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Asturias

Asturias

The Region of Asturias is particularly popular with nature lovers and peace seekers. In addition to the fantastic, rugged nature, the state, which is the only one of Spain’s autonomous regions with the title “principality,” has a fascinating history.

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History

It is the only region on the Iberian peninsula that has never been occupied by the Moors and has always remained Christian. The area, traditionally inhabited by farmers and fishers, was seen as too weak at the time. The region nevertheless flourished during the Roman period. You can still find Classic elements in the local architecture, which is called the Asturian pre-roman style. All buildings in this style are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Most of these structures date from the time that Asturias was a kingdom. The title of the state changed to “principality” after Spain was reclaimed from the Moors and became a kingdom. The crown prince still bears the title “Prince of Asturias.”

Major cities

Gijón at night

The largest city in the region is the atmospheric port city of Gijón, which was founded more than 2000 years ago and already played an important role during Roman times. However, the ancient medieval town of Oviedo is the capital of the area. Here you will find most examples of the Asturian architectural style. The nearby port city of Avilés is the third-largest city in the region. Most residents of Asturias live and work in this triangle of towns. Popular among tourists is the village of Ribadesella, situated on a bay and surrounded by mountains.

 

Caves and Beaches

In addition to white sandy beaches, you will find the caves “Cueva de Tito Bustillo” and “Cuevona de Argüelles.” Here are Cave paintings of more than 14,000 years old. Another popular tourist resort is the fishing village of Llanes, where you can find the most beautiful beaches, including the popular Playa de Gulpiyurri. For tasty fresh fish and coloured fisherman’s houses, you have to visit charming Cudillero.

Costa Verde

Asturias has a temperate maritime climate, making it colder than in the rest of Spain. It makes it a popular holiday destination for people from the hot, dry south of Spain.
The Cantabrian Mountains lie along the entire length of the coast. It causes a high rainfall along the coast, which has given it the name Costa Verde, or “green coast.” The rest is also green and rugged, and there are various nature reserves, each with many walking and cycling routes. Picos de Europa National Park is the largest nature reserve in Europe.

 

Panorama of Lake Enol in Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain

 

Nature

In Asturias, there are particular animals such as chamois, vultures, golden eagles, and even wolves and bears. In Sierra de Tameza you will find a small bear reserve. The best place to spot them in the wild is the Somiedo nature reserve. This park is also worth to visit because of the fantastic view. The Sierra del Aramo park is known for its breathtaking view.

 

Adventure Travel – A Brief Overview Of Asturias

Asturias is a region of northern Spain that is famous for its stunning scenery and rich culture. It is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. This article will give you a brief overview of what Asturias has to offer in terms of adventure travel.

 

Things to do in Asturias

There are a number of activities to do in Asturias. These include white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching, golf, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, swimming, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, and even hang gliding. You can also visit the area’s many museums, art galleries, castles, historic buildings, fortresses, palaces, and monasteries. There are also numerous festivals held throughout the year.

Asturias is also home to some of the best beaches in Spain. These include Playa de San Lorenzo, Playa del Sardinero, Playa de la Dehesa, Playa de El Saler, and Playa de San Juan. Many of these beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag award, which indicates that they meet strict standards set by the European Union. In addition, there are several nature reserves that are located in Asturias. These nature reserves include Sierra de Gredos, Monte Perdido National Park, and the Natural Park of the Sierra de Caudal.

Oviedo

One of the most famous cities in Asturias is Oviedo. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and was founded around 1000 AD. The city has an impressive cathedral, a Roman amphitheatre, and a number of other interesting buildings. It is also known as the “City of Three Cultures.” These cultures include the Roman, the Celtic, and the Visigothic.

Lugo

Another important city in Asturias is Lugo. This city is famous for its beautiful architecture, including its many churches, convents, and monasteries. It is also known as “the Pearl of the West.”

 

Asturias is a popular destination for adventure travellers. It offers a variety of activities that range from extreme sports to relaxing pastimes. Whether you are looking for something to do during your next vacation or want to explore a new area, Asturias has plenty to offer.

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