It is always a good time to travel to Asturias. Few places combine as many beauties, contrasts, experiences and dream places as that privileged land located on the Cantabrian coast. Those who already know this community do not hesitate to point out that it has everything to fall in love and fascinate.
The air smells of the sea, its cities are full of historyits small fishing villages captivate the first and its gastronomy captivates almost as much as its culture or its nature, satin of glacial lakes or hidden beaches.
The proposals to enjoy this community are innumerable. As the writer John Steinbeck said, people do not make trips, it is the trips that make people. Traveling to Asturias can therefore be an exercise in transformation. Let’s know those essential places.
Travel to Asturias: what to visit and what to do
By car, on foot, by bus, with a partner, friends or even alone. Asturias can be discovered in many ways but as is often said, the great treasures to be found require a map and a compass.
Therefore, always It is good to prepare our trip calmly and let ourselves be advised by good recommendations, such as, for example, the proposals in the Barceló Experiences destination guide.
Let’s get to know those privileged settings that are a must and that will undoubtedly be tattooed in the heart of the good traveler.
1. Cangas de Onís, the natural heart of eastern Asturias
We begin our tour of the Principality of Asturias in a grazing land, witness to a past with history and in an iconic corner where they are found: the Picos de Europa National Park. Cangas de Onís was the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias until the year 774 and its transcendence and beauty instantly captivates the heart of every traveler.
Its regal air and the legacies of the past can be seen today in multiple locations, such as its wonderful Roman bridge, declared a National Monument. Its Basilica of Santa María la Real de Covadonga and the Santa Cueva are also essential.
These locations are just a preamble to what we can find traveling by road to the edge of its mountains: the lakes of Covadonga of glacial origin. We cannot miss either the iron mines of Buferrera or the spectacular view of the Vega de Comeya, a setting of spectacular geological wealth.
2. Llanes, between the sea and the mountains
Anyone who is thinking of traveling to Asturias has an obligatory stop: Llanes. Few places shine more than this fishing village, with idyllic beaches, seafaring tradition and incredible cultural, gastronomic and historical effervescence.
The traveler who wants to know its 32 beaches will have to go by car. Gulpiyuri beach, San Antolín, Barro, Toranda, Sablón beach with its white sand, Andrin or Bayota are essential.
Within Llanes you have to go to the Paseo de San Pedro to be fascinated by its exceptional views of the cliffs and also, to Los Cubos de la Memoria located in the port. The charming corners in the old town are innumerable, perfect for a quiet stroll through its cobbled streets.
3. Ribadesella, magical in summer
Effervescent, cultural, seafaring, sporty and unforgettable. Anyone who wants to travel to Asturias has an obligatory enclave to visit: Ribadesella. The Tito Bustillo Cave, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, stands out from this town. Its engravings and cave art make this enclave one of the most emblematic points of the Asturian land.
To fully enjoy the essence of Ribadesella, it is advisable to visit it in Augustjust in time to enjoy the Descenso Internacional del Sella, the iconic canoe race that attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The Riosellana town offers us multiple proposals, such as visiting its Historic Quarter, as well as its innumerable walks, such as the Dock or the Crane adorned with panels by Antonio Mingote. We cannot overlook either the spectacular Indian architecture on the seafrontmuch less that prodigious setting that is the Atalaya beach.
4. Travel to Asturias: Cudillero, the jewel of the Principality
They say that Cudillero is the jewel of the Principality and there are plenty of reasons. We are just a few kilometers from Gijón and what fascinates about this town of privileged beauty are its colorful and staggered houses (the Amphitheater), its viewpoints and its location: right at the foot of a cliff.
The best way to enjoy Cudillero is to tour the town through the viewpoints route. We may get tired of climbing stairs and hills, but the experience can be truly magical.
We will discover the most photogenic streets, routes with incredible views and even its lighthouse, which, located at the eastern end, allows us to delight in a construction full of mystery and beauty built in the mid-19th century.
5. Luarca, the sea as a culture
The sea is the inseparable soul of Luarca. It impregnates its culture, its history and of course, its gastronomy. Thus, anyone who wishes to travel to Asturias should visit this town where Severo Ochoa, Nobel Prize winner for Medicine, was born. The first thing that will catch your attention will be its maritime air and those Indian houses that remind us of those Asturians who made their fortune in the Indies and later returned to their homeland.
You will fall in love with its urban beaches, its rocky coast and even its beautiful cemetery located on a hill and also considered one of the most beautiful in Spain for its spectacular views of the sea.
Other essential visits will undoubtedly be the El Cambaral fishing district or the Parque de la Vida, a cultural space where you can learn more about our planet, the ocean and even space.
6. Taramundi, land of water
Taramundi and Los Oscos make up a region recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Here nature rules, here the forests, its mountains, the fog and its leafy landscapes embrace and comfort every traveler, transporting them to a world of exceptional beauty.
Who wants to travel to Asturias and visit Taramundi should do it in autumnthe perfect season to delight in the beauty of its chestnut, birch, yew, oak and ash trees.
Without a doubt, it is essential to take one of its routes, such as the Water Route, the Ferreiros Route, the Mills Route, the Teixo Route – Os Teixois, Ouroso Route and Eiroá Route…. If you still believe in fairies and magic, Taramundi is your obligatory location in Asturias.
Thus, we cannot forget either that one of its main economic activities in addition to tourism is crafts. Let us not hesitate to discover the hydraulic devices that were built in the 18th century to power a very specific industry: that of knives and razors.
7. Oviedo, a stately city admired by everyone
Oviedo is the capital of the Principality of Asturias and also an avant-garde city. It attracts for its elegance, for combining the beauty of its past with its cosmopolitan air. Headquarters of the Prince of Asturias Awards, it is also known as the Pre-Romanesque city, because it contains innumerable monuments from this period, such as the old Church of San Tirso El Real, the church of San Julián de los Prados or the Foncalada Fountain.
A must-see is also the Oviedo cathedraloriginal reference of the Camino de Santiago, as well as the Fontán market, built between 1882 and 1885, the Campoamor theater or the Campo de San Francisco Park, the large green area in the middle of the city.
If you are going to travel to Asturias, you know that this is a land of good food and in Oviedo there are several places that you cannot miss, such as the wine route or the cider houses on Calle Gascona.
To conclude, it is true that this privileged corner of northern Spain has more charming towns and cities of notable cultural, historical and natural interest. Nevertheless, this small list is a good start to be eternally captivated by the landscapes of the principality. Let’s not hesitate to prepare our trip as soon as possible.