Bordering the province of Cantabria to the east, and Galicia to the west, the Principality of Asturias is located on Spain's green north west Atlantic coast.
Covering about 200 miles of beautiful coastline, set against the magnificent Cordillera Cantabrica mountains, it enjoys an all year round temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters and is a very popular holiday destination with the Spanish themselves.
Reminiscent of Cornwall in many ways, Asturias is a Celtic region with a unique identity of it's own. Famous for its cider, wonderful cheeses and seafood, as well as the friendliness and warm hospitality of it's people. Along the coast are numerous sandy beaches and secret coves, and picturesque fishing towns and villages, such as Lastres, and Tazones, in the east, and Cudillero, Luarca, and Tapia in the west.
To the east of the region is the fabulous Picos de Europa mountains, with it's unique flora and fauna, and the first official national park in Spain. There are also many natural parks such as Redes, Suave, and Somiedo, where you will find Europe's only wild bears.
A third of Asturias is protected, including much of the coastline, so will never be spoiled with developments. It is known to the rest of Spain as 'Paraiso Natural' or Natural Paradise, and the Asturian Government is determined to keep it this way.
There is plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts, including walking, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, biking, sailing, golf, skiing, and surfing.
Oviedo is the historic capital of Asturias with a university, cathedral and three Pre-Romanesque churches dating back to the 9th century. Gijon is larger, and more modern. It has a good atmosphere, and is set on a fabulous long beach, where people come all year round to surf. Both cities offer great shopping, and restaurants.
Between the 2 cities there is a good English school taking 4-18 year olds, and is the only school teaching the English curriculum in the north west.
The infrastructure is excellent, and improving every day, with many new roads, and motorways now making driving within the area a joy. There are regular flights from the UK to Asturias airport in Aviles with EasyJet.
The architecture in Asturias is very attractive, with stone walls, wooden balconies and glassed galleries. You will see many wooden Horreos (Granaries) which are typical of this area. There are plenty of rural properties available, both restored, and for renovation. Because of the restrictions on building, coastal properties with sea views can be harder to find and expensive. Apartments are very good value, and in a recent official survey, Asturias was listed as having some of the best value apartments in the whole of Spain.
Asturias airport in Aviles, is served by EasyJet, with regular flights from Stansted.
The capital city of Oviedo is 30 minutes drive away, Villaviciosa about 45 minutes, Cudillero is very convenient for the airport and is only about 15 minutes drive away, and Luarca 40 minutes.
Llanes is well placed for both Asturias and Santander airports and is about 1 hour from both.
Santander ferry port is just over 2 hours drive from Oviedo, 1 hour 40 minutes to Villaviciosa, 1 hour to Llanes, 2 hours 30 minutes to Cudillero, and 3 hours to Luarca. For Bilbao ferry port add 1 hour to the driving times.
Also see: Property for sale in Asturias.