Asturias is one of my favorite provinces in Spain. It is a combination of ocean & hidden beaches, mountains & great hikes and also some of the most charming villages I´ve seen in my life. It is significantly less touristic than Costa Brava or the South of Spain and yet you can´t get enough of its beautiful nature. Haven´t been to Asturias yet? This is why you probably should…
Asturias: Spain´s Best-Kept Secret
Why is Asturias Spain´s best-kept secret? Green forests, beautiful valleys, stunning coastline, charming little villages… and more hidden gems you won´t find in a Guidebook. I guess, the answer here could be – the weather. It rains often (even in summer) and you should always have a good jacket with you: no comparison here to the Mediterranean coast. Nevertheless, if you´re a nature lover – Asturias will leave you speechless.
During our trip to Northern Spain, we´ve spent 4 days driving around and exploring Asturias. Sometimes we were lucky with the weather, but mostly we were not… LOL Like on the picture below – visiting the Lakes of Covadonga. Just google how it looks in real life and compare to my foggy picture.
Nevertheless, we were able to visit some of the most amazing beaches and picturesque villages in Asturias. I´ve chosen my 5 favorites, the loveliest little towns that have completely stolen my heart…
Cudillero is often called the most picturesque fishing village on the Asturian coast. And here I couldn´t agree more – it is definitely my favorite one. Despite being quite touristic it has a very relaxing atmosphere, hidden in between the sheer cliffs and the Atlantic ocean. Colorful houses, tiny streets, and great seafood restaurants – Cudillero has it all. In order to get some nice panoramic views and explore the city, I had no choice but to walk upstairs and downstairs all the time: the next day I could feel every muscle in my legs…
A wonderful little village, full of white houses and traditional marine charm of Northern Spain. It looked even more beautiful as we´ve finally spotted the sun after 2 rainy days in Asturias.
Compared to other coastal towns/villages in Asturias, Llanes appeared to me the most touristic one, or at least its streets had significantly more people the day we visited. Nevertheless, it is still a very charming town and you could find lots of paradise beaches, stunning hiking routes and some of the greatest seafood restaurants in the area nearby.
Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, Lastres is another traditional fisherman´s village, which has recently turned into an ultimate touristic destination. Don´t miss the views from the Mirador de San Roque, you could even spot the Picos de Europa National Park in the background. And keep in mind, Lastres is also all about walking upstairs & downstairs.
This hidden pearl is located in the bay formed by the estuary of the Sella river. Ribadesella has a long promenade, a great place to grab a coffee and breathe in the ocean. You could also find several scenic viewpoints and nearby beaches surrounded by steep cliffs.
Near Ribadesella, there is a very interesting cave – Cuevona of Cuevas del Agua. It can be traversed on foot or by car and it provides access to the small town of the same name.
6.Cangas de Onis
Located near the Picos de Europa National Park, Cangas de Onis is most famous for its Roman Bridge with “Cruz de la Victoria” in the middle. However, it is also a great place to shop for traditional delicatessen or, if you like meat, to enjoy an amazing steak in one of the local restaurants. This area is famous for cattle farming, so drive carefully (especially when heading towards the Lakes of Covadonga) cause cows literally jump to the road.