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, and Picos de Europa 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.
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.
The infrastructure is excellent, with new motorways making driving within the area a joy. There are regular flights from the UK to Asturias airport in Aviles with EasyJet, and Vueling.
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. The best value properties in Asturias, tend to be in the Western half around Luarca, and inland.
There is a distinct difference of Architecture between East and West Asturias. In the east of the region, roofs are terracotta, and you will see more wooden balconies, as you drive further west past Cudillero,you will see slate roofs, and less balconies. Also larger Granaries, known as Paneras.
Easyjet operate regular flights into Asturias airport, from Stansted
Vueling airlines operate daily flights to Asturias airport from Gatwick.
If you are visiting Eastern Asturias, you can also fly into Santander airport, which is under an hour away from Llanes.
Ryanair operate regular flights to Santander from Stansted, Edinburgh and Dublin.