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Visit to the Andía caves in Asturias

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A mysterious skull in the karst formations of the Andía caves

Who thinks to be stalactites or stalagmites in the caves of Andía It goes a little badly. In the western part of Asturias there are some very peculiar caves where vegetation is the queen in an extensive semi-enclosed valley where there are still trails and flora to explore.

Andía caves are located between the towns of Arancedo and Lebredo in the council of El Franco in the Western Asturias.

We arrived an hour before the doors closed and we could enjoy a guided tour inside the Andía caves - also called Andina caves.

This place was declared Natural Monument 2012 and visits are only conducted in a guided way with the purpose of preserving its natural state.

Initial entrance to the mysterious Natural Monument of the Andía Caves

The itinerary continues a path of about two kilometers long in a circular direction that crosses part of the deep valley.

A few meters from the start of the tour we find refugees in a humid area with abundant vegetation. It seemed as if we had suddenly entered a parallel world, surrounded by a karst formation that sometimes drew unsuspected figures on its walls.

The origin of the caves was born in the first and second century after Christ when the Romans used the area to extract gold. Still today we can observe perforations in the earth like the Forno del Mosqueiro or the Grayas cave.

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