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Things to do in Asturias, Spain

Our most recommended things to do in Asturias, Spain

From Cangas de Onis: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

1. 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.

Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

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

3. 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.

From Oviedo: Luarca, Cudillero and Avilés Day Trip

4. From Oviedo: Luarca, Cudillero and Avilés Day Trip

The Asturian coast hides many treasures bathed by the Cantabrian Sea. And we invite you to meet many of them with local expert guides and small groups, so that you can spend an unforgettable and spectacular day while falling in love a little more with the charms of Asturias. Starting from Oviedo at 08:30 and leaving Gijón at 09:00, you will embark on a sensational journey whose first stop is in Luarca. In this first seaside village where we will stop, in the municipality of Valdés, you will be able to discover a privileged environment where the sea and the mountains merge. This beautiful town offers all its visitors a multitude of leisure and entertainment plans. We will walk the streets that saw the birth of Nobel Prize in Medicine Severo Ochoa, an authentic reference, of which the village still has many memories. In addition, we will visit the spectacular Plaza Miares and the Ermita de La Regalina, one of the jewels of the Principality of Asturias. From Luarca we will head to Cudillero, a place that we will visit with expert local guides and where we will also have free time to taste all the gastronomy of the area, with a prior recommendation from the guides. But before lunch, it’s time to get to know all the corners of another of the most amazing seaside villas on the Asturian coast. Cudillero captivates anyone who sets foot on its streets. Very peculiar and inclined paths, roads and sidewalks that end up in the sea. Throughout them the life and activity of the inhabitants of the so-called ’Villa Pixueta' develops. Its houses facing the sea, the famous Amphitheatre of Cudillero, the incredible cultural and artistic heritage of the place, La Quinta de Selgas (a spectacular museum), the Church of Jesus del Nazareno or the Church of Santa Maria de Soto de Luiña, among other things, are some of the fantastic places that you will visit and where you will surely enjoy with its history and sensational views. And the third stop of this excursion is in Avilés. Known as the ’village of the forward' awaits you to discover a land of discoverers, since the city is known precisely as the ’village of the forward' because of a space dedicated to one of its most illustrious characters, a ruler of the Indies who reconquered Florida in the 16th century. Tradition, history, culture and modernity blend into a perfect cocktail provides all its visitors with a unique experience. Over the years, Avilés has also been transformed into a modern and avant-garde city, where, above all, the Niemeyer Centre stands out. During our visit we will also visit the historic centre, which is incredible, the Church of Sabugo, in front of the estuary of Avilés, the Plaza de la Merced, presided over by the monumental Church of Santo Tomás, or the already mentioned estuary of Avilés, which keeps an incredible history about the so important industrial sector in Asturias.

From Gijón: Covadonga and Cangas de Onís Day Trip

5. 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 Santander: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

6. From Santander: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

Asturias is the region that has it all. Find out why they say that paradise is in Asturias on a full-day trip that takes you past its blue lakes, green hillsides, and stunning coastline. Marvel at the mountains of Covadonga and learn the secrets that they hold. The tour starts from Santander and takes you past many Asturian and Cantabrian treasures. Learn about the history of this region as you drive into Covadonga Mountain National Park and up to Mirador de Entrelagos – the viewpoint between 2 lakes – where you'll take in Ercina and the Enol below. After visiting the Lakes of Covadonga, venture down to the Royal Site of Covadonga, home to the Virgen of Covadonga. Popularly known as La Santina, this site has a majestic Basilica built from stones from the surrounding mountains. The next stop is Cangas de Onís. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias, this small town is home to a charming bridge with an incredible history. Learn all about this town from your guide and snap a picture of the famous victory cross.

From Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes Day Tour with Guided Hike

7. From Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes Day Tour with Guided Hike

Explore the wonders of the Picos de Europa National Park on this guided tour from Oviedo. See top sights like the Lakes of Covadonga and the Buferrera mines. Choose from a private trip which includes convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, pick a group tour option with a meeting point.  Hop aboard a comfortable and air-conditioned van and relax on the drive to Cangas de Onís. Stop to capture some pictures of this famous arched, Roman bridge where we will observe its famous Roman Bridge.  Hike along the Vuelta Ciclista a España cycling path to the Lakes of Covadonga. Admire the shimmering waters of the lakes of Enol and Ercina. View the abandoned iron and manganese mines at Buferrera and a shepherd hut. Enjoy stunning views at the Prince's Lookout.  Stroll along the Reconquista route, through the environment of the Natural Cave of the Sanctuary of Covadonga and its towering sanctuary. Return to your meeting point in Oviedo in th evening. 

