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Asturias - Peaks and Parks
by Mark Buckingham
Asturias is one of the seventeen
autonomous communities of Spain, and can be found in the far north of the
country. Many of the autonomous communities of Spain are further sub-divided
into provinces and Asturias is no exception albeit there is only one province
in this region, which is also named Asturias.
The autonomous community
is bordered as follows:
on the east by Cantabria
on the south by Castilla y León
on the west by Galicia
on the north by the Cantabrian
|The capital of the province,
Oviedo along with the seaport of Gijón
and the industrial town of Avilés are the most important cities
of the region with other major towns including Mieres, Siero, Cangas
de Onís, Cangas del Narcea, Grado, Lena, Laviana, El Entrego,
Villaviciosa and Llanes.
High mountain ranges spanning
some 200 kilometres, characterize the landscape of Asturias and within
these ranges some of Spain's most exceptional nature reserves, such as
Picos de Europa and the national parks of Covadonga and Somiedo, can be
Climbing, walking, skiing
and caving are just some of the activities which are catered for in this
Mecca for sports enthusiasts, whilst the lush green landscapes of the rest
of the region offers peace and tranquillity for the non-extreme amongst
Such is the contrast of the
landscape that the question should be 'Where else could you find high mountain
peaks a few miles from a coastline which has great beaches and colourful
As extensive as it is spectacular,
the Asturian coastline is littered with hundreds of beaches, coves and
natural sea caves. Playa del Silencio (Beach of Silence) close to the fishing
village of Cudillero and the many, many beaches, which surround the summer
resort of LLanes, are particularly noteworthy. Barro, Ballota and Torimbia
(which is predominantly a nudist beach) are just a few of these and it
is not unusual to see grazing livestock on top of the steep cliffs which
border most of the fine, sandy beaches.
With an annual rainfall varying
between 1m and 1.5m, the province can claim to be one of the wettest in
the Iberian peninsular and Degaña, with its average of 2.13m per
year is one of the wettest areas within the region. The mountainous areas
of Asturias have, predictably, harsh and bitterly cold winter periods,
whilst in contrast, the coast enjoys mild summers and winters with yearly
average temperatures in Oviedo being 13ºC. Snowfall is commonplace
in the Somiedo and Picos regions between November and January.
Town of Lastres on Costa Verde, Asturias, Spain
|Food and Drink
Asturias is renowned for
both its seafood and for its regional dish Fabada Asturiana, which is a
rich, tasty stew made with large white beans, shoulder of pork, black sausage,
spicy sausage and saffron. The traditional alcoholic drink of the region
is a natural cider made with apples harvested from the many apple groves
here and it is usually served "El Escanciado". The bottle, when using this
method, must be held above head height, which allows the cider to have
a long vertical pour, and since it is bottled without gas, the cider becomes
aerated as it splashes into the glass giving it a pleasant, refreshing
taste. It is customary to pass the same glass around and for everyone to
drink from it.
After each person takes his
or her sip, a small amount of the cider is splashed to the ground in a
symbolic glass cleaning gesture before passing it to the next person.
Asturias is also affectionately
known as "the land of cheeses". This is due chiefly to the wide variety
and quality of the regions famous product (especially the Cabrales).
The Way of Santiago (along
with all of its en-route monuments) and the Ruta de la Plata (the "silver
route") both traverse Asturias and are some of the regions most favourite
Regional Anthem - The regional
anthem of Asturias, 'Asturias, patria querdia' (Asturias, my dear motherland),
is a song which, as popular myth suggests, is sung by intoxicated people
across the whole of Spain, whereas in reality this is not actually true.
Francos' side first mentioned this idea during the Spanish civil war in
an effort to damage the reputation of the Asturian people.
Oviedo, the region's
capital: compromising of a diverse architecture, it is a clean and cosmopolitan
city. Some of the major highlights located to the north, are Santa María
del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo, a pre-Roman church and a pre-Roman
castle respectively, which were built by the first Asturian Kings.
The Picos de Europa National
Park: The Picu Urriellu is probably the more famous of the mountains
in this range and is a molar-shaped peak which has an orange radiance in
the twilight sun which gives it its nickname of 'El Naranjo de Bulnes'.
The shrine to the Virgin
Mary of Covadonga and the mountain lakes near Cangas
de Onís: The Virgin Mary is said, according to legend, to have
given Asturian soldiers a timely signal to attack the Moorish conquerors,
which by doing so took the aggressors completely by surprise. The result
is that the Reconquista and unification of Spain, it is believed, began
here in Asturias.
