Undoubtedly, the little known Teverga, is a dream land for all those who in their escapades seek the absence of noise, asphalt, buildings and even humans. The tevergano municipality is an ideal habitat for the total absence of worries. And this is because the nature of this bumpy council completely annihilates any hint of stress.
The sum is well done: of its almost 20.000 hectares of extension, more than half, an 60 percent, is forest area, and about 30 percent more corresponds to pastures, so it is lighter than water: Teverga It is natural at 90 percent, at least.
Photo: Eduardo Velasco.
The area is an authentic herbalist: rosemary, oregano, horehound, celery, cordelobo, wild mint, wild tea, lime, cirigüeña, rue, sabugo flower, horsetail (ponytail), gentian (xaranzana), llanten, yarrow, chamomile, mauve, tooth of lion, thyme ...
And what about their forests It is also true: beeches, oaks, chestnuts, birches, ash, thorns, and on the banks of the alder rivers - to which the local speaker says: smoke.
And we also talk about an authentic wild garden: daisy, bells, spikenard, orchids, poppies, daffodils, violets, blue lily, belly button, honeysuckle, amémon, clover, morning glory, cuckoo flower, heather, lilac, miracles, salicaria, paxarinos, cimbalarias, globularios, manteigueiras, or espachavaqueiros.
It is not surprising that in such a fertile ecosystem they can still inhabit the most threatened species of the peninsula, like the bear or the capercaillie. The deer, roe deer, chamois, wild boars, wolves, foxes, partridges and hares complete the great variety of wildlife that inhabits its mountains.
All the attractions of Teverga ...
Located in the south of the central strip of the Principality, we talk about one of the Asturian councils with the greatest mountain projection. It limits by the south with Babia Leon and Somiedo; to the west, with Proaza and Quirós; to the north, with lands of Miranda, Grado, Tameza and Proaza; and to the west, again with Somiedo. The entire municipality is integrated into the Natural Park Ubiñas-La Mesa. In its rugged geography, the Peña Sobia with impressive limestone vertical walls and the Mesa de la Cordal, along which a road built in the days of the Romans runs, stand out.
Ideal scenarios for those who want to throw themselves in the prao to see life go by, but also for those who love active tourism, because mountain biking is here a very usual means of transport, with many possible itineraries among which, due to its popularity, the Path of the Bear . The mountain boots are the most widespread footwear in this place, for a trek without truce through the mountains. Climbing in the limestone walls is very frequent, as well as caving in a number of natural caves, among which the Cueva Huerta stands out, a natural monument of about 14 km of route.
Teverga offers a complete leisure plan in addition to the aforementioned. You can take the Estrechura Gorge or go up to the Ports of Marabio. Go into the Hayedo de Montegrande-Páramo, one of the largest beech woods in Asturias with panoramic views of the Ubiña Massif. Another option is the Ascent to the Port of San Lorenzo, from which you can admire the scenic views of the Valdecarzana valley, the Sobia and La Mesa cordales, the Somiedo Natural Park, as well as the layout of the Roman road known as Camín Real de La Mesa. In the Braña del Rebellón we can enjoy the few teitos that remain circular in the Principality.
For lovers of history and culture Teverga also has a good gift, like the collegiate church of San Pedro, of altomedieval style, between the pre-Romanesque and the Romanesque, dated between 1069 and 1076. National Monument in whose interior, in addition to other images, there is a carving of Christ from the end of the 13th century.
Park of Prehistory
And although we leave it for the last, it is not the least important. We speak of the Park of Prehistory, which is the most important collection of rock art in Europe and makes Teverga a world reference in the Paleolithic. The Park is located in San Salvador de Alesga, on a surface of between superior to the 25 and 40 hectares.
As you can see Teverga is well worth a break. In addition, we can replenish the effort of such an adventure with a strictly local gastronomy: pot, big game, trout, mushrooms, apple pie, flan, rice with milk, picadillo, tripe, cheese massera, borrachinos and a long etcetera. And rest loose in the rural houses and catering establishments in which the most common is the family and hospitality of their owners.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
Information of interestHow to get to Teverga:
From Oviedo: Take the A-63 in the direction of Grado - La Coruña, at about 10 Km you exit in the direction of Trubia, once you have passed the bridge over the Nalón River, on the left you take the As-228 road that takes you through the Trubia Valley, passing through Tuñón de Santo Adriano, Proaza, Caranga de Abajo, here you have to go along the same road that goes right to La Plaza (San Martín de Teverga)