Located in the Picos de Europa region, the Asturian summit of Naranjo de Bulnes is viewed by enthusiasts of mountain activities, especially climbers and mountaineers, as an symbolic place. Even though it is not the highest peak on the range, the views that can be admired from the top and base of the rock, as well as from the pass and the lower-lying land, are truly impressive... It is an exhilarating setting. Traditionally known as 'Picu Urriellu', Naranjo de Bulnes takes its name both from the numerous shades of orange that colour its summit as the sun sets and the nearby village of Bulnes. Walking up to the refuge, the highest point you can reach if you do not plan on using climbing equipment, does call for a certain level of physical conditioning. However, halfway up, there are plenty of viewpoints and stop-off points from which to admire the surrounding area. There is no need to feel you have to climb all the way to the summit! Also, Vega de Urriellu, a valley located at the foot of the mountain, has a number of paths that are sure to charm nature lovers... To access Naranjo de Bulnes, you can start from the isolated village of Bulnes or take the road (accessible by car) from Sotres. However far you walk, it is a real pleasure to find yourself strolling in a land of wild goats and other native species. Of course, the earlier you set off in the morning, the more likely you are to see these animals. Bear in mind that the paths along the valley will take you past the houses of Pas. Keep your eyes peeled in case they are selling local produce like cheese and bread, as the quality is often very good.
These simple and original constructions were used as a place to dry the harvests and store them.© Iakov Filimonov / 123RF
The horreos that you can still see in the villages today are extremely old. Some of them even date back to the Roman Empire.© Natursports / 123RF
Granaries were used to store cereals, vegetables, potatoes, cooked meats and other produce.© Maria Galan / age fotostock
These granaries have the advantage of being free of humidity, so their temperatures in winter are moderate and in summer cool.© asturianu / 123RF
The granaries were offered as dowries by parents for their daughters. If the daughter married outside of the village, the granary was taken apart and rebuilt near her new home.© Lukasz Janyst / 123RF