In the surroundings of La Cepada Hotel nature breathes through and through. From the gentle slopes of the mountains surrounding the hotel to the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park legend scenarios occur with rivers, valleys, wildlife and, of course, the nearby beaches and imposing cliffs of the Asturian coast. A magnificent scene to discover one of the most beautiful corners of Spain.
Picos de Europa National Park
It is the first National Park that was created in Spain, in July 1918. Initially, occupying an area of 17,000 hectares for the Western Massif, also called the Cornión. Later, in 1995, it expanded its extension covering the other two massifs of the Picos, the Central Massif or Eastern Urrieles and the Eastern Massif or Andara, plus adjacent valleys, occupying an area of 65,000 hectares, making it the largest in Spain.
The Park Interpretation Center, Casa Dago, in Cangas de Onis, allows visitors to see firsthand the secrets of this spectacular setting.
Redes Natural ParkRedes was declared Natural Park in 1996. It is located in the central mountain area of eastern Asturias, covering the municipalities of Caso and Sobrescobio. Environmental Wealth of Redes Natural Park is manifested in a multitude of landscapes and contrasts. It can be observed glacial formations as moraines or circuses, karst forms in caves and sinkholes, vast pastures, hills and lush woodlands. It has a wooded area which occupies 40% of its territory. Highlights summits as Picu Torres, the Retriñón, the Rock `l Vientu, Cantu l’Osu or Tiatordos.
The best to know all the alternatives is approach to the Scenic Park Interpretation Centre located in Campo de Caso.
Sierra del Cuera Protected Landscape
The protected area of Sierra del Cuera is a limestone ridge that runs parallel to the coast. It forms a clear example of coastal range where the conditions of mountain look modified by the proximity of the sea.
From its extraordinary beauty stands the hamlet of Mazucu and its highest point, Pico Turbine, is at 1,315 m.
The Sierra del Cuera Protected Landscape, in eastern Asturias, covers the villages of Cabrales, Llanes, Peñamellera Alta and Baja Peñamellera Ribadedeva.
Ponga Natural Park
Ponga Natural Park is an area of complex relief, with altitudes oscillating between 300 m and over the 2,100 m of Peña Ten. Among its most important mountain ranges highlights the sector of the Cantabrian Mountains forming its southern boundary and is the watershed between the basins of the Duero and Sella, hosting peaks such as The Abedular (1,813 m), Les Pandes (1,879 m ) and Pena Ten (2,142 m), among others. The Cordal de Ponga forms its western boundary and includes notable peaks such as Maciéndome (1,899 m), Tiatordos (1,951 m), and Campigüeños (1,838 m) among others.
The most important rivers in the council are the Sella, which runs through eastern territory to take its course by Amieva, and the Ponga that runs the council south to north. Among the local Sella tributaries stands out the stream Roabin, Mojizo River, Porciles river and Santa Bustia. The most important Ponga tributaries are the rivers Taranes and Valle del Moro. Most of these river valleys are narrow and steep slopes exhibit high, the most spectacular being the Ponga Gorge and Beyos Gorge.
The main roads are the N-625 (Cangas de Onis-Riaño), which runs along the river Sella, and AS-261 (Bridge-Beleño Grazos). There are other local roads and slopes that connect many of the towns and the highlands of the subbasin of Ponga (River Ventaniella) or of Monte Peloño.
Peloño Partial Nature Reserve
The Peloño Forest is one of the most emblematic forest areas of Asturias. It is a unique color show in the fall for its lush wooded mass of native species.
Its boundaries represent virtually the catchment area of the stream of Canalina, which maximum altitude corresponds to Pileñes Peña (2,012 m) and the minimum (900 m) to the pass preceding the confluence of the creek with the river Mojizo. The soil is characterized by the superposition of two lithological units, a massive and rugged mountain quartzite and limestone and other materials consisting Slate. Their combination leads to structures that repeat riders across the sector, and as in the rest of the Cordillera, there are traces of glacier modeling in circuses and small moraines.
In its short length, every corner holds a surprise, as the Majada of Arcenorio, with its chapel of Our Lady or the impressive Peña Ten.
Sierra del Sueve Protected Landscape
Sierra del Sueve is a limestone massif, which rises near the sea, which makes it extremely unique, resulting in high contrasts. In the easternmost appear shales, limestones and sandstones creating gentle valleys formed by the passage of rivers and contrasting with the eastern part, in which dominate the quartzites. In the central area, the limestone mountain becomes the spectacular karst sinkholes or forms, which are the most interesting morphological feature of the Cordillera del Sueve.
East Coast Protected Landscape
The natural beauty of the landscape of the eastern coast of Asturias is enhanced by the inviting charm of the villages in the area; they have a great historical value, cultural and historical. The prehistoric sites, the impressive architecture, the existence of numerous sandy beaches and temperate climate that is enjoyed, this space has become one of the most visited and most popular tourist sites in the region. This narrow coastal strip is known for its beaches, cliffs and shallow or flat saws. Sometimes beaches hide in small fjords or inlets open into beautiful inlets. There outstand beaches like Niembre, Ballota or Buelna, are among over thirty on the coast of Llanes.
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