Oviedo is one of the 8 comarcas or administrative regions of Asturias. It is formed by 21 municipalities and thereby one of Asturias’ larger comarcas. The capital of Asturias, Oviedo, is located here. It has a beautiful old center with the cathedral as its main landmark. The famous Camino de Santiago (Camino Primitivo) starts here. It also leads through the towns of Grado and Salas. This region further includes various rural areas (e.g. Cabranes) and mountainous parts (e.g. Teverga, Proaza). You can also find the Biosphere Reserve Somiedo here, with one of Asturias’ largest populations of brown bear.
We organize the following tours in Oviedo:
Camino de Santiago
Did you know that the Camino de Santiago also leads through Asturias? The most famous is the ‘French route’. However, there are also routes that start in Spain.
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 each, in Santiago de Compostela.
These tours offer you the possibility to be a pilgrim for half – one day by walking the first stage of the ‘Camino Primitivo’.
From winding roads along the coast to steep climbs in the mountains. From unpaved paths where you hardly encounter anyone else to the popular senda verdes that are accessible for the whole family. Asturias offers something for every hiking enthusiast.
Two of the many historic Caminos lead through Asturias: the Camino del Norte along the coast and the Camino Primitivo through its mountainous interior. Another long-distance path is the Camino Natural de la Cordillera Cantabrica. This path crosses Asturias from the east to the west, thereby covering more than 600 kilometers. Additionally, there a dozens of day trips ranging from just a few to around 30 kilometers. They are spread over Asturias, ensuring that you’ll discover a nearby route almost everywhere.
Our hiking tours enable you to discover new landscapes and experience the beauty of Asturias to the fullest!
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!
Join our guided wildlife tours and observe the unique wildlife of Asturias!
‘Unique species, unbeatable scenery and unforgettable experiences’. That’s how Asturias is promoted as ecotourism destination. And no wonder. Although this ‘Natural Paradise’ only represents 2% of Spain’s surface, it is home to 75% of mammals and birds species to be found in Spain. The most iconic are Cantabrian brown bears (Ursus arctos arctos), Iberian wolves (Canis lupus), Bearded Vultures (Gypaetus barbatus), Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) and Wallcreepers (Tichodroma muraria,).
Protected areas in Asturias
Over a third of Asturias’ surface is protected. Asturias has 1 National Park (Picos de Europa), 7 Biosphere Reserves (Las Ubiñas-La Mesa, Muniellos, Picos de Europa, Redes, Ponga, Somiedo and Oscos-Eo), 5 natural parks (Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias, Las Ubiñas-La Mesa, Ponga, Redes and Somiedo), 1 full nature reserve (Muniellos), 6 partial nature reserves, 2 protected landscapes and 39 natural monuments. Furthermore, Asturias also houses the first declared marine reserve in Spain (El Cachucho).
Wildlife of Asturias
Resultantly, Asturias is one of the best places to observe Iberian wildlife. The brown bear is undoubtedly the emblematic animal of Asturias. You can also see wolves, hoofed animal (deer, roe deer, fallow deer, and ibex) and other mammals such as wild cats, genets and otters. Furthermore, you can find over 400 bird species in Asturias. Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle and Wall Creeper are only some examples. Also, over 140 butterfly species live in Asturias. Finally, you can spot up to 25 species of cetaceans, both resident and migratory, in the Cantabrian Sea bordering Asturias.
Our guided wildlife tours
We offer various Wildlife Tours to encounter the rich wildlife of Asturias. Certified and experienced guides that respect the local environment lead all our tours.
Even though Asturias has abundant wildlife, there is no guarantee that you see all the animals you want during your stay. However, taking part in our guided wildlife tours highly increases your chances to encounter them. We also design customized tours for a unique and personalized wildlife experience.
Come visit and dive into Asturias’ wildlife with us!
These are other trips.