The Council of Piloña in the East of Asturias and the Sueve Region is very popular for tourism because of its privileged location nearby the magnificent Picos de Europa and between the Sueve Mountain Range and beautiful sandy beaches. It is also well connected by the airports of Asturias (Ranon) and Cantabria (Santander) as this area borders between Asturias and Cantabria.
The River Sella is one of the most important Salmon Rivers of Spain and fishermen enjoy not only the quality fishing but the amazing scenery as well.
In Piloña you can enjoy activities such as trekking, paddling, canoeing, canyoning, mountain biking, spelunking, climbing, horse riding among others.
In the Sueve Mountains you can find other symbols of Asturian identity, the asturcón horse which are the purebred Asturian black horses that live wild in these mountains.
Also Piloña it is a very important area for its representation of Paleolitic Art and the examples of “Indiano Architecture” which shows the influence of the Emigration of Asturians towards Latin America and North America and it is displayed and explained in the “Museum of the Emigration” in Colombres.
Piloña is an area has plenty of traces of history from the Palaeolithic or the Stone Age era to the Celtic Settlements and the medieval times. One of the most important cave in Piloña is the Sidrón Cave where you can see examples of drawings of classical asturian horses and Palaeolithic art. This Cave is very important in the world of prehistoric research due to the discovery of high quality fossilised material which was a key part of the Neanderthal Genome Project. In Piloña, also you will find examples of religious and civil architecture such as the Tower of Lodeña of Palaces and Large country Estates, some of which have been renovated into luxury hotels.
There is also an important ethnographic centre of popular architecture and well preserved and crafted asturian food stores called “Horreos” and “Paneras”. There are other interesting buildings in Piloña in the town of Espinareu from the 18th and 19th centuries. In Espinareu you can also enjoy the magical forested area of the Rio Infierno or Hells River
Here there are plenty of routes to do and moments to enjoy as the surrounding nature is at its purest. Some of the more popular routes in Piloña are the “Royal Walk of the Sellón” which is part of an old Roman road or “La Pesanca-Foz de Moñacos”.
The Piloña gastronomy is mix traditional and modern Asturian food, delicious Asturian reared beef, fish and seafood and it has a wide variety of local cheeses and desserts. The Councils of Caravia and Pilona are also part of the Route of the Cider so you can enjoy some crisp traditional cider as its best.
More info: Piloña Tourist Office
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