Walking in Asturias

 
Walking the Asturias Coast
Walking in the Picos de Europa Spain
 

On the Northern coast of Spain, is Asturias, one of its less well known regions, but perfect for walking.  It lies between the chalk-stone peaks of the Cantabrian Mountains and the Atlantic coast. The Celtic traditions of this area can also be seen in a landscape more familiar with Ireland than Spain, with its rolling green hills and fertile valleys, down to its sandy beaches with their natural caves.

The Cantabrian Mountains are spectacular and reach 2648 metres at its highest peak, Torrecerredo. Their full length is 200 kilometres and extend into the neighbouring regions of Galicia, to the west and Cantabria, to the east. This range of mountains provides excellent opportunities for the caving, climbing, skiing and walking enthusiast.

The weather of Asturias is more varied with warm, sometimes humid summers with lots of sunshine and the odd shower of rain. August is the hottest month (19°C ) with an average temperature of 17.5°C from June to September. The name 'Costa Verde'  means green coast, reflecting the effect the rainfall has on the countryside, so you can expect rain most months. In the valleys and coast the winters are milder, with rain and sun. In the mountains you can expect snow from November through to May and more rain in the summer.

 

Airports
There is an airport at Oviedo serviced by Easyjet and smaller one at Santander, in Cantabria, which is serviced by Ryanair and then about an hours drive into Asturias. 

  • Oviedo
  • Santander (1hrs drive into Asturias)

Ferry Port
There is also the possibility of catching a ferry to Santander with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth.

  • Santander

Part of the El Camino del Norte which takes pilgrims to Santiago de Campostela since the Middle ages passes through Asturias, the coastal part of St James way. This area is often seen as the start of the Reconquista when Christian forces attacked the Moorish armies and the reunification of Spain.

 
Walking in Spain in Asturias
 

Walking Near Oviedo
Oviedo is the capital city of Asturias and although a modern city has many interesting architectural features. The Austrian kings built a pre-Romanic castle, San Miguel de Lillo and church, Santa Maria del Naranco on one of the hills north of today's city. South west of Oviedo is the Somiedo national park along the Cantabria mountain range and it is a wonderful location to see the varied wildlife in this spectacular setting. On a clear day from the small village of Camarmena, south of Llanes, you can see the peak of Picu Urriellu glow orange giving the local name of 'El Naranjo de Bulnes'.

Walking Around the Coastal Towns
Ribadesella and Llanes are two of the many summer resorts, favoured by the Spanish on the Atlantic coast for their beautiful sandy beaches. Llanes has a nudist beach of Torimbia  and east of the town is the village of  Buelna which is famous for its unusual rock formation which can best be seen at low tide. South of Ribadesella is the town of Cangas de Onis where you can see the river Dobra that is famous for its unusual colour and the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

There is a coastal walk between Llanes and Pendueles, where you will be able to appreciate some of the most wonderful coastal scenery of this province. You'll be able to hear and see the 'bufones' noisy water spouts; these have been formed by the natural erosion of the rock by the sea. One of the best examples of natural caves is west of Gijon at Cudillero, a small fishing village.

 
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