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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.

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.

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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4.5
(23 reviews)

An essential excursion if you visit Asturias or Cantabria. In just one day you can see all the historical places of the birth of the Kingdom of Asturias and beautiful landscapes, without the hassle of having to drive and find parking. It is not possible to access the Covadonga lakes by car, so it is very convenient to get there by coach without waiting for the buses.

The trip was really good, Covadonga is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life, the nature and scenery are breathtaking! Our guide Santiago was knowledgeable and giving us the history about the places and 🇪🇸 ! We were very happy with the experience.

It was spectacular, both the guide, everything he explained to us, and how well we saw the lakes. We were delighted.

All perfect! The punctuality, the explanations, very professional! The place…. Nice!!!

highly recommended!! you have time to see everything :) I loved it!