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From Gijón: Covadonga and Cangas de Onís Day Trip

1. From Gijón: Covadonga and Cangas de Onís Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Asturias on this guided day trip from Gijón. Explore the lakes of Covadonga nestled in the heart of Spain's historic first national park. Tour the charming Asturian village of Cangas de Onís and taste the flavors of local cuisine and cider. Begin your tour with an excursion into the stunning wilderness of Los Picos de Europa, Spain's first national park. Your guide will detail the park's historical significance as you stop at Mirador de Entrelagos for the views. Continue on to the glacial lakes of Covadonga, Lake Ercina and Lake Enol. Travel through the picturesque countryside to reach the Basilica of Covadonga. Admire the jutting structure, made with stone extracted from the surrounding mountains. In the nearby sacred cave of the Virgin of Covadonga, discover the mystical fountain and symbol of Asturias. Continue your tour in the village Cangas de Onís. Here, take your pick of a variety of Asturian dishes and sip on a "culine" of cider. Afterwards, wander the cobbled streets, visit the famous Roman bridge that spans the mountain-fed Sella River, and see the bell tower of the Church of Santa María. After a couple hours spent exploring the charms of Cangas de Onís and learning about the history of Asturias, your tour will conclude with a relaxing bus ride back to Gijón.

From Cangas de Onis: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

2. From Cangas de Onis: Lakes of Covadonga Guided Day Trip

Combine history, cuisine, and natural splendor during this guided day trip in Asturias. Discover alpine viewpoints in the Lagos de Covadonga park. Learn Asturias’s origins at the Holy Cave of Covadonga. Sample regional dishes at one of the restaurants in Cangas de Onis.  Start your tour on the private bus winding through a valley between high mountain ridges. Pass by small villages on the way up to Entrelagos viewpoint. From there, snap a photo of Lake Enol and Lake Ercina. The calm waters act as a mirror for the surrounding mountains. Backtrack to the valley and nearby Covadonga Basilica. Outside the front doors, listen to your guide’s tales of local history. From there, follow along to the Santa Cueva de Covadonga. According to legend, King Pelayo hid there from his enemies. Now the cave holds his tomb. After returning to Cangas de Onis, take time to wander the town and find some lunch. Many of the restaurants specialize in Asturian cuisine. The region is also well known for its apple cider. Sample different varieties at a cidery. Chat with your guide for some recommendations.

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4.6 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Esmeralda was a sensational guide, the day of our tour, four people arrived 25 minutes late and we had to go to the lakes, one of the people who arrived late, reproached Esmeralda for no reason, that they had not been expected, she was very cordial He apologized and commented that all the rest of the bus had arrived on time, and we could not leave so late, he behaved 10. The explanations during the journey were sensational, including husks that made the trip through winding roads very enjoyable and pleasant . The time to see both the Lakes and the area of the Church of Covadonga is sufficient. There was even enough to have a cider in the two places after sightseeing. A highly recommended and fun trip, where you can take a first contact with the Picos de Europa National Park.

Increíble experiencia poder hacer esta excursión. La guía, Esmeralda, fue súper amigable y la información que compartía fue muy interesante. Tuvimos la suerte de que hizo un buen día y pudimos ver los dos lagos, que son realmente espectaculares. Súper recomendada esta experiencia.

fantastic trip. Martin the driver and Esmeralda the tour guide are excellent very professional had a wonderful time learned a lot about the Asturias. highly recommended take a trip you won't regret it. thank you for the experience.

The guide was quite knowledgeable and entertaining, the bus confortable. All the must-see sights were included, with plenty of time set aside for the tourists to do their own things.

It was a really nice trip, Miguel is a perfect tourist guide who knows a lot from the history of Asturias.