5 unmissable things to do on your visit to Asturias
Asturias, a remarkable northern region in Spain, is a must-see destination. If you have never visited, we will guide you through 5 unmissable things to do while you are there. From savouring traditional cider to exploring breathtaking landscapes and charming fishing villages. Asturias has something for everyone. Let’s dive into the heart of this region.
1. Visit the three main cities
While a significant part of Asturias’ beauty emanates from its villages and natural landscapes, a visit to its three main cities is also worthwhile. Oviedo, the capital, is steeped in history and boasts stunning architecture. Gijón is a beautiful coastal city where you can enjoy seafront promenades and a vibrant cultural scene. The smallest of the three is Avilés, known for its rich industrial heritage and modern urban development. This is the host city for our Asturias Spanish Immersion Pack.
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2. Indulge in Asturian gastronomy
Asturian cuisine is a feast for the senses with its hearty and flavourful dishes. Try the famous fabada (a traditional bean stew that will satisfy your taste buds), sample the wide variety of Asturian cheeses – it boasts over 40 distinct types. And, of course, don’t miss out on trying the traditional dish called cachopo, which consists of two large veal or beef fillets typically stuffed with ham and cheese. The fillets are then breaded and fried to a crispy golden brown, creating a delicious meal.
© Turismo Asturias – Photo by Ana López Fernández
3. Become an expert in cider
Cider plays an important role in every celebration or gathering for locals. While visiting Asturias, you can learn all about the cider-making process. From apple orchards to bottling, as well as enjoying a hands-on experience in the art of escanciado, – the traditional pouring of cider.
© Turismo Asturias – Photo by Pelayo Lacazette
4. Explore Asturian nature
Asturias is synonymous with natural beauty and there’s no better way to experience it than through trekking. The Lagos de Covadonga, nestled at the foot of the Picos de Europa, is a breathtaking natural wonder where visitors can enjoy hiking. This part of Asturias also has cultural and historical significance.
© Photo by Adrián Lago
5. Discover charming fishing villages and coastal towns
The Principality of Asturias is dotted with enchanting fishing villages, each with its own unique character. Explore Lastres, Ribadesella (with its famous annual canoe race), Luarca, and Cudillero– considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. You will witness the picturesque coastal charm of these villages and experience the maritime traditions of Asturias.
© Photo by Adrián Lago
In addition to these five must-see attractions, you will meet the warm and welcoming people of Asturias who will make you feel right at home. The friendly locals add an extra layer of charm to your visit, making your Spanish immersion experience even more enjoyable.
For those seeking to enhance their Spanish skills while exploring this remarkable region, consider joining us in our Pack Language Experience Spanish immersion week. Asturias is the perfect setting for practicing and improving your Spanish. Are you ready to discover this and much more? Come join us in Asturias!
(Header photo: Adrián Lago)