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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 Santander: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

2. 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.

Oviedo: Taramundi, Mazonovo, and Os Teixois Mills Day Trip

3. Oviedo: Taramundi, Mazonovo, and Os Teixois Mills Day Trip

Asturias is one of the most beautiful places in the north of Spain. A region considered to be paradise, its mountain villages are authentic pearls. To the west of the Principality is Taramundi, right next to the border with Lugo. A fairytale place where time seems to have stopped. Departing from Oviedo, and making a stop in Gijón, we will go to this wonderful town. You must be ready to be amazed by the beauty of the natural and traditional, in the middle of the Biosphere. As soon as we arrive at Taramundi, we will discover one of its most traditional practices. You should know that this Asturian town is considered an Area of Craft Interest, so the experience in the area would not be complete if we did not know the importance that the razor and knife workshops have had. Practices that you will love to know and will leave you impressed. In addition, we will also have the option to visit one of its famous cheese factories. Because aside from the traditional, Taramundi cheese has managed to value the old ways of making this food. And that is where the charm of knowing the place where its different varieties are made lies. A pleasant visit thanks to which you will get closer to the most traditional side of the area. Once we have entered the Water Route, which is the best known in the region, we are going to immerse ourselves in a place full of charm and nature where we will have the opportunity to see how water was worked and used in area. During the journey we will stop at the famous Mazonovo Mills, between the Turia and Cabreira rivers. It may seem strange, but at this point there is a unique museum in all of Spain. Specifically, the largest center of mills in the entire country. In total, there are 19 windmills that you will be able to see, with eight manual ones, 6 hydraulic ones, three for children and two special ones. As you can see, the activity is also intended for the entertainment of the little ones. After passing through the well-known Salgueira waterfall and other natural treasures in the area, we will arrive at the town of As Veigas, the furthest on the Water Route. A magical place surrounded by the Asturian natural green and its lush forests. Once the visit to this town is over, we will head to the Molinos de Os Teixos. A set of hydraulic constructions that maintain their natural charm and that were recovered to show everyone the importance of the traditional in the area. Here we will get to know in detail the complex of the Os Teixos Mills, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. In love to the bars with a wonderful and incredible area of western Asturias.

From Arriondas: Canoeing Excursion on the Sella River

4. From Arriondas: Canoeing Excursion on the Sella River

Explore the Sella by canoe on this guided canoeing trip from Arriondas. No previous experience is necessary, as there is a quick canoeing tutorial at the beginning of the tour. Have all the equipment you need paddle safely on the river.  Check-in and make your way to the activity provider's jetty which is strategically located in Arriondas next to the Arriondas Bridge where the famous Dionisio de la Huerta opened in 1931.  Use the changing rooms and gear up with a well-maintained paddle and canoe. Listen as your guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to navigate your canoe. Set out on this calm river, which is suitable for families with children over the age of 6.  Start in Arriondas, an island village, and end in Ribadesella, a coastal village at the mouth of the Sella River. Soak up the atmosphere of lively beach bars and keep an eye out for wildlife like colorful birds.  Reach the end of your trip and be picked up and transferred back to your starting point in Arriondas.

Oviedo: Canoe Tour on the Nalón River with Picnic

5. Oviedo: Canoe Tour on the Nalón River with Picnic

Canoeing down the Nalón River is a fun canoeing down a stretch of the Nalón River between the towns of Las Caldas and Trubia in Oviedo, ideal for lovers of water sports. It is a canoe descent in an area with a lot of flow and variation, with around 6 rapids, wave areas and tame areas that will make the most adventurous an experience full of adrenaline. The descent is always carried out with a monitor to teach you how to handle the canoe, direct yourself in each rapid and give you security throughout the journey. At the end, transfer you to the beginning where you can change in our changing rooms

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based on 5 reviews

fantastic trip. Martin the driver and Esmeralda the tour guide are excellent very professional had a wonderful time learned a lot about the Asturias. highly recommended take a trip you won't regret it. thank you for the experience.

The guide was quite knowledgeable and entertaining, the bus confortable. All the must-see sights were included, with plenty of time set aside for the tourists to do their own things.

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.

Very enjoyable and complete excursion. The guide is very nice and with a sense of humor. It was worth it.

Excellent experience, Mercedes was a fantastic guide!