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Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

1. Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

Depart from Santander and head toward Liébana. You will love this region of Cantabria where the landscape is dominated by mountains, forests, and rivers. On the way, prepare to be impressed when crossing the Hermida Gorge, one of the longest gorges in Spain. The first stop will be to visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, a holy place for Christianity that houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. After this very special stop, continue the trip towards Fuente Dé, where there is the cable car station to go up to Picos de Europa. Enjoy at least 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time there to enjoy the place, take the cable car, or embark on a horseback riding experience around the area (optional). If you take the cable car, the trip will only last 4 minutes and will take you to a height of 1,823 m above sea level. The views from there are just breathtaking. Finally, arrive in Potes, the capital of Liébana and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, with its cobbled streets, bridges, and medieval tower, Torre del Infantado. Take a short walking tour of the town and you enjoy free time for lunch and for shopping in one of its many souvenir shops.

From Gijón: Covadonga and Cangas de Onís Day Trip

2. From Gijón: Covadonga and Cangas de Onís Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Asturias on this guided day trip from Gijón. Explore the lakes of Covadonga nestled in the heart of Spain's historic first national park. Tour the charming Asturian village of Cangas de Onís and taste the flavors of local cuisine and cider. Begin your tour with an excursion into the stunning wilderness of Los Picos de Europa, Spain's first national park. Your guide will detail the park's historical significance as you stop at Mirador de Entrelagos for the views. Continue on to the glacial lakes of Covadonga, Lake Ercina and Lake Enol. Travel through the picturesque countryside to reach the Basilica of Covadonga. Admire the jutting structure, made with stone extracted from the surrounding mountains. In the nearby sacred cave of the Virgin of Covadonga, discover the mystical fountain and symbol of Asturias. Continue your tour in the village Cangas de Onís. Here, take your pick of a variety of Asturian dishes and sip on a "culine" of cider. Afterwards, wander the cobbled streets, visit the famous Roman bridge that spans the mountain-fed Sella River, and see the bell tower of the Church of Santa María. After a couple hours spent exploring the charms of Cangas de Onís and learning about the history of Asturias, your tour will conclude with a relaxing bus ride back to Gijón.

From Cangas de Onis: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

3. From Cangas de Onis: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

Combine history, cuisine, and natural splendor during this guided day trip in Asturias. Discover alpine viewpoints in the Lagos de Covadonga park. Learn Asturias’s origins at the Holy Cave of Covadonga. Sample regional dishes at one of the restaurants in Cangas de Onis.  Start your tour on the private bus winding through a valley between high mountain ridges. Pass by small villages on the way up to Entrelagos viewpoint. From there, snap a photo of Lake Enol and Lake Ercina. The calm waters act as a mirror for the surrounding mountains. Backtrack to the valley and nearby Covadonga Basilica. Outside the front doors, listen to your guide’s tales of local history. From there, follow along to the Santa Cueva de Covadonga. According to legend, King Pelayo hid there from his enemies. Now the cave holds his tomb. After returning to Cangas de Onis, take time to wander the town and find some lunch. Many of the restaurants specialize in Asturian cuisine. The region is also well known for its apple cider. Sample different varieties at a cidery. Chat with your guide for some recommendations.

From Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes and Cangas de Onís Bus Day Trip

4. From Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes and Cangas de Onís Bus Day Trip

Explore the natural beauty of Spain on a guided day trip from Oviedo in a comfortable and air-conditioned bus. Travel to a viewpoint overlooking the lakes of Covadonga, dive into local history at the Basilica of Covadonga, and stop to purchase lunch in Cangas de Onís. Meet your guide in centrally-located meeting point in Oviedo. Sit back and relax on a spacious bus on the ride to the Entrelagos viewpoint to enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of the Ercina and Enol lakes. Learn details about the Picos de Europa National Park from your guide.  Continue to the Basilica of Covadonga, which was built between 1877 and 1901 in the neo-Romanesque style. Hear about the origin of Don Pelayo and the beginning of the time of reconquest, a story that every Asturian boasts about.  Find out where the expression "Asturias is Spain and the rest is conquered land" comes from. See the cave of the Virgin of Covadonga, where the tomb of King Pelayo is located. Admire the wooden Virgin Mary statue which holds a child and a golden rose. Stop for lunch in Cangas de Onís, a city full of typical Asturian food establishments where you can buy a refreshing local cider. Enjoy the Asturian drink to the fullest, without worrying about driving. Have two hours of free time to eat or explore the local area on your own. Get recommendations on sites to see like the Roman bridge which dates back to the High Middle Ages. Return to the meeting point in Oviedo early in the evening.

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What people are saying about Asturias, Spain

Increíble experiencia poder hacer esta excursión. La guía, Esmeralda, fue súper amigable y la información que compartía fue muy interesante. Tuvimos la suerte de que hizo un buen día y pudimos ver los dos lagos, que son realmente espectaculares. Súper recomendada esta experiencia.

Fantastic excursion, highly recommended, nothing boring and very enjoyable. And above all with the extraordinary kindness and professionalism of the guide Mercedes. Thank you! :)

Very good excursion. We had to go through Gijón to pick up and then drop off other travelers when leaving Oviedo. The guide and the driver very professional.

It was a really nice trip, Miguel is a perfect tourist guide who knows a lot from the history of Asturias.

The tour lived up to our expectations and more !! Educational , stimulating and enjoyable