The Asturian coast:
the beaches and coves around the resort of LLanes are worthy of particular
mention, as is the Playa del Silencio close to the fishing village of Cudillero.
Other Places of Interest
The mountains and nature reserves
of Asturias offer a timeless way of life, which is steeped in culture and
is enchantingly different from the busy Southern Costas. At least once
in a persons life a visit to Asturais should be on the agenda.
Ceceda village: notice
the traditional horreo grain silos, which are built on stilts which keeps
field mice from getting to the grain.
The Dobra River: its
remarkable colours and natural beauty make the river worthy of visiting
if you are in the area.
The 'senda costera' (coastal
way) between Pendueles and Llanes: some of the most impressive coastal
scenery can be seen whilst walking along this nature route. Among the many
spectacles are the bufones (water spouts naturally created by sea erosion)
and the Playa de Ballota.
A bizarre rock formation on
the beach at Buelna village that is best viewed at low tide.
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|About the Author: Written
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HOTELS / BED & BREAKFASTS IN ASTURIAS, SPAIN
ASTURIAS - BED & BREAKFASTS / RURAL HOTELS
Paradores of Asturias, Spain
Posada del Valle, Rural Posada, Arriondas, Asturias, Spain
Posada Del Valle is a small quiet country hotel with a cosy friendly atmosphere.
It is a perfect place to relax, surrounded by its own 12 acre farm, and
in privileged surroundings, close to the Picos de Europa and other Asturian
mountains as well as the beaches of eastern Asturias. There is excellent
walking in the region, gourmet food, wild flowers, bird watching and many
other activities. At the hotel we have extensive knowledge of the region
and lots of specialist information available to help you fully enjoy your
holiday. The hotel is built on to the side of a mountain on
a rock outcrop offering spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding
countryside, including the Picos de Europa, the Ponga Mountain range and
the Sierra del Sueve.
ISLANDS BED & BREAKFASTS/RURAL HOTELS
IBIZA RURAL ACCOMMODATION / BED & BREAKFASTS
Island Ibiza Tourist Attractions by G Smith
Spain's Balearic Islands
are one of the main attractions in the Mediterranean. One of Balearics
most popular islands is Ibiza due to the amazing night life it provides
for its visitors. There are many night clubs located throughout the island
which could explain for the high amount of young adults that visit each
year. The climate this Balearic island has is very comfortable with summer
temperatures averaging around 80 Fahrenheit and for the winter right around
60 Fahrenheit. Mostly sunshine is in the forecast with more than 300 of
the years days receiving sunshine and clear blue skies... read
SAN MIGUEL, IBIZA, RURAL ACCOMMODATION / BED & BREAKFASTS
Ca'n Maries, Country Hotel, San Miguel, Ibiza ****
one of the most peaceful areas of the island, on a mountain and close to
beaches that will captivate you, Ca'n Maries is a special place, only twenty
minutes from Ibiza town in surroundings where you will enjoy the tranquillity
that you are seeking. It is in the north of the island that Ibicenco
Pepe Torres and his wife converted what was originally their home and opened
it to guests. Offering personal and extremely charming attention
to all, Ca'n Maries is a place for a romantic break, honeymooners, or to
simply relax, surrounded by gardens with panoramic sea views and enjoy
the surrounding beauty.
MALLORCA RURAL TOURISM ACCOMMODATION / BED & BREAKFASTS
on Majorca is fiesta time by Elisha Burberry
Majorca, the largest of
the Balearic Islands, is so well-known as to be practically synonymous
with sun, sea, sand and summer holidays. Tourists from all over Europe
flock to the Mediterranean, and about ten million each year follow the
lead of the Spanish Royal Family and spend their holidays in Majorca....
CAMPOS, MALLORCA RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Son Lladó, Rural Farm Accommodation, Campos, Mallorca
Come join us and succumb
to the traditions of Mallorca life style, allowing you to experience why
Mallorca is known as "the island of tranquillity" (Isla de la Calma).
The farm is run by the original owners who also personally take care of
your stay, making it as enjoyable as possible. At Son Lladó, our
main objective is the maximum satisfaction of our guests. In order to make
your dream holidays come true, all our services and experience are at your
disposition. At Son Lladó, you will find the tranquillity
you desire, breath the fresh air of the country side and relax in the rural
surrounding of a friendly and comfortable farm house. We can offer you
our 28 acres of farm land and a series of varied and enjoyable activities.
