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The allure of eastern Asturias in the Picos de Europa
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The allure of eastern Asturias in the Picos de Europa (Eastern Asturias)
40 kms
Car 2 days
Layout of the route

The east is one of the most well-known tourist areas in Asturias. The proximity of the Picos de Europa to the sea makes it an ideal destination for all types of trips.

Summary The allure of eastern Asturias in the Picos de Europa

The east is one of the most well-known tourist areas in Asturias. The proximity of the Picos de Europa to the sea makes it ideal for all kinds of 2-day getaways, like the one detailed next, or longer trips to get to know the area better. Llanes acts as gateway to the mountains and a direct link to the beaches.

42 kms
Day 1 Llanes - Las Arenas

The tour can start out precisely in Llanes, to discover the heritage of the town during the morning. The starting point of the tour is San Pedro Promenade, beside El Sablón Beach. This 19th-century vantage point provides a link with the sea, as well as displaying the first stones of the medieval old quarter of the town, a listed Historical-Artistic Site. Next, the town walls and gates, the tower, the basilica, the Chapels of La Magdalena and Santa Ana, Gastañaga Mansion and Posada Herrera Mansion, nowadays a cultural centre. Travellers must leave the medieval site to also visit the harbour and enjoy the Memory Cubes, a gigantic work by Basque sculptor Agustín Ibarrola.

After this brief foray into Llanes, the tour heads for the Picos de Europa on the AS-115, a road that ascends the mountain from Posada de Llanes. You get to Carreña in just three quarters of an hour (34 kilometres). Just as you enter the village, a signpost on the left points to the village of Asiego, where the Pedro Udaondo scenic balcony can be found. This will offer travellers their first view of Naranjo de Bulnes (known by Asturians and mountaineers as Urriellu Peak), the mountain which will follow their every move during this trip. Back in Carreña, you can stroll through the streets and visit the parish church and Barcena House. Four kilometres further on you come to Arenas de Cabrales, the town which reveals the secrets of Cabrales cheese to tourists in a cave museum, located next to the Cares Bridge.

29,8 kms
Day 2 Las Arenas - Camarmeña

The second day is devoted to the mountains. From Arenas, you can drive up to Poncebos, which will be a strategic point for all the day's excursions. The first option is to go up to Bulnes, one of the villages in Asturias which has no road. You can hike there or take an underground funicular train. Or you can combine both options, one for each way. The hiking route has a steep slope rising 400 metres which takes approximately an hour and a half to climb. The funicular train only takes 7 minutes.

Once back in Poncebos, you can take the car again to visit Tielve and Sotres, the highest village in the region. This detour can be done in about 20 minutes on the CA-1 and allows you to see how people live at an altitude of a thousand metres. You should once again pass through Poncebos on the way down from Sotres, which offers the chance to take the turning to Camarmeña at the bridge in Poncebos to see the Monument to the Climbers of Urriellu Peak and to say farewell to the mountains from the scenic balcony there.