Completely Underestimated by Tourists

Spain offers its guests countless tourist hotspots. From beaches to mountain regions to great metropolitans. Art, culture, cuisine, and relaxation provide a wide range of activities for every visitor. However, not all areas of the country are fully developed for tourism. There are still areas that the economy has not discovered and one of such places undoubtedly includes Asturias. That is a corner of the country that we have underestimated entirely. Asturias, just like any other part of Spain, also has a lot of what visitors appreciate so much about the country. Nevertheless, there is no mass tourism here.

One of the most beautiful cities of this area is Llanes. It is only a few minutes from the attractive Quinta Guadalupe. The location has inspired numerous film directors, who have made countless movies within the city walls. The city dates to the 13th century and it is just as picturesque as the nearby beach bays and the waves that reflect the sun. Behind the town, you can see 2,000-meter-high mountain peaks.

Switzerland by the Sea

You also find one of the oldest nature reserves in Spain, which is called Pico de Europa. Such name as given not only because of the scenic beauty but also because of cheese. The locals like to call this area Switzerland by the sea. There are no fewer than 70 different types of cheese available here and the visitors appreciate those as much as the numerous Mediterranean treasures, including spider crabs and sea urchins.

Moreover, visitors can experience history up close. The 65 residents from Llanes were once onboard the famous Spanish Armada that sailed against England in 1588. The Spanish Civil War left its dramatic mark on the ruins of the monastery near the city. Interestingly, today you can also find a golf course which was once a landing site for German troops during World War 2.

A Cathedral in the Limestone

Even more, culture awaits the tourists in the idyllic port town of Ribadesella, which is split in half by the mouth of the Río Sella. Here you can find the historic old city and a glamorous seaside resort. There is also a high-altitude cathedral, which people built 700 meters into the limestone at the entrance to the village. It was once the meeting place for Cro-Magnon people. In the Cueva de Tito Bustillo, tens of thousands of years ago, these early modern humans decorated the walls with soft symbols of fertility and animal shapes. Presumably, numerous rites took place here.

A Cathedral in the Limestone
A Cathedral in the Limestone

What is more, you can marvel at the Gallery of Horses and the Gallery of Vulvae. Therefore, historians assume that this early human society was matriarchal. This epoch, when these early humans lived, is known today as the Magdalenian Age. However, the name has nothing to do with Maria Magdalena, but instead it goes back to a cultural stage at the end of the Ice Age. Today the cave in Asturias is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two examples mentioned in the article underline that this part of Spain is well worth the trip. Here visitors will find everything they appreciate about Spain and, most importantly, without crowds of tourists.