Parque Natural Somiedo

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Karen90
Salisbury, England754 contributions
Stunning
Jul 2018 • Couples
Fantastic walks set out on a number of routes available at the tourist office. All lead to stunning views and landscapes with little effort.

The area itself has lots of twisty roads, so don’t under estimate the time it takes to drive relatively short distances. Parking options are available at the start of the walks and sign posting is pretty good.

It appears to be a relatively unheard of area outside of Spain, as the majority of other tourists appeared to be Spanish.

The walking is varied and provides a view of much flora and fauna and birds including vultures.

The area is known to have wild bears but we didn’t see any, you can go on trips to bear spot, as they are encouraged to live in specific areas, where the walks don’t go. Prices were approximately 90 Euro per person depending on the numbers taking the trip, when we visited.

Unlike walking in the Alps the area is not spoilt by the skiing industry.
Written July 18, 2018
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It_Began_In_Salzburg
135 contributions
Get away from the crowds at Picos De Europa
May 2018 • Couples
This park is so much better than Picos De Europa. We mostly had trails to ourselves on our hikes and the scenery was stunning. Not quite as big as Picos De Europa but worth it for the lack of crowds.
Do yourself a favour and come here instead. We stayed in a lovely little mountain lodge in Santiago as well that was amazing and highly recommended.
Written June 10, 2018
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PilotReviews
London269 contributions
Great Hikes
May 2018
Much of the area is protected and there are set walks you are allowed to do. At certain times of the year some of these walks are also restricted. This is all good news for the wildlife.
Bears, Wild Cats, Mountain Goats and Deer all can be found if you scour the mountainsides and have a bit of luck.
It’s worth having a car and driving some of the more adventurous roads up the mountains to remote viewpoints.
Park was very quiet early May.
Written May 22, 2018
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Eklektikos ketelóflipas
Madrid, Spain181 contributions
Do not come to Somiedo
May 2017 • Couples
Leave it as it is... An incredible beautiful rural area in the mountains of Asturias.

Awesome trails to walk for days. Bears, wolves, cows, sheeps, goats... and curious dogs that go with you in all your walking trails.

Nice places to eat local food.
Written May 10, 2017
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Pádraig L
London, UK1 contribution
Somiedo, Last Refuge of the European Brown Bear
Sep 2016 • Family
Asturias is an enigma. The province feels more Celtic than Spanish. It's northern coast is battered by the Atlantic and the great mountain range, the Cordillera Cantábrica rises ruggedly in the south, creating a natural barrier with the rest of the country. This rainy, mystical, cut off landscape has spanned a rich folkloric tradition that rivals Ireland's myths and legends. If you are a seeker after silence and a lover of the primal, unspoiled nature, The Natural Park of Somiedo, in the heart of these mountains, is for you. I won't try to describe Somiedo using superlatives or hype. The wonderful interpretive centre provides a gateway into the geography of Somiedo. Discovering it’s soul, though, is best done gradually by exploring the five valleys over which it spans. You might stay in a traditional Braña, one of the shepherd's huts, that seem to sprout out of the landscape like hairy roofed mushrooms. And, if you walk in the forests, don’t be surprised if you feel as if someone is watching you from behind the ancient oak trees. You're a mere guest in the land of the Oso’s (Bears). Somiedo is one of last refuges of the European Brown Bear and although you are not encouraged to seek them out, you can feel their thrilling presence.
Written February 17, 2017
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Christine F
Wollongong, Australia67 contributions
Natural beauty
Sep 2016 • Couples
Spectacular natural beauty, the shepherds huts are very typical of the area.The weather is very changeable so it is good to be prepared,the day after we were there a man died up there from exposure.We only did the short walk to the first lake,but there are lots of walks for the more experienced.It was actually snowing on the peaks(September) and only 3 degrees when we were there.I imagine in October the mountain sides on the way up/down would be covered in glorious autumn colours
Written September 29, 2016
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stan1964
Baarlo, The Netherlands227 contributions
Valle de Lago!! The "shire from the Hobbits" So nice!!
May 2016 • Couples
We walked here the ruta de silentia; the best walk ever. On the way we saw loads of narcissus, orchids, etc, etc, walked on snow (end of may), saw a big group of rebecos (gemz). Just a bit of confusion when you go from the valley to the "top" of the mountain; the sign says go to the right or go back, but you have to walk ride on, over the enormous plain, to reach the three sees.
On the way back we walked on the other side of the hill around the valley; different and nice! The broom cabins; you expect a family of hobits in there:))
Also very nice, the walk from the village (lago de valle) up to the branas de soussa, beautiful views!! We loved this valley entirely! Go here! And sleep here! Lovely!
Written June 7, 2016
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Neuteboom
The Hague, The Netherlands1,204 contributions
Breathtaking pure nature in Europe.
Sep 2015 • Couples
Halfway my 8-day trip through North-Spain we visited this Spanish natural park, really breathtaking: high mountains, exciting changing skies and very intersting fauna. And everywhere vultures appear in increasing amounts above the peaks.
Written September 4, 2015
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John A
Brighton, UK106 contributions
Breathtaking views and superb walks
Oct 2013 • Solo
The park has enormous, spectacular mountains. I did one of the walks from Valle del Lago village, which comes after a hair-raising drive. The walk itself was extremely spectacular without being too scary (I get the heights easily).
Written October 8, 2013
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Tinkadventures
Huddersfield, UK132 contributions
Beautiful location
Sep 2013 • Friends
I'm so surprised at how somiedo isn't on travellers must do list and why everyone goes to the Picos. The Park is beautiful and wooded and a great location for bear spotting.
The tourist information is very helpful and gives free maps for walks, which are very well signposted.
We did the ruta los lagos de la silencia which was long but worth it as the lakes are fantasic and much better than just walking up the track to Lago de Valle.
Written September 7, 2013
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