In one of the most famous hills of the Sierra del Sueve there is an old concrete watchtower from the beginning of the 20th century: El Mirador del Fito. From here we can make a sequence without cuts, hardly blinking, which immediately shows the basic elements of the Asturian landscape: sea, mountain, high mountain, praes, valleys, fog, populations. In the long distance, with clear days, we discovered bulging profiles and silhouettes as if in front of us a huge 3D map was formed.
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To some 1.100 meters above sea level, the Mirador del Fito is written in capital letters; It is one of those rare places that allows a spectacular view of 360º. At our reach more than 100 kilometers of cliff coast and beaches, and many other mountains: the Sueve Nature Reserve, the Ponga Natural Park and the Picos de Europa National Park. From East to West we locate the villages of Ribadesella, Caravia, Colunga and Villaviciosa (in the clearest days you can get to see Gijón). To the South, places of Parres, Cangas de Onís and Covadonga.
The term Fito (Fitu) perhaps comes from milestone (jito), because it is a place of passage and geographic point where several territories coincide. In his day, a ancient Roman road. The viewpoint itself is a kind of flying saucer, suspended a few meters above the ground, which seems to have deployed a staircase to step on land. The locals know it as the cazu, because of its cup shape. It was inaugurated in 1927 with the idea that tourists could achieve the best visual experience without trees in between, and its construction was an example of citizen collaboration. There were numerous donations from all over the Principality, as well as the contribution of materials from several companies in the area.
A tribute to the Asturian landscape. A unique location that, in addition, is the starting point of numerous hiking trails that allow us to reach higher peaks and bigger panoramic views. Yes, the Fito cordal arrived by car and these other summits after a good walk. Such is the case of the highest point of the Sierra del Sueve: the Picu Pienzu. Starting from Fitu, we can reach this summit and turn around in about five hours. An unforgettable and low difficulty excursion. From the Fito, the route appears clearly drawn. The road leads us to a sheepfold known as "El Bustacu". From this point is when walking becomes more expensive, but nothing that can not be overcome with water in canteens and some restorative. At our feet, to the North, we can see La Viescona (the most important and spectacular beechwood of the Sueve, which deserves a separate visit). From the Pienzu can be seen, on a very clear day, from Galicia to Vizcaya. With its 1.149 meters high it is one of the peaks closest to the sea of the whole Planet.
How to get to Mirador del Fitu?
To get to Mirador del Fitu we must take the AS-260 road, that communicates the localities of Arriondas and Colunga. We can take it from Arriondas or from Colunga. The port of El Fito is equidistant from both towns, just halfway, to 11 kilometers. This road is of great beauty, with a winding path but well asphalted and safe. Every year, the popular Subida al Fito takes place, a scoring rally test for the Spanish championship. Once above, we will find parking area a few meters from the viewpoint.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com