5 activities for the adventurous

Asturias is great for active tourism. Being at one with nature, exploring mountains, rivers, coast and caves this part and parcel of asturian life. We work with Frontera Verde, a small local company who offer excellent tailored services for active tourism. Here is out top 5 active adventures to make the perfect package.

View of river and mountains

Canoeing down the river Sella

Canoeing down the river Sella

A popular activity with the locals and tourists alike, this is a great day trip. You meet at the Frontera Verde shop in Arriondas by 11am and they take you to the riverside and give you a quick lesson on controlling the canoe, then you set sail down the river. It is not deep nor super fast flowing, but you do get great views of the mountains from a standpoint you cannot otherwise see. There are chiringuitos (bars) on route so you can stop off for a beer. Frontera Verde throw in a picnic lunch to keep you going. The route is either 7 or 14 km long. We recommend the full trip to make the most of it. You are collected at the other end and taken back to Arriondas. Duration is 3-6 hours, depending on number of stops. 


This is a really popular option to see rivers and streams in their natural forms. Participants chase rivers through the natural paradise of the mountains, climbing slopes, running gorges, under waterfalls and down natural slides. You even get to try your hand at upsailing and jumping into natural pools. This is really proper good fun. Duration 4 hours, morning or afternoon.

Horse riding

Route locations are varied and include Picos de Europa, Ribadesella, Parres or Piloña. Stunning scenery is guaranteed as is a great day out using this, most traditional, form of transport to tour the natural beauty of the Asturian countryside. A typical route will be 1 to 2 hours, suitable for all levels.


Asturias is literally littered with caves and attracts specialists from all over the world. This is an opportunity to experience some of the amazing caves that exist here. Caves vary in depth and cavernous sizes. This is an opportunity to see something you otherwise would not have the chance to do. Guided tours from experts last a few hours. There are options for all levels.


An adventure holiday without river rafting isn't a proper adventure holiday. The Picos de Europa has some exceptional locations to raft. Adventurous board inflatable rafts are led by experts through the strongest and most exciting sections of the rivers Deva, Sella or Cares. Another great opportunity to venture into the natural, exciting terrain of the Picos de Europa. This is a great group activity. Rafts take 6 people. Duration is approximately 4 hours. It is suitable for all levels of adventurer.