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Asturias is a picture-perfect combination of mountainous landscape, rugged coastline, religious sites and medieval architecture. This untouched beauty of Spain is beautifully wedged between Galicia and Cantabria, and tourists seem to share a certain enthusiasm for this magnificent location. The greenness is what catches the eye when you first set foot on the land of the thousand experiences. Cramming into its territories is everything from sandy beaches snowy mountains, modest tapas bars to avant-garde restaurants.
1. Climb the Picos de Europa
One of the main reasons why people flock to this natural paradise is definitely for the lush mountains filled with snowcapped peaks – this is definitely not the image of a conventional Spain you might have in your mind. And the vast horizon is best described by the magnificent Picos de Europa mountains. Everything is just perfect – the gorges, the valleys, the rocky crests and the vast glacial lakes – making up for a perfect hiking spot for the thrill-seekers.
2. Awe-inspired by the Oviedo Cathedral
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The Cathedral of San Salvador is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the city’s most impressive structure with a tall spire that extends upwards, dominating the old town with its Gothic style elegance. Though this place of worship was mostly built in the Gothic style, it has its fair share of some Baroque and Renaissance elements, such as the vaulted roof and the Royal Pantheon where the bodies of the monarchs of Asturias are kept.
- Name: Oviedo Cathedral
- Address: Plaza de Alfonso II El Casto, s/n, 33003 Oviedo, Asturias
- Phone No: +34985219642
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 13:00 & 16:00 to 18:00
- Website: http://catedraldeoviedo.com/en/
3. Get Acquainted with the Cider Culture
There are three things that better describe the northern borders of the Asturias – the Picos de Europa mountains, the stunning coastline and the beautiful seaside villages. Then there’s the local cider culture which is as fascinating as the cider itself. Cider has been a significant part of the Asturian culture for centuries. In fact, the average person in Asturias is believed to consume over 50 liters of cider per year. You’ll find cider bars at almost every little corner in Asturias.
4. Admire Spanish Cave Art
This World-Heritage designated cave is one of the most impressive Paleolithic art collections in the world, known for preserving the finest of Spain’s cave art, including the marvelous horse paintings. The caves tour has limited admission each day, so advance reservation is essential. Out of the 12 clusters of paintings in the cave, only the Panel Principal is put on display.
- Name: Cuevas de Tito Bustillo
- Address: Avenida de Tito Bustillo, Ribadesella, Spain
- Phone No: +34985185860
- Opening Hours: Mid Mar-Oct Daily 10:00 to 17:00
- Website: http://www.centrotitobustillo.com/
5. Back to the Ancient World
Housed in the restored 16th-century Benedictine monastery of Saint Vicente, this fascinating museum takes you back in the ancient world through videos and informative artifact displays. Among its varied collections are the prehistoric cave art, relics from the Pre-Romanesque buildings and sections of Asturian Ethnography, Medieval, Heraldry and Modern Epigraphy.
- Name: Museo Arqueologico de Asturias
- Address: Calle San Vicente, 3, 33003 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
- Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 09:30 to 20:00, Sun 09:30 to 15:00
- Website: http://www.museoarqueologicodeasturias.com/
6. Fall for the Gorgeous Fishing Towns
There’s a plethora of gorgeous seaside fishing towns along the stunning coastline of Asturias that create a picturesque setting for a romantic walk. The colorful houses, the brightly colored boats parked in the quiet harbors, the turquoise waters, and a tranquil atmosphere – these are just a few elements that move completely unchanged in these vibrant fishing villages.
7. Walk along the Playa de Torimbia
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Classified as a popular nudist beach since the 1960s, the Playa de Torimbia is one of the Spain’s finest beaches surrounded by the bustling countryside and the rocky headlands. You have to cross the town of Niembro, towards the hill atop the Cape of Prieto. From here a short walk along the pedestrian walkway takes you to the beach.
- Name: Playa de Torimbia
- Address: Niembro, Llanes | Concejo de Llanes, 33595Nueva de Llanes, Llanes, Spain
8. Visit the Cueva del Pindal
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A prehistoric cave in northern Spain among the wooded sea-cliffs, the World-Heritage listed Cueva del Pindal showcases 31 Paleolithic paintings and ancient engravings of horses, including some rare depictions of a mammoth and other recognizable figures.
- Name: Cueva del Pindal
- Address: Ribadedeva, 33590, Asturias, Spain
- Phone No: +34608175284
9. Meet the Friendliest People
While the Spanish people are considered generally a friendly bunch, once they get acquainted, but the Asturians are exceptional in their own unique ways. Besides the fact that Asturias in every way has a small-town vibe to it, almost nothing compares to the attitude and kindness of its locals.
10. Taste the Amazing Seafood
When it comes to seafood, Asturias has plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants that provide the best culinary experience. Almost every meal here has some type of seafood stuffed in it, which will literally blow away your senses. The restaurants here are known for the classic Asturian flavors and they delight their customers with their rotating menu.
Have a good trip and travel!