Bulnes. Who hasn’t heard of this little town belonging to the Council of Asturias in Cabrales? It is a charming region, located within the National Park of Picos de Europa and from where doing rural tourism is a great adventure. You can’t get to Bulnes by car, but you can get there on foot or, better yet, by a funicular railway installed for the use of locals and especially tourists.

The popular funicular of Bulnes also serves to reach the village of Poncebos. This kind of railroad runs through one of the tunnels excavated under the well-known Peña Maín. It was created to counteract the isolation and lack of communication in which both villages were located, which in previous times could only be reached by unpaved paths.

Now, going up to Bulnes by funicular will take you 7 minutes during a 5-kilometer journey that will be interrupted by a drop of at least 400 meters, so you will have to finish the road on foot. If you want to know more about this great adventure, don’t forget to take a look at the guide we have prepared below:

Routes to Bulnes by funicular or on foot

Yes, there are two ways to reach Bulnes. And here we tell you what they are and what the itinerary is about:

Through the funicular

A través del funicular 

It is a means of transport still new to the locals, but has also become one of the main tourist attractions in the area. You can reach the town of Bulnes and Poncebos on this kind of railroad, with which you will have the privilege of entering the mountains of Asturias.

In high season, it runs from 10 am to 8 pm often every 30 minutes.
In low season it works from 10 am to 12:30 pm. But also from 12 hours to 18 hours.

The prices also vary according to the trip you want to make and the age of the passenger:

For adults one way will have a value of 17.61 euros.
For adults one way will have a value of 22.16 euros.
For children from 4 to 12 years old one way, the service will have a value of 4.32 euros.
For children from 4 to 12 years old, round trip, the service will have a value of 6.71 euros.

On foot

A pie

The walk to Bulnes begins in the town of Poncebos. It is a non-linear tourist trekking route. That is to say, you will return by the same way you started. It is a low-difficulty route, perfectly signposted, with 8 kilometers round trip that you can complete in a time span of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The crossing will take you to the Jaya Bridge, from where you will leave for the Tejo Channel. Then, you will find the unevenness that you will have to overcome, so we recommend good physical condition and above all patience.

You will have the opportunity to appreciate a small stream that you will have to follow until the place of departure of the funicular. At that moment, a less forced route to Bulnes begins.

What to do?

Qué hacer

After going up to Bulnes in a funicular or on foot, you can enjoy this hidden treasure with an altitude of 650 meters above sea level and with a wide range of things to do and see during your stay in the area.

The village is divided into two popular sectors: Bulnes de Abajo (from the Village) or Bulnes de Arriba (from the Castle). The first thing you have to do after your arrival is to walk around it and discover every corner to meet its people and traditions.

From the heart of this small but beautiful town you will have access to the Naranjos de Bulnes which has been a sanctuary for climbers. And yes, it owes its name to the orange color of its vertical walls when they make contact with the sun’s rays.

Where to eat?

The time to eat has come. That is why after a long journey it will be necessary to taste the culinary delights of this town in the best restaurants:

La Covaciella

Delicious food, generous portions, good prices and excellent service. What more can you ask for in a restaurant? It is one of the most recommended places for its good seasoning. The atmosphere is the most suitable to go together with the family.

Casa Rafa

When you arrive at Bulnes you can’t miss the opportunity to eat delicious food at the popular Casa Rafa. You will be impressed by the good food, the pleasant atmosphere, the careful attention and the impressive views. It is a good option, so you cannot miss the opportunity to taste the best dishes.

La Casa del Puente

With a suggestive terrace on the banks of the river, La Casa del Puente stands out as one of the best restaurants in the area. They will serve a kid from the Picos de Europa or a fabada from Asturias that are as to suck your fingers. In addition, it is recommended for its wonderful views and excellent attention.

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Where to sleep?

If you are looking for suitable accommodation in Bulnes, here is our selection. Choose the best place to sleep, after doing rural tourism in this beautiful Asturian village.

La Casa del Chiflón

Reserve accommodation in this pension located in the heart of Bulnes to sleep peacefully. It is a very comfortable rural house with all the services you need to stay and have a good time. Its rooms are super comfortable and the attention of its caretakers is unmatched.

Hotel Rural Picos de Europa

It is one of the places of accommodation that has good offers. In fact, it is one of the best rated options for sleeping. Its rooms are quite comfortable and you will love the service. Surely, every time you want to travel to Bulnes you will think of the Hotel Rural Picos de Europa to stay.

Hotel Refugio del Naranjo de Bulnes

It is also a good alternative. In addition, many guests have recommended this place to stay. This hotel has all the services to spend incredible nights after a well-deserved walk through the town.

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