Bulnes. Who hasn’t heard of this little village belonging to the Council of Asturias in Cabrales? It is an enchanting region, located inside the Picos de Europa National Park and where rural tourism is a great adventure. Bulnes is not accessible by car, but you can reach it on foot or, even better, by a funicular installed for the use of locals and especially tourists.
The popular Bulnes funicular also serves to reach the village of Poncebos. This kind of railway runs through one of the tunnels excavated under the well-known Peña Maín. It was created to counteract the isolation and lack of communication between the two villages, which in the past could only be reached by unpaved paths.
Now, going up to Bulnes by funicular will take you 7 minutes during a 5-kilometre journey that will be interrupted by a drop of at least 400 metres, so you will have to finish the way on foot. If you want to know more about this great adventure, be sure to take a look at the guide we have prepared below:
Tours to Bulnes by funicular or on foot
Yes, there are two ways to get to Bulnes. And here we tell you what they are and what the itinerary is about:
Via the funicular
This means of transport is still a novelty for the locals, but it has also become one of the main tourist attractions in the area. You can reach the village of Bulnes and Poncebos on this kind of railway, with which you will have the privilege of entering the mountains of Asturias.
In high season, it runs from 10 am to 8 pm every 30 minutes.
In low season it operates from 10 am to 12:30 pm. But also from 12 noon to 6 pm.
Prices also vary according to the trip you wish to make and the age of the passenger:
For adults one way it will cost 17.61 euros.
For adults round trip, the service will cost 22.16 euros.
For children from 4 to 12 years old, one way, the service will cost 4.32 euros.
For children from 4 to 12 years old round trip, the service will cost 6.71 euros.
The walk to Bulnes starts in the village of Poncebos. This is a non-linear tourist hiking route. That is to say that you will return the same way you started. It is a low-difficulty route, perfectly signposted, with 8 kilometres round trip that you can complete in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The crossing will take you to the Jaya Bridge, from where you will go to the Canal do Tejo. Then, you will find the slope that you will have to overcome, so we recommend good physical condition and above all patience.
You will have the opportunity to see a small stream that you will have to fol