Cheap Flights To Asturias
The principality of Asturias is set in a beautifully scenic region of Northern Spain, surrounded by mountains, rivers, lush forests and waterfalls. Of particular note is the Picos de Europa mountain range, which extends through the province and into neighbouring Cantabria. There is also an attractive coastal area with beaches surrounded by looming cliffs and untouched nature. Oviedo, the capital of the region, Gijón and Avilés are historic cities offering much of the history, cuisine and culture of the region. A visit to the ancient caves in the area reveals fascinating Palaeolithic cave art.
A variety of festivals are held throughout the region each year, including the traditional religious holidays and cultural events. One particularly popular event is the annual Natural Cider Festival, which celebrates the unique still cider of the region. Each village or city enjoys the annual Carnival, with its colourful and fun parades. The Interceltic Festival of Avilés held in July gives a real insight into the music, culture and art of the region. When visiting the cities and enjoying the various festivals, don't miss the unique cuisine of the region, which includes the famous Asturias Bean and Sausage Casserole and delicious fish stews that include hake or salmon cooked in the local cider.
Things To Do
Whether enjoying nature, lazing on the beach or exploring the cities, Asturias has plenty to offer in the way of attractions to suit everyone. Visitors can also learn more about the history of the region, that dates back to prehistoric times.
- Beaches and Fishing Villages
Quaint fishing villages are dotted along the Asturian coastline offering restaurants and cider taverns as well as sandy beaches and small coves backed by rocky cliffs. Amenities vary depending on the location, with surfing, fishing and other water sports available.
- Candamo de la Peña Cave and Palaeolithic Rock Art
One of many caves in the region, this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the late Paleolithic era. There are several rooms to visit including the Wall of Engravings displaying various animals, some of which can be seen above a cascade of stalagmites.
- Oviedo: capital of Asturias
The city of Oviedo is best known for its medieval old quarter, where the Archaeological Museum, 9th-Century Oviedo Cathedral and the Fine Arts Museum are worth a visit. The city offers many parks and green spaces for relaxation and modern shopping districts to explore.
Calendar Of Events
Each city and village in Asturias holds its own religious festivities each year which relate to their patron saint as well as a variety of other activities, fairs and carnivals.
Natural Cider Festival. Held in Nava each year on the second weekend of July, the Cider Festival involves several cultural activities relating to the drink as well as theatre events, concerts and free tasting sessions. The cider flows freely as long as visitors wear a particular green handkerchief around their neck.
Carnival Fun. Held in Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés each year in the week prior to Lent, Carnival is a spectacular and colourful event with exciting parades and floats. The carnival period also sees a week of drinking, music, dancing and other celebrations.
Interceltic Festival of Avilés. This summer arts festival is held in July each year to promote the cultural traditions of the region. Exhibitions include music, dance, painting and sculpture as well as photography, theatre and gastronomy.