The Environment

Birdwatching in Eastern Asturias in Northern Spain offers the visitor an unparalled experience with a great diversity of birds all year round in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

This is one of the only areas in Europe where, within less than 30 km there is such a surprising range of different habitats, from the high peaks of the Picos de Europa National Park, through deciduous forests on the lower slopes and the rivers, cliffs and estuaries on this protected coastline.

Birdwatching in the boundary of the Nacional Park of Picos de Europa

A great flock of gulls in San Antolin Beach, near of Llanes

The Barro stuary in the Oriental Coast Protected Landscape

The Griffon Vulture and the Golden Eagle dominate the skies, the Alpine Acentors,
Woodpeckers and Cormorants are easy to see and the over-wintering wading birds provide a challenge for the experienced birders.

Griffon vultures in the Nacional Park of Picos de Europa

A great Cormorant in a tree near the Cares River in winter

A great area to visit all year round. The mix of high mountain and coastal climate means there is always somewhere to go whatever the weather. When the clouds roll in on the coast the higher peaks are usually in bright sunshine and viceversa, seriously reducing any risk of aborting a birdwatching day.

Easy to get here even for a short break with the excellent road connections and flights and ferries to Santander at less than an hours drive.