5 attractions on our doorstep
Piloña and el gran sueño are ideally located to see the main sites of Asturias. The coast and the mountains are only 30-40 minutes away. Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés are 40-50 minutes away. However, the municipality of Piloña also boasts its own attractions. Here is our top 5 to do list for the local area.
Santuario Virgen de la Cueva
This a 20 minute drive, or a 1 hour walk, from us to the 550m high peak. Once there you are on the edge of a pine forest, in a clearing that offers spectacular views of the Picos de Europa and the Natural Parks of Ponga and Redes. There is a picnic area with tables and free BBQs - you will need to bring your own charcoal. On route there is a reserve where you may get to see some Asturcón ponies. These are a rare breed native to the area.
This is Infiesto's best place to grab a bite to eat. During the day they offer a set menu for 18€ (including house wine), enough food to fuel you for the day. Alternatively, they have an a la carte menu that has some spectacular dishes to share. Try the Chipirones Angulados: chopped baby squid cooked in an onion sauce. It´s amazing.
3. Santuario Virgen de la Cueva
This chapel and sanctuary are the pride of Infiesto and the scene for many of the local festivals. There is a large picnic area. An outdoor pool and a bar are open in season. From the sanctuary there is a lovely riverside walk that can be made circular.
4. Cueva del Sidrón Partial Nature Reserve
Just at the bottom of our lane is the entrance to this nature reserve. It is a great place to go for a walk in the woods. In Autumn there are literally hundreds of chestnuts, the sweetest and best around. It is also a great place to go on a wild mushroom hunt. The reserve is home to a cave of significant archaeological interest, la Cueva del Sidrón. It is still under study and closed to the public, but there is a really good exposition (Los 13 del Sidrón) in Infiesto that tells the full story.
5. Hórreos in Espinaredo / Espinaréu and La Pesanca forest
In Espinaredo/Espinareu you can visit one of the best preserved concentrations of hórreos. There are information panels about these wooden barns so typical in the Asturian rural landscape. Continuing along the same road that leads us to Espinaredo, we reach the recreational area of La Pesanca, where one of our favourite walks, route to Pico Vizcares, starts. It runs through a beautiful forest of indigenous trees. We would recommend it at any time of the year, but we love it especially in November, when you can enjoy the autumnal colours.