Asturias Region

Discover “Green Spain” in the Asturias region..

Asturias region is situated in the Spanish north coast,
Bay of Biscay, facing the Cantabrian Sea.  The official tourism board
promotes this area as a “natural paradise”, its abundant
rainfall is a contrast of greenery in relation to the dry landscapes of
Southern Spain.  Among its mountains are some of the best Spanish
forests, where the last remaining bears of the Peninsula still stroll. 
It also has a long coast line, which alternates good beaches, beautiful
fishing villages as Luanco, Tazones, Llanes or Cudillero and high


Oviedo, the capital of
Asturias, is a charming town, one of the first Spanish cities where the
driving of cars has been banned from its historic quarters making it a
pleasure to walk the streets, stopping in its scrumptious bakeries,
shops and “chigres” bars where to drink the luscious cider of the
region.  Nearby is Santa Maria del Naranco, a stunning church of
peculiar and beautiful Asturian pre-Romanesque style.

In Asturias, in
addition to good wine, you can drink delicious cider and eat
mouthwatering food.  The national dish is a dish made of beans with chunks of
pork, la fabada, very popular not only in Asturias but all of Spain
(check out the recipe here). 
When eating in Asturias bring your appetite as the portions are usually
huge and the food whether it be fabada or any of its succulent meat or
fish dishes are delectable.  One cannot leave without trying a delightful
con leche
(rice pudding see Spanish Food Recipes) one of the best
Spanish desserts.


The other two well
known cities in Asturias, Gijón and Avilés, have recovered from their
industrial decline and now offer a great cultural scene.  The latest
examples are the cultural centers of La Laboral in Gijón and the Oscar
Niemeyer Center in Avilés. 

Asturias has a long
industrial tradition originating in its coal mines, today mining is
almost extinct but till recently talk of Asturias was to a large extent
of its coal mines.  In San Martín del Rey Aurelio, near Oviedo, is an
interesting Museum of Mining and Industry worth visiting.

Going back to the
vision of Asturias as a “natural paradise” let’s not forget the forests of Somiedo, the mountains of the Picos de Europa, the beaches of Llanes or
the small coves of Castropol where you can admire the spectacular sunset
over the river Eo.  To enjoy the best Asturias has to offer consider
staying in one of the Casonas Asturianas or small boutique hotels in its
extensive network of rural tourism.  Among these accommodations you will
be able to choose from beautifully refurbished 17th
century buildings or palaces built in the traditional regional
architecture or the so- called “casonas de indianos”, mansions  built by
returning Asturian emigrants who made their fortunes in Latin America
bringing back the colors and aesthetics from that continent.

Check out some of
these beautiful accommodations.


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