Arenas de Cabrales is one of the most important accesses to the National Park of the Picos de Europa (Asturian zone.) In fact, the Council of Cabrales is the seat of one of the most emblematic peaks: the Pico de Urriellu (Naranjo de Bulnes), in addition to the small town of Bulnes with its funicular and the gorge of the Cares. In addition it supposes a strategic point thanks to the comforts that offer to the tourist. It is a small village and yet has campsites, cottages, hotels, shops of all kinds, mountain clothing stores, taxis and bus stops line. And all this in 20 km square!
Arenas de Cabrales has a total of 882 inhabitants and an extensive gastronomic tradition developed in cheese. In August there is a Cabrales cheese competition where the glory is awarded to the best cheese of the year. But as you may have already imagined, the main attraction of this town lies in its strategic position. However, Cabrales also has a variety of activities and places to visit. So if you were thinking of visiting the prestigious Picos de Europa but want to do it as a family and with peace of mind, this may be your favourite destination. Would you like to join us on this tour of the village?
Prayer Well Viewpoint
Mirador del Pozo de la OraciónThe viewpoint we recommend you to visit is located on the edge of the AS-117 road, at the end of the village of Poo de Cabrales in the direction of Carreña. We believe that it is the best way to transfigure yourself into the lover of these lands as it was designed by the architect Julián Delgado Úbeda. This was a passionate of the place, to such an extent that he decided to locate the viewpoint in a perfect enclave where you can see the Naranjo de Bulnes panoramically.
This roadway is called Caoru. It gave way to Castile, but ceased to be used when roads were established. The easiest route to follow is to climb from the village of Arenas to Tielve. You must enter the Castiellu forest following the signposted path. At a certain point along the route you will be able to see your starting point from above, as the path is ascending. The climb may be a bit hard, but if, like any good walker, you decide to relax and enjoy the trail it will be bearable. Here the herbs cover the landscape to make it seem like part of a fairy tale. The old trees have been deformed over the years and now their branches resemble lianas. Basically it is a dream course.
It is a cave-exhibition that will take you approximately 45 minutes. The visit has been split into two halves of twenty minutes each. In the first part you will learn about the cheese making process as well as the details that lead to obtaining the raw material. This is, to know the life of the typical shepherd of Picos de Europa. On the other hand, in the second part you will see how the elaboration is, not in a direct way but with a projection. This detail that seems to fail is only a logical consequence of the long maturation processes involved in these products and the impossibility of showing it in a single visit. As a dessert cherry, you can have a cheese tasting.
Church of Santa María de Llas
Temple of catholic cult declared historical-artistic monument. It was built on a medieval church in order to house pilgrims, bury parishioners and of course for worship of God. This temple can be visited from 7:30 due to the masses that are celebrated inside. It is located on the outskirts of the village.
Tour of Arenas de Cabrales
History impregnates Arenas de Cabrales, so it is full of places you can visit if you are interested in architecture and aesthetics. Here we go: The torrejón house (15th century palace), the tower of the Palace of Mestas and Cossío (rebuilt in the 18th century), the Casa de la Papera (belonging to the most important family in Arenas and then to the last inquisitors), La Corralada (an architectural ensemble from the 16th century), the anguish chapel, the Iglesia Pélra (after the church of Santa María de Llás) and the Puente Casaño.
Pilgrims at Arenas de Cabrales
To get to Cabrales you must come from Asiego, the route has no more than 6 km downhill. You must take the Cares Route.