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Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain
Photo CC-by-SA Mick Stephenson
Asturias Accommodation Options:
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Running along Spain's rugged northern coast, the Principality of Asturias has plenty to offer the visitor, including award-winning beaches, beautiful traditional towns surrounded by gorgeous countryside, prehistoric cave paintings and delicious and unique cheeses.

Asturias is bordered on the east by Cantabria, on the south by Castilla y León, on the west by Galicia (Lugo), and on the north by the Cantabrian Sea.

The rugged coastline of the Costa Verde (or Green Coast) stretches along for around 90 miles, with plenty of quaint fishing villages to visit along the way. As for the beaches, many of these pristine stretches of sand have been labeled “Blue Flag” due to the clean water and sand and the availability of amenities, including access for the handicapped. 

Playa de Torimbia, Asturias, Spain
Eleven 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 mountains.

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. 

Cabrales cheese public domain by Jon SullivanThere 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.

Featured tour:

Picos de Europa The high peaks of Green Spain Self guided Walking Tour
Enjoy an 8-day trip walking trip during which youll stay on the north side doing easy or more difficult day walks around the Eastern and Central massiffs.. read more
Asturias Accommodation Options:
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