Oriente is one of the eight comarcas or administrative regions of Asturias. Its most famous area is Spain’s first National Park, the Picos de Europa. Other great places to visit in this most eastern part of Asturias are Cabrales with its famous cheese, the former capital of the Kingdom of Asturias Cangas de Onis and the picturesque coastal towns Llanes and Ribadesella.
We organize the following activities in the Oriente:
Asturias is a great place to observe birds because of its high density of different ecosystems and habitats. Almost 400 bird species can be observed here.
Two of Asturias’ most iconic species are the Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus). The number of Western Capercaillies has rapidly declined in recent years. Therefore they are difficult to observe. The reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture in the Picos de Europa National Park, however, is successful and this impressive raptor can now be seen in different places.
Do you want to observe the Bearded Vulture and some of Asturias’ other majestic raptors such as the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) or Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)? Or are you more interested in discovering typical alpine birds such as the Wall Creeper (Tichodroma muraria)? Or perhaps you want to discover migratory birds along the beautiful Asturian coast in spring or autumn?
Our tours offer you the possibility to discover new species in the beautiful Asturian landscape!
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.