AN ADVENTURE IN ASTURIAS
Asturias, a natural paradise – 7 days

The ‘Picos de Europa’, Kayak, Bicycle, Forest, Cantabrian Coast, Culture, Comfort and Nature

Asturias: one of the best-preserved areas of the entire peninsula. A paradise for nature lovers. Spectacular mountains, valleys and small towns. The National Park of the ‘Picos de Europa’; ‘Tejeda de Peña Mayor’, is one of the most unique mountain ranges of central Asturias; walk through magical forests of ancient yews and small villages of pure Asturian style. The mountains next to our village are virtually unknown, small idyllic rivers run through them surrounded by vegetation more typically found in tropical countries. From the mountains to the best-preserved coastline of Spain, according to a Greenpeace report. Crossing in peace and quiet by kayak to the Ría de Villaviciosa Nature Reserve; bird watching; Rodiles beach.

Cycling the route along the coastal path of Cantábrico, from the small village of Buelna to finish in Andrín: exploring caves, canyons, unexpected inland beaches and huge cliffs that seem to fall into the sea. Nature, culture, traditions and exquisite cuisine, by the sea and in the mountains: Fabada stew, fish and seafood, Asturian hotpot, cheese and, of course, cider … Suitable for everyone with a spirit for adventure and in average physical condition.

An active but simple trip in a rural environment, mountaineering and at the same time marine, as welcoming as ‘La Casona del Faro del Norte’, the wonderful accommodation where you will rest after the routes. Contact with nature away from the hustle and bustle. An unforgettable experience… this is Faro del Norte.

DEPARTURES 2019

March 15

April 15, 17 and 26

June 1, 15, 22 and 29

July 6, 13, 20 and 27

August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

September 7, 14, 21 and 28

October 11, 31

December 5 and 27

Weekends and Public holidays: – San Jose – Easter – 1 May – Spanish National Day -Constitution Day – New Year – Kings Day

* Ask us for the winter program

MEETING POINTS

Asturias Airport (Ranon)

14:30 h

Oviedo train station

16:00 h

You can also go directly to the hotel

INCLUDES

Transfers from Oviedo or Aviles – Piloña – Oviedo or Aviles.

6 nights accommodation at El Faro del Norte in double rooms with bathroom.

All breakfasts are included.

Evening meal on 1st day.

Picnic on the 6th day of the program.

Activities included in the program: biking, hiking, kayaks.

Specialised guides in all activities.

All transfers during the stay.

Insurance.

NOT INCLUDED

Travel to Asturias.

Lunches and dinners where non-specified as included.

Funicular.

Any other non-specified service.

PRICE 2019

575 € (VAT included)

Suppl. July 13, 20 27; 24, 31 August and September 7: € 75

Suppl. August 3, 10 and 17: 150 €

Indiv. Suppl.: 250 € (August 3, 10 and 17: 300€) (check availability)

Otras cuestiones

Preguntas frecuentes

Consulta las Preguntas Frecuentes de Faro del Norte para ampliar información sobre la organización de este viaje.

Alojamiento

Para conocer el alojamiento durante los días de este viaje visita el apartado La Casona de Faro del Norte.

Documentación

Desde este enlace puedes descargar toda la documentación relativa a este viaje. Descargar documento

This is a trip that takes us effortlessly to know the heart of Asturias. From a small traditional village, where our accomodation is, passing through the most important ecosystems of the north, the Cantabrico coast, Picos de Europa NP, kayaks until finishing in the monumental Oviedo. Enjoy nature walking, cycling, observing the landscapes and the fauna of the environment. This is a very complete route that includes several activities all developed in an exceptional location: Asturias. Great mountains, spectacular coasts, forests of chestnut trees, oaks, yew trees, holly trees and beech trees. Contact with nature away from the hustle and bustle. Perfect for resting after a stressed week at home town.

Everything is developed by us, with own guides, knowledgeable about the botany and fauna of this Natural Paradise. Carefully designed routes. All the material we use is of quality and is in good condition. This is a trip accessible to everyone. No special physical condition is needed. The walks are accessible to anyone who can walk normally and the bicycle is done by simple routes. On the slopes we set foot on land, there is no hurry. This is a very complete trip, different and it doesn´t need previous experience to do it, just an active spirit and normal fitness.

All the activities are subject to changes or suspension due to weather condicitions or any other forces beyond our control.

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Day 1

EL FARO DEL NORTE

The journey begins. The meeting points are at Asturias Airport (Ranon) at 14:30 or at the Oviedo train station at 16:00 (*). From there we will go directly to El Faro del Norte. Impressive accommodation, in the small, traditional village of Valle, will provide us with a wonderful retreat where we will get to know Asturias in a rural setting with all the comforts of home. Before the evening meal, while enjoying a chilled drink or traditional natural cider, we will discuss the program details. A hearty welcome dinner, a little chit-chat and then to sleep to ensure we are rested and fit for the next day.

* You can also go directly to the hotel. Evening meal included.

