Browsing For Bears

Browsing For Bears in Asturias

Cantabrian BearOur Browsing for Bears tour is based in Northern Spain, in the region of Asturias.  This tour operates in Spring and late Summer. After centuries of being hunted down, the bear has become the most protected, loved, and emblematic creature to roam wild in Asturias. Nowadays local people are proud to be living alongside bears.

Animal life abounds in the natural park of Asturias with over 180 species of vertebrates (4 fish, 11 amphibian, 10 reptile, around 120 bird and 40 mammal) species.

Cantabrian BearMost common are roe deer, red deer and chamois, but there is no doubting the most iconic animal in Asturias is the bear. Other  species  in the reserve would include alpine newt, grey partridge, black woodpecker, broom hare, beech marten and wolf. This tour can also sometimes provide excellent wildcat sightings in the high, mountain pastures.

It is an excellent area for golden eagle, griffon and Egyptian vultures, but in the end the focus of this tour is the Cantabrian Brown Bear

The Area

Spanish TeitoThe Asturian district, with its deep valleys and peaks of over 2,000 metres high, contains excellent examples of glacial lakes resting above vast tracts of deciduous woodland. The whole area was declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco in 2000, and biodiversity conservation works hand in hand with the everyday life of this farming community.

WildcatAsturian “branas” continue the traditional pastoral culture lost to many other mountain areas of Europe. The thatched huts are still very much in use today, continuing an ancestral way of managing livestock and utilising pastureland.

Accommodation & Prices

HotelGuests are lodged in a local family-run hotel in the heart of bear watching country.  The hotel we use is in a commanding position on the outskirts of the charming, bustling village. All rooms are en suite with views of the National Park and the dining is traditional, home-cooked fare.

Pickup and drop off is at Madrid or Asturias (Oviedo) airport. All transport is by private, air-conditioned vehicle.

John HallowellThe cost of this 4 day/3 night tour is £865 per person but it can easily be extended to suit individual requirements. Single room supplement is £195. This cost is fully inclusive of all land transport, bed, breakfast, and evening meal with drinks, plus light lunch and of course our services as your guides throughout the whole tour.

We find that this tour can be combined very successfully with our Watching for Wolves tour to provide a fantastic, two-centre Wolf/Bear experience. Contact us for further details if interested.