5 Beautiful Places You Should Visit in Asturias
Have you ever heard of the region in Spain called Asturias?
It is not very well known among tourists because the Spanish keep the best for themselves.
Asturias is a very traditional part of the country in Europe, with beautiful national parks, high mountains and magnificent cliffs on the ocean. Here are the 5 beautiful places you should visit in Asturias.
Find out more about the Asturias region in this ultimate guide.
Asturias is full of picturesque small towns and villages on the shore surrounded by mountains. Renting a car, you can visit most of them in a few days, while buses arrive and leave only once or twice a day. The town of Cudillero can be regarded as the best of those coastal settlements.
You definitely need to visit this place, if you are going to Asturias. I recommend trying some local dishes made of fish accompanied with famous Asturian cider, differing with its natural sour taste and no gas added. You can also climb up the hill and enjoy the view of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean.
The capital of Asturias, and, probably, the most traditional town in the region is Oviedo. People live here like as though they are living in ancient times, without international brands and lots of advertising on the streets. The city looks like it is 16th century, which is even more highlighted by the fact that the famous Camino de Santiago (St. James Way) goes through Oviedo, and hundreds of pilgrims visit the city and its beautiful cathedral.
There are several beautiful parks in the city, interesting archeological and historical museums, unusual statues and a futuristic (in contrast to the whole city) shopping mall designed by the famous Spanish architect from Valencia Santiago Calatrava (you can find the unusual forms of his buildings all around the world).
Picos de Europa
Picos de Europa is a beautiful national park full of mountains with sharp tops. The national park is so big that it is located on the territory of three regions: Asturias, Cantabria, and Castille and Leon. The mountains are tall enough to go skiing there even being in hot Spain. The highest peak is Torre de Cerredo, which is 2650 meters tall.
Apart from beautiful nature, there are many small farms with cows, sheep, and goats. Some of the farms also produce a piquant Cabrales cheese. You can find more interesting things to do in Picos de Europa visiting its official website.
Another nice coastal town which has a long beach line and picturesque views of the nearby mountains is Ribadesella. Ribadesella is also a hometown to Queen Letizia of Spain. The famous competition called Descenso Internacional del Sella takes place here every first weekend of August. At that weekend, oarsmen from all around the world come here to try to cover the final 20 km of the Sella River faster than the others. The town is also interesting for the pre historic Tito Bustillo caves, open all year round.
Santa Cueva de Covadonga
Santa Cueva de Covadonga is one of the most important in the history of Asturias. During the time of Spanish occupation by the moors, the region was independent thanks to the heroic battle on Covadonga. The battle not only helped to protect the land, it also started the process of Reconquista (the regaining of the territory of Iberian Peninsula).
Santa Cueva de Covadonga is a Catholic sanctuary situated on a mountain with picturesque natural sights surrounding it.
These are the top 5 beautiful places to visit in Asturias.
The region is full of great landmarks that are not very well known among tourists, so you can enjoy them without crowds of people taking pictures and locals trying to sell souvenirs. Have a great time in Asturias!
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