Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Asturias
Asturias is a beautiful region in the north coast of Spain. Asturias is known for its unspoilt greenery – so much so that has the nickname “natural paradise”. The natural landscapes vary from mountains to coast. The most developed area is the historic town of Oviedo, which has stunning landmarks and traditional architecture in the old part of the city that draws in tourists from around Europe.
Camino del Norte to Santiago de Compostela
Between these peaceful beaches are the main coastal areas in Asturias. This flat stretch of coastline is an obvious route for walking or cycling on holiday, though Asturias is not as popular with tourists as Southern Spain. Visiting the northern coast is a cultural experience few overseas tourists can claim to have savoured.
Oviedo Cathedral and classical architecture
Oviedo is a beautiful quaint city with historic landmarks in the style of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. The cathedral stands out above the city view with its impressive tower. The narrow, cobbled streets are busy with market trade and booming restaurants, yet the vibe is laid-back. Oviedo also has many churches, such as Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo, which are designated World Heritage Sites. Noble buildings like the Town Hall, Camposagrado Palace, Conde de Toreno Palace and University are not to be missed either. In the centre of Oviedo, is where Asturian locals go to relax in the verdant green spaces of the Park San Francisco. Trails mapping Las Ranas and La Fuentona Fountains allow visitors to meander on peaceful walks amongst the gardens and tree-lined paths. This park is not to be confused with the city in Florida, USA – though the park belonged to the San Francisco Convent until it opened to the public in the 19th century. There’s even a book fair every spring, with a unique floral atmosphere as visitors peruse old and new books in Spanish and English.
The small yet picturesque coastal village is ideal for sight-seeing and fishing on the med. Its restaurants serve locally sourced fresh fish dishes such as parrilladas de marisco (mixed grilled shellfish) or arroz caldoso (seafood and rice stew). Cudillero is attractive for Spaniards living inland, drawing thousands of native holidaymakers every year – and it’s easy to see why.
La Quinta de Guadalupe, Colombres
Within the tiny town of Colombres in the Ribadedeva municipality is a palace that used to be the mansion of Iñigo Noriega, a man born in Colombres who emigrated to Mexico in the 19th century. A large number of Northern Spaniards left their homes and became “Indianos” by emigrating to Argentina, Mexico and Cuba before returning to their hometowns to build mansions, as well as churches, hospitals and schools. Most of the privately owned homes which were left abandoned were painted in bright colours and remain unspoilt from when they were built between 1870 and 1936. So, pick a destination you prefer and have a great trip!