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The weather in Asturias is always a surprise, but on this site you can see its evolution, so you can program your journey.

Activities (even with rain: Asturias which would not), are innumerable, from the practice of sports in the natural environment (hiking, canoeing, horse ridding…), to cultural, urban, gastronomic tourism or trade. Even golf: we have a 9-hole course 10 minutes from home.

With children it is advisable to enjoy the Sella river by canoe or a long day at an Adventure Park, visit the dinosaurs Jurassic Museum in Colunga, wild animals at Park Nature of Cabarceno or explore the spectacular Cueva del Soplao in neighboring Cantabria, discover the glacial fauna and the fossil of a small rhinoceros in the bottom of a cave in Avin, play on the beach and visit the town of Doctor Mateo Llastres-Colunga, traveling by train in an authentic Mining Town of early twentieth century…

Sure they will love and they will be an unforgettable experience!.

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Take a leisurely stroll around the valley towns or come to drink a few bottles of cider accompanied by some of our exceptional cheeses or a good home cooked meal at any of the traditional taverns (chigres) you’ll find your way. And stand to talk with the neighbors will surprise you check the amount of things you can still learn and wealth and the value of still existing cultural codes.

You will verify, among other things, that the traditional sustainable farming is here a real activity and you can observe in their natural environment specimens of indigenous breeds of cattle, as the Asturian mountain cow, the chicken “pita pinta” or the asturcon mythical ponies.

Even if you dare, you can participate in any of the domestic traditional agricultural activities or manufacture of bread or jams, work the garden, livestock management, collecting grass, hazelnuts, chestnuts and apples … depending on time of year we you visit.

This central-eastern area of ​​Asturias is also known as the County Cider: here stands the cultivation of apple orchards in the “pomaradas”, with a live cider culture linked to Cider Houses (llagares) and its symbols; Nava, being just a few minutes drive from our house, is the capital of Asturian cider. There is located the interesting Cider Museum, it is headquartered the Noble and Good Guild of the Asturian Sicerators, seething initiatives and runs the “amestao” drink in the world famous bar La Naveta, and every summer a great international festival is celebrated in honour to our national drink.

LINKS:

Interpretation Center of the Sierra del Sueve (Gobiendes-Colunga)
Interpretation Center on Libardón Piper (Lliberdón-Colunga)
Cider Museum (Nava)
Route of Cheese and Cider (Asiegu-Cabrales)
Hall of the Honey (Alles-Peñamellera)
Cheese Cave (Arenas-Cabrales)
Ethnographic Museum of Eastern Asturias (Porrua-Llanes)
Beleño Ecomuseum (Ponga)
Museum of Wood (Casu)
Asturian Bowling Museum (Panes)
Craft Centre (Poo-Llanes)
Asturcon Museum (Villaviciosa)
Tendi river Mill (Sevares-Piloña)
Asturian barns (horros) of Espinaréu (Piloña)
Fresnosa source (Piloña)
Museum of Rural School of Asturias (Viñón-Cabranes)
Museum the People of Asturias (Gijon)

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When was the last time you’ve take a train to enjoy a leisurely trip ?. If you approach to visit us from one of the cities that make up the central metropolitan area of Asturias (Oviedo, Gijon, Aviles …), you can come by train in a truly privileged journey of about an hour through the Asturian central basin, the heart of its countryside. We have Villamayor FEVE railway station at 5 km. and commuter station in L’Infiestu not far from home. If you want, you can program a train ride and we’re going to wait you at the station, without compromise!.

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The house is very close to major urban centers in the central metropolitan area of ​​Asturias (only 40 minutes drive from Oviedo and Gijón). And a good alternative to stroll through a lush beech forest in the rain is going to visit the capital of Asturias, Oviedo, to enjoy an exceptional commercial and cultural offer of the highest quality. The most important jewels of the Asturian Art (the Holy Chamber of the Cathedral, the churches of Mount Naranco or Santullano, the Fountain of Foncalada …) are concentrated there; also, a visit of the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias or attend and enjoy any of the numerous concerts that take place in one of the cycles scheduled throughout the year (symphonic, chamber, opera, spanish zarzuela, etc. )

Also the town of Gijón is a good choice, with the seaside neighborhood of Cimavilla, urban beach of San Lorenzo and the marina, where the Aquarium and the Thalassotherapy Centre is located. Without forgetting the town of Avilés, with Niemeyer Center and an interesting little-known historic center.

