Walking: The area near the house is a paradise for nature lovers and walking can be done throughout the year as we rarely have snow, although the higher peaks and mountains usually have snow covered tops. The indigenous woodlands crossed by stony brooks are like enchanted woods and there is a profusion of wild mountain flowers on the high meadows. We keep a walking folder at the house.
Canoeing is a big thing in this area. In Arriondas, 20 minutes’ drive away there are several companies offering classes and self guided river trips with everything included and they are very safe for families.
Cycling: Mounting biking is a very popular activity for Spanish people in the area.
Surfing: Several places on the coast, including schools of surfing. Nearest is Marejada in Colunga
It is run by my niece and her husband Ricardo, five times Spanish champion and twice European silver medallist. www.escuelamarejada.com – website with English option.
Swimming: There are several beautiful beaches about 30 minutes’ drive from the house. Also there is an open air swimming pool (not heated) about 4 miles from the house, just before you get to Infiesto. Another excellent indoor pool at Villaviciosa, 25 minutes’ drive away.
Sightseeing: There are numerous picturesque villages to visit where you can admire the vernacular buildings. The small market towns of Villaviciosa and Ribadesella, have lovely old, solid buildings and very inviting cafes and food shops.
Llanes, a port and small seaside resort popular with Spanish people all the year round because of its many restaurants and cake shops is a must to visit. “The Orfanage” and other movies have been filmed there, so there is a cinematic route in the town. The small town also claims to be “the Coast of the Picos de Europa” and to have 30 beaches within a 10km reach, many of them wild.
Oviedo is the capital and it can be reached by train from Infiesto in 50m. It has lovely old buildings and also very modern areas. The Museo de Bellas Artes is really worth a visit and the old markets nearby are full of restaurants.
Gijón is the rival town by the sea with a beach and promenade 5km long.
For more information go to: www.turismoasturias.es (There is an English language option)
A car or bike is essential because the taxi from Infiesto to Samartin is about €9 each way