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Top Five Things To Do in Asturias, Northern Spain

Updated on January 15, 2017
Picos de Europa in Asturais
Picos de Europa in Asturais | Source

Asturias situated in Northern Spain is a great travel destination. You can enjoy nature and beautiful landscapes, explore tunnels, go trekking, skiing or just enjoy long walks in the boulevards.

The mountains, rock formations, and caves are worth exploring. There are beaches to enjoy the sun and relax or go for a swim in the sea.

Asturias is a place where you can admire architectural wonders that you will never get to see anywhere else.

Asturias is a great place to visit if you have not visited Asturias be sure to add it to your bucket list.

Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa is a mountain range that runs for about 12 km from the northern coast of Spain. The Picos de Europa National Park has the highest peak in the range called Torrecerredo peak. You can go climbing, trekking, skiing and cave exploring in these mountain ranges.

The landscape in Picos de Europa National Park is breathtaking. The landscape includes glacial lakes, gorges, forests, and peaks. The best way to enjoy the picturesque beauty is by hiking. Picos de Europa was the first to be declared as a National Park in Spain.

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Picos de Europa. There are information centers in the park and tourist offices to help you out.

Make sure you have hiking boots, rucksack filled with water, energy bars, a sweater to keep you warm and a sunscreen.

Resting after a hike in Picosa de Europa
Resting after a hike in Picosa de Europa | Source

Cuevona de Cuevas

The only way to get to the village of Cuevas del Agua is through the naturally formed cave Cuevona de Cuevas.

A road runs through this spectacular cave. As you drive through the cave, you will see many formations of amazing rock structures, artistic carvings of nature. A small stream runs along the road throughout the entire length of the cave. The cave opens out to the magnificent village of Cuevas del Agua.

This cave was formed by slow erosion of the rocks through the ages. Inside the cave, you will see the growth of algae, fungi, lichens, ferns and moss.

Inside the Cave Creek, you will get to see the astounding limestone deposits of stalactites and stalagmites. These have been formed by limestone deposits over thousands of years.

Another breathtaking sight you can see from this cave is a long icicle called the “Beard of James” due to its appearance. It is also referred to as the "stalactites flag”.

entrance to the caves
entrance to the caves | Source

Playa de san Lorenzo

Playa de San Lorenzo is located in the heart of Gijon. It is 1,500 meters long and is formed in the shape of a shell.

If you love the beach, the wind, and long walks, then this is the place to go. The beach is fantastic with waves just right for surfing. People who love to swim in the sea or surf will love this beach.

If you do not swim or surf, you can enjoy a long walk in the boulevard that runs for several kilometers.

Someido National Park

The Someido Natural Park is located in the center of the Cantabrian Mountain Range stretching for about 29,000 hectares of land. This park has been declared as a "Biosphere Reservation" by UNESCO in the year 2000.

The Someido Natural Park has a broad range of fauna and flora. Cantabrian Brown Bears are a unique species native to this region. Due to poaching and hunting their numbers have decreased.

As of today, they are a protected species and have increased in numbers. These bears are meek and timid even though they weigh 200 kilos and are up to 2 meters in height.

Cantabrian Capercaillie birds are other species unique to this place. Cattle farming is a way of life of the Someidano people. They still follow the traditional way of farming and live cabins called "teitos".

There are guided tours through the Someido Natural Park; you can opt to take one. The tour guide will take you through this beautiful park and explain the significance of this magnificent park.

Someido National PArk
Someido National PArk | Source

Visit Oveido: Cathedral of San Salvador

The Cathedral of San Salvador is a Gothic Church, an architectural wonder. It is an example of a mix of architectural styles – Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance. It was built between the 14th and 16th centuries.

The altar in the cathedral is beautifully decorated with golden embellishments. There are Gothic cloisters with statues at the side of the Cathedral. The Camara Santa represents Pre-Romanesque art; it has many Christian relics and other works of art.

Another paramount and significant representation is the "Sudarium," a plain cloth with stains on it. This cloth is said to be the cloth that covered the face of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion.

The Cross of Victory is another treasure that is a large gold cross embedded with jewels.

Cathedral of San Salvador
Cathedral of San Salvador | Source

Asturias in Spain is a great place to visit and a must visit once in a lifetime.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Lady_E thank you, Asturias is really a beautiful place.

      prasetio30 thank you, yes Asturias is wonderful, thank you for sharing and the vote.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.....beautiful places. I do believe that Austrias has so many beautiful hidden places and most of them are amazing. Thanks for sharing. Voted up :-)

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful place. Thanks for the photos and video.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Peggy W, pain is a beautiful place and I hope you get to visit Asturias. Thank you for your vote and share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Northern Spain looks so very beautiful. The parts of Spain that we have seen is parts of Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona and the Island of Mallorca. I would love to see more of Spain such as you have shown in this hub. Many up votes and sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      radhikasree thank you and am glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the votes too.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Came to know about another wonderful travel destination through this hub. Your words have done justice to this marvelous wonder.

      Up, beautiful, awesome and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie yes this place is wonderful and am glad you enjoyed. Thank you.

      rajan jolly thank you and yes this is a great destination. Thanks for the vote too.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Lovely pictures and looks a great destination to vacation in.

      Voted up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My brother and his wife love Spain and go there but I have never been. This sounds wonderful. I enjoyed it very much.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Nell Rose, oh yes the ride through the caves will be great. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      What a beautiful place, I would love to drive through those natural caves, they would be one of the highlights as I love exploring caves, but the whole experience would be amazing, wonderful read, thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Yes this place is awesome, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Agus Fanani 4 years ago

      Another very beautiful side of the world. Thank you for telling and sharing that great video.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Eiddwen thank you for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful and interesting hub Vellur. Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Elias Zanetti yes this place is great and has many treasures to be discovered. Thank you for stopping by.

      DDE thank you, this place is beautiful.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome photos and looks a beautiful place

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Very beautiful place, Vellur. Northern Spain has many 'travel treasures' and Asturias is certaily such a worth visiting destination. Great hub and excellent photos. The Cuevona de Cuevas is quite impressive.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      midget38 thank you, yes this place is beautiful and a must visit.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This definitely sounds like a place I must visit. Putting on the list! Thanks for sharing, Nithya!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Faith Reaper thank you. Yes it is so very beautiful!! God is a great artist, beyond compare!!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks for taking us along on your trip to Northern Spain, otherwise, I would never get to go!!!! Wow, it is beyond beautiful.

      Thanks for such a beautiful and informative hub here.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc thank you, this place is so beautiful. Nature's celebration!!

      tillsontitan thank you, I do wish you get to go there. Thanks for the votes too.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      The only thing you're doing is making me want to go there! What a nice write up and just breathtaking photos!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very specific niche and well done. The pictures are spectacular and the hub very informative.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 yes this place is really beautiful! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is one of the places on my wish list. Now I truly want to visit there some day. What a beautiful country!