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All cliffs of the region, from Villaviciosa Ribadesella, have great geological and paleontological interest, being exceptionally rich in ictites, fossilized dinosaur footprints, highlighting the spectacular Jurassic Museum of Asturias in Colunga, must see with children.

We are in the middle of a region where some of the most important shrines of Franc-cantabric Upper Paleolithic Art (from Tito Bustillo to Altamira, in neighboring Cantabria) and a few hundred meters from the Cave of the Sidrón. With nearly 4 km of galleries, this is the largest Asturian cave excavated in not Carboniferous limestones, which has a high geological and biospeleological interest: in that cave also houses the most important site of Homo neanderthalensis in Iberian Peninsula; Neanderthal Man is a hominid species belonging to the same genus to which modern humans belong (Homo sapiens), which appeared in Europe about 230,000 years ago; the certainty of their humanity and know that both species have coexisted for thousands of years until their extinction about 30,000 years ago, Neanderthal Man is one of the most fascinating enigmas for modern paleoanthropology, and the site of the Cave of the Sidrón is already contributing to solve. For all these reasons, the cavity and its surroundings have been declared a Natural Monument by the Government of the Principality of Asturias.

The old Celtic culture that the Romans found when arriving to this land 2,000 years ago has survived to this day in the region, through ancient dances and melodies, as well as the management of domestic animals themselves. Our asturcon ponies are genetically related with the ponies from the British Isles and its characteristic amble step were especially prized by the Romans, the historian Suetonius says that among the horses that preferred the Emperor Nero was an asturcon. Also our old Atlantic culture survives in the words, place names and Asturian words with Celtic root; in traditional decorative details that still adorn the Asturian typical wooden shoes (madreñes), constructions and traditional furniture (barns, houses, coffers…); in legends and myths, as well as some pagan customs and rituals linked to magical nights like Midsummer (Saint John’s Night). A few meters from our house, on the porch of the Church of Samartín of Borines (XVI century, although mentioned in a donation from the Asturian King Ramiro II, in the X century), in the shadow of two great ancient yews (texos) several times centenarians there is a funerary inscription from the Astur Ablaidac clan. The yew (Taxus baccata) remains today as then as the sacred tree of Asturias par excellence and in the Sueve mountains is even possible to watch and visit the largest yew forest in Europe. The ablaidacs were a clan of the tribe Astur Luggons, that inhabited these lands; his name could be explained by Welsh Celtic term blaid, meaning “wolf”. In our valley they have located the remains of important Celtic fortified settlements (forts of Argandenes, Antrialgu, Viyao) and valuable gold jewelery, masterpieces of  Astur goldsmith, like the Moñes headband.

The almost unknown Asturian Romanesque, overshadowed by the dazzling Art of the Kingdom of Asturias, is especially striking in the area, with important exhibitions in Villamayor (Council of Piloña) or in the neighbor Council of Villaviciosa. Worth discovering and calmly enjoy these little gems scattered by the typical rural setting in the heart of the countryside.

The region also stands out for the large number of houses and rural palaces, like the L’Omedal Tower (Miyares), the Palace of Cutre (La Goleta), the Palace of Rubianes (Cerecea) or the Palace of Sorribes (Sevares), residence in many cases of returned emigrants of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (the so-called “Indianos”), inside which treasured fantastic libraries, arrived by sea from Britain and France, avoiding the Spanish censorship, that nurtured a generation of great Asturians illustrated. There is also a Latin tombstone inside the church of Samartín de Borines referring to the healing properties of the sulphurous waters and carbonated that welling here. The Borines Bath was one of the most important health and recreation centers throughout the Bay of Biscay in the late nineteenth century and was attended by important personalities from the political and social life of the period.

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Our house is nestled in the protected landscape of the Sierra del Sueve, in the basin of the River Sella, surrounded by stunning mountains and forests of the Natural Parks of the Picos de Europa, Ponga and Redes and close to the estuaries, beaches and cliffs on the eastern coast of Asturias.

In this environment you can practice many outdoor activities, among which we suggest:

– Sella canoeing, horseback riding, Adventure Park …

– Cultural or botanical itineraries, hiking, trekking, mountaineering, climbing, caving and canyoning in the company of qualified guides.

– Nature and underwater photography.

– Sport fishing in salmon rivers Sella and Piloña.

– Golf at the Palace of Rubianes.

– Etc.