Asturias 2010

After having visited many parts of Spain, including Barcelona, Valencia, Andalucia, Mallorca and Tenerife, I decided it was time to visit the north of Spain – Green Spain as they say. So in May of 2010 I headed off to Asturias, one of Spain’s mountainous and lush northern provinces. This region immediately reminded me of my home country of Austria and I felt at home right away. In guided tours got to see the historic cities of Oviedo and Gijón where I looked out over the country from a 135 m high university tower. The La Balesquida Festival in Oviedo introduced me to some local medieval traditions, and just outside of town I admired some of Oviedo’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Pre-Romanesque churches of Santa Maria del Naranco and San Miguel del Lillo which date back to the 9th century. Then I headed off on various excursions into the mountain areas of Asturias – the breathtaking Picos de Europa mountains.

With some local expert guides I even got to ride an electric bicycle on one of my outings, and of course, to strengthen myself, the typical “fabada” bean stew could not be missing. I explored two different cave systems, one of which features cave paintings that date back more than 20,000 years. I loved the gorgeous ocean-front towns of Ribadesella and Llanes and enjoyed great hospitality with local hotel owners Lucas and Blanca at the Posada de Babel. I also visited the Museum of Emigration in Colombres that really made me understand Asturias’ tough history. Due to economic hardships hundreds of thousands of locals emigrated to places like Cuba, Mexico and Argentina between about 1850 and 1950. Asturias is one of the lesser well-known areas of Spain, but with its history, culture and breathtaking nature, it’s an awesome place to visit.

Spain has long been one of my favourite travel destinations. I love the Spanish language and am fascinated with Spanish history and culture. Since 2002 I have been to Spain several times and had a… Read more.

After a much needed restful sleep on my arrival day at the Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes Hotel, I woke up early at 7 am and was ready for my first full day in Asturias, a beautiful… Read more.

On this gorgeous Tuesday morning, I had really enjoyed my local tour through Oviedo, the historic capital of Asturias, one of Spain’s northern provinces. My expert local guide Liliana Ausín had taken me through the… Read more.

After a nice day of discoveries in Oviedo and Gijón, a grey sky and drizzly weather greeted me on this late May morning, and I enjoyed my hearty breakfast buffet at the Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes… Read more.

To get to know the outdoor travel opportunities in Asturias, we had spent the morning cycling along the 22 km long Bear Trail or Senda del Oso, and local tourism expert Ana had explained all… Read more.

My last day in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, had arrived. After a nice breakfast I checked out of the Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes Hotel and started driving through the mountains towards a village called Arriondas…. Read more.

My day began with a nice breakfast overlooking the town of Cangas de Onís, a pretty town of about 6700 people that is embedded in the Picos de Europa region in the northern Spanish province… Read more.

Well, my time in the high mountains of the Asturian Picos de Europa was over. I checked out of the Hotel La Cepada, my cozy mountain abode with the picturesque views of the town of… Read more.

On this gorgeous sunny day I had already fallen in love with one Asturian coastal town: the scenic town of Ribadesella had truly captured my heart and made it into my personal travel memory bank… Read more.

My last full day in Asturias had arrived. I had long wanted to travel to this northern Spanish mountain region, and my six days here had not been a disappointment. Over the last few days… Read more.