Away from mass tourism, for people who love nature and Celtic culture.
Asturias is both an autonomous region and a province, with the capital Oviedo.
The largest city in the region is Gijón.
Asturias is the only part of Spain that has not been under Moorish rule. The region has a Celtic culture.
The landscape offers rugged rocky coasts, mighty mountain ranges and sleepy villages.
In the Picos de Europa nature reserve you can choose from dozens of shorter hiking trails, 2 long-distance hiking trails (GRs) and 4 high mountain routes.
The coast is varied and rocky, full of small bays and beaches. There are picturesque villages by the sea. A wonderful way to discover the Asturian coast is via the Camino del Norte, one of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela.
About the climate
Asturias has a cool and very temperate maritime climate.
The relatively low-temperate coast in summer is a popular holiday resort for people from the rest of Spain.
Food and drink
The fabada asturiana is a dish of white beans and meats such as chorizo, blood sausage pork.
In addition, Asturias is known for its cheeses. The most famous of these is the cabrales, a blue veined cow cheese.
But most of all the principality is known for the different types of cider that come from. Due to the fermentation process that is used, Asturian cider does not contain carbon dioxide.
Oviedo is the capital of Asturias and well worth a visit. More than 200,000 people live in 2016. It has a beautiful old city center with a maze of streets, squares and a large cathedral. Examples of popular seaside resorts are Ribadesella and Llanes.
The city has many attractions such as the Santo Tomás de Canterbury churches and the San Nicolás de Bari, both of which date from the thirteenth century. The names show the influence of trade in the Middle Ages. There are also some non-religious monuments, such as the baroque palace Camposagrando.