Asturias is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, especially for national travelers. In addition to its famous gastronomy and its spectacular beaches, the Principality also hosts spectacular routes through nature.

One of them, not as well known as others, is the so-called Dobra river route, in the Picos de Europa, very close to Covadonga. The route goes up this tributary of the River Sella until it ends at the San Vicente pot, a natural pool or pool of icy newborn waters capable of refreshing the warmest of days in the mountains.

As the portal collects Trips and routesTo get there, take the N-625 road in the direction of Puerto del Pontón. Once past the town of Tornín, in the council of Cangas de OnísWe will see a restaurant called Rio Dobra, next to which there is a small parking lot where we can leave the car. There the route begins.

Medieval bridge over the Dobra river.
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It is a short route without unevenness, but be careful, it is not without difficulty. Although most of the route is done on good terrain on the banks of the river, there are a couple of sections in which we will have to pass with our back against the wall and treading carefully, especially if it has rained before. Therefore, it is recommended to wear suitable footwear and avoid flip-flops or thin-soled slippers. For the same reason, it is not recommended to carry baby seats and to always carry the little ones by the hand in the narrowest sections.

In the first section of the route we will be able to contemplate the famous bridge over the Dobra. It is a medieval work, with a single arch, and whose floor is made with the remains of an old Roman road. It is a very picturesque place, but watch out for confusion, because the edge is barely high.

Image of the Dobra, a tributary of the Sella.
Image of the Dobra, a tributary of the Sella.
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After a journey of approximately one hour and after passing the aforementioned compromised sections (which in any case do not pose a serious danger beyond a good costalazo), we reached the prize of the Pot of San Vicente.

This pool has fresh water like few others, emerald green, which will be a refreshing pleasure for the bravest. Those who are sensitive to cold water won’t be able to do much more than stick a finger in.

Panoramic view of the Olla de San Vicente.
Panoramic view of the Olla de San Vicente.

It is recommended to wear booties to bathe, because the bottom of the pool, which in its deepest section reaches five meters, is made up of stones. In addition, if the river is flowing, a small waterfall forms at one end of the pool that can make the experience even more fun.

Around the pool, there is also a more open and wooded terrain, where we can have a picnic or recharge for the way back, which takes us back to the restaurant and the parking lot, to be able to finish the day enjoying the typical gastronomy of the Principality of Asturias.


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