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Water, Taramundi and a hiking route

Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Asturias and also in Spain, Taramundi conserves all the character of the villages of yesteryear. In addition to its houses of traditional architecture, it is surrounded by a magnificent natural environment, crossed by several hiking trails, including the Taramundi Water Route. A route that takes us back in time, through its little more than 14 km, taking water as a common thread, so important in the development of Taramundi and its inhabitants.


Itinerary of the Taramundi Water Route

From Taramundi to Os Esquíos 4.6 Km

We start this walking route taking the tourist office of Taramundi (0h 00min), as our reference point and start descending towards Mazonovo. Shortly after leaving the village we come across the information signs of the PR-AS 17, which mark the detour we are about to take. This detour avoids the long bend in the road. Once again on tarmac, we follow its course, passing the Mills Museum, in Mazonovo.​

We start to climb up the road until we come to the start of the path that we must follow, perfectly signposted by the white and yellow markings on our route.

The dense forest that surrounds us gives us beautiful spots such as the one formed by the Turía river and the Escaderna bridge, which we cross to continue ascending. Once again we come out onto a road that we continue to climb. A little further on we come to the turn-off that leads to the Salgueira waterfall. A more than advisable detour a little more than 800 m up the path that goes up the course of the river to this beautiful corner of the Taramundi water route. Back on the road we only have to follow the ascending course of the river that takes us directly to Os Esquíos (1h 30min).


From Esquios to As Veigas 2.6 Km

In this picturesque village the Taramundi water route splits, offering us a circular route and forcing us to decide which of the two options we continue on. In our case, when we come to the fork we decide to head towards As Veigas. This part of the route takes us through a leafy forest of chestnut, birch and oak trees. Almost without noticing it, the pretty village of As Veigas (2h 05min) appears before us.


From As Veigas to Os Teixóis 3.2 Km

Once again in As Veigas we have two options, the first one allows us to extend our itinerary a little bit, making a small circular route that would take us back to the official route. And the second one makes us cross the village to take directly the old path that leads to our next stop. We continue along the route, now crossing the opposite side of the Turía valley, at the same time as we enjoy the panoramic views that the route offers us. This part of the route we constantly carry the road to Taramundi above our heads. We cross this road to continue descending until we reach Os Teixóis (2h 50min).


From Os Teixóis to Os Esquíos 1.5 Km

Once we have enjoyed the ethnographic site of Os Teixóis, we start the return journey that will take us back to Os Esquíos. A route that takes us along the course of the Das Mestas stream, once again tackling a short stretch of road. We then descend to the banks of the river Turía, cross it and start the steep ascent that leaves us at the gates of Os Esquíos (3h 15min).


From Os Esquíos to Taramundi 2.6 Km

From here we only have to return to Taramundi (4h 15min), following our steps, without going back to the Salgueira waterfall, unless we have not visited it before.

Tips for doing the water route in Taramundi

1-Although many sites, including the official ones, classify this route as easy, it is a route that has the occasional demanding ramp.

2-Initially there are no complicated areas, but the humidity of some sections makes them quite slippery.​

3-Along the route you have several rest areas, ideal for enjoying the scenery and lunch.

4-Autumn is perhaps one of the best times to do the route, as the forests have been dyed in the typical reddish and ochre colours of the season.

Waypoints of the route
1-Taramundi 0h 00min 240 m 0 km 29T 653285 4802467
2-Os Esquíos 1h 30min 320 m 4,6 Km 29T 654721 4800924
3-As Veigas 2h 05min 340 m 7,2 Km 29T 655159 4798896
4-Os Teixóis 2h 50min 310 m 10,4 Km 29T 655728 4800509

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Slope acumulate. 1450 m Slope positive. 725 m Slope negative. 725 m

Maximum altitude. 420 m Minimum altitude. 180 m

Profile of the Taramundi Water Route

Profile of the Taramundi Water Route


Topographical map of the Taramundi Water Route

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 25-3 y 49-1 1:25.000".

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Taramundi has up to 6 hiking routes, including this one, all of which are signposted. At the tourist office we can obtain all the information about the different routes, as well as their characteristics.

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The museums along the route will allow you to learn more about the customs and daily life of the people of this part of Asturias. The museum of the mills, which has 18 of them in operation, or the ethnographic museum of Esquíos, where you can see, for example, the tools that were used many years ago.

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Route information updated on 28-08-2020. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.

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