Until recently Bulnes was only reached by a serpentine path, carved between rocks of extraordinary beauty. There used to be a scarce traffic of humans and mules with provisions and equipment, also the mail usually traveled this route. A route that hardly had any function in winter, when it was hidden in the snow and needed a helicopter for some other urgency or local need.
Funicular to Bulnes
Now, what was the last village without road access of Asturias can be accessed underground in just seven minutes. This is possible thanks to the services of a funicular that moves at about 22 kilometers per hour by a cable traction system on track.
A costly and controversial rise that for many has meant the breaking of the traditional isolation of Bulnes, and for others an unfortunate and negative investment for the environment and the social customs of the environment. Bulnes has been only two kilometers away from the town of Poncebos, linked by an underground tunnel that crosses the Peña Maín.
What to see in Bulnes
Controversies aside, Bulnes deserves a visit for many reasons, either by funicular or on foot. In the village there is an unusual atmosphere, a rustic reality in which only a dozen neighbors can be seen, and a good number of Asturian houses, many of them in ruins, including their parish. The town that now sees its tourist services reinforced enjoys a popular bar, which is not populous, where to eat a good stew and the occasional lodging to spend the night.
Some time ago there was a camping place nearby where lovers of nature and also those of risk used to go, since Bulnes serves as a prelude to the famous Urriellu Peak (Naranjo de Bulnes), a classic challenge for mountaineers from all over the peninsula. The village is perched at an affordable 649 meters high, but surrounded by powerful summits of 1.600 meters of altitude. The new possibilities of accommodation, and some extra comfort now predispose to another type of more comfortable rooms to which we are not going to remove merits or motives here. It is simply the desire of Desdeasturias.com, like that of many other Asturian lovers of the area, that the use and enjoyment of this natural enclave entails at all times respect for its inhabitants and the existing habitat. It should not be overlooked that this village, in which they came to live more than 50 people, was founded by pastors who one day decided to live permanently in this place, giving up too many things. In this way you can not reach Bulnes in a disrespectful way, breaking a way of life assumed by the mountaineers, or mistreating a landscape that they cared for decades.