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Butterflies of Asturias Trip, Spain - 1 Day

Butterflies of Asturias Trip, Spain

Asturias Butterfly Full Day Trip

This 1-day Butterflies of Asturias trip will focus on several species of these insects within Picos de Europa National Park or either Somiedo Natural Park boundaries. Everything is about walking across alpine habitats and scope butterflies and flowers. Guides will lead you to extraordinary butterflies trip of Asturias where some of the most wanted occur.

Mountain ranges above 1700 m use to be carpeted by grasslands and shrub fields with an outcrop here and an outcrop there. Such protected areas are local icons of nature and perfect environments for spotting and photographing butterflies, and the rest of the organisms they coexist with. Picos de Europa National Park is a rugged land featured by big slope gradients that make these mountains suitable to be colonized by several different species of Lepidoptera. Somiedo Natural Park is a hidden gem we invite you to explore together to, in search of best grounds after walking nice paths in small groups.

Asturias is home of more than 170 different species of butterflies therefore the butterflies of Asturias trip is pretty close to a successful experience in nature with the opportunity of spotting scarce species. Every spring and after a complicated biological process the different butterflies of Asturias species start to deploy their wings and proboscis in an amazing performance for survival. These beautiful, colourful and fragile Lepidoptera are spread all over the Asturian territory, all the way from the seashores to the highest summits of the Cantabric  Mountains. Flying or gliding they are joyful to see while reminding us about their role as key elements and factors in the environmental complexity of Asturias’ ecological niches.

Tour highlights include:

  • Nature conservation and land management encourage biodiversity in Asturias therefore many different species coexist (insects, amphibians, birds, mammals). Asturias is a destination for naturalists.
  • Asturias is home of over 140 species of butterflies as Spialia sertorius (Hesperidae), Papilio machaon, Iphiclides podalirius, Parnassius apollo (Papilonidae), Eucloe ausoni, Antocharis belia Pieridae), Polygonia c-album, Erebia pronoe (Nymphalidae), Polyommatos coridon (Licenidae).
  • Protected areas we walk trough are renown natural parks in Asturias but Man&Biosphere by UNESCO too.
  • Fully Licensed Official Guides lead small groups when walking through awesome landscapes with grasslands and mountain ranges.
  • Asturias is well known among Spaniards for being a local and traditional gastronomy temple. Local delicacies, sweet or savoury, warm or cold are some of our best ambassadors: natural cider and "heroic" wine, over 40 types of cheese, white beans, beef meat, etc.

Like the look of this birding trip and interested to see what else you could get up to? Check out the Alpine Birds of Asturias Full Day Trip.

Alternative name: Butterflies Of Asturias Trip
Day 1
Morning Session

In the morning, we will start at approximately 9 am. We plan to pick our guests up from their accommodation, We will then drive for approximately 30 to 45 mins (depending on your accommodation location) to the heart of Picos de Europa National Park or either Somiedo Natural Park to start our nature walk and scope for flowers and butterflies.

Once at the starting walking place and rigth when these animals start to be active we move up into the mountains in order to meet the habitats and their flowers and butterflies too. Walking distance is about 6 km you will be guided by our local experienced guides.

Day 2

For lunch we will visit a very local and small restaurant where homemade food and proper local delicacies will be served. When going to Picos de Europa National Park Cabrales cheese tasting will be provided in a traditional cheese factory pretty close to the ageing cave.

Day 3
Afternoon Session

After lunch and in the afternoon we will continue to walk across pastures and by the lakes (Somiedo) and since habitats are different (altitude, plant life, husbandry) you may observe new species. These high valuable protected areas and among best preserved in Spain are also suitable for other wildlife spotting so we can say the tour is an immersion on local nature and local landscapes. Tour ends by late afternoon when you will be driven all the way to your hotel.

Asturias is home of more than half of the total amount of butterfly species that occur in Spain outside Canary islands. Some of them are common throughout the whole region (Colia crocea, Pieris napi) but some others are quite rare as Maculinea nausithous or Boloria eunomia. Their distribution is highly dependent on some specific natural factors as geological substrate, thermic conditions or even plant life. Picos de Europa holds few populations of Heteropterus morpheus, Erebia gorge or Lopinga achine among others.

What is included?

  • Lunch
  • Licensed official guide
  • Entomological gear
  • Transportation to and from nearby accommodation

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 small local company that provides get to know services after research and prospection. We dive into the ecosystems and habitats in order to understand the key role insects can play in clima change adaptation strategies. When booking with GEOFACE you are supporting responsible and scientific tourism meanwhile enjoying nature and high valuable local cultural landscapes, guided bay a Licensed Official Guide by Principality of Asturias.

Why visiting Asturias for butterflies spotting?

Asturias is home of several species of nocturnal Lepidoptera and more than 140 diurnal Lepidoptera. Mountain ranges and climate conditions (humidity&low thermal amplitude) provides territory with gradients and linked different temperatures that make diversity possible. From April to October butterflies soar and fly on top of the hills, along with the coastal areas and over the grasslands and farming fields. Cosy accommodation and supreme gastronomy are guaranteed.

What kind of activity is a butterflies tour with GEOFACE?

A GEOFACE butterflies tour is a day in nature dedicated to walk, identify habitats within our regional ecosystem and spot butterflies. We carry entomological gear for better comprehension of the individuals. Meals are usually somewhere out there right because our visited butterflies grounds are located in gorgeous and astonishing places.

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 butterfly 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

  • Picos de Europa National Park or Somiedo Natural Park
  • On Request
  • Full Day Trip
  • Dragonflies & Butterflies
  • 4 to 6 pax. maximum
  • May, June, July, August
  • Moderate
  • English, Spanish
  • Asturias Airport or Oviedo Railway Station
  • Asturias Airport or Oviedo Railway Station