.
Guide for end-of-year trips to Asturias
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