Inside Muniellos: the forbidden forest

Today I take you to one of the most hidden and forbidden forests of Asturias, the Nature Reserve Muniellos. Only 20 visitors are allowed to enter per day, with a maximum of one visit per person per year. It is therefore a unique opportunity for me to join a tour led by the super enthusiastic manager […]

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A refreshing walk through Parque Natural de Redes

Today I take you on a trip through the ‘Parque Natural de Redes‘ in Asturias. Redes is a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve and a special protection area for birds under the European nature network Natura2000. Recently we watched a beautiful documentary about this area: 100 días de soledad, about a man who stays in the […]

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Bears and local craftsmanship: ecotourism in south Asturias

The government of Asturias actively promotes Asturias as a major destination for ecotourism: ‘ParaÍso Natural’. No wonder, given the fact that 1/3 of its surface has a nature destination. Also, although Asturias only covers 2% of Spain’s total surface, 67% of its vertebrate species live here, with 75% of Spain’s bird and mammal species.    […]

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About mills, knives and hiking trails in Taramundi

Asturias is not very well-known among international visitors. And if people know or even visited it, they often have been to places like Oviedo or Gijon, Picos de Europa or Somiedo. However, Asturias has much more to offer. One of the goals of my blog is to introduce people to Asturias’ less known places. Taramundi, […]

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Beers, wines and cheeses at the local organic market in Cabranes

Do you love home-made cheeses and cakes? Taking a few zips (or glasses) of organic beer and wine? Or do you like to buy handmade jewelry or second-hand toys for your kids? Then the local organic market in Cabranes is worth a visit! The local organic market is organized every second Sunday of the month from […]

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New Year’s stroll through the Botanical Gardens of Gijon

On this cold but very sunny day in early January 2019 we decide to visit the Botanical Gardens of Gijon. Not really knowing what to expect, we are positively surprised by its size, variety and accessibility. The garden turns out to be a great place to learn more about different ecosystems, plants, birds, or ‘just’ walk […]

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Birding in the delta of the Ría de Villaviciosa

BirdLife International also has a Spanish branch (SEO Birdlife, which stands for Sociedad Española de Ornitología) with departments in the different Spanish regions. On October 6, 2018 during the ‘Día de las Aves’, or the Day of the Birds, more than 400 activities are organized throughout Spain. The department in Asturias organizes a birding excursion […]

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A first introduction to the Camino de Santiago

Did you know that the Camino de Santiago also leads through Asturias? The most famous is the ‘French route’, but there are several other routes that start in Spain itself. One of these routes is the ‘Camino Primitivo’, aka the ‘original road’. It starts in Oviedo and ends after about 13 stages of 15-30 km […]

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Green route from Oviedo to Fuso de la Reina

I started living in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias in the north of Spain, at the beginning of February 2018, together with my Spanish husband and one-year old daughter. From the beginning, I am excited about the beautiful nature, the less stressful life, the delicious food and of course the sun. But the latter did […]

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