Casona Faro del Norte

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Day 2

WALK IN THE YEW FOREST OF PEÑA MAYOR.
The central mountain of Asturias is relatively unknown and perhaps for this reason it is also so deserted. We will travel towards Les Praeres, right in the heart of the Peña Mayor. Once there, we leave the car and within half an hour we will be immersed in a unique forest. Ancient yews and oversized beeches give us a sense of being in a perfect location to shoot a movie with characters from Astur mythology. Holly bushes, spectacular hazels, ash, hawthorn, and more yews and more beeches and yet more mysterious forest, giving shelter to boar, roe deer and other deer.

After this wonderful walk using animal trails, we will leave the forest and reach the peak of Peña Mayor or El Falleu (1149 meters); weather conditions permitting, we will be able to see across the entire central area of Asturias. The views are stunning: from the Picos de Europa to the Ubiñas, stretching over the central Asturian mountain range. Some water and a few pieces of fruit will recharge our batteries for the descent to the refuge of Les Praeres where we can either choose to eat something light or enjoy a more hearty, traditional meal.

In the afternoon, we head to the hotel to rest our legs. At some places the walk crosses the mountain, but it is not hard, since the total cumulative altitude is about 400 meters and the distance, walking slowly whilst enjoying the flora and landscape, will take us between 3 and 4 hours. We will be walking along cattle trails and we will be in the thick of the forest, all off-track, so we will be using nordic walking poles to help us.

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Day 3

CYCLING TOUR ALONG THE CANTABRIAN COAST.
We load the bikes into our trailer and drive to Buelna, from where we start our tour. We pedal through its quiet streets and we’re already approaching the coast to explore the mysterious and somewhat surprising place of Cobijero, with its impressive cave and sea balconies carved into the cliff-face, a jewel of nature; we will enjoy the surprise of discovering a beach in the middle of a meadow connected underground to the sea. The beach fills and empties at the leisurely pace of the powerful tides of the Cantabrian coast. We will also visit an authentic natural stone bridge built over the sea and its vertiginous cliffs, a wonderful setting.

Back on the bikes, we start to follow the track that runs along the ‘Camino de Santiago’, known as the ‘Camino del Norte’ (Northern Path). If we’re lucky and there’s surf, we’ll get a close-up of some of the angry and dangerous waves on this coastline and see and hear authentic seawater geysers. We’ll go across rivers on wooden bridges to reach traditional Asturian towns. Once in Andrín, we’ll rest again to restore our strength.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy Andrín Beach while we wait for the van to arrive to load our bikes. The views of the beaches of Llanes and of our whole tour are amazing. The route is suitable for anyone who can ride a bike, and depending on the fitness of the Group members, we can conquer the steep slopes on foot or by bike. Now it´s time to return to our hotel, shower and enjoy our cozy Asturian lodgings.

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Day 4

PICOS DE EUROPA NATIONAL PARK.
Today we will get up early to arrive in plenty of time in the heart of the Picos: Arenas de Cabrales. In Poncebos, from where the route of the Cares begins, we will start climbing the Canal del Texu, a lovely trail, typical of the Picos de Europa mountains, leading up to Bulnes. A good walk through one of the few towns in Spain that lack road access. We will relax a little and eat something light in one of the mountain restaurants. Having rested we begin the return, it is all downhill, but if anyone feels their legs are little tired they can use the funicular railway and avoid the descent on foot. From Poncebos, we will begin returning home via the stunning roads of Asturias.
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KAYAK IN THE NATURE RESERVE OF THE VILLACIOSA ESTUARY.
At high tide, and after a little training in handling the kayaks, we plunge into this nature reserve where we can enjoy a unique ecosystem. Slowly we will navigate between mountains, meadows and the wild beach of Rodiles. A unique and changing landscape depending on the movement of the sea, the Partial Nature Reserve of the Villaviciosa estuary also hosts a variety of birds and plants which make it unique to the Cantabrian coast. We will paddle next to El Gaitero factory, located in the middle of the estuary.

After all that activity, we’ll go to Rodiles, to enjoy its great beach. To participate in this route, previous kayak experience is not necessary but knowing how to swim is essential.

Kayak en la ría de Villaviciosa

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Day 6

MOUNTAINS NEXT TO OUR VILLAGE.
This will be a special day. The route begins and ends at the hotel. It’s a slightly longer route, an authentic Asturian mountain path. We’ll enjoy our very own river ‘Valle’, a surprise for even the most experienced mountaineers. We’ll climb to the top of the mountain, from where you can enjoy the view of the ‘Picos de Europa’, the ‘sierra del Sueve’ and even the Cantabrian Sea itself. We’ll find the ideal place to enjoy a great sandwich.

Once our appetites are sated we gently begin the return to the village of Valle, where, after a good shower and with a good drink we can then relax in this wonderful village.

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Day 7

 OVIEDO.
Today, no early start, we can have a leisurely breakfast. At 11:00 am, we will set off for Oviedo. We arrive at around 12:00 with ample time to see the town. We will eat something before bidding a fond farewell and heading for the airport. End of program.

Grupo de Faro del Norte en Oviedo

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Kayak en la ría de Villaviciosa