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Picos de Europa The high peaks of Green Spain Self guided Walking Tour Enjoy an 8-day trip walking trip during which you’ll stay on the north side doing easy or more difficult day walks around the Eastern and Central massifs, including an ascent to a mountain hut at the foot of the famous Picu Urriellu...more...
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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 Sea
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 found.

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 us.

Foothills of the Picos De Europa, Asturias, Spain
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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 fishing villages?'

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.
 
Port Town of Lastres on Costa Verde, Asturias, Spain
Port Town of Lastres on Costa Verde, Asturias, Spain
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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).

Tourist Attractions

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 tourist attractions.

Music

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.

Major Attractions

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

  • 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.
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.

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About the Author: Written by Mark Buckingham, Managing Director of Rentaccomspain.com, an online resource where you can find a wealth of Spanish property for rent and for sale.
SMALL HOTELS / BED & BREAKFASTS IN ASTURIAS, SPAIN
ARRIONDAS, ASTURIAS - BED & BREAKFASTS / RURAL HOTELS
Hotel Posada del Valle, Rural Posada, Arriondas, Asturias, Spain
Hotel 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.
The Paradores of Asturias, Spain
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Minorca: Too Good to be Overlooked
Winter on Majorca is fiesta time
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Balearic 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 more
- SAN MIGUEL, IBIZA, RURAL ACCOMMODATION / BED & BREAKFASTS
Pool Villa Ca'n Maries, Country Hotel, San Miguel, Ibiza  ****
In 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
Winter 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.... read more
- CAMPOS, MALLORCA RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Agroturisme 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
La Residencia, Luxury