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From Oviedo: Covadonga, Cangas de Onís, and Lastres Tour

From Oviedo: Covadonga, Cangas de Onís, and Lastres Tour

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. We will skirt the Asturian coastline, afterwards, we will stop at the San Roque viewpoint to see Lastres, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, from the heights. The view is indescribable!

From Gijón: Covadonga, Cangas de Onís, and Lastres Day Trip

From Gijón: Covadonga, Cangas de Onís, and Lastres 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. On the way back, the bus will leave the usual route to go along the Cantabrian coast passing by the beaches of La Espasa, La Isla and La Griega, offering you a panoramic tour of your dreams. Finally, we will stop in Lastres to get unique views from the viewpoint of San Roque. Lastres is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, so we couldn't miss it!

From Santander or Llanes: Covadonga lakes & Cangas de Onis

From Santander or Llanes: Covadonga lakes & Cangas de Onis

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.

Cangas de Onís: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Tour

Cangas de Onís: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Tour

You will know some information about this National Park as well as the wild animals that inhabit it. You will discover how the Lakes were created, you will be able to see Las Vegas where the shepherds make the famous Gamoneu del Puerto cheese during the summer. We will also make a stop at the Mirador de la Reina where, after leaving a pair of binoculars for each person, you will learn about the reintroduction project of the bearded vulture, a species that disappeared from these mountains in the 50s last century and that, thanks to the NGO Foundation for the Conservation of the Bearded Vulture, we can once again see flying from this viewpoint. Then we will return to Cangas de Onís, in total we will spend about 3 and a half hours in this National Park.

Arriondas: Covadonga Lakes Guided Tour

Arriondas: Covadonga Lakes Guided Tour

The Lakes of Covadonga and the Sanctuary of the same name are a natural and cultural treasure full of mystery, legends and beauty. In Rumbo Norte Asturias we carry out organized visits in which the participants discover all the charm and value of this place from within. A tour guide will accompany us and will teach us throughout the tour the origin and history of both the Covadonga Sanctuary and the Enol and Ercina lakes. From our facilities, in the town of Arriondas, we will travel in one of our vehicles to the place where we will begin the visit. Once there, we will walk through the entire environment, making stops for the guide to explain and talk to us about the place. This route allows us to enjoy a privileged environment from a closer point and without the crowds that usually occur to access the Covadonga environment.

Covadonga and Lakes and Occidental coast Private Tour

Covadonga and Lakes and Occidental coast Private Tour

9:00 am Pick up at your hotel or address in Oviedo or Gijon. Going to our first stop. Cangas de Onis “Roman” bridge. then of a short stop and go for pictures, continue to Covadonga Lakes in Peaks Of Europe National Park. (Priority access included) You`ll have about 45 minutes on your own walking to Peakview to se both lakes. Lake enol and Lake Ercina, and across the grass to the Lake Ercina. Later go back to Covadonga sanctuary, time to visit Church and Holy cave. (About one hour) Later going to Ribadesella discovering the beautiful Santa Marina Beach. Time for lunch ( 1 hour and a half) Later Stop in Lastres, one of the most beautiful and pintoresque villages in the North of Spain. We`ll make the best pictures today , if it’s possible from Peakview: Mirador de San roque. At about 17:30 drop off in your hotel or address.

From Gijón or Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes & Sanctuary and Cangas

From Gijón or Oviedo: Covadonga Lakes & Sanctuary and Cangas

Visiting Covadonga Lakes, Covadonga Sanctuary and Cangas de Onís will make you enjoy Asturian medieval history, Picos de Europa sceneries, Covadonga Holy and Pilgrimage Place, as well as stroll through Cangas de Onís. Our first target is Covadonga Sanctuary for visiting the Holy Cave, inside which the “Santina” stands and Pelayo, the first king of the Asturian monarchy, graveyard remains. Right after we will have access to the church, see the Holy Cave in the distance and enjoy a short break before we drive up all the way to Ercina lake. Once in the mountains we will have the chance to reach the Entrelagos viewpoint from where to observe both Covadonga Lakes and the alpine landscapes that surround us. The bucolic atmosphere reminds us pastoral life and artisan cheese making are part of these Cantabrian mountains. We now go to Cangas de Onís for having lunch be delighted by the so-called Roman Bridge.

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What people are saying about Covadonga

Overall rating

4.5
(23 reviews)

David was an excellent guide. He gave thorough explanations in English and Spanish. The stops were all great, especially the basilica. We had a good amount of free time throughout the day too. And an absolute ganga in terms of price. Loved it, muchísimas gracias 😊

Good day trip, stop off at 4 good places unfortunately the weather was poor for the lake views for us but there’s nothing you can do about that. Guide was good and explained everything in English and Spanish

Enthusiastic guide ✅ Fabulous driver ✅ (💯 safe) I appreciated greatly that we had plenty of time to enjoy the different places on our own as well.

Overall a great tour with incredible views, very well planned and organized. Great guide who gave good information.

Daniel and Kristina the tour guides were fantastic, the whole day was amazing and we would highly recommend it