Narcea is one of the 8 comarcas or administrative regions of Asturias. It is divided into 5 municipalities. From north to south: Tineo, Allande, Cangas del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias. The Camino Primitivo, one of the routes to Santiago de Compostela, leads through the northern part of Narcea. Pilgrims can rest and recharge in the towns of Tineo and Pola de Allande, both start- and endpoints on the road to Santiago. In the south you find Natural Park Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias. One of the less well-known natural areas of Asturias, but worth a visit. Especially since you can meet one of Asturias’ most famous inhabitants, the brown bear, here. Muniellos Biosphere Reserve is part of the natural park. Only 20 visitors a day can enter this pristine forest, making it a unique experience.
We organize the following activities in the Oriente:
History and Heritage
Our history and heritage tours take you back in time to Asturias’ unique past.
Asturias’ history started millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed its coast. In the Paleolithic, our ancestors left incredible cave art, such as in World Heritage Site Tito Bustillo.
The Romans built bridges, aqueducts and public baths. The Reconquista started in Asturias with the famous Battle of Covadonga in 722. Here, Asturias’ first King Pelayo defeated the Arabs. During the subsequent reign of the Asturian dynasty (722-910), the pre-Romanesque style was born. You can still visit some pre-Romanesque buildings, for example San Julián de los Prados and Santa María del Naranco in Oviedo.
In the 19th and 20th century, thousands of Asturians emigrated to ‘Las Americas’. The people who returned (Indianos) built large mansions inspired by Latin- American architecture. You can still visit many of them today.
The Industrial Revolution, especially the development of coal and iron mines, and the resultant iron and steel industry still shapes the current Asturian identity and culture.
Our history and heritage tours let you discover all these aspects of Asturias’ past. Select one of the tours listed below, or let us design a customized tour for you to dive intoAsturias‘ unique history!
These are other trips.