We are Astrid and Thomas, Dutchmen living in Asturias, Spain since 2007. We left the Netherlands in search of a more simple lifestyle. First we bought an old house somewhat more to the west, to use as a stepping stone. After a further two-year search we bought this sloping piece of land with an old barn on it. Fontebona. With many ups and downs, but surely with a lot of fun we built a very pleasant life here.
The way we are living is lowtech, playful, creative and off-the-grid. We live in and with nature as much as possible. Which we enjoy thoroughly. Our life is simple and stress avoiding.
Fontebona is a small-scale eco-retreat where you can follow us along while we do our daily activities or participate in special activities. In between times you relax near your own tent or in one of our rental tents. We can also find you accomodation nearby.
You can participate, but there's no obligation whatsoever to do so. As far as we're concerned it's all up to you. See it as a natural and informal thing. Your curiosity is raised by something, you ask us about it and we take our time to answer. Or to show you around. Explain things.
Hey? No camp-site then? No no. We are not a camp-site. Yes, that's how we wanted and concocted it once upon a time. But the Asturian rules leave no room for our kind of small-scaled projects.
Now it happens that we always liked to share our knowledge with our guests and wanted to let other people tell about their experiences as well. An exchange of knowledge on all levels, local to international, young to old, farmer to globetrotter. Where the neighbour-beekeeper tells about his favourite hive. And during a walk the forester shows you bits of nature you would otherwise have passed without noticing. So now we're a eco-retreat where you can learn from us, from one another and from experts about a life in and closer to nature.
To formalize the set-up of our eco-retreat we founded Asociación Fontebona, centre to promote life in the open air, in 2016. Fontebona is registered under number 11741 in the Registro de Asociaciones del Principado de Asturias.
Our activities are
Our activities usually have a relation with life in the open air and a self-sustaining existence. In the summer season you can simply follow us along. The average day offers so many interesting things already. In the other seasons we take more time to study subjects in depth during special activities of one or several days.
What's there to be learned at Fontebona then? Well, what not? From scraping out donkey hooves to building a new wall of hazelnut branches. From visiting a museum because we feel like it and everyone who wants to can join in, to a walk in the Picos because not only us but also our guests fancy a hike.
You will find more examples on the page activities
We ask 10 euros per person per day. Free for children up to 2 years. If you come with your own tent, it shouldn't be too big because of the limited sizes of our terraces. Please contact us about who, what, where, when and how, and we will register you as a participant. As long as there are places available of course.
Apart from following us, you can do beautiful walks from Fontebona. With or without donkeys. And if Fontebona is not your thing, but you do like the surrounding, then maybe you will like our little cabin in the Picos de Europa: http://casainimini.fontebona.es/
o days when you can follow us, courses of one or several days
o course- annex reception building
o 15 places on 2 hectares, for course activities or tents
o the sanitary facilities, warm showers included, are simple but good
o panoramic shower
o modest bar-restaurant annex shop
o cars only at the parking place
o 1 communal socket on solar power
o 2 fire places
o courses, rental tent, walks and donkey hikes, little rental cabin Casa Inimini in the Picos de Europa
o general information and documentation about Asturias available
o water from our own spring. Fontebona (Good Spring) is named after the spring on our land
Would you want some information, make a reservation or to visit us? Please contact us prior via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mobile phone (+34671507451 or +34722217451) about your plans. We speak English fluently.
Fontebona is a strongly hilly terrain with many trees and beautiful panoramic views. The grounds are inaccessible to vehicles. You can park your vehicle on the adjacent parking field.
In a straight line, Fontebona is situated less than 3 kilometres south of Infiesto in the municipality of Piloña, Asturias. Driving from Infiesto in the direction Campo de Caso on the AS-254, 600 metres after kilometre marker 3, turn left (opposite to a abandoned house). Follow the green direction arrows/triangulars. You reach Fontebona by following a concrete track first (about 600 metres), and 250 metres of dirt road at the end.
gps + googlemaps 43.324819, -5.381672
|Picos de Europa||30 km, 25 min.|
|El Sueve||15 km, 15 min.|
|Ponga||30 km, 20 min.|
|Redes||10 km, 10 min.|
|Playa de Fontebona||1 km, 5 min.|
|Swimming pool, Infiesto (high season)||3 km, 5 min.|
|Playa de Rodiles||40 km, 35 min.|
|Playa de la Griega||35 km, 30 min.|
|Playa de Vega||40 km, 40 min.|
|Playa de Ribadesella||45 km, 30 min. |feve 50 min.|
|Infiesto||< 4 km, < 10 min.|
|Cangas de Onís||30 km, 25 min. |alsa 30 min.|
|Oviedo||50 km, 45 min. |feve 67 min.|
|Gijón||55 km, 50 min. |feve 100 min.|
|El Laboral, ciudad de la Cultura, Gijón||55 km, 50 min.|
|La cueva de Tito Bustillo, Ribadesella||45 km, 30 min. |feve 50 min.|
|Museo de la Sidra, Nava||20 km, 15 min. |feve 20 min.|
|Museo del Jurásico de Asturias, Colunga||35 km, 30 min.|
|Zoo La Grandera, Soto de Cangas||35 km, 30 min.|
|Jardín Botánico Atlántico, Cabueñes Gijón||50 km, 50 min.|
|Descenso del Sella, Arriondas||25 km, 20 min. |feve 30 min.|
|Acuario de Gijón||55 km, 50 min. |feve 100 min.|
Itinerary from Infiesto to Fontebona (PDF, 900 kB)
gps + googlemaps 43.324819, -5.381672
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33537 Lozana s/n, Infiesto (ASTURIAS)
+34 671507451 or +34 722217451 (Telegram)