History, spirituality and nature in a unique centenary

In 2018, Asturias celebrates a unique triple celebration, centred around Covadonga and its vicinity. Coincidentally, three centenaries are taking place at once: that of the Coronation of the Virgen de Covadonga, the creation of the Montaña de Covadonga National Park and the 13th centenary of the origins of the Kingdom of Asturias. Three Covadongas in one: the historical, the spiritual and the natural, in an extraordinary combination which turns Asturias into a universal destination.

Collegiate Church and Basilica of Covadonga

Historical Covadonga

Covadonga has made a name for itself in the history of humanity. The events that transpired in this place in the 8th century bestow it with a universal cultural value. The Origin of the first Christian kingdom on the peninsula, its impression and essence have survived throughout the centuries until the present day, making Covadonga a reference site for visitors, travellers and pilgrims from all over the world.

Spiritual Covadonga

The historic feat of Pelayo in Covadonga promotes a Marian devotion which makes this place a universal spiritual reference and a cultural icon linked to popular religiousity. Legendary echoes even accredit Covadonga as a telluric and natural immemorial cult. Covadonga is in other words an intangible icon and a deep-rooted feeling which has kept its essence intact until today.

Natural Covadonga

Covadonga has a uniquely beautiful landscape. The diversity and beauty of this nature and the desire to preserve it were the reasons for the declaration of the Moñtana de Covadonga National Park in 1918, which was to be the beginnings of the current Picos de Europa National Park. The figure created at that moment combined a love of nature with an innovative and pioneering spirit.

Events calendar

2018 is an exceptional year for Covadonga and for Asturias, given the importance and dimension of the triple celebration that will be commemorated there. In this calendar, you will find all the events of interest related to the three centenaries that will be celebrated: the centenary of the Coronation of the Virgin, the Centenary of the declaration of the Moñtana de Covadonga National Park and the thirteenth centenary of the proclamation of Pelayo as King.

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Events calendar

Covadonga, the heart of Asturias

Covadonga seduces with the beauty of its landscape, its cultural value, and the echo of its spirituality, making it a key reference in the history of Asturias and Spain.

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Practical information

Practical information

All the practical information you need to allow you to fully enjoy the centenaries that will be celebrated in 2018 in Covadonga: How to get there, where to eat, where to stay, the possible routes to take on foot or by car, other active tourism activities and everything with maps and brochures about the Picos de Europa National Park.

All the options for tasting the delicious Asturian cuisine and relaxing in the accommodation of Asturias.

Where to sleep in Asturias

Where to sleep

Where to eat in Asturias

Where to eat

How to get to Covadonga

All the information you need for travelling to Covadonga and The Lakes, planning your route by road, with a specific section dedicated to the Access Plan to Covadonga Lakes.

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Routes and active tourism

Routes, active tourism and maps

The Western Region of Asturias and especially the Picos de Europa National Park offer you the possibility to enjoy different active tourism activities as well as routes on foot and by car. Here you will find all this information, with maps, brochures and all the necessary guidelines for an enjoyable stay in the Picos de Europa National Park.

Hiking routes

Hiking routes

Routes by car

Routes by car

Active tourism

Active tourism

Prepare you visit to the Picos de Europa N.P.

Prepare you visit to the Picos de Europa N.P.

The Pilgrimage Routes

The ways to Covadong

There are many pilgrimage routes that lead to Covadonga from different places in Asturias. Here are all the possibilities for getting to Covadonga via the different historical routes.

Pilgrimage Routes (Oviedo-Covadonga)

Pilgrimage Routes

Oviedo - Covadonga.
Andariega Route (Gijón-Covadonga)

Andariega Route

Gijón - Covadonga.
The Reconquista route (Sotres-Covadonga)

The Reconquista route

Sotres - Covadonga.
Oriente Route (Llanes-Covadonga)

Oriente Route

Llanes - Covadonga.
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  • Regional Government of the Principality of AsturiasRegional Government of the Principality of Asturias
  • Asturias Natural ParadiseAsturias Natural Paradise
  • Marian Jubilee YearMarian Jubilee Year
  • Picos de Europa National ParkPicos de Europa National Park
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