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Brown Bear and Its Habitat Trip, Asturias, Spain - 1 Day

Brown Bear and Its Habitat Trip, Asturias, Spain

Trip to Find Brown Bears in the Unspoilt Forests of Asturias

The 1-day Brown Bear and Its Habitat Trip, Asturias is leisurely in its nature and focused on bear spotting and interpreting local habitats and landscapes. Available on request, this brown bear trip gives you the opportunity to spot and photograph one of the largest and most scarce mammals in Europe. These iconic species find a natural shelter and food supply in the forested southwestern mountains of Asturias where about 250 individuals roam.

Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias and Somiedo Natural Parks are two of the best-preserved areas in Spain and perfect for a Brown Bear trip. As well as bears, you can find other interesting mammals such Red Deer, Chamois, Wild Cat and even Iberian Wolf. All these lands are protected by regional and national law as well as having international designations such as being part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, recognising valuable natural local heritage and touristic resources.

This Brown Bear trip in Asturias is a journey to isolated geographical areas of the region with the aim of providing you with an insight into Spain's hidden natural treasures. You will travel by car along remotes roads and guided over gentle slopes and scenic paths to eventually reach good the viewpoints to scope from. You will enjoy views of deep glacial valleys and gorgeous alpine panoramas as well as having the opportunity to savour local artisan products and traditional foods.

The Brown Bear (Ursus arktos) population in Asturias has tripled in the last few decades. Female bears with cubs and big males are spotted every year in the Cantabric mountains, where they live together with other animal species of deciduous European forests and Iberian fauna. We take visitors on Brown Bear trips all year, apart from July when temperatures are too warm and the bears are only active at night.

Brown Bear and Its Habitat Trip, Asturias highlights include:

  • Wild Brown Bear spotting and photographing with high levels of success
  • Original Asturian Brown Bears -  not subjects of reintroductions
  • Some of the best-preserved mountain areas in Spain with their deciduous forests and alpine biodiversity
  • Guided by local guides, fully licensed by the Principality of Asturias
  • Delicious local and homemade food

Like the look of this specialist Brown Bear trip and keen to see what other options there are? Have a look at the Butterflies of Asturias Trip, Spain.

Alternative name: Asturias Original Brown Bears Tour
Day 1
Morning Session

We pick you up by your hotel in the early morning and we drive all the way to Monasterio de Hermo valley and forest. Once there we walk for 45 min to the excellent viewopoint over the mountains and the valley itself where to scope for the Cantabric Brown Bear. Before noon we walk down to the valley bottom and drive to the neighboring Somiedo natural park.

Day 2

Lunch will be offered in a very local and small restaurant where homemade food and proper local delicacies will be served.

Day 3
Evening Session

Afternoon is time for chilling and relaxing before we start with the evening session at 17:00h. We will drive you to some beautiful spots for short walks to reach new viewpoints and search for the bears until the setting sun.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) is one of the most wanted mammals in Europe. They are big enough, brave, fitted and scarce. Cantabric communities are located where the deepest forests thrive therefore deciduous forests (oak and beech) in the western part of the mountain range hold a shy population of the Cantabric sub-specie. Size and ethology, as well as 90% herbivorous diet, feature these animals that, in addition, hibernate very seldom due to short winters. It is an iconic specie and has played quite important roles on humans imagination. Here in Asturias is considered part of our history and a hallmark of these lands.

Bears behave in many ways depending on the season. July is too warm to spot them but rest of the year can be seen mainly feeding but mating and socializing too. It is always specially emotive meet new cubs every spring and dream and wishes all of them to survive. On the other hand, released young bears are the first ones to be in trouble. Same season but a different life.

What is included?

  • Lunch
  • Transportation
  • Licensed Official Guide
  • HD optical gear

What is not included?

  • Water throughout the trip
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Geoface?

Geoface is a small and local Asturian company that support responsible tourism and research. We are licensed official guides. We do not use hides or other artificial, just pure wild. This GEOFACE tour is the way to meet one of most scares big mammals in Europe and get to know about the habitats they live in. The tour is not only a wildlife spotting experience but the exploration of Asturian mountains and forests where other valuable species (wild cat, red deer, wolf, chamois) coexist with the bears.

Why visiting Asturias for a bear spotting tour?

Northern slopes of the Cantabric Mountain Chain are deeply forested and scarcely populated. Cantabric brown bear occurs in local deciduous where historically have found food and shelter. This regional population is featured by: holding genes from the original population (not reintroduced), have being in contact with human population along the history and, some families, not hibernating in their dens. Only in Somiedo Natural Park over 50 individuals use to move freely.

What kind of activity is a brown bear spotting with GEOFACE

This tour is open to nearly everybody, you just need to be able to walk 300 meters. If fitted we provide you with an unforgettable combined hiking&spotting experience across Man and Biosphere by UNESCO protected areas within the Cantabric Mountain Range. Landscapes and local heritage are highlighted during the tour. The tour is safe for both, us and the bears.

Can you recommend any location accommodation?

Please contact us via the enquiry form as we have a number of recommended accommodations that we could assist with for this day trip.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

1 Day

Price & Availability

EUR120 / per person
This tour is operated by: Geoface

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Tour Facts

  • Somiedo and Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Natural Parks
  • Full Day Trip
  • On Request
  • Mammals
  • 4 to 6 pax
  • May, June, September, October
  • Leisurely
  • English, Spanish
  • Asturias Airport or Oviedo Railway Station
  • Asturias Airport or Oviedo Railway Station