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The Rugged Hills & Coast of Asturias

The heart of ‘Green Spain’
 
Spain’s ‘Green Coast’ is a glorious region where lush, rolling hills tumble down to secluded, sandy coves. This self-guided, single-centre holiday offers a choice of walking and sightseeing options, revealing colourful fishing villages, prehistoric caves and the handsome city of Oviedo.
The Rugged Hills & Coast of Asturias. 7 nights
The Rugged Hills & Coast of Asturias. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Picos de Europa

Spain’s northern coast, the Costa Verde (‘Green Coast’) is fully deserving of its name – lush hills and pastureland tumble down to grassy cliffs which in turn frame secluded beaches of golden sand. Behind all this rise the Picos de Europa Mountains whose jagged limestone peaks provide a striking backdrop while you walk and explore in this alluring region.
Spend some time at the charming Posada del Valle in the Sueve Sierra and you can discover the many faces of this glorious region either by car or on foot. We provide notes for several rewarding walks, both in the mountains and along the coast, and you can use your hire car to visit prehistoric caves, pre-Romanesque churches, the handsome city of Oviedo and the string of timeless fishing villages which runs along the Atlantic Coast.
 
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Walking & More

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    Late May, June and September see the most settled weather, but conditions are changeable, and there is always the chance of rain whenever you travel - the landscape wouldn't be so green otherwise. Fortunately, rain showers don't tend to last long, usually giving over quickly to sunshine.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • The Costa Verde

    An introduction
    Spend some time here and you will soon understand why this is known as the Costa Verde (‘Green Coast’). We suggest a wide range of walking routes which reveal an equally wide variety of landscapes, from the lakes at Covadonga in the Picos de Europa mountains to panoramic cliff-tops, and from tranquil pastoral scenery to the glorious beech forests of one of Spain’s newest protected areas, the wild and remote-feeling Ponga Natural Park. Some walks are circular and accessed by car, while others are linear and start or end with either a taxi ride or a journey on the scenic coastal railway (pay locally in both cases). Almost all are grade 2 but there is scope to tailor some of them depending on how energetic you are feeling. There's plenty of cultural interest in the area, too, in the form of ancient churches, prehistoric caves and historic Oviedo. There’s no fixed itinerary, so you can take your pick of the options as the mood takes you.
    Walking in the Picos de Europa mountains
  • Walking around Collia (3.5km to 22km)

    Asturias village trail (moderate): 15km, 5hrs
    This is a stunning walk, direct from the door, taking you into the heart of rural Asturias – through working farms, along verdant river valleys, passing authentic villages with many examples of the Asturian raised granary or hórreo – and a short but pretty train ride in the middle, between the villages of Arriondas and Sevares (Sebares).

    Mirador del Fito (moderate): 10km, 3.5hrs; longer option: 14km, 6hrs
    This walk starts from the magnificent Fito Viewpoint, reached by taxi. Enjoy the panorama of coast and mountains before setting off across the flanks of three small peaks of the Sueve Sierra, enjoying views of the Picos de Europa and of the coast between Llanes and Gijón. You have the option of extending the route by climbing to the summit of Pico Pienzu (1,159 metres), a challenging ascent that is rewarded with another breathtaking panorama. If you are lucky, you may spot wild Asturcon ponies as you walk, but if not the sweeping views more than compensate.

    Lake Ercina to the Refugio de Ario (challenging): 15km, 6hrs
    This is an excellent walk which takes you into the heart of the Picos de Europa. The waymarked path takes you rapidly away from the touristy areas around the lakes into the isolated heart of the mountains. At first you climb up to a meadow dotted with stone cabins once used by shepherds during the transhumance to summer pastures. From here a more demanding ascent draws you into a lunar landscape of limestone crags and pavements to finally reach a mountain refuge nestling in an elevated rocky bowl.

    Around the lakes (easy): 5.5km, 2hrs
    This is an easy circuit underfoot that enters the heart of the Picos from where you explore the shores of two glacial lakes. The drive up to the lakes is spectacular, first passing the sanctuary of Our Lady of Covadonga, and then the lovely viewing point of the Mirador de Reina over the Picos. If you have arrived early in the season and there is still snow on the higher routes, you may be able to combine this circuit with the lower reaches of the walk below.

    Cares Gorge (challenging): 22km, 6hrs
    The Cares Gorge (40mins by car) is another of the National Park’s ‘must-sees’. Also known as the Divine Gorge, it is surrounded by towering, craggy limestone peaks. A broad path has been carved out of the mountainside, an extraordinary feat of engineering. At first it remains high above the river, but the further you walk along the gorge, the closer you get to the water. If you walk all the way to Caín, the gorge opens up to reveal an unrivalled view of the jagged peaks at the heart of the Park. You return along the same route.

    Mirador Camarmeña (challenging): 3.5km, 1.5hrs
    Comprising a short but steep walk from Poncebos up to the village of Camarmeña, this route offers wonderful panoramas of 'El Naranjo' – the immense, orange-tinted rock that is one of the most famous peaks in the area.