DEIÀ, MALLORCA RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Residencia, Luxury Rural Hotel, Deià
the Mediterranean and the spectacular Tramuntana mountains stands La Residencia,
in the tiny village of Deià which offers a natural enclave for a
luxury hotel of international fame. The hotel consists of two manor
houses dating from the XVI and XVII centuries, carefully and lovingly restored.
Furnished with Spanish antiques, local fabrics and a wealth of local art,
the hotel imbues both elegance and informality that carefully combine to
provide relaxation in style. Privacy is paramount at La Residencia’s
newly refurbished luxury suites. Three suites with outdoor pools, one with
plunge pool, each with a private terrace and an area for sun lounging or
for dining, with breathtaking views.
FORNALUTX, MALLORCA RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Hotel Fornalutx, Small Charming Hotel, Fornalutx, Mallorca
at the foot of the mountains SIERRA DE TRAMUNTANA and at only 3 km. from
SOLLER City, 24 Km. from Palma and 6 km. from Puerto de Soller (beach).
The hotel, which was some years ago was a nuns convent and the school of
the village, is located in an narrow street without traffic, with a pavement
decorated with plants and flowers, giving a fantastic environment and beauty
to the place. The house offers 6 double rooms with bath and 2 suite rooms
which are very well furnished. The breakfast room is located in a natural
cave, very well decorated, offering a copious buffet. The terrace
has a wonderful view over the valley of orange trees and the mountains,
where you can hear the singing of the birds, is also used in the spring
in autumn and the summer time to take breakfast and to enjoy the blue sky,
the peace and the landscape of the region.
LLOSETA, MALLORCA RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Comte Petit Hotel & Spa, Small Family Hotel/Rural Hotel, Lloseta, Mallorca
Comte is the result of a careful and thoughtful convertion. The original
features and architecture of the XVIII century have been preserved and
restored. Ca's Comte was originally a noblemans country house (manor house),
and it formed part of the Ayamans Palace. Situated in the Raiguer
region in the north of Majorca and at the foot of the mountain range, Serra
de Tramuntana, the hotel is in the main square between the Church and the
Ayamans Palace in the village center of Lloseta. Ca's Comte
has 8 completely different and individual rooms, 4 doubles and 4 with en-suite
facilities, providing our guests with the perfect combination of traditional
splendour, modern comfort as well as the most advanced technologies.
POLLENSA, MALLORCA RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Juma, Charming Hotel, Pollensa
Juma is located in centre of old Pollensa. Built in 1907 and completely
renovated in 1997, giving the maximum comfort at the hands of the third
generation, who are honored to manage and place it at your disposition.
The modernist building, dating from the turn of the century, has an excellent
cafe and a spacious terrace, which enables guests to enjoy the pleasure
of a get-together in the shade of the plane trees in the main square, one
of the most charming localities in the town. Please also see L'Hostal,
Hotel d'Interior - our second hotel, located only a few paces from
Hotel d'Interior, Charming Hotel, Pollensa
wonderful little hotel, recently built, provides guests with a welcoming
and informal atmosphere. L'Hostal is a truly excellent choice of accommodation
for individuals or groups who are looking for comfortable accommodation
in an interesting and historic location. There are six comfortable guest
rooms, each of which are equally stylish, whilst having their own individuality
of character. All rooms have en-suite facilities, along with air-conditioning,
telephone, satellite TV, hairdryer, internet and safe.
ISLANDS - RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
holidays in the Canary Islands by David
The Spanish Canary islands
off the coast of North Africa are a fantastic location and family holidays
in the Canary Islands are especially popular. The Spanish love children
and Gran canaria and Tenerife in particular are heavily geared towards
family tourism... read more
TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS - RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Rural La Quinta Roja, Garachico, Tenerife
The great house of the Marquesses
of "La Quinta Roja", nowadays the hotel of the same name, is one of the
finest examples of the architecture of the island´s Baroque period.
The hotel offers 20 splendid rooms, bar-cafeteria (24h), restaurant, canarian
tasca, meeting room, aljimez-mirador, mountain bikes and a little spa (sauna,
jacuzzi and solarium). The staff is specialized in the natural parks
of this part of the island, and offer guided routes of trekking & mountain
bikes like Masca, Tano Alto-Bajo, Bolico. The new golf course Buenavista
Golf, is just 10 minutes away from La Quinta Roja, and was designed by
Severiano Ballesteros. Guests will have special prices (reduced green fees)
and free transfer to the golf course.
