Hill fort culture and the Navia River History Park

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With an extension of 777 square kilometres and 9 boroughs, the Navia River History Park sketches a rough triangle on the inland map of Asturias.

Hill fort culture and the Navia River History Park
GPS: 43.56991740027182, -6.943858579945212

Tapia de Casariego - Valdepares - Ortiguera - Navia - Puerto de Vega - Mohías - Oneta - Valdedo - Boal - San Esteban de los Buitres - Pesoz - Grandas de Salime -

Day 1: Tapia de Casariego - Navia 28

Day 1:The River Navia History Park has three "gateways" for those visiting this territory. The tour starts off at the entrance to Tapia de Casariego, at the interpretation centre dealing with palatial homes, which is located in the "Culture House". In this town, you can visit the fishing port and walk to the lighthouse and the El Anguileiro beaches. A 17-kilometre stretch of the coastal path links Tapia with Viavélez. It is also possible to cover only part of the route, up to Mount Mirayos, to discover the Campo Longo Scenic Balcony, which overlooks unique scenery. La Atalaya Scenic Balcony, in Valdepares, is accessible by car. After coming off the N-634, take the lane at the end of the village leading to the scenic balcony. Another option is Cape San Augustín, in Ortiguera, which houses a 17th-century chapel and a memorial to the men of the sea, as well as boasting a privileged view of Navia harbour and estuary. A highly recommended stop-off on the way back is Mohías Hill Fort, an example of hill fort culture in western Asturias.

Day 2: Navia - Puerto de vega - Coaña 25,2

Day 2: The day begins with a stroll around the town of Navia, visiting the town hall, the Church of Our Lady of the Boat, the medieval walls and Coaña House. The NV-2 local road links Navia with the natural monument of Frexulfe Beach, which has a wooded rest area. Continuing along the NV-2, you come to Puerto de Vega, a town known for the beauty of its harbour and its stately homes and villas built by Indianos, returning emigrants who had made their fortune in the Americas. It is also home to the second gateway to the History Park. You will need to retrace your steps to get to know the first remains of hill forts. Coaña Hill Fort is just 7 km from Navia along the AS-12 road to Boal. This site, which provides guided tours, preserves 80 stone huts protected by a thick wall.

Day 3: Coaña - Villalón - Boal 67,8

Day 3: The tour then heads inland via the AS-25, continues along this road and passes through the village of Arbón, after which you take the turning to Oneta on the AS-25. Once there, a 2-kilometre walk from the village will take you to three waterfalls of spectacular beauty that take their name from the village. The largest has a drop of 20 metres. Back on the AS-25, you first come to Villayón and then a half-hour drive brings you to Valdedo, where there is a Protected Mountain Landscapes Interpretation Centre (check the centre's opening times beforehand).The tour continues on to Boal on the AS-35. Puente de Castrillón Recreational Area is located on this stretch of road, before you reach the village of Merón, providing an opportunity to enjoy the attractions of Arbón Reservoir.

Day 4: Boal - Pesoz 71,7

Day 4: Boal is a land of honey. The House of Beekeeping (check the centre's opening times beforehand) is just two kilometres outside the town on the AS-12, while Pendia Hill Fort is four kilometres further on from there. Back in Boal, you can then drive up to Alto de Penouta on the AS-22. There are two scenic balconies on this hilltop, accessible via two paved tracks. The one on the right leads to the Penouta Costa Scenic Balcony, from where the coastline can be clearly seen. The one on the left ends at the Penouta Interior Scenic Balcony, which offers mountain views. You need to head back to Boal to then take the AS-12 which leads south. Twenty-five kilometres on from there (about a 40-minute drive), you come to San Esteban de los Buitres, in Illano, a village with a resounding name ("St Stephen of the Vultures") and a listed heritage declared of Cultural Interest. Just over a kilometre from Doiras, you pull over to see the nearby Doiras Reservoir and dam. Some eight kilometres further on, you can make a stop along the way at Folgueiróu Recreational Area. The last stop, now in the borough of Pesoz, is in Argul, which preserves architecturally unique buildings. You need to take a detour, after passing through Pelorde. The day comes to an end in Pesoz.

Day 5: Pesoz - Grandas de Salime 24,9

Day 5: Grandas de Salime is the southernmost point in the territory and offers the third and last gateway to the History Park. The Chao San Martín Museum can be found at this strategic point, just 7 kilometres from the borough capital, near the hill fort of the same name. This site is one of the most important in the region. San Martín Hill Fort boasts remains dating from 800 BC. Other noteworthy spots in the area are Grandas de Salime Reservoir, a spectacular example of 20th-century public works, including decorative elements by Joaquín Vaquero Palacios and a unique scenic balcony, called the "Mouth of the Whale", designed by the former's son, Joaquín Vaquero Turcios.