The Collados del Asón Nature Park has been declared a national park since 1999
A little more than 35 kilometres from Ampuero you can find the natural park of the Asón hills. Declared a national park in 1999 and included in the network of protected natural spaces of Cantabria in 2006, it offers landscapes that could well appear in series such as Game of Thrones or in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Dream landscapes, places to enjoy nature. You will find all this and much more in the Collados del Asón Nature Reserve.
To start with, this impressive waterfall. Its 70-metre drop makes the Asón waterfall an essential place to visit. It is also considered to be the source of the river itself.
The river itself offers you postcards like the one that accompanies these lines. In fact, both its main course and that of its tributaries, the Gándara and the Carranza in its Cantabrian section, are listed as a Special Area of Conservation, in addition to the fact that a large part of its headwaters form part of the aforementioned natural park.
One of the characteristics of the park is the coexistence of the acid-Atlantic deciduous forest and the Cantabrian holm oak forest. The forest is made up of beech trees, but you can also find Enel birches and Pyrenean oaks.
As for the fauna, there is a wide variety of birds, mammals and fish. Griffon vultures, short-toed eagles, goshawks and Egyptian vultures are some of the inhabitants of the sky. Meanwhile, the ground is the property of wild boar, roe deer and foxes, as well as bats in the many caves that exist within the park. Finally, in the rivers you can find both the common trout and the Atlantic salmon.
Charles V spent the night of 6-7 October 1556 in Ampuero on his final journey to the Monastery of Yuste.