A CONSERVATION JOURNEY
FUNDACIÓN OSO PARDO
On this immersive journey into the wild beauty of Asturias, northern Spain, you will meet the team behind the world-leading conservation organisation, Fundación Oso Pardo, and witness the results of 25 years of invaluable conservation work as you explore some of Europe’s last remaining wilderness.
As well as European brown bears, the Cantabrian Mountains are home to the Iberian wolf, Cantabrian chamois and an extensive and beautiful variety of plant life.
We offer exclusive access to an extraordinary conservation area and the team behind its protection.
From hiking to sampling some of the region’s delicacies, we create an individual experience that is tailor-made to you. Disconnect from the stress of daily life and savour being out in the wild – rewild yourself.
WHEN TO GO April – June; September – October
GROUP SIZE Minimum 6 people
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL
Land at Oviedo Airport and transfer directly to Parador De Corias, a spectacular converted monastery in the historic mountain town of Cangas Del Narcea.
Enjoy a welcome presentation from the Fundación Oso Pardo (FOP) team and dinner together in the comfort of this beautiful 11th century building.
DAY 2 – BEAR WATCHING
Wake up to views of the magnificent mountain landscape and Narcea River. After an early coffee, depart with the FOP team to explore the region.
Visit some of the secret spots the FOP Bear Patrol uses to study brown bears in their natural habitat. With luck, you might see cubs swinging from the cherry trees with their mother watching on!
Enjoy a day exploring on foot and by 4×4, stopping for a leisurely brunch at a secret rustic spot only locals know.
Return to the monastery that afternoon for a film screening, followed by cocktails and dinner.
DAY 3 – EXPLORE ASTURIAS
This morning is left free for further wildlife watching or a leisurely start. Depending on your interests, head to the coast to enjoy world renowned seafood or dinner at Nacho Manzano’s 2 Michelin Star ‘Casa Marcial.’
Spend the night in the renowned 5* Palacio De Luces on the northern coast of Spain.
Or, head inland through two National Parks towards the Picos De Europa mountain range. Arrive in the remote mountain village of Caleao to watch for more wildlife and enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings, visiting local craftsmen and artisans.
Spend the night in the picturesque Hotel Tierra Del Agua.
DAY 4 – DEPARTURE
Enjoy a lazy morning in the hotel and a final breakfast in the mountains.
Depending on your departure arrangements, you can explore the coastline or head to Santander for lunch before flying home from Santander or Bilbao.
TAILOR YOUR TRIP
Explore the Cantabrian coast – this hidden gem of Spain offers great surfing, fantastic seafood and many delightful coastal villages to discover.
Take a tour of the region’s best secret local lunch spots and enjoy a special dinner party at the two Michelin star Casa Marcial, hosted by our friend Nacho Manzano himself.
Extend the trip for a day or two and discover the wonderful city of Bilbao – the famous Guggenheim museum awaits!
IT’S REALLY OPENED OUR EYES TO THAT CORNER OF EUROPE AND TO THE WORK THAT IS GOING ON THERE; WE WERE VERY PRIVILEGED TO GET ACCESS TO THE FUNDACIÓN, AND WE HAVE SOME WONDERFUL MEMORIES TO TREASURE.
SUSANNA KING-CHRISTOPHER, 2018
FUNDACIÓN OSO PARDO
Fundación Oso Pardo was founded in 1992 with the aim of contributing to the study and conservation of the endangered brown bear in Spain, its habitat and the cultural surroundings in which this endangered species lives.
The Foundation consists of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and experts in biodiversity conservation, environmental educators, communicators and rangers. The team has been integral to the protection and restoration of the brown bear population and its habitat in Asturias.
Its work includes the conservation and restoration of high interest habitats, monitoring the bear population, research, the fight against poaching, training and environmental education and the prevention of conflicts between bears and humans.
The European Nature Trust has been supporting the work of FOP since 2017. We believe the benefits of their work extend far beyond the unique biodiversity of the environment – to the surrounding local communities and to the entirety of Europe, and, ultimately, the rest of the world.
Visiting FOP with us directly contributes to their conservation, wildlife and educational projects on the ground.