Arriondas, Asturias, Spain
Arriondas is situated at the junction of the river Sella and the river Piloma. It is only a few kilometres away from the popular town of Cangas de Onis to the west and it lies to the north of the Picos de Europa mountains (approx. 8km away) and about 20 km from the coast.
All in all Arriondas is another potentially ideal location from which to explore both the coastal and mountainous areas of Asturias, particularly if you have an interest in one of the local sporting activities. As ever there are plenty of small rural hotels dotted around the town and lots to see and do.
What's on offer in Arriondas
Although the town of Arriondas is one of many that acts as a haven for walkers, it is also one of the best spots in Asturias if you are interested in salmon fishing or canoeing. Trips can be arranged locally for both of these activities, but it is the canoeing for which Arriondas is best known and most frequently visited and enjoyed by tourists. It is also the activity for which the town is synonymous and for which it promotes itself extensively to those looking for an activity to add to their vacation.
To find out more about canoeing and other sports in Arriondas, see our second page about this town (using the menu box to the right) and for general information, read on.
Arriondas is also ideally located for trips to numerous other Asturian towns including Cabrales, Amieva, Ponga and Ribadesella as well as Covadonga and Cangas de Onis. It also has a large local hospital as well as plenty of bars and eateries. All though Arriondas is geared towards the more active and adventurous holiday maker, it is a great base from which anyone can explore the area, even if they have no interest in pursing a sporting activity.
A couple of highlights, local to Arriondas, are the cross of Pienzu and a mirrador (a panoramic viewing tower) from which spectacular views and photographs can be enjoyed and taken. But the main attraction of this town is its close vicinity to all the sights that this part of Asturias has to offer. You are only a short drive from the mountains, but also a short drive from the coast. You are in a district crammed full of good, but economically priced, rural hotels and if you do want to try out canoeing, fishing, or caving, then there are numerous companies who can service you right on your doorstep.
Additionally, the picturesque Cavadonga and the lakes of the Picos de Europa are also less than 10 km away and coach or mini bus trips to both can be arranged from Arriondas. You can also go quad bike riding, horse riding and caving and the town itself has good hotel accommodation available at a range of different qualities and prices (although focussing more on a limited budget).
As always, if you plan to visit this town at the height of summer (i.e. late July or August), organise your accommodation and any book able excursions well in advance of your visit. i.e. Several months to be safe.