Picos de Europa National Park in Asturias

In 1918, the Government of Spain created the first National Park of Spain under the name “Covadonga Mountain.” In 1995, it was revamped as Picos de Europa National Park, expanding its territory to 64,660 hectares. Given the park’s enormity, numerous attractions, and complexity, we have decided to organize it into three separate web pages; this page is dedicated to the Picos de Europa in Asturias, while the rest of the park is presented on the pages Picos de Europa Cantabria and Picos de Europa Castile and León.

This mountainous terrain belongs to the Cantabrian Mountains and is made up of three massifs: Curnión Massif to the west, Ándara Massif to the east, and the Urrieles Massifs in the center. The greatest heights in the park are concentrated in this intermediate part, including the 2,650-meter Torre Cerredo Peak. In the parts of the Picos de Europa with higher elevations, you’ll find glacial lakes such as Enol and Ercina, while at lower heights various rivers pass through deep gorges forming large canyons and chasms. In the western section, there are the Lakes of Covadonga and Covadonga Sanctuary, two of the biggest historic landmarks in the Principality of Asturias.

The Asturian Picos de Europa are dominated by an Atlantic forest ecosystem composed of vegetation such as the holm oak, oak, and beech. Its diverse mountainous fauna includes roe deer, chamois, deer, wild boars, bears, otters, wolves, golden eagles, bearded vultures, and vultures.

The Asturian Picos de Europa can be explored by self-guided tour, following one of the several marked paths. It is also possible to take a free guided hiking tour. Reservations for these excursions should be made beforehand, unless you’re willing to risk trying to get one of the spots that are held until the day of the excursion (25% of the total spots). Another activity with a strong tradition in the Picos de Europa is canyoning.

The park is bordered to the north by highway AS-114, along which you’ll find the typical towns of Cangas de Onís and Arenas de Cabrales, which are the main places to stay overnight. During the summer months, Holy Week, and long weekends, the lakes and Covadonga can only be accessed by public transportation which leaves regularly from Cangas de Onís.

Below are some recommendations of places to eat and sleep around the Asturian Picos de Europa

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In Arenas de Cabrales
Restaurante Sidrería La Jueya
Restaurante Sidrería El Trasgu
Restaurante La Casa de Juansabeli
Restaurante Casa Sagües
Restaurante Cares
In Cangas de Onís
Restaurante El Molín de la Pedrera
Restaurante El Cenador de los Canónigos
Restaurante Los Arcos
Restaurante Sidrería El Corchu
Restaurante El Abuelo
In Covadonga
Restaurante El Huerto del Ermitaño
Restaurante Arcea Gran Pelayo
Restaurante El Peregrino
Restaurante Sidrería Covadonga
In Sostres
Restaurante La Perdiz
Restaurante Peña Castil
Restaurante Sotres
Restaurante Casa Cipriano

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In Arenas de Cabrales
Hotel Arenas de Cabrales
Hotel La Casa de Juansabeli
Hotel Rural El Ardinal
Casa Rural El Torrejón
Casa Rural Casa Soberón
Camping Naranjo de Bulnes
In Avín
Camping Picos de Europa
In Cangas de Onís
Hotel Imperion
Hotel Ciudad de Cangas de Onís
Hotel Los Lagos Nature
Apartamentos Rurales Balcón de Picos de Europa
Casa Rural Casa de Luz
In Covadonga
Hotel La Ablaneda
Hotel Arcea Gran Pelayo
Hotel El Rincón de Don Pelayo
Casa Rural La Llosa de Repelao
Casa Rural Casa Asprón
In Sostres
Hotel Peña Castil
Pensión La Perdiz
Hotel Sotres
Hotel Rural Casa Cipriano
In Soto de Cangas
Camping Covadonga

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Turismo Activo Frontera Verde (Coviella)
Turismo Activo Jaira Aventura (Cangas de Onís)
Turismo Activo Cangas Aventura (Cangas de Onís)
Turismo Activo K2 Aventura (Cangas de Onís)

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Oficina de Información “Casa Dago”. Av. Covadonga, 43. Cangas de Onís. Asturias. España. Teléfono:985 848 614. Coordenadas GPS 43º 21′ 3.63″ N – 5º 7′ 31.64″ W.
Centro de Visitantes Pedro Pidal (Área de Servicios de Guerrea, Lagos de Covadonga)
Oficinas Centrales del Parque. C/Arquitecto Reguera 13, Oviedo. Asturias. España. Teléfono 985-241412. Coordenadas GPS 43º 21′ 52.56″ N – 5º 51′ 20.32″ W.

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