beaches in all have received the prestigious award, with three located
around the town of Llanes and two in the seaside town of Cudillero.
The beach pictured above right is the almost completely deserted and beautiful
Playa de Torimbia.
While there may be less on
offer in the way of urban activities in Asturias, the countryside is a
wonderland of pristine forest, hiking trails and mountain climbing.
Many areas in Asturias are now protected natural areas and include biosphere
reserves and natural preserves and parks. One of the best of these
is the National Park of the Picos de Europa which was declared a protected
area back in 1918 - see the wide photo above and that below of these magnificent
Asturias has been a popular
area since around the Iron Age and evidence of this can be seen in the
many prehistoric cave paintings found in the area.
are five caves which have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list,
including the Tito Bustillo cave with beautiful Paleolithic paintings.
The Covaciella paintings in Cabrales feature a famous bison painting.
El Pindal cave in Ribadedevea has incredibly complete paintings.
Cheese lovers will definitely
enjoy a visit to Asturias, which is actually known in certain circles as
the “land of cheese.” Most of the region’s specialities are produced
on a small scale, using the traditional techniques.
The most famous cheese in
the area is Cabrales, pictured right. There are many cheese shops
selling these delicious wares along the coast.
The most important cities
in Asturias are the communal capital, Oviedo, Gijón, the seaport
and largest city in the region and also the industrial city of Avilés.
Another town of interest is Cangas de Onís where a magnificent Parador
can be found.