Sueve mountains - Driving itiniraries along El Sueve

he whole Sueve range can be circumnavigated by car in 2 to 3 hours, though a full day will give time to explore points on the route, with a visit to one of the lovely sandy beaches nearby.

The basic circuit is 70km, starting and finishing in Arriondas, with scenic stretches of minor roads linking smallvillages.

From Arriondas you can see the Sueve looming over town to the north west. Turn off the main street onto the AS-260 road sign-posted "Colunga", which climbs steadily until you reach the Mirador del Fito (Fito View point) at its highest point (579m). There are gift-shops and a café on the car-park, and views from the lookout are sensational. Continue on the same road down the other side, heading for the coast, but turn left into the village of Gobiendes, for the Sueve interpretation centre and a pre-Romanic church.

To reach the beaches from Gobierno, return to the AS-260 road, turn right, and very shortly take the first turning left, which passes beneath the coastal motorway. At the ensuing T-junction turn left for La Isla beach, or right for Espasa beach. Both beaches have cafes and bars.

To continue the Sueve circuit from Gobiendes, return to the AS-260 roadbut turn left, heading towards Colunga again, then after a few minutes take the left hand turn sign-posted Carrandi. The Sueve is now towering above your left-hand windows. Carrandi is a long thin village spread out along the ridge-top road. Continue along the main road (the CL-2), winding around valley-sides past the hamlets of La Trapa, Eslabayo, and Raicedo, each with their own little hermitages (chapels), until youreach Libardón. Most of the village is to the right of the T-junction where you emerge, if you want to explore the church (or bar?). 

If not, turn left along the main AS-258 road, which soon brings you tothe high pass of Alto de la Llama. The road splits here - take the left turn onto the AS-259 sign-posted Miyares, which winds down tofirst Vallobal and then Miyares. (This short section of the circuit follows the "Camino a Covadonga", the ancient pilgrimage route from Gijón to the sanctuary at Covadonga in the Picos de Europa.) 

To miss out the final section of the circuit, which passes along minor roads through scenic villages, continue straight through Miyares and keep going. You will soon reach the main N-634 highway down the valley, where turning left will speed you through to Arriondas.

To complete the circuit, turn left behind Miyares church onto a minor road to La Estrada; then right at the next T-junction; then left at the next T-junction. This is the PI-11 road, which you follow through the villages of Bárcena and Cereceda to Robledo, as it winds around the southern slopes of the Sueve range. In Robledo keep straight onand descend a lovely section of road to the village of Fíos, where there is a bar.

In Fíos turn left, following signs to Cofiño, an important village onthe south side of the Sueve. The road passes through Villar then Cofiño itself, before dropping to the AS-260 road, along which you turn right to retrace your tyre-tracks to Arriondas.


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Introduction
Climate
Culture
Geography
Geology of the Sueve Mountains
Walking in the Sueve
The Sueve and its Tourist atraction