Asturias is a part of the so-called Green Spain, featuring many rural villages, green landscapes, friendly people and tasty food. It is one of the best regions in Spain to visit with the family and be away from the mainstream; perfect for cycling, relaxing, hiking or swimming ... many outdoor activities for the family! The coast offers a beautiful and jagged coastline with impressive cliffs and quaint coves, the inland is very rich in cultural traditions, with vibrant historical towns, Pre- Romanesque monuments and welcoming accommodations. This short escape will show you one of the well-known Natural areas in Asturias, where two resident European brown bears are taken care of.
Arrival in the last village of the valley of Teverga, in the limit of the Natural Park Las Ubiñas- La Mesa, and Somiedo Natural Park. Accommodation at a charming hotel, where substantial tasty food is served at an affordable price. If you arrive early, you can visit the Romanesque Collegiate Church of San Pedro de Teverga (11th century). Particularly interesting are the completely renovated cloisters and the “Mummies of Teverga”.
Today we are heading to the Valley of Somiedo, where Spain’s largest European brown bear population is located, protected against poachers and curious tourists.
Today in the morning you will hike with an official guide specialized in nature that will show you the way of life of the bears and the curiosities of the Cantabrian ecosystems where they live. Maybe you will get to see some track or hair. The guided tour is in English. The transfer to the beginning of the route is not included but the guide will manage the taxi that must be paid by the client directly to the taxi driver.
If you did not spot any brown bear yesterday, today you have the chance to see them in captivity on the sides of this “Bear's Trail” ('Senda del Oso'), a car-free bike path that follows the route of an old miners' railway and takes you past a small reserve where two Asturian brown bears have been raised in captivity in a desperate attempt to increase the native (bear) population.
You can choose from an easy route downstream or a more interesting one on mountain bike. The transfer to the staring point of the route is included but from Santo Adriano, where the bike rental shop is located. We can also visit the Teverga Prehistory Park, placed mainly in natural caves with replicas of famous primitive cave paintings. The tour includes a guide in Spanish but we can hire audio guides in English.
After a delicious breakfast, this short family break comes to an end.
MMR KUMA 29
MMR Grand Tour 105 Specialized Dolce
3 nights accommodation
Comfortable and family-run 2* Hotel
Guided walk in Somiedo Natural Park
Cycling route in the "Bear´s Trail"
Optional bike rental
24- hour assitance
Possibility of parking your car in town or hotel
Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices
The nearest airport to get to Teverga is Asturias-Oviedo airport (OVI)
Arrival to Teverga
Flying into Asturias airport (OVD)
From the Oviedo-Asturias airport, you get a bus to Oviedo central bus station in the city centre. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs about 8,50€ p.p. Do NOT get the bus to Gijón / Aviles.
From Oviedo central bus station, you can take a bus to Teverga. The transport by bus to Teverga is with Transportes Bimenes, SL, departing from Oviedo train station, BUT be aware that it only runs on Saturday and Sunday.
If you are travelling in summer, it is a good idea to purchase your tickets well in advance.
(*) Optional airport transfers are available and must be arranged in advance. Please request these services at the time of booking. Rates will depend on your arrival time and airport.
If you are driving to Teverga from Oviedo, you take N- 634, direction west (not to Santander). Continue on this road until you take the exit to road AS- 228 direction Trubia. Then continue on this road to get to your destination in San Martín de Teverga. The hotel is located in the town´s main square.