Top Five Things To Do in Asturias, Northern Spain
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Asturias in Spain is a great place to visit and a must visit once in a lifetime.
© 2013 Nithya Venkat