Observe Cantabrian Brown Bears in Asturias’ Natural Parks

This guided tour takes you into Asturias’ Natural Parks to find Cantabrian brown bears (Ursus arctos arctos). Due to various conservation measures, the number of brown bears in Asturias has tripled in the last decades. Nowadays, over 300 individuals roam Asturias’ dense woodlands and rugged mountains. And their number is growing! That, together with the presence of an experienced official guide, gives you a high chance to spot brown bears in Asturias!

Brown bears in Asturias’ mountains and natural parks

You will meet your specialized wildlife guide in Somiedo Natural Park, famous for brown bear observation. The guide’s knowledge about recent sightings and the behavior of bears increases your chance of observing them. However, this can never be guaranteed. If seeing bears is the main purpose of your visit to Asturias, we advise you to plan at least two days to try to find these iconic animals.

Other mammals

You will have an unforgettable day in the Asturian nature. Your private guide tells you everything about the brown bears, their habitat and their role in the ecosystem. He also has many stories and anecdotes about the relationship between bears and the people of Asturias. There’s also a chance to spot bear traces like footprints. Furthermore, there’s a high chance to spot other animals: red deer (Cervus elaphus ), chamois (Rupicabra rupicabra), wild boars (Sus scrofa), badgers (Meles meles) and beech martens (Marten foina). There’s even a possibility to encounter other rare mammals such as wolves (Canis lupus) and European wildcat (Felis silvestris)!

A bit of background on Cantabrian brown bears in Asturias

The brown bear present on the European continent is a relative of the North American grizzly bear. The subspecies ‘Iberian brown bear’ is present in two different geographical and genetical populations: in the Pyrenees (around 40 individuals) and in the Cantabrian mountains (around 300 individuals). The latter, in turn, is divided into two subpopulations: the eastern (Palencia, Cantabria and Asturias with over 40 bears) and the western one (Galicia, Leon and Asturias with over 250 bears).

 Natural Park Somiedo is home to the largest number of brown bears on the Iberian Peninsula. Thus, if you want to observe these majestic animals, book this tour with us for an unforgettable experience!

Want to read more about brown bears in Asturias? Read our blog!

Brown Bear Tours Asturias

You will meet your private guide in Pola de Somiedo, a village at the foot of the Natural Park Somiedo and easily accessible by car. The tour takes place in the afternoon and evening. It consists of a combination of driving, very short walks and spending time at bear observation points. Your personal guide has a background in environmental sciences and years of experience in wildlife observation. Therefore, he can tell you everything about brown bears in Asturias, their role in the natural environment and in the Asturian culture. Moreover, he’ll explain the genesis of the area that you’re in and points you at typical landscape elements. You’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy the views on the typical bear habitat here: rugged rocks with caves and open areas of wild flowers, grass, blueberry bushes and bright purple heather between mixed woodlands of beech, oak, ash, and cherry. There’s also a high chance to spot other wildlife such as red deer (Cervus elaphus ) and chamois (Rupicabra rupicabra).

The trip costs includes:

  • A private, official guide authorized by the Principality of Asturias during your whole tour
  • Use of high quality optical instruments (i.e. telescope and binoculars)
  • Insurances

The trip costs excludes:

  • Transportation to and from Pola de Somiedo
  • Dinner. Your guide will inform you beforehand what food to bring
  • Additional expenses (food, souvenirs)
How do I book this tour?

Send us a message via the enquiry form below or via info@intoasturias.com indicating the desired tour date, number of persons (adults and/or children) and whether you need transportation or not. We’ll check the availability of our guides and come back to you within 24 hours to confirm the tour date or propose another date, in case our guides are not available.

How do I pay for this tour?

You pay the full amount directly to the guide. Once the tour date is confirmed, we’ll get you in touch with the guide and (s)he will explain when and how to pay for this tour.

How high are the chances I will spot a bear?

We cannot guarantee that you will spot a bear during our excursion. However, based on recent sightings and the experience of our guide, the chance of spotting a bear during our tours is around 70%.

Is this tour suitable for children?

We advice a minimum age of 12 years for this tour. Of course, it depends on your kids. They should be able to hike small distances (1-3 km) over mountainous terrain and be silent and patient at the bear observation points. We have special discounts for children (see prices).

Is there a children discount for this tour?

Yeah! Children from 5-11 years pay 50% of the tour price, thus €20 per child. There’s also a 50% reduction in transportation costs for kids in case you need private transportation.

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable shoes, hat or cap, sunscreen, raincoat, extra set of clothes, water, food and a spotting scope or binoculars if you have one.

I do not have my own transportation. Are there possibilities to hire a car and driver for this tour?

Yes! The additional costs for private transportation are 35 euros pp (children 17.50 euros). You will be picked up and brought back to Oviedo, Gijon or Aviles (and surroundings). Contact us below or via info@intoasturias.com for more information about this option.

I am no longer able to participate in this tour. How do I cancel it?

The possibility to cancel a tour depends on the reasons and timing. For more information, please check ‘Cancellation Policy’ under the Terms and Conditions on this website.

I am not able to join this tour on the selected dates. Is it possible to select another date?

Yes! Contact us at info@intoasturias.com, tell us about your preferred dates and we will do our best to meet your preferences!

“What I find particularly interesting about Javier’s tour, is that he talks about all living and non-living elements of the bear’s habitat. Not only that, but he explains the relationship between the different landscape elements, vegetation, human land use and other animals. This way, you get a much more ‘holistic’ understanding of the bears living in Somiedo”.

Noemie, France, October 2020

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Observe Cantabrian Brown Bears in Asturias’ Natural Parks
From € 40.00
per Adult
From € 20.00
per Child
From € 0.00
per Infant

Trip Facts

  • 6 hours
  • Short walks from max. 1 km
  • 4.30 pm- 10.30 pm (approx., depending on the month)
  • 2- 8 persons
  • Not included (but possibilities for private transportation)
  • English and Spanish
  • May, June, August and September (other dates possible in consultation)
  • 5
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