From Sotres to Naranjo
Because of the many possible routes, our advice for this, is to do these routes from June to October, avoiding in this way the snow and the adverse weather conditions of winter.
It is, with no doubt, one of the most attractive routes of the Peaks of Europe. Here, on this route one can find two refuges, the one of Terenosa and the other one is Vega of Urriellu, on the base of Naranjo of Bulnes.
Before we arrive to the locality of Sotres we find the road towards Aliva. We follow it about 200 metres and there we can see several huts spread around the meadow from which the river Duje descends. From here, we go down to the river and cross a stone bridge 860 metres long, taking a road that ascends to the opposite slope until we reach the town of Collado Pandébano. In this place, the herds feed themselves during the nice weather. This is a quiet route surrounded by beech trees and next we cross the fields close to Collado.
From the locality of Collado Pandébano (at a distance of 1212 metres from the starting point of our route, Sotres) we follow the road towards the refuge of the Terenosa. Then, we cross Collado in the direction to S.O. Here, we find a road towards the town of Terenosa, where the refuge is situated 1315 metres from Terenosa. Now, we take the last road that leads us to the greatest slope of the famous Naranjo Mount. When we touch the Picu Urriellu, we can safely say that the hard task of our route is over, and can feel very proud of ourselves as we get closer to the last stage of the route.
If we want to return to Sotres, the only thing to do is just to follow the route on the other way round.
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An excursion to Vega Redonda and to Mirador of Ordiales
The refuge of Vega Redonda is a classic hostel for mountain climbers and those people keen on nature. This is a nice and welcoming hostel. The Civil Guard of Cangas always provide the present telephone number of this refuge. It is possible to go and come back to Vega Redonda on the same day.
The excursion to the Mirador of Ordiales is ideal for children. The unevenness is about 500m , with no misfortune along the whole route, a place where it is impossible to get lost.
From Covadonga we go up by a road from which we can see the first lake: the Enol Lake. Then, the road turns to the left and descends on our right, the road opens and this road is easily transitable for all kind of vehicles reaching here a road to the car park of Mirador del Rey. From here, a road starts that will lead us to a refuge. After two hours of walking in the middle of a mountain we see a landscape all surrounded by vegetation.
Finally, we reach the old refuge. From here, the road towards the Mirador of Ordiales starts and then we cross a channel of considerable unevenness. When we reach this point of the route, there is no more ascents. At the end, we reach the refuge of Icona reaching the limit of a beautiful cliff, where the founder of this park, Pedro Pindal is buried.
Now, we are over the valley of Amieva and it is easy to realise that this walking route has been very worth while.