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Asturias getaway 'The Bear Trail'
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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price in double room from: € 306
Asturias getaway 'The Bear Trail'

Asturias getaway 'The Bear Trail'

The Bear Trail

  • Wonderful walks and easy cycling routes
  • Interesting cultural visits such as the Teverga Prehistory Museum
  • Small nature reserve with two resident European brown bears
  • Friendly villages and beautiful farmland
  • Fresh local products: artisan cheeses, free-range meats, apple cider
 
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Start: Teverga          Finish: Teverga

Day 1: Arrival in Asturias
Day 2: Walking along Somiedo Natural Park
Day 3: Cycling along the 'Senda del Oso'
Day 4: End of the program

Day 1:    Arrival in Asturias

Arrival in the last village of the valley of Teverga, on the limit between Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park and Somiedo. Accommodation at a charming hotel, where hearty local dishes are 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”.

Day 2:    Walking along Somiedo Natural Park

Today you head to the Valley of Somiedo, where Spain’s largest brown bear population is located, protected against poachers and curious tourists. 

This morning you will hike with a specialsed official nature guide who will show you the bears' way of life and curiosities of the Cantabrian ecosystem where they live. With a bit of luck you might see some bear tracks or fur. The guided tour is in English. The transfer to the beginning of the route is not included but the guide will arrange for the taxi which you will pay the driver for on the spot.

Day 3:    Cycling along the 'Senda del Oso'

If you did not spot any brown bears yesterday, today you have the chance to see them in captivity along the “Bear 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 from Santo Adriano, where the bike rental shop is located. You can also visit the Teverga Prehistory Park, housed in natural caves with replicas of famous cave paintings. The tour includes a guide in Spanish and audio-guides are available in English.  

Day 4:    End of the program

After a delicious breakfast, the program comes to an end.

'standard' hotels
Hotel Rural Alesga (San Salvador de Alesga)
Hotel Rural Alesga *** (San Salvador de Alesga)

There is something different about this accommodation. It is very welcoming, with a beautiful decoration and transmiting the charms of nature and rural world; the special feeling is also related with the musical sound of the river that run near it. With 7 rooms very carefully decorated, each with a different personality, combining tradition and modernity. 

www.alesgahotelrural.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

The nearest airport to get to Teverga is Asturias-Oviedo airport (OVI)

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.

 

By car

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.

RENTAL BIKES

For the bike route in Senda del Oso we have bicycles of different sizes, man, woman, child and tandems as well as baby carriers and chairs.

Btt man and woman

Models: Conor Mountain MTB and MMR

Sizes from From 1.50m to 2.00m. Acera and altus shimano group, 24 speeds. Suntour suspension forks. Disc brakes and 27.5 wheels

 

 

Model: Conor Lady

Size S, Aluminum Frame. Shimano Altus Group. 21 speeds. Suspension fork. Ideal bicycle for people who do not usually ride a bicycle and need safety to get off

 

 

Children bikes 24 ", 20" and 18 "

Model: Conor Afx.

For boys and girls. 24 "bikes with 21 speeds and suspension fork, 20" bicycles with 7 speeds. 18 "bicycles without gears

    

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 3 nights at a ** hotel on B&B basis
  • Guided nature walk in Somiedo
  • 1 day bike tour along La Senda del Oso with transfer to the starting point included (Bike rental shop)

Not included

  • The rest of meals
  • Transfers from and along the Bear Path
  • Transfers from and to the bike rental shop
  • Tickets for the Prehistory Park in Teverga and the Romanesque Collegiate Church 
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