It is not just another route, but one that is so magical that it encourages us to become prisoners of the enchantment. A territory of mythical beings suitable for all audiences that children enjoy doubly. The simplicity of the route (only an hour and a half long), the amazement of each finding and the imagination at each step, make this family outing one of the most popular in Asturias.
The Mythological Route of the Beyu Pen, in the beautiful council of AmievaIt is nothing else an enchanted forest that keeps the soul of legendary characters and bewitches the walker. Its singularity with respect to other thematic paths resides in the fact that the hand of man has barely intervened in its creation. In our walk we guess sinister forms, faces lurking in the thicket, trunks that fascinate, fantastic rocks. The Xanas, goblins, pesadiellos, busgosos, nuberos or bruxas they are beings that in this case are outlined in the very nature of the forest. The formations of rocks and trees have been taken advantage of, with no more help than a little paint, to highlight their contours or silhouettes.
We ascend through the foz and everyone has to put their best to discover each and every one of these camouflaged characters. The cuélebre, which guards treasures and Xanes (fairies), which protects wealth and fertility, which also eat cattle and men, could well camouflage themselves in a fallen tree. The nuberu, which has fun causing storms and storms, throwing sparks at the animals and ruining the crops with hail, is embodied in the burned trunk of a chestnut tree. The busgosu, covered in mofu (moss) hides in forests and caves and kidnaps women; when we realize it is behind us, chiseled in the rock.
The "hidden identity" of this enchanted forest is reinforced by its spectacular vegetation. Not in vain in Asturian a «Beyu» is nothing but a deep throat or canyoning a river, a narrow and humid zone that allows to contemplate large waterfalls in the rainy season. In the foliage of this «Beyu» the forest is indigenous, chestnut, oak and hazel. The karstic formations they are capricious everywhere and they show themselves «Les cuerries» or Cuerres, stone pens once used to store chestnuts and put them safe from forest animals.
We arrive at the recondite village of Pen, a town that brings together a large ethnographic group, such as sundial, in the house of Fondón, or its abundant granaries; one of them is cataloged as the largest hórreo of Asturias. It is easy to imagine inside the houses the legends transmitted for centuries to the warmth of home. There the magic and the superstition of the magical beings we have discovered in our walk are preserved.
One last attraction of the route, which we can visit before starting or returning, in the nearby town of Santillán, isl Karst interpretation center, where we find an explanatory model of how the water forms the karstic cavities that proliferate in the region. It is a specialized center also in the rock habitat, with the reproduction of a cave of the area at natural size.
Guided excursions to the Beyu Pen
The mythological path allows us to enter an enchanted forest. Taking advantage of the rocks and the centenary trunks of the chestnut trees, appear the "Xanas", the "Goblins" and other disturbing characters like "busgosos".
We accompany you. We will also enjoy the recreational area of Trambesagües, an exceptional place that allows us to enjoy the Ponga rivers that join with the Sella, and a spectacular riverside forest where you can appreciate the rich aquatic ecosystem.
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