About Us

Matthew Pinker, the face behind BengaAsturias, is a passionate outdoor’s man and has spent many years exploring the hidden walks and trails – to say nothing of the places to stay and local specialities – of the region. He is now channeling this knowledge into designing and organising slack packing walking tours that capture the best that the area has to offer.

Born in London and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, he currently divides his time between Asturias and Cape Town where he works in the travel and tourism industry (see BengaAfrica).

Matthew’s unique grasp of two cultures and languages (he speaks fluent Spanish and English), his appreciation of the good life and extensive networks and connections in the region, makes him the ideal guide and facilitator for anyone planning to walk in Asturias.

"The walks through the Picos, and along the coast,take you through beautiful, unspoiled, parts of Spain. Matthew's knowledge of the country, food, and people contributes greatly to an unforgettable experience."

PETRO VORSTER - SEP 2016

Walking in the Picos with Matthew in July 2016 was one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives. It all seemed very relaxed but everything was efficiently managed. Matthew tailored the walks to meet the tastes and levels of fitness of all in the group, and he arranged for the less fit to cut out early in the day without spoiling it for those who wanted a full stretch. We can thoroughly recommend this for anybody over 70 who enjoys walking, and for their younger families and friends.

ILSE & TIM WILSON - JULY 2016

Beautiful, peaceful coastal walks through small villages, on clifftops and with wonderful beaches for swimming. The mountain hikes were breathtaking in their splendor, from snowy peaks to kilometres of fern forests and mountain streams. The small group of like-minded people made it easy and fun to socialize in the evenings. With Matthew taking responsibility for the logistics, we were freed up to enjoy and experience on foot some of Northern Spain away from tourists and crowds.

SHANNON DOWDALL - JULY 2015

My extended family of 7 did the 7 night walk in July 2014. We had a fantastic time – Matthew’s local knowledge and organisation meant the whole trip was hassle free and relaxing! It was a great way to see parts of Spain that would be difficult to access without the knowledge and assistance of a Spanish speaking guide.

STEPHEN DICKSON - 2014