11 things to see in Asturias, Spain

11 things to see in Asturias, Spain

Those who have been to the Camino de Santiago remember Asturias. This autonomous Spanish community is known as a green paradise. In its wild and peaceful landscapes, you’ll find true historical and natural gems.

From the rocky beaches of the Atlantic coast to the small stone villages nestled in the mountains, Asturias has everything to seduce the authenticity lover .

Want to know where to stay so you don’t miss anything? Here are 11 places not to miss in Asturias!

1. Cudillero

Cudillero is not the largest or richest village in Asturias. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the region. This unique fishing village is located on the coast. It is built in the hollow of the mountain, forming a kind of colorful amphitheater.

To see Asturias bypassing Cudillero is to lose this unique atmosphere . Lulled by the rolling waves, the village develops peacefully. Stroll along the waterfront and fishing port before getting lost in the narrow streets high up.

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1. Cudillero

2. Playa del Silencio

“The Beach of Silence.” The name of this stretch of coast already evokes memories . The beach is surrounded by rocks topped with sharp stones. They create an almost gloomy atmosphere, especially on inclement days. To get there, you have to walk up a sloping path. However, when the sun shines, Playa del Silencio is transformed into paradise.

Completely wild, it offers breathtaking views. Swimming among sculpted rocks and dense ocean vegetation is an experience not to be missed when visiting Asturias.

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2. Playa del Silencio

3. oviedo.

How can we advise what to do in Asturias without mentioning Oviedo, the provincial capital? It is known for its rich historical center that beckons to get lost in its cobblestone streets. At its heart is the cathedral of San Salvador.

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But don’t forget to visit the magnificent churches of Santa Maria del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. Built in the 9th century, they are vivid witnesses of early medieval Asturian architecture.

To continue this journey through time, art lovers can visit the Asturian Museum of Fine Arts, which, in addition to tracing the history of the region, features works by famous Spanish artists such as Picasso, Miró and Dali.

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3. oviedo.

4. Peaks of Europe

The Picos de Europa National Park is a must-see when visiting Asturias . Contains breathtaking landscapes. Green valleys, snow-capped rocky peaks, forests, crystal clear lakes. They form the theater of Asturian mythology and its legends. The remarkable silhouette of Pico Urriello, the highest peak of the mountain range, is the emblem of Asturias.

Discover this unique natural heritage on unforgettable excursions!

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4. Peaks of Europe

5. Covadonga

Go to Cangas de Onís, at the gateway to the peaks of Europe. Or rather on the doorstep, since most of the municipality is in a national park . With its pastoral traditions, rural trails and stone churches, it has preserved all its former history.

Here is the parish of Kovadonga, full of treasures. Here is the monumental complex of Covadonga, consisting of a small chapel built in a cave. Do not miss the basilica of Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga. Its limestone gives it a unique character that is perfect for the wild landscape of the surrounding area.

Next, allow yourself to be enchanted by the beautiful lakes of Covadonga. There are many hiking trails to explore from here.

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5. Covadonga

6. Nembro Cemetery.

In the municipality of Llanes in the beautiful village of Niehmbro is a little known gem. This is the cemetery of Nembro. It is located at the water’s edge and offers spectacular scenery . No wonder so many movies have been made here, as the place seems to have fallen out of the grip of time.

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The atmosphere here is awfully beautiful and peaceful. Contemplating the sunset on the shore promises a solemn moment. Don’t miss this show if you are looking for something to do in Asturias.

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6. Nembro Cemetery.

7. Museum in Grandas de Salim.

What to do in Asturias to better understand the region? Go to the village of Grandas de Salime, where there is an ethnographic museum worth visiting. Located in a very quiet and not very touristy area, it is a real hidden treasure.

In this old stone building you will find all kinds of traditional buildings . Vintage kitchen and bedroom, early 20th century stores, attics, workshops. The museum shows the daily life of the time, building a bridge between Asturian and Galician culture. Despite its humble nature, it is surprisingly well located and well mannered.

There is an incredible atmosphere in some of the rooms , you really feel like you are traveling back in time. A wonderful place to see Asturias as it should be.

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7. Museum in Grandas de Salim.

8. The Pria Bouphons.

Want to see the sights? On days of bad weather, go in search of the Bufons de Pria. In a lush natural setting you will find a huge rock . It is riddled with geological tubes. When the Cantabrian Sea rages, water rushes through the tubes with incredible force only to come out again. The result? A breathtaking sight! In fact, you will have the impression of seeing geysers coming out of the rock!

It is said that the noise they make, or bramadorios, can be heard for miles. It is said that on rainy days the shepherds nesting on the peaks of Europe hear the cry of the bramadorios from their mountains.

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8. The Pria Bouphons.

9. Taramundi

Discover the village of Tarramundi in the heart of the Oskos Biosphere Reserve. Its stone buildings, topped with slate roofs, form a unit of extraordinary beauty .

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Here you can still learn about Asturian traditions. The village is best known for its crafts: blacksmithing, textiles, etc. You can take advantage of the Ruta del Agua, which will allow you to discover the region passing through the main attractions.

Finally, Taramundi is the ideal place to discover the nature of Asturias. Indeed, the surrounding forests exude a powerful and enchanting aura. They pay tribute to the reputation of the province.

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9. Taramundi

10. Choyo Falls

From the beautiful town of Castropolis you can follow the path that leads to Choyo Falls. Why should you go and discover it while visiting Asturias? Because it is an important hero of the Asturian imagination . It is in this magical environment that you will have the best chance of meeting Xana. These beautiful nymphs are some of the most famous creatures of Asturian mythology. And they seem to love to swim here!

11. Gulpiyuri Beach.

What to do in Asturias to capture all the beauty of the scenery? Don’t miss the secret beach of Gulpiyuri. Why secret? Because it is inside the country ! In fact, the water rushes in at high tide through a hole formed between two rocks. Then you find a small piece of the sea surrounded by rocks and meadows. This feature was worth the price of being declared a natural monument.

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11. Gulpiyuri Beach.

It is said to be the smallest beach in the world . And what’s worse, it is often empty. You have to walk to get there!

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