Gijon: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

8. Gijon: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

Gijon City Tour is the official tourist bus service of the city. The Hop-on Hop-off service allows you to discover the city from a new perspective thanks to double-decker buses with panoramic and open top. If you want to visit the city of Gijon at a relaxed pace, this tourist bus is one of the most comfortable and efficient options. The route has 9 stops and you can start the tour from any of them. The route lasts approximately 1 hour and visits the following locations:  - Museo de Ferrocarril / Acuario - Ciudadela de Capua - Fábrica del gas - Parque de Isabel la Católica - El Molinón - Jardín botánico Atlántico - La Laboral - Recinto ferial/Museo de Pueblu d'Asturies - Plaza del Carmen

From A Caruna: Guided Day Trip to Lugo & As Catedrais Beach

9. From A Caruna: Guided Day Trip to Lugo & As Catedrais Beach

Leaving A Coruña, we go to the wonderful city of Lugo, a city that is recognized for its incredible Roman wall that surrounds the city. We will also visit the majestic and surprising Playa de las Catedrales and taking advantage of the low tide we will be able to enjoy its rock formations made by the erosion of the sea. Also time to get to know Ribadeo. We will visit the City of Lugo, taking a guided tour of its historic center of approximately 1 hour and a half, discovering the famous Wall of Lugo, a practically intact Roman wall and its Cathedral, as well as wandering around and getting lost in its ancient city. After knowing this wonderful city that brings together so much history and beauty, we will head to Ribadeo. This town in the north of Galicia is gaining popularity due to the beauty of its streets. This site is living history of emigration from Galicia, especially to Latin America where so many Galicians have had to emigrate. We will see all these constructions made by those who returned, making this city a very special place and a direct witness to this phenomenon. After that, we will head to the Playa de Aguas Santas, or as the Playa de las Catedrales is popularly known, due to the large rock formations that evoke the flying buttresses of the Gothic cathedrals. Let us let ourselves be carried away by its arches, let's walk through its fine white sand, to make this an unforgettable day. Discover with us one of the most beautiful enclaves in Galicia, and we will surely meet your good expectations. * Depending on the tides, the itinerary of the excursion will vary depending on them. Being able to visit the City of Lugo first, or however going directly to the beach.

Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar Day Trip

10. Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar Day Trip

Discover the gems of the Eastern Asturias coast on this day trip from Oviedo. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the cities of Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar. Enjoy a guided walking tour in each town and have some free time in Llanes.  Meet your guide at a conveniently-located point in Oviedo and hop aboard a comfortable and spacious bus. Take in the scenery on the drive to Ribadesella while relaxing in a climate-controlled setting. Arrive in Ribadesella and immerse yourself in the history and tradition of this town a guided tour of the historic center and the Portiellu neighborhood. Stroll down picturesque streets to admire sights like the Hermitage of the Guide, where the patron saint of sailors rests.  Take in a jewel of the Asturian Renaissance at the Palace of Pietro Cutre, the Casa Ardines, and the Palacio de la Atalaya. Soak up some stunning views of Ribadesella and the Bay of Biscay. Continue to Llanes, one of the most popular summer destinations in Asturias. Follow your guide on a tour past its Casino and 13th-century tower. Go by the Palace of the Dukes of Estrada and the Gates of Llanes. See the Parres Sobrino square, which was a shooting location for the film “El Orfanato.” Have some free time to continue exploring your own before heading to Santillana del Mar, one of the places that you cannot miss if you are in Cantabria. Walk through its alleys on a guided tour. Get advice on where to get lunch and shop from your guide.  Immerse yourself Santillana del Mar as you see its quaint the Town Hall, the Palace, the House of the Marquis of Santillana, and the Archduchess Margarita of Austria. Return to your meeting point in Oviedo at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Asturias, Spain

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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.

Today was a wonderful day trip. Our guide was enthusiastic, informative and enjoyable. We also had sufficient time to explore on our own. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you.

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

It was a gorgeous ride into various small villages. Loved it!

Excellent experience, Mercedes was a fantastic guide!