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That´s Asturias. Don't miss this intriguing Spanish destination known for it's natural unique crisp-tasting ciders and stunning scenery. An authentic paradise, full of emotions, sensations, memories and experiences, where it is possible to enjoy nature in its purest form, a pioneering and innovative form of rural tourism, mountain peaks, more than three hundred kilometres of surprising coastline and breathtaking cliffs, charming fishing villages, friendly, affable cities, a castro, a prehistoric cave….and more, always with the best cuisine and the warmest tables as a backdrop.

Asturias has it all, and inspires you to come explore it.

Have you ever thought about the number of experiences you can only have in Asturias? Here are just some of the “Made in Asturias” adventures that you won´t want to miss.

A CIDER THAT IS POURED, in its natural form. Asturias is the only region that has preserved and passes on the technique and art of cider pouring, which enables us to enjoy its many nuances and natural flavour. 

FOLLOW THE CANTABRIAN BROWN BEAR in Teverga, Somiedo and Fuentes del Narcea

VIEW OF THE PICOS DE EUROPA MOUNTAIN RANGE and the Cantabrian Sea, from the El Fitu observation deck, located between Arriondas and Colunga, looping across the Sueve range. One example of the coexistence between the sea and the mountains.

UNIQUE ART: Asturian or Pre-Romanesque art. Declared a world Heritage, Oviedo and its surroundings conserve the most emblematic jewls of what was the Kingdom of Asturias.

DISCOVER THE STARTING POINT OF THE WAY TO ST. JAMES at the Cathedral in Oviedo, the first stop on the oldest route of the pilgrimage, established by Asturias King Alfonso II, the Chaste.

CAVES, which preserve the art of our ancestors, while at the same time serving as a place to age internationally famous cheeses, such as Cabrales.

IMMITATE THE INTERNATIONAL DESCENT OF THE RIVER SELLA like a true professional, between the towns of Arriondas and Ribadesella.

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Sightseeing


Oviedo's Mueseo de Belles Artes de Asturias, reopened last year after extensive renovation. It's well worth a visit, housing one of the best collections in Spain outside Madrid and Barcelona. There's local and religious art on display but also works by Dalí, Picasso, Moro and Sorolla. Free entry. http://www.museobbaa.com/el-museo/


If you're in Asturias at the beginning of January, you're still in time to see Oviedo's magical nativity scene, which boasts over 200 figures. In March, you'll find traditional processions in the region's three main towns during Easter week but they're especially famous in Avilés, which also hosts a 10.000 citizen strong `Fiesta del ‘Bollu' on Easter Monday. The ‘bollu' is a roll or bun and families and friends eat their Easter lunch ‘al fresco' in the town´s centre and parks watching the colourful floats go by.


If you're visiting Gijón in November it's worth checking out the International Film Festival, held from 20 to 28 November in various venues across town, where you can watch movies in the original version. For more information visit gijonfilmfestival.com. In Avilés? Then visit the ‘Amagüestu', an autumn harvest festival with a Celtic feel, celebrated at the beginning of November. You'll be able to try ‘sidra dulce' (sweet, unfermented cider) and roast chestnuts in the town squares, along with other warming snacks.


The impressive Oscar Niemeyer Cultural Centre offers a number of indoor and outdoor concerts over the summer months (Avenida del Zinc, s/n, 33400 Avilés, niemeyercenter.org).

Key Areas


… to a football match! Gijon's much loved ‘Sporting' is in the first division so there are some exciting matches to be seen at their stadium, the Molinón, the oldest in Spain. Completely refurbished five years ago, it provides a comfy family experience and there's a circle of eateries around the complex too. Ticket prices vary but are generally cheaper than back home. http://www.realsporting.com/


In January don't miss the Epiphany celebrations in the main cities on the 5th when the Three Wise Men lead a parade through the streets. Gijón's parade is especially impressive, ending up in the Plaza Mayor with a massive party. Visitors in February can join the carnival street parties that take place from the 4th-9th of the month with partygoers in fancy dress.


October is a good time to visit the region before the weather turns cold and you can enjoy Oviedo's famous ‘desarme' day on the 19th of the month. According to legend, it celebrates the region's enemy being ‘disarmed' by the town's hearty cuisine. Restaurants mark the event by offering a traditional meal guaranteed to leave you in need of a siesta.


Fun summer festivals are in full swing with Gijón's sizzling "Semana Negra" (Black Week), held in July in the former shipyards on the Poniente beach, with a book fair, street entertainment, concerts and refreshments (10th-19th). On 21-26 July, Avilés hosts this year's Festival Intercéltico de Avilés, with musicians and pipers from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany, and for the first time this year, New Zealand, joining local groups. Here in August? Don't miss Gijon's Semana Grande, with free concerts during the week leading up to the 15th, when there are fireworks on the beach at midnight. This is followed by a cider festival in the marina on 25-30 August. spain.info

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