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The gorge of the Xanas

In search of the xanas

The gorge of the Xanas

In search of the xanas

Xanas Gorge is considered as the "mini Cares". A route of much smaller route than the queen path of the Asturian landscape but that matches its proportions in beauty and spectacularity.

This little brother of the famous Garganta del Cares is for many hiking enthusiasts an even more beautiful route, far from the mass of the first, with a richer variety of ecosystems and also more suitable for all ages; no matter too much the physical condition of the hiker.

Photo by Camilo Alonso.

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To make the route of the Xanas we have to have between two and three hours, they will be enough to cross this natural gorge and turn around our starting point.

We will cross slowly the gorge, crossing abrupt zones of a footpath that in some points is drawn to more than 80 meters on the river Viescas or of the Xanas. On the way, dominated by a rocky and encased profile, we will encounter tunnels, bridges and natural springs. The second part of our tour will be through a forest of great foliage.

The path carved in the rock was built in the fifties with the intention of communicating towns belonging to three municipalities: Santo Adriano, Quirós and Proaza; but the works never came to an end, staying until the date as a path that comes as a thousand wonders for the interests of the hiker.

The gorge proper constitutes a narrowness of two kilometers in length, with spectacular vertical collapses of almost five hundred meters, which are the result of patient excavation of the mountain by the Viescas River on its descent to merge with the Trubia.

The name of the gorge honors mythology. La Xana is the Asturian fairy par excellence. Live forever in the caves of the rivers and in the fountains. A character that could not have better personification than a route like this one, in which water is the mistress and mistress of nature.

The ancestral influence of this landscape is even greater in some stretches of the river itself that are very appropriate to practice the canyoning. After an hour of walking from the beginning of the trail, we can deviate if we have time and descend to the stream, put on wetsuits and start a different adventure: three or four hours to live at the top of rappels, slides and jumps. printing water.

Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com

Total distance: 6892 m
Max elevation: 562 m
Min elevation: 185 m
Total climbing: 454 m
Total descent: -103 m
Total Time: 01:45:00
Travel: One way, Villanueva - Pedrovella



We have to go to Villanueva, capital of the council of Santo Adriano. We can do it by the N-634 road from Oviedo, direction Grado, or by the A-66 highway from Oviedo. Both by the National and by the Highway we arrive at Trubia. There we link with the AS-228 that takes us up Villanueva.

Shortly before this town, on our left, there is a recreational area where we can leave the car. Here there is clear signaling of the beginning of the path.

Shortly after we started we crossed a stone-cutter; to our back we leave the valley of Proaza and the mountains that separate Teverga de Quirós.

We continue ascending and enter the gorge. We crossed several tunnels in the most abrupt of the way. Soon after, we crossed a beech forest to cross the Viescas River by a wooden bridge.

After a slight climb up a steep meadow, we arrive at the town of Pedroveya, the end of our journey where, among other things, we can admire a centenary yew tree.

The return we will do it for the same itinerary.

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