Let me share with you my list of unique things to do in Asturias. Famous for its stunning natural landscapes and charming fishing villages, Asturias has been on my Travel Bucket List for years. Yet, I should admit that before moving to Spain I´ve barely heard of this beautiful region at all. Many call Asturias one of Spain´s best-kept secrets, any ideas why?

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What to see in Asturias, Northern Spain

Visiting Asturias, Spain

About Asturias

Asturias is an autonomous community in Northern Spain. It is one of my favorite regions in the whole country and an absolute must-stop on every Northern Spain Road Trip.

Right after my first Asturias Road Trip, the region has made it to the list of my Spanish favorites. Yet I should admit that Asturias is nothing like most international visitors expect. It is one of the rainiest regions on the Iberian Peninsula, known for its emerald greenery, steep mountains, secret beaches, dramatic cliffs, and remote fishing villages.

My first trip to Asturias took place in July and it was raining all the time. In fact, the clothes you see in my pictures – I do wear those during the winter season in the Province of Castellon (where I live). Therefore, do your research on what to wear in Spain, pack some Hiking Essentials and lots of extra layers.

What is Asturias known for

The region of Asturias has an important place in the Spanish history. The famous Reconquista, when the Christians took the country back from the Moors, started here, in Covadonga. To learn more on this topic, check my list of Top Spain Documentaries. Even the heirs to the Spanish throne are given an honorable title of Prince or Princess of Asturias. This tradition goes back to the late 1300s and continues to this day.

Asturias is also known for its Picos de Europa, one of the oldest National Parks in Spain and some iconic hikes, like Ruta del Cares (one of the most iconic trails in Spain).

The most typical dishes of Asturias are fabada (a bean stew), cachopo (was one of my 2023 favorites in Spain), the Cabrales cheese (one of the top Food Souvenirs from Spain), casadiella (typical local dessert), and tarta de frixuelos (a cake from pancakes). The most typical local drink is sidra (e.g. cider), across the region of Villaviciosa you will find apple tree fields.

Thanks to the endless local greenery, Asturias is home to some Spanish magical forests: Robledal de Muniellos (the biggest oak groove in Spain) and Hayedo de Montegrande. The region is also known for some unique Spanish legends, full of mythological creatures, like Busgosu (the protector of the forests) and Les Xanes (the fairies, spirits of nature).

How to get to Asturias

To explore all the natural wonders of Asturias, it´s best to travel by car. Another alternative is to stay in one of the main cities, Oviedo or Gijon, and book organized tours across the region. The closes airports with budget-friendly flights are located in Oviedo and Santander.

Bucket-list Tours to book in Asturias:

Unique Things to Do in Asturias

1. Living in the countryside of Asturias

One of the most unique things to do in Asturias is picking for your stay a traditional local accommodation somewhere in the countryside. It will already be a digital-detox experience worth the whole trip.

Here are a few examples of cozy places to stay in Asturias: Apartamentos Hacienda Llamabua, Hotel Los Caspios, Hotel El Babú, Hotel Rural Cantexos, Casona de El Castañíu, Apartamentos El Pedrayu, Casa Les Pedroses, Casas Rurales Prieto, El Prau la Iglesia I, and La Quintana de Marta.

Rural Landscapes Unique things to do in Asturias
Unique things to do in Asturias / Rural Landscapes of Asturias

2. Exploring The Charming Villages of Asturias

My favorite villages in Asturias

Asturias is known for some of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Some of the most famous are Cudillero, known as one of the most colorful places in Spain, and Cangas de Onis, famous for its stunning Roman bridge. You can read more about my top 5 Small Towns in Asturias in this post.

Nevertheless, Asturias is also known for some of the most secret and remote Spanish villages, like Taramundi, Espinareu, and Villar de Vildas. Below, I am leaving for you the full list of cute villages in Asturias.

The most beautiful small towns of Asturias:

  • Cudillero
  • Luarca
  • Lastres
  • Cangas de Onís
  • Llanes
  • Tazones
  • Arriondas
  • Puerto de Vega
  • Avilés
  • Candás
  • Ribadesella
  • Bulnes
  • Salas
  • Cangas del Narcea
  • Taramundi
Cudillero Asturias Spain
Unique things to do in Asturias / Visiting Cudillero

3. Stunning Beaches

Best beaches in Asturias

Asturias is known for some of the most spectacular beaches in Northern Spain. During my last Asturias road trip, I have completely fallen in love with Playa de Torimbia. Other must-stops are Playa del Silencio and Playa de Gulpiyuri.

More epic beaches in Asturias:

  • Playa de Ballota
  • Playa de Rodiles
  • Playa Cuevas del Mar
  • Playa de Poo
  • Playa de Andrín
  • Playa de Penarronda
  • Playa de Aguilar
beaches northern spain asturias
Unique things to do in Asturias / Visiting Playa de Torimbia

4. Sightseeing in Asturias

The most unique landmarks in Asturias

Despite being famous for its natural wonders, Asturias is home to some of the most unique Spanish landmarks. The Holy Cave of Covadonga and The Collegiate Church are some of the most emblematic places for the Spaniards, since they were at the origins of the famous Reconquista (when the Christians managed to win the country back from the Moors). Additionally, The Holy Cave of Covadonga looks like one of the top storybook places in Spain.

Also, The Roman Bridge of Cangas de Onis is another picture-perfect landmark in Asturias.

Basílica de Santa María la Real de Covadonga
Basílica de Santa María la Real de Covadonga
Roman Bridge - Cangas de Onis in Spain
The Roman Bridge in Cangas de Onis

Asturias Sightseeing Checklist

More unique places in Asturias that can not be missed:

  • The Oviedo Catedral
  • Museo de Fernando Alonso
  • Museo del Jurásico
  • Centro Cultural Niemeyer
  • Museo de la Minería
  • Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias
  • Jardin Botanico Atlantico de Gijón
  • The Holy Cave of Covadonga
  • The Collegiate Church of Covadonga
  • The Roman Bridge of Cangas de Onis
  • El Museo del Pueblo D´Asturies
  • Museo de la Sidra
  • Museo del Ferrocarril
The Holy Cave of Covadonga in Asturias Spain
Unique things to do in AsturiasVisiting The Holy Cave of Covadonga 

5. Hiking and Natural Parks in Asturias

Asturias is home to one of the oldest National Parks in SpainPicos de Europa. Since during our visit to Asturias it was raining for 3 days in a raw, we were not able to do any of the of hikes. So, hiking the famous Ruta del Cares is still on my Spain Bucket List.

The region of Asturias has 9 nature reserves, 39 natural monuments, and 9 other protected landscapes, so no wonder that it is known for some of the best hiking trails in Spain. You can check all the routes here.

Additionally, the region of Asturias is known for lots of adventurous things to do in Spain:

road to lakes of covadonga
My stressful drive to the lakes of Covadonga

Bucket-list hikes in Asturias:

  • Ruta del Cares
  • Senda del Oso
  • Ruta del Desfiladero de los Arrudos
  • Senda del Cervigón
  • Ruta de los Molinos
  • Ruta de las Cascadas de Oneta
  • Ruta del Alba
  • Senda Costera y Bufones de Pría
  • Ruta del Mazo de Meredo
  • Ruta del Pico Pienzu
  • Ruta por el Bosque de Muniellos

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Asturias: 5 experiences you can´t miss

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