Rural Tourism. The powerful Nalón and the imposing Cabo Peñas.
The powerful Nalón and the formidable Cabo Peñas
Muros de Nalón, Soto del Barco and Pravia are the councils that form the Bajo Nalón. The latter is where, in 774, King Silo ordered the capital status of the kingdom of Asturias after taking it from Cangues d'Onís/Cangas de Onís. Particularly important is the Pre-Romanesque Church of Santianes de Pravia, together with the Indianos village of Somao. Pravia itself has numerous places of interest, such as the Baroque buildings in Moutas, the Valle Hermitage and the Old Quarters in the village.
Sotu is the capital of the municipality of Soto del Barco. One of its most beautiful sites is L'Arena, a traditional seafaring village and with the gorgeous Los Quebrantos Beach, at the mouth of the Nalón River. Inland villages worth visiting are Riberas, La Ferrería and El Castillu, with its traditional wharf. Some emblematic buildings in Muros de Nalón include the old palace of Valdecarzana and Vallehermoso, and the actual Town Hall Square. San Esteban, forming part of Muros de Nalón, is a port located on the left bank of the Nalón River. This is where the viewpoints route begins.
El Castillu (Soto del Barco)
Cape Peñas (Gozón).
Avilés and the region are, undoubtedly, another reason to continue exploring Asturias. The councils forming part of it are, together with Avilés, Castrillón, Corvera de Asturias and Illas. Castrillón is famous for its fabulous beaches, while in the council of Corvera de Asturias, the Trasona/Tresona Reservoir is worth a visit, where visitors can go canoeing and rowing or play golf on the nearby golf course. In Illas, hiking enthusiasts can take either the mill route or climb to the Gorfolí Peak. The two municipalities that make up the Cabo Peñas region are Gozón and Carreño. The capital of the first of the two municipalities is the fishing village of Lluanco/Luanco.
With a large number of beaches, undoubtedly, one of its great natural monuments is the Protected Landscape of Cape Peñas. A less known, yet equally charming port, is Puerto Llumeres.
Bayas beach (Castrillón).
And from one fishing village to another in the neighbouring council: Carreño and its capital, Candás, a port that visitors fall in love with at first sight. Among the most important gastronomic festivals held in the village, is the Sardine Festival. Among the fascinating sites is the Monte Areo, an extensive tumuli necropolis. Just a few kilometres from these municipalities is Gijón.