The municipality of Colunga is a must-see for those who want to discover the authentic rural Asturias that still retains its traditional characterism, plagued by popular beliefs like the Nuberu that says the legend: «it brings the storms and usually sits in the Picu Pienzu».
It limits to the north with the Cantabrian sea and with the councils of Villaviciosa to the west, Caravia to the east and Piloña and Parres to the south. Its altitude ranges from the 0 meters above sea level to the 1.159 meters of the Picu Pienzu, in the Sierra del Sueve, producing this contrast in only five kilometers.
How to get there
The easiest by the N-632 road or by the Cantábrico highway about 25 kilometers from Ribadesella.
Oviedo 58 km.
Gijón 40 Kms.
Ribadesella 20 Kms.
Near the town of Gobiendes are the Obaya Caves, where, along with those of Taraxu (in Nozaleda), El Molino (in Libardón), remains of carving have been found that show that Colunga was already inhabited at the time of Middle Paleolithic and Upper Palaeolithic.
The Council of Colunga is the most important quantitatively of all the East of Asturias as far as castreña culture it means. The Castiellu de La Riera, is the one that shows a special uniqueness, with a defensive system built on the basis of steep terraced terraces. A large number of findings highlight a rather intense romanization of the population in the colony lands.
On the ruins of that Roman organization the Council of Colunga of the Middle Ages was built. From the centers of religiosity with monastic title: Sta. María de Libardón, Santiago de Gobiendes and Sta. María de Tuna, the surrounding economic activities were directed.
Under the reign of Alfonso X, La Puebla de Colunga was founded, since then assumed the functions of organizing and directing the economy of the municipality.
At present the municipality maintains its agricultural and livestock activity. Fishing also occupies an important place; Lastres, in the middle of the 16th century, experienced a very important growth when the first port was created. It is also worth noting the practice of whale fishing on the colony coasts until the beginning of the 18th century. Lastres was the most important whaling port of the time.
What to see
Beach of La Griega.
Santa María de Gobiendes.
Jurassic Museum of Asturias.
Fiesta of Asturcón. Festival of Regional Tourist Interest.
It is celebrated in the flock of Espineres, between the councils of Colunga and Piloña. In the middle of a festive atmosphere, the dressage of asturcones takes place, those born in the year are marked, and the Pastor Mayor del Sueve is named. (Third Sunday of August).
Colunga Tourist Information Office.
Visitor Reception Center of Colunga.
The Park, s / n.
Tel and Fax. 985 85 22 00.
Tourist Office of Llastres.
Ctra. General, s / n (curve the Barrigón).
Tel .: 985 85 22 00.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com