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1.How easy is it to get to Asturias and get around using public transport?

Asturias is served by Ranon Airport (OVD), 40 kilometres from Oviedo, near the northwest coast and the town of Aviles. Easyjet, began daily flights from the UK London Stansted to the airport in March 2005 the flight time is under two hours. Internal Spanish carriers including Iberia and Spanair also serve Asturias, direct from Madrid and Barcelona, Brussels, London, Paris, Seville and others. Eastern Asturias is now quite easily reached from Santander. Spain's national RENFE rail network also serves Asturias well; trains regularly depart to and from the Spanish interior. Major stops are the regional capital, Oviedo, and the main coastal city, Gijon. FEVE rail company links also the center of the region with Eastern and Western Asturias. There is also a bus service within and without the region, run by the ALSA company. It links Aviles, Gijon, Oviedo and Mieres with Madrid, several times a day. There are also services to Barcelona, Salamanca, Leon Valladolid, La Coruna, Bilbao, Seville, San Sebastian, Paris, Brussels or Nice. Transport, as you can see, is not a problem in Asturias.

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2.What is the culture of Asturias like?

Asturias is one of the oldest kingdoms on the Iberian Peninsula with an age-old culture, traces of which can be found in every town and village. The region is very protective of its heritage, and pioneers rural tourism to a European audience. In spite of growing numbers of visitors to the region, the traditionally rural essence remains, which can be seen in the maintenance of traditional Asturias architecture

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3.What about the food and drink?

The Asturian lush countryside with green and fertile fields, clear rivers, and wild mountians is an excellent provider of some fantastic delicacies. Fresh fish and seafood, meat, fruit, vegetables, and cheese – all of the highest quality. This fresh produce is the basis for the region's wonderful cuisine. And of course, you must sample the most famous of all Asturias' products, the local cider, just watching it being poured is worth the cost of a bottle!

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4.Ok, Asturias is beautiful, so are lots of other places, why is this so different ?

The thing that make this place so special is how compact it is. Yes, there are of course places with wonderful coastlines, miles of sandy beaches, gorgeous green and tranquil countryside dotted with farms, hedgerows and tiny villages tucked into the valleys. Moody and magnificent mountains looming out of the mist like a backdrop from Lord of the Rings. The big difference with Asturias is this is all so close together, within 20 miles you can experience the lot! Within another 20 you can throw in a trip to the city, this is what feels really unique about the region. You have to experience it to believe it.

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