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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

Depending on the time of the year and the weather conditions, your guide brings you to the mountains of Teverga or the Natural Parks Somiedo and Cangas del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias, in the heart of Asturias. 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).

 The Natural Parks Somiedo and Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias are 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!

Your private guide for today picks you up at your accommodation around Oviedo, Gijon or Aviles (other locations are possible in consultation). From there, it’s 45 minutes- 1.5-hour driving, depending on where the chance to spot bears is the highest on that particular day. This depends on the season, weather conditions and recent sightings. Therefore, the guide decides upon the exact tour location shortly beforehand. These can be the mountains of Teverga or the Nature Parks Somiedo and Cangas del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias.

This day-tour consists of a combination of driving, short hikes 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)
  • Transportation to and from your accommodation in the vicinity of Oviedo, Gijon and Aviles (other locations possible in consultation)
  • Insurances

The trip costs excludes:

  • Lunch. Your guide will inform you beforehand whether you will have lunch in a local restaurant (between 15 and 40 euros, depending on your choice) or whether you need to bring your own lunch
  • Additional expenses (food, souvenirs)
How do I book this tour?

You can book this tour via the menu on the upper right side of the screen. Click ‘check availability’, select a tour date and fill in the number of adult travelers. Then click ‘book now’. A new screen opens which indicates the final price (including group discount if applicable). You can then pay the reservation costs (or deposit) for the tour via our online payment system ‘stripe’ or via Paypal express. You will receive a confirmation email. Please check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ email box since sometimes, our confirmation email ends up there. A few days before the tour, you will receive an email with the last information (where to meet, what to bring etc.). The rest of the costs will be paid in cash to the guide on the tour day itself.

How do I pay for this tour?

Payment for this tour is done in two parts: reservation costs (an online deposit of approx. 15% of the total trip price) and a payment in cash to the guide on the tour day itself. If after booking it turns out the guide is not available (anymore), you will receive the full online deposit back on your bank account within 5 working days and we will do our best to find an alternative date.

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).

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 need transportation. Can I get a reduced price when I come with my own vehicle?

Yes! We organize bear spotting tours in Somiedo Natural Park where we meet people in Pola de Somiedo. Prices are around 40 euros p.p. 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!

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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Trip Facts

  • 8 hours
  • Short hikes from 1-3 km
  • Between 9 a.m and 10 p.m (depending on the month)
  • 2- 8 persons
  • Included
  • Oviedo, Gijon and Aviles (other locations possible in consultation)
  • English and Spanish
  • May, June, August and September (other dates possible in consultation)
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