    Playa La Vega (moderate): 15km, 5hrs
    From the hotel you descend along good tracks across the shaded, forested slopes of the hills of the Sierra del Fito, enjoying good views to the sandy, unspoiled beach of Playa La Vega. Relax on the sand for a while before returning to the Posada by taxi.

    Arenal de Morís to Huerres – and back (moderate): 17km, 5hrs
    This is a very pleasant coastal walk, on grassy cliff-tops, taking in two interesting villages. The village at the end of the walk, Huerres, is very pretty and cider and tapas await you here!

    Abedules circuit (moderate): 7km, 2.5hrs
    The drive up to this circuit takes you through wonderful scenery of the jagged, often snow-clad, peaks of the Ponga Natural Park (1hr by car), one of Spain’s newest protected reserves and fully deserving of its status. There is a real feeling of escaping the everyday world as you explore the majestic beech woods, with splendid views of wild mountains. This is a pleasant walk which, with the scenic drive there and back, together with a visit to the remote mountain village of Viego, will fill your day.

    Niembro to Torimbia beach (easy): 6km, 2.5hrs
    Our final option explores a beautiful part of the Asturian coastline, ending at the golden sands at Torimbia – a nudist beach. It combines well with a visit to the prehistoric cave paintings at Ribadesella (see 'Sightseeing' below).
    Abedules circuit in the Ponga Natural Park
  • Ancient history and superb cider

    Sightseeing Options

    Historic churches
    Scattered across the region are numerous pre-Romanesque churches, many of which form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Palaeolithic art
    You can see evidence of the region’s even earlier history with a visit to Tito Bustillo, El Buxal or Pindal, three caves in which examples of Palaeolithic art have been discovered.

    Coastal villages
    Other highlights of the region are its coastal villages, in which coloured houses tumble down the cliffs towards the sea. Ribadesella, Lastres (where there is a fish auction most afternoons) and Tazones are particularly worthy of a visit.

    Cider and cheese
    If you are interested in learning more about Asturias’ cider and cheese, you may be able to arrange visits to local producers. At the very least, be sure to visit a sidrería and indulge in a bottle of cider. Holding the bottle above his head and the glass by his thigh, the waiter pours a small amount of cider for you. Without putting it down on the table (this would allow it to settle), you down it in one go, leaving a little bit in the bottom so as to swill out the glass (the floor is covered in sawdust) before passing it to your companion.

    Oviedo
    Finally, you should not miss the regional capital, Oviedo, where narrow, cobbled streets lined with brightly painted houses radiate out from the striking Gothic cathedral. We include a detailed city walking tour to help you get the most from your visit.
 

Accommodation

Collia is immersed in the rugged Sueve Natural Reserve on the western fringes of the Picos de Europa. This area is rich in restaurants – there is a Michelin-starred restaurant only 3 kilometres away, as well as a good choice of vegetarian-friendly eateries.
La Posada del Valle

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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  • 7 nights: 06 April 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 12 Apr 2019 £598 £178
    13 - 21 Apr 2019 £625 £190
    22 Apr - 10 May 2019 £598 £178
    11 - 23 May 2019 £625 £190
    24 May - 27 Jun 2019 £648 £215
    28 Jun - 23 Aug 2019 £710 £215
    24 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 £675 £215
    14 - 30 Sep 2019 £648 £215
    1 - 24 Oct 2019 £598 £178
    3rd & 4th person discount -£55
    Single traveller supplement £55

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 7 days' category B car hire (eg VW Polo (255, 255, 255) or similar with manual transmission)

    Drive time between the airport and the hotel: Santander 1h45, Bilbao 2h30, Asturias (Oviedo) 1h20

    Self-drive prices available including Brittany Ferries from the UK; please call us for details

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    La Posada del Valle, Collia
    Larger: 06 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £6

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    La Posada del Valle, Collia (B&B) Double room Single room
    06 Apr - 17 Apr 2019 £60 £83
    18 Apr - 21 Apr 2019 £70 £98
    22 Apr - 15 May 2019 £60 £83
    16 May - 30 Jun 2019 £64 £92
    01 Jul - 15 Sep 2019 £70 £98
    16 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £64 £92
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £60 £83
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Santander, Bilbao, Asturias (Oviedo)
    Latest flight arrival time/earliest flight departure time flexible

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Bilbao easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bilbao easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Santander Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Asturias (Oviedo) Vueling 
    Gatwick - Bilbao British Airways,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Asturias (Oviedo) via Madrid Iberia 
    Heathrow - Bilbao British Airways,  Iberia,  Vueling 
    Heathrow - Bilbao (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bilbao easyJet 
    Stansted - Santander Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Asturias (Oviedo) (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Manchester - Bilbao easyJet 
    Manchester - Bilbao (via Barcelona) Iberia 
    Manchester - Bilbao (via Heathrow) Iberia 
    Manchester - Oviedo (via Lisbon) TAP Air Portugal 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 7 days' category B car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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