OUR ITINERARY IN ASTURIAS
We did not do a road trip properly speaking, that is to say that we have not traveled a road from a point A to a point B or a loop. We had a drop-off at my friend’s house and went every day to visit one or more places in Asturias. As the area is not large, you can do everything to have two accommodation one to the east of Oviedo to discover the whole east then another west of Oviedo to visit western Asturias.
DAY 1AVILÉS – CAP PEÑAS – GIJON
Avilés is the third city of Asturias. The old town has been classified historical site, thanks to its jewels of civil and sacred architecture. The crazy charm of the center of Avilés contrasts with the surprising (and concreted) architecture of the international cultural center Oscar Niemeyer, designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer
Cabo de Peñas
We take the road and go along the coast to Cape Peñas. The Cabo de Peñas is the northernmost point of Asturias. Its cliffs over 100 meters in some places offer a steep landscape from which one sees the islands and rocky islets. The lighthouse of Cape Peñas has been in operation since
We continue our route continuing along the beautiful north coast to the city of Gijon, second city of the region of Asturias. Gijon is a very pretty, lively city that certainly deserves a visit a little longer than the few hours we dedicated to it.
We are lucky it is the cider festival in Gijon. We take the opportunity to taste some delicacies elaborated with apples accompanied all by cider obviously. Cider is a real institution in Asturias.We take the opportunity to walk along the sea to the pretty church of San Pedro.
We reach the center where there is a beautiful summer atmosphere and we lose ourselves in the alleys of old Gijon before settling on the terrace of a restaurant to taste some of the specialties of the region.
SOMEDIO NATURAL PARK
A third of the territory of Asturias is protected. Here, lovers of the mountains are spoiled, hiking, climbing, caving, canyoning, cycling or horseback riding, there is something for all tastes. Athletes are spoiled for choice.
Unesco has classified 6 Natural Areas of Asturias as Nature Reserves on the 5 Natural Parks, 10 Nature Reserves, 9 Protected Landscapes and 39 Natural Monuments all preserved with the greatest care.
It is not for nothing that one nicknamed the regions of Asturias “Natural Paradise “
For this new day, we go hiking in the Natural Park of Somedio and more precisely in the surroundings of the lake of Cueva, Calabazosa and Almagrera. An easy hike even if we arrive at the starting point of the hike at 11 o’clock it makes a rather stunning heat.
DAY 3COVADONGA SANCTUARY – PICOS DE EUROPA PARK – CONGAS DE ONIS
Sanctuary of Covadonga
This morning we are preparing our business because we are going to discover the east of Asturias and sleep tonight in a rural cottage near Congas de Onis.
Our first stop is the famous sanctuary of Covadonga and I realize that the region of Asturias is very touristy, I had not really realized so far because the tourists are almost entirely Spanish and I do not distinguish the different accents. I did not expect such an influence.
The Picos de Europa Park
After our visit to the sanctuary of Covadonga, we put on our hiking boots and take one of the many buses that leave from the sanctuary to the starting point of hiking the lakes. In summer, this hike is very popular and you have to wait in line for the bus, have a little patience for the pictures but the exceptional landscapes on the Picos de Europa and the lakes Ercina and Enol quickly forget the influence of summer periods.
The Peaks of Europe are among the most spectacular sites and are classified as National Park and Biosphere Reserve. The Peaks of Europe has a network of 27 well-marked footpaths, two hiking trails and four high-mountain circuits.