The star attractions of Ponga Natural Park are the nature and wildlife ofthe area, and the traditional ways of life that cling precariously to the mountain sides. Peace and tranquillity are abundant, walking options are superb, and views east to the Picos de Europa are sublime. More specific attractions are as follows.
Ventaniella. The medieval inn and hermitage of Ventaniella sit at 1185m a.s.l. in the far south of the park, along a dead-end road from Sobrefoz, the last 3km of which are a gravel track. The inn was an important servicing post at the foot of the 1420m pass across to La Uña inLeón. The austere interior architecture of the inn lends it aspecial atmosphere. Drinks and food are available, as are basic sleeping arrangements, and the current landlords are rearing organicfree-range livestock, including Celtic pigs. See www.ventaniella.com.
Arcenorio. This remote hermitage can only be reached on foot, one of the routes starting at Ventaniella. Arcenorio sits at 1420m a.s.l. amidst high mountain pastures, at the foot of the park's highest peaks. Areligious festival is held every September.
BeyosVillages. The small villages of Canisqueso, San Ignacio, Biamón, Caviella,Casielles, Viboli and Rubriellos are known for their spectacular locations, clinging precipitously to the near-vertical sides of thedeep Beyos Gorge. Some are abandoned, others nearly so, and some liveon; some can be reached by car, others only on foot.
Taranes. An attractive village at the foot of Tiatordos, with a traditional bar.
Ponga Natural Park interpretation centre. In San Juan de Beleño.
Les Bedules viewpoint. Above San Juan de Beleño, and a good starting point for walks, this viewpoint has panoramic interpretation plaques, looking both towards the Picos de Europa to the east, and the Ponga mountain range to thewest.