The only way to understand this passion for nature is to experience it. In order to get to explore it, you need to pack in your suitcase appropriate clothes and shoes.
The exploration begins with the 7 UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserves in the Principality.
- The 6 Biosphere Reserves
- Hiking trails, mountain biking and driving routes, climbs...
- Protected areas
- Lakes, reservoirs, caves...
- Flora and fauna watching
- The Fito lookout (Caravia), Pozo de la Oración (Cabrales), Cabo Busto and the Hermitage of La Regalina (Valdés) and Puerto del Connio (Cangas del Narcea).
- Covadonga Lakes - Picos de Europa National Park.
- Follow the traces of bears, deer and wolves: Montaña Central and the Nature Parks of Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias, Las Ubiñas-La Mesa, Somiedo and Redes.
- Through the Asturian forests, oak groves and beech forests: Muniellos and Peloño.
- The Eo and Villaviciosa estuaries.
- Routes through Oneta Waterfalls (Villayón), Seimeira (Santa Eulalia de Oscos), Cioyo (Castropol) and Xúrbeo (Aller).
Submerge yourself into the magic forest
Follow the footsteps of the fauna
This alluring landscape is home to some rare animals, such as the Cantabrian brown bear, a species that is on its way to being recovered. The Bear's Trail is a greenway ideal for hiking and cycling. Bicycle rental is available. On one of its banks you can find the Proaza bear enclosure, where Paca and Tola, two sister bears, orphaned and rescued when they were five months old, live together with Molinera. The Wolf House, in Belmonte, is an interpretation centre that pays tribute to Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. Complete your visit with a one and a half kilometre long guided and accessible tour of the installations, which are located next to the Pigueña River and extend up to the enclosure, home to three Iberian wolves. Another unforgettable experience is listening to the moving sound of deer bellowing that can be heard in the period between summer and autumn, coming from a valley which amplifies their call. Or take part in the Fiesta of the Asturcón in the heart of the Sueve Range, a party held in celebration of the small and robust Asturcón, one of the oldest and purest horse breeds in the world. The Montañas del Quebrantahuesos Centre, in Benía de Onìs, is a space that promotes the study of natural science, as well as conservation and sustainable development.
Other networks of international protected areas are the European Union's Red Natura 2000 and Sites of Community Importance (SCIs). Following their trace, you can discover the Sueve Range, the Oneta Waterfalls, the Esva Basin, the Deboyo Cave, the Santiuste Blowhole, the Villaviciosa Estuary, the Caldoveiro Peak, the Pastur or Barayo Yew. Ponga Nature Park is made up of gorges such as the Ponga or Beyos gorges and lies within the Partial Nature Park of Peloño
Hiking is possibly the best way to admire these lush spots In Asturias.