Get active in Asturias
The opportunities are as vast as Asturias's nature itself. An intricate network of long and short trails (GR and PR) flow through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the National Park and the Nature Parks and Natural Monuments, as well as the coastline.
- Descents in canoe or pirogue down one of our rivers; Sella, Nalón and Navia.
- Cares Trail.
- Climb up Picu Urriellu.
- Ride a bicycle through our greenways: the Bear's Trail, the Turón or the Eo Trail.
- Surf in Frexulfe, Xagó, Peñarronda...
- Winter Resorts: Valgrande-Pajares and Fuentes de Invierno.
An international canoe race
The International Descent of the River Sella, taking place on the first Saturday of August, if this doesn't fall on the 1st or 2nd, between Arriondas and Ribadesella, is an event known worldwide, known as Les Piragües. It was founded by Dionisio de la Huerta after he had enjoyed an excursion between the towns of Coya and Infiesto in 1929. Its programme includes fun events such as an opening celebration and float parade and sport events with the best long-distance canoeists.
Wave hunters also have their place. Surfers can be found in the most open sandbanks of the Cantabrian Sea: Tapia de Casariego, Salinas, Rodiles or Gijón, are some examples. Other boards, such as those used for snowboarding and skiing are also welcome. Enjoy the two public stations, Valgrande-Pajares and Fuentes de Invierno, that have a wide variety of complementary resources, with snowshoe trail or cross-country skiing.
The attraction for climbers
Pedro Pidal and Gregorio Pérez, known as El Cainejo, were the first to reach the summit of Picu Urriellu (Naranjo de Bulnes), the bewitching mountain that glints orange at a specific time of day thanks to the sunlight.
It was the 5th August 1904 and they were making history. They cleared one of the most complicated paths using basic equipment and they demonstrated the positive outcome of combining the technical knowledge of a nobleman and scholar –Pidal was a lawyer and the Marquis of Villaviciosa– with the intuition of a local guide, El Cainejo, who made most of the assent barefoot. Urriellu peak has become an international attraction.