Things Not to be Missed in Asturias – Part 2
In part one of this blog we discovered the enchanting medieval city of Llanes, and visited a Cideria to sample some locally made cider. And we continue our tour of magical Asturias to encounter even more stunning scenery and to find great things to do.
The Spanish know that some of the most beautiful beaches in the country are not the crowded holiday beaches of the south. They are to be found along the rugged coastline of the north of Spain, and a perfect example of this is the superb beach that hugs the beautiful and colorful town of Ribadesella. Visiting the enchanting seaside town of Ribadesella is like taking a trip back in time, with many people enjoying the simpler things in life. Such as taking a parasol down to the beach and simply enjoying a day with family and friends. Or if you are feeling a little more active why not take a boat out and get a real chance to see the stunning coastline from a different perspective.
When night falls you can take a gentle stroll into town to enjoy a dinner of freshly caught seafood. The delicious morsels from the sea can be washed down with a refreshing glass of local cider. Perhaps you can even spend a day by visiting the mysterious Cueva de Tito Bustillo, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only ten minutes’ walk from town this marvelous series of caves have some fine examples of sketches and drawings that date back thirty five thousand years to prehistoric times.
Some Spaniards think that the sleepy little town of Cudillero is the prettiest in Asturias, on first viewing this gorgeous quaint harbor town is straight from a picture postcard such is its beauty. Cudillero is surrounded by sprawling hills and the highly colorful houses seem to cascade down from the headland right down to the water’s edge. Most of the activity in Cudillero takes place around the harbor, and in the evening you can take a leisurely stroll down the tiny narrow streets to visit one of the quaint seafood restaurants for dinner and watch the brightly painted fishing boats return with their daily catch.
Gijon is the perfect place to discover both the old and the new of Asturias. With its busy active harbor there is always something going on in Gijon and is the liveliest place on our tour of Asturias yet. Make sure you take a visit up to Parque del Cerro de Santa Catalina, the vistas from this lovely park are superb. You can get some of the most fabulous ocean views along with admiring the many great sculptures in the park such as Elogio del Horizonte.
Back in the center of town most people head to Plaza Mayorth which has to be one of the prettiest squares in Spain. The narrow streets that lead to the square are full of small restaurants and bijou shops selling all manner of local crafts and arts. If it is sea, sun and sand that you are looking for then there are some great beaches around Gijon such as Serin, La Nora, Penarrubia, and Estano. In the concluding part of our discovery of Asturias we visit even more great places in this part of northern Spain.