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9 sensations that you can only feel in Asturias
09 may

So many sensations in Asturias! We recommend nine new sensations that you can only feel if you are somewhere in the Principality, which at times seems to be like something out of a fairy tale.

 

 


Spot a historic colossus among the latest snowfalls


You climb, climb and climb some more, and you zig-zag, catching a glimpse of part of the colossus, then all of a sudden, through the sweat from your effort and the tears of emotion, you can see it all, covered by the latest spring snowfalls which give it an even more impressive air.


And so, as if by chance, before your eyes is one of the great European summits, specifically the last of the mythical summits conquered in the continent at the start of the 20th century, around 1904. It is known as the “Picu” by the natives, and the “Picu Uriellu” or “Naranjo de Bulnes” by everyone else.

View of the Picu Urriellu in the central massif of the Picos de Europa

A leafy sea without a tide that comes and goes


From many of the hills, peaks, mountains, mountain ranges and other beauty spots it is possible to see the famous "sea of clouds", an atmospheric mist that appears from time to time during sunrise or sunset and which has a suggestive charm, notably altering the appearance of the scenery. Watching it form and fade away is a spectacular sensation. It is like performing magic with the landscape. In this photo, the intense tide of clouds is in the La Cubilla Pass in Lena, in the heart of the Central Mountain.

"Sea of clouds" in La Cubilla Pass in Lena


A panoramic view too beautiful to be captured on your phone


If the day is a clear one, a panoramic view from the Fito Lookout, in Cordillera del Sueve and in the border region between Parres and Caravia, will leave you speechless because you will have some unique views of the Picos de Europa and the Cantabrian Sea. Only then will you realise just how special the Asturian landscape is, with high mountains very close to a sea that seems immense to us from this concrete hill, so suitable for enjoying a panoramic view that is more impressive than can be captured with your phone.

Fito Lookout in Parres


A dinosaur's footprint on a beach


The last dinosaurs to roam this part of the Iberian Peninsula left their footprints in La Griega Beach in Colunga, and in the Tereñes Cliffs in Ribadesella. You can see them with the right tide and with the help of a guide. If the subject interests you, you can complete the story by visiting MUJA, the Asturias Jurassic Museum, where the views of the coast are fantastic from its "Rasa de San Telmo".


A journey back to the past will make the present fascinating!

La Griega Beach in Colunga, where there are dinosaur footprints

Enjoy the world of the Cantabrian brown bear


The Cantabrian Brown Bear is a native species from the mountain range that was in danger of extinction until a few decades ago, but nowadays it is safe to the benefit of the natural paradise and planet Earth. In Teverga, Somiedo and the Las Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibeas Nature Park you can admire meadows or go on walks with expert nature guides who will reveal the "secrets" of this species, which at times graces us with its presence and occasionally with its tracks in the form of footprints. Entering the world of the bear is an unusual feeling!


Brown bears in Proaza
Playing with fire without getting burnt


What do you mean when you say “playing with fire without getting burnt”? Western Asturias accounts for much of the history of metal working in Asturias. In Oscos and Taramundi, the "ferreiros" (metal works) that are still operating today continue in the medieval style, using great inventiveness that enables them to build countless tools, including knives and blades, which have been of enormous help to the progress of man and the rural environment. For you it will without a doubt be a fun game and a real discovery!

"Ferreiros" in Os Teixois (Taramundi)
Lose yourself in the magic of water


Asturias is a paradise of water and waters. Every corner of every village delights you with the charm of a river or a stream, with the sound of a waterfall in the distance, the smell of wet grass, the shine of the black slate wet from the rain and the wonder of a rainbow on the horizon.


Sounds, smells, feelings, sights... An entire universe with water as the backdrop!

Village of Pumares in Santa Eulalia de Oscos


A pilgrimage route with a taste of salt and waves


The Coastal Way of St. James - the very, very first - runs right beside the sea. So much so that it comes with a taste of salt and the sea breeze. Moreover, if any pilgrims also enjoy surfing, they could almost follow the way and catch the waves at the same time; they could be riding a wave whilst looking at a monastery or an ancient pilgrim hospital. In reality, this way surfs between medieval remains and footprints.


Incredible but true!


The Coastal Way of St. James as it passes through Caravia

Discover the innermost pre-Romanesque


Names such as Santa María de Bendones, San Pedro de Nora, Santiago de Gobiendes, Santa Cristina de Lena and San Salvador de Valdediós are testimony to a pre-Romanesque era. They are less well known than Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo, but are from the same stock, the same school, and are found in unique country settings with incredible views.


The discovery of this innermost and unprecedented pre-Romanesque era will make you feel like an explorer experiencing unique and unrepeatable sensations.

San Salvador de Valdediós Pre-Romanesque Church in Villaviciosa


Here we offer you nine sensations, among many others on offer. Have you chosen yours yet?

 

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