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Asturias or the Principado de Asturias to give it the proper title, is a place I know well, I have been visiting for seven years or more and bought a house there in 2007. It is a unique part of Spain, sitting on the Northern Coast between Galicia in the West and Cantabria further East. I do not use the term unique lightly, I have visited many places, certainly many in Spain a country which I love, but Asturias is special in so many ways. From the majestic and stunning beauty of the Pico's de Europa, to the 'Middle Earth and Shire like' qualities of the rolling green countryside with charming and authentic pueblos dotted here and there. The glorious, pristine and often deserted Atlantic beaches, providing some of the greatest surfing opportunities in Europe on awesome Atlantic rollers.  Walking, climbing, fishing, exploring, cycling, boating, surfing, kayaking, horse riding, photography, painting, Asturias is made for all these activities, this website is designed to introduce and guide you around this spectacular and relatively undiscovered region. 


Glorious Food!

Then of course there is the food. Unlike anything else you will find in Spain, Asturian cooking is a wonderful experience. Of course there is gourmet dining to be had in the many top restaurants throughout the region, several of which have Michelin Stars. The great thing is you can eat fantastic, authentic, hearty, country food and excellent tapas, pretty much anywhere for very little money. A recent example: Menu Del Dia (Nearly all Spanish restaurants have one.) in Colunga. Primero: Potes Asturiana: A delicious warming smoky flavoured casserole made with Pancetta, Chorizo, Morzilla Fabada Beans, Potatoes and Cabbage. Secundo: Braised Lamb shanks with saute potatoes. Sweet, Asturian speciality Caramelised Rice Pudding. Wine Water and coffee.   Price for two? 16 Euro, that is about £7.00 each.... 


Where is Asturias?

Situated in the centre of Northern Spain's 'Costa Verde' between Galicia and Cantabria, Asturias has thus far been pretty much ignored by visitors from the UK or indeed many other places outside Spain. It is hard to understand why, possessing, as it does some of the most fantastic scenery, coastline activities and hospitality. The weather can be a bit wet but that is why it is so green. We have visited at least 100 times during the past 7 years for short and long trips, with one or two exceptions we have had lovely weather in every month from Jan to December, certainly perfect for walking and exploring. In the Autumn and Winter the scenery is often spectacular with wonderful rich golden colours, wood smoke curling from village chimneys, wild seas and snow on the mountain tops. All within about an hours drive of each other! Asturias is served by Easyjet from London Stansted direct to Oviedo Asturias Airport. Santander (Cantabria) is only an hour and a half away. Madrid is a either another flight or a pretty easy 4/5 hour drive through some astonishing scenery. You can also reach Asturias within a few hours from Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao if you are looking for a more comprehensive exploration of the North coast? 


The Principado de Asturias sits on the Atlantic coast and occupies 10,000sq km or 3,900 square miles. It is part of what is refered to as the 'costa verde'  with Cantabria and the Basque country (Santander, Bilbao) to the east. Galicia (Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra ) to the west. Asturias covers a section of the Camino de Santiago or the pilgrims route. It is also simple enough to visit Asturias by way of the sea. There are luxury ferries which go from major ports on the South coast of the UK:-  Portsmouth and Plymouth which will deliver you and your car straight to Santander or Bilbao in a day and a half . Alternatively you can cross to France and drive down the excellent roads across the Pyranees into Spain then West to Asturias. Whatever you have in mind contact me philg@ visitasturias.co.uk and I will try to help.

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I hope you really enjoy using the VisitAsturias Website and that it helps you with planning your visit to this wonderful region. If  you think there might be anything else I may be able to help with please do not hesitate to contact me, I will try to help if I can. philg@visitasturias.co.uk.

Best wishes