CIRCULAR HIKING TOUR AROUND COVADONGA LAKES
MEETING POINT: Buferrera car park.
DEPARTURE TIME: 10:00 a.m.
DISTANCE: 5 km.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Medium.
TERRAIN: Track and path.
DURATION: 2h (approx.)
INCLUDES: Official Guide of the Principality of Asturias and accident insurance.
The Covadonga Lakes, in the Picos de Europa National Park, are probably the bestknown landscape in Asturias. It is the waters of the Enol and Ercina, the verdant pastures, the casinas cows and the limestone mountains that make this spot a must-see. When you come you can always enjoy the lakes from the viewpoints, however you cannot miss the opportunity to walk and explore the environment accompanied by your guide. Do you dare to?
The circular hiking route to the Lakes of Covadonga begins at the Buferrera car park. After meeting your guide, you will receive a short introduction on safety and responsibility, as we can all do something for the conservation of the natural and cultural heritages that congregate in this area.
Start to walk! After a short initial walk we arrive at the Prince of Asturias viewpoint, which offers us views over a characteristic formation of these calcareous mountains, where the well-known Vega Comeya is housed. The route continues gently ascending to the remains of the nearby Buferrera mines whose name advances the ancient purpose of their exploitation. We have almost just started and, without realizing it, we are already in front of the waters of Lake Ercina and the highest mountains of the Cornión mountain massif. For sure you know where this name comes from!
We are still walking among cows and visitors because, not in vain, we are indeed in the most visited place within the entire region. We thus arrive at the Entrelagos viewpoint to photograph Lake Enol from the heights, and attend to the explanations of your experienced guide about the formation of wetlands, the fauna and flora or the production of Gamoneu cheese. Are you curious to know any more details? All questions are welcome!
Now we are on our way to the Bricial “ghost lake” (depending on the rainfall it appears or does not), the third lake in Covadonga, just before entering the Palomberu beech forest and crossing the Vega de Enol, where the lake with the same name is located.
From here we guess the remaining route to return to our starting point and departure of the buses to Covadonga and Cangas de Onís. You’ll love it!