Asturias is a hidden gem tucked away in northern Spain, it may be relatively unknown, but it is remarkably beautiful in a sort of a rugged way. There are beautiful green pastures, grand rivers, waterfalls, caves, ancient towns and cities, charming fishing villages and almost two hundred marvelous beaches. If you cannot decide between a beach holiday, a city break or a mountain hideaway, then Asturias is the place to go. For a vacation immersed in beautiful landscapes and to see nature at its finest this Iberian peninsular is hard to beat.
Don’t forget the friendly locals, their culture and the marvelous food and wine, and you could not choose somewhere better for a great family getaway. In this blog we look at some of the best places to stay in this enchanting part of Spain.
The first choice to make is do you want to stay in a town or the countryside? Most of the ancient towns and cities of Asturias have the normal hotel chains that you can find elsewhere, as well as independent local hostelries.
And there are endless places to stay in the countryside that vary from small hotels, farmhouses, and out of the way taverns. A town can give you various options, and a base to explore the surrounding countryside and beaches. Three of the top towns to stay in are Aviles, Gijon, and Oviedo which is the region’s captial. All of these cities are within easy driving distance of each other and a regular bus service connects them all.
One of the smallest towns in Asturias is Aviles and although there is not a great deal to do it is quite charming. You can stay at NH Collection Palacio Aviles if you really want to immerse yourself in the culture, as it is a restored castle in the very heart of town. Being based in the center you can find some charming local restaurants that will not break the bank and offer you the best of the regional food.
Really if you want to explore a place then by all means spend one or two days in a local town, but the real way to understand local culture is to get out into the country. See what the locals eat and drink, where they like to visit and the things they do in their spare time. The remainder of this blog is dedicated to individual places that offer great accommodation in the wilds of Asturias, where you can easily get back to nature and visit some amazing local sites.
La Casona de Con
This charming bed and breakfast offers superb mountain views and allows the traveler to take things slow and bask in their surroundings. La Casona de Con is in the very heart of the Picos de Europa, and the charming 18th Century hotel will give you a warm welcome. The hotel is perfect to explore and go hiking in the mountains to discover small villages that sell locally made cheese and cider. We continue with the best places to stay in Asturias in part two of this blog.