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From Gijón: Covadonga and Cangas de Onís Day Trip

1. 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.

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.

Arriondas: Descent of the Sella River in a Canoe

3. Arriondas: Descent of the Sella River in a Canoe

By carrying out this activity you will be able to visit the famous section of the descent of the Sella river between Arriondas and Llovio, a section known worldwide due to the International Descent of the Sella, which is held on the first weekend of August, and is attended by canoeists from many countries. The classic route of the descent of the Sella by canoe consists of 15 km. The exit to the river is in Arriondas and the end of the route is the town of Llovio, very close to Ribadesella. It is not necessary to complete the entire route, since halfway through, right at kilometer 7.5, there is a collection point for all those participants who want to finish the descent there. At either of the two pick-up points, participants will be taken back to the facilities, where they can change and shower in peace.

Oviedo Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

4. Oviedo Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Oviedo at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Calle Gascona”, “Catedral de Oviedo", "Teatro Campoamor" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Tourist Information Centre of the Principality of Asturias” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at Campo de San Francisco. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

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

5. 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.

Asturias: Canyoning Adventure with 4 Levels to Choose From

6. Asturias: Canyoning Adventure with 4 Levels to Choose From

Enjoy canyoning adapted to your level. You will be accompanied at all times by specialized guides. Jaire Aventura's team is Spanish Champion in Canyoning 2011, winners of the IV test of the Spanish Canyoning Championship 2012, Spanish Champions in Canyoning 2013, European Champions individually and in pairs 2016, Canyoning Champions in la Niebla 2016 in Mexico and World Champions 2019 in Colombia. The descent of canyons or descent of ravines consists of going down, duly insured and protected, the upper courses of the rivers; We will rappel, go down slides, swim and, above all, have fun in this aquatic adventure. We put at your disposal a neoprene suit (jacket and dungarees), helmet, harness, neoprene boots and materials for descent such as unsinkable ropes, etc. In short, everything you need for your canyoning in Asturias to be carried out safely. This year we also provide you with footwear (neoprene boots) specially designed to protect you in water activities. We have different routes so that the activity is valid for initiation level descents, family. intermediate and advanced. - Canyoning level 1: The Ruboó, La Molina and Vallegón Inferior ravines are simple ravines, highly recommended for families, children, or people in low physical shape who want to enjoy the beauty of the high mountain rivers of Asturias. Jumps, slides and in the Vallegón are included some very simple rope. - Canyoning level 2: The Vallegón Superior, Carangas and Pompedru ravines are accessible ravines for all types of people, which include rope progression (abseiling), jumps, slides and downhills. - Canyoning level 3: The Viboli, Carangas Advanced and Vallegón Superior and Inferior ravines are suitable ravines for people in good physical shape who want to enjoy longer ravines where the rappels and jumps are from greater heights. - Canyoning level 4: The Carangas Integral and Vau Azones ravines are suitable ravines for people with knowledge and experience in canyoning who want to explore more difficult ravines with a professional guide who will guarantee the greatest safety during the tour.

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. 

From Santiago: Tour to Cathedral Beach, Asturias, and Pancha

8. From Santiago: Tour to Cathedral Beach, Asturias, and Pancha

Discover the beauty of the seaside on this tour from Santiago de Compostela. Visit Cathedral beach, the town of Tapia, the lighthouse on Pancha Island, and the fishing village of Rinlo. Meet your guide and depart from Santiago de Compostela at 9:30 sharp. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle. Take in the views of the countryside and coast on the way to Cathedral beach. Capture pictures of the arched rock formations at Cathedral beach. Admire this beach which was chosen by National Geographic magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. see the crystal water and sandy beach before making your way to the town of Tapia in Asturias. Arrive in the seaside town of Tapia at around 1:00 PM. Have some free time to take a stroll along the promenade, buy lunch at a local Asturian restaurant, or do some shopping in the boutique shops. Make your way to Pancha Island at 4:00 PM. Immerse yourself in the island's hibiscus-covered natural landscapes and see the old lighthouse which was built in 1857. Continue to the fishing village of Rinlo (Barnacles town) at 5:00 PM. Snap pictures of the medieval port and fishing houses before returning to the meeting point in Santiago.

From Santander: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

9. 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.

Cangas de Onís: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Tour

10. 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 vulture that disappeared from these mountains in the 1970s. 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.

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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.

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!