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Your Asturias hiking guide: Hike the Lagos de Saliencia in Somiedo

Located amid the breathtaking landscapes of Asturias, you can find Somiedo National Park. One of the park’s gems is the stunning Lagos de Saliencia, a collection of 3 glacial lakes surrounded by peaks and lush greenery. If you’re seeking adventure and beauty, you should hike the Lagos de Saliencia! When in Asturias, you might also hike around the Lagos de Cavadonga, however, the Lagos de Saliencia are something else. Overall, the hike is more challenging and located further away from the crowds, which means there are barely any tourists around. 

Read my full 7-day Asturias itinerary, day-by-day, here.

How to get to the Lagos de Saliencia?

Reaching Lagos de Saliencia is relatively straightforward, at least when you have a car available. However, when visiting Asturias, you will have a hard time without a car. Somiedo National Park is located in the south-west of Asturias, and we took the hike as a day trip when staying in Luarca, which was a 2-hour drive. Alternatively, you can stay in for example Oviedo, from which the lakes are a 1.5-hour drive. Set your GPS on Alto La Farrapona, the parking lot belonging to the Lagos de Saliencia. Also, be prepared for a drive with many switchbacks. 

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Views when arriving at Lagos de Saliencia, Somiedo

Hike the Lagos de Saliencia - A summary

The Lagos de Saliencia consists of four different lakes: Calabazosa/Lago Negro, Cerveriz, Laguna de Almagrera/La Mina and La Cueva. The easiest option is to opt for a loop covering all lakes, which takes around 2,5-3 hours and is 8 kilometres long. The total elevation on the route is about 400 meters. 

Wikiloc has a map and GPX available from the route. I always advise you to put the GPX on your mobile phone or watch to be able to monitor whether you are still on track. Click here for a link to the GPX route. For the larger part of the route, you can follow PR AS-15.

Alternatively, you can extend your hike by hiking towards the Lago de Valle, which will add 8 kilometres to the hike (18 km in total). In case you would like to opt for this option, you can find the GPX route here.

Overall, you should have a basic level of fitness to complete the hike. Also, I would advise wearing decent trainers to complete the hike. As usual, take enough water and food with you to fuel yourself. 

Hiking the Lagos de Saliencia Loop from Alto La Farrapona

After parking your car at the main parking lot, it is time to start the hike. Firstly, you have to walk 1 kilometer over the easy trail, to get to the first lake: Lake Cueva. Around Lake Cueva, you will run into many cows and will be rewarded with the first view of the beautiful lake. 

Lagos de Saliencia, view from the Parking Lot, Asturias
Views when arriving at Lagos de Saliencia, Somiedo
Lago de Cueva, Hiking the Lagos de Saliencia in Somiedo National Park, Spain
Lago de Cueva, Hiking the Lagos de Saliencia in Somiedo National Park, Spain
Lago de Cueva, Hiking the Lagos de Saliencia in Somiedo National Park, Spain
Lago de Cueva, Hiking the Lagos de Saliencia in Somiedo National Park, Spain

Start your ascend

From Lago de la Cueva, it is time to start your ascend on the right side of the lake. Even though it is an easy path (gravel-like), you’ll do the main part of the ascend of the entire hike in this first bit. Unfortunately, the road isn’t the prettiest, but after you complete this stretch, it is soon time for a nice view of the next lake and the landscape turns green. 

Lago de Cueva, Hiking the Lagos de Saliencia in Somiedo National Park, Spain
Route descriptions at the Lagos de Saliencia, Somiedo, Asturias, Spain
Lago Cerveiriz, Lago de Saliencia
Lago Cerveiriz, Lago de Saliencia
Lago Cerveiriz, Lago de Saliencia

Towards Lago Cerveriz and Lago de la Calabazosa

Once you arrive at the point where you can oversee Lago Cerveriz and continue a little bit further on the path, you will arrive at the next route indicator. This is also the point where you can opt to hike towards Lago del Valle and further extend your hike. 

However, we opted for the 8km loop around the Lagos de Saliencia and took a left turn at the signs towards Lago Cerveriz (shore) and towards Lago de la Calabazosa, the final lake of the trail.

Route descriptions at the Lagos de Saliencia, Somiedo, Asturias, Spain
Cows at the Lagos de Saliencia, Asturias
Views on the small lake at the Lagos de Saliencia
The shore of Lagos Cerveriz, Somiedo National Park
Hiking in Somiedo National Park, Asturias, Spain
Somiedo National Park, Hiking in Asturias
Lagos de Saliencia, Somiedo, Asturias, Northern Spain

Finalize the loop hike to Lagos de Saliencia

After admiring the lovely views over Lago Calabazosa, it is time to continue the hike back towards Lago La Cueva. Alternatively, you can walk to the shore of Lago Calabazosa. However, we decided to follow the Lago La Cueva circular route, back to our car. The descent is slightly different than the ascend and follows a path that is a bit more challenging (it is a road you would expect from a hike, however, it is different from the type of road you ascend on. During the hike, you will be rewarded with amazing views over Lago da Cueva from above.

Hiking in Somiedo National Park, Asturias
Route descriptions at the Lagos de Saliencia, Somiedo, Asturias, Spain
View on Lago de la Cueva, Asturias
Ascend Lago de Saliencia
View on Lago de la Cueva, Asturias

The above image on the left gives a good impression of the route you ascend. The ‘red’ path is the route you follow to get over the first hill / mountain towards the other lakes.

View on Lago de la Cueva, Asturias
Hike the Lagos de Saliencia, Asturias

After you arrive back at the little huts, you know it is time to head back to the car. From the huts, it is about 1km back to the parking lot. 

Overall, I would recommend visiting Somiedo National Park when in Asturias. Even though the Covadonga Lakes might be easier to reach and to walk, the hike to Lagos de Saliencia is a real hidden gem in Asturias. The hike is easy/moderate and can best be done with good weather. As mentioned before, always prepare well and take sufficient water and food with you. As you are in the mountains and the weather can turn quickly, a rain jacket is also recommended.

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