One of the most beautiful regions in all of Spain is the region of Asturias. Known as the “Green Region” Asturias is quite different from the more coastal regions with its rugged mountains, lush valleys, and laid-back lifestyle. The northern coast of Asturias enjoys pristine beaches and a more subdued atmosphere. As with other areas of Spain, Asturias enjoys a rich and beautiful history and culture and the people are always friendly and welcoming all who visit this beautiful countryside.
The capital of the Asturias region is Oviedo. With a population of around 200,000, Oviedo is a bustling capital city with many things to see and do. Visit the old quarter with its grand cathedral or take in a museum and be introduced to local history and Spanish culture. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or sidewalk cafés and enjoy an afternoon of shopping and meet the locals for a down-home perspective of this region. Oviedo is a beautiful way to be introduced to this region of Spain.
From Oviedo, head to the coast and enjoy the fishing community of Gijon. This coastal city was founded by the Romans and is now one of the busiest ports in all of Spain. Gijon beautifully weaves the past with the present as ancient structures stand effortlessly next to modern buildings. The rich history of this city is carefully preserved in local cathedrals and museums. A day at the beach makes a trip to this city a complete success. The most famous beach in the area, the San Lorenzo beach, is located near the old quarter. With many restaurants and entertainment options nearby, this city is a great place to spend a Spanish holiday.
Just a short distance from the center of Asturias, the city of Aviles welcomes visitors with open arms. Like Gijon, Aviles is located along the coast and has an active and rich history. Ranked first among cities to visit in the Asturias region, Aviles has one of the most beautiful and well preserved old quarters in all of Spain. The beautiful architecture of the old quarter speak to the history of this city and the museums are filled with artifacts and treasures dating back hundreds of years which carefully document this region’s lush history. A quieter location, Aviles enjoys peace and tranquility that is not as prevalent in other areas of Asturias. For a quiet, history filled holiday, this is the city for you.
Asturias has much to offer people who travel this region. From quiet villages to bustling cities, there is much to see and do in this beautiful region of Spain. Excitement and adventure hide around every corner. Make Asturias your choice for your next Spanish getaway.