- RURAL HOTELS / POSADAS / B&BS / GUEST HOUSES
Holidays - Santander Tourist Attractions by Steve Greenwood
Cantabria is an autonomous
community of northern Spain with a coastline that overlooks the Cantabria
Sea. The region is bordered by the Basque Country to the east, Castilla
to the south, and Asturias to the west. Cantabria has much to offer visitors
to the region with a mixture of mountainous massifs, rolling lush meadows
and picturesque fishing ports. Santander is the region's capital and is
the best place to start any venture around the province as most places
can easily be reached within a 3-hour car drive... read
Coastal City Walking Tour Half Day tour with a private guide to
walk the streets of this costal city; Santander, an elegant city
which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic
quarter includes a group of majestic buildings which are situated against
an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains. Its marine and commercial
tradition is linked to a century old history of tourism, which has its
main attractions in the famous El Sardinero beach, the promenade and the
La Magdalena peninsula.…more...
Rural La Casona de Lombraña, Lombraña
are in an ancient palace of the XVIIIth century, and have provided the
comfort of a family run guest house, while maintaining the charm of the
building. "La Casona de Lombraña" is located in the heart
of Valley Polaciones one of the most peculiar of Cantabria; characterized
by an unusual landscape, with abundant rainfall and strong relief.
It is 104km. from Santander and near to the "Peak of Europe" with spectacular
views, and is the ideal starting point for visiting the main attractions
of the West of Cantabria.
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Y LEON - BED & BREAKFASTS / RURAL ACCOMMODATION
CANDELEDA, AVILA, CASTILLA Y LEON - BED & BREAKFASTS / RURAL ACCOMMODATION
Sayuela Casa Rural B&B, Candeleda, Avila
SAYUELA is a shared rural lodging location on a property of more than 10,000
m2 alongside the regional base of Gredos, with all the splendor of the
mountain range of Gredos, and also the Valle del Tiétar y la Vera,
giving spectacular views from the house at all the times of the year.
The property is surrounded by natural beauty with many natural swimming
pools including de Chilla, and de Alardos y la de Santa María and
also de Tejea o la Blanca. The house has 5 rooms, all exterior with
beautiful views to the valley and to Gredos. Two with double bed (1,50x2,00)
and the rest have twin beds.
- BED & BREAKFASTS / RURAL ACCOMMODATION
ALT PENEDES - BARCELONA PROVINCE - CATALUNYA - B&B'S / RURAL ACCOMMODATION
de Can Coral, Rural B&B/Self-Catering, Torrelles de Foix, Alt Penedés
country house ideal for romantic holidays. The Masia is situated in the
wine country "Alt Penedes" in 30 min distance to the beach and 50 minutes
distance to Barcelona. Guests relax in the spacious drawing-room with open
fireplace, in their en suite guestrooms with private fireplace or terrace
or in the Mediterranean garden with private swimming pool and views over
the vineyards. Formerly a stable building, the Arianel.la apartment
has been recently restored with exceptional taste and care making a comfortable
and attractively furnished holiday home. The apartment adjoins the small
hotel Arianel.la de Can Coral but enjoys a separate entrance and a private
terrace with 20km uninterrupted views over the wine valley of Alt Penedés.
Mas Xipres, Rural Country House B&B, Mediona, Alt Penedés
Xipres is more than 200 year old Masia. This old Spanish farmhouse was
used for the wine production. Together with the natural environment, the
big swimming pool, delicious food and drinks, Mas Xipres is the ideal holiday
destination. During the day tapas or salads can be served, and for
the evening Hetty likes to cook one her beautiful menus. Living in the
wine area the masia
serves a very good wine.... Everything is possible
from luxury dinners, working with one of the best caterers of Catalunya,
to a relaxed barbeque or buffet. There are also some lovely restaurants
in the village and within 5 km there are also 4 other villages with good
restaurants. The Masia has good contact with the local bodegas and can
organize visits as well.
BAIX EMPORDA - GIRONA PROVINCE - CATALUNYA - BED & BREAKFASTS / RURAL
Font de Muntanya, Rural Farmhouse/Self-Catering/Bed & Breakfast, Cruilles,
Font de Muntanya is an 18th century stone farm house set on a mountain
side in the Gavarres natural park in the region of Baix Emporda, Catalunya.
It has a unique location with amazing views to the forest and to the sea
but is only 15 minutes drive to the historic market town of La Bisbal D'Emporda.
There are 7 large double bedrooms, 5 with king size beds and 2 with twin
beds, and 6 bathrooms, 5 ensuite. There are also extra beds in two of the
double rooms and a cot can be provided. Can Font has 2 living rooms
with fire places and a huge outside porch with sofas and table tennis.
There are lovely inside and outside dining areas and there is also a stunning
10m x 5 m swimming pool with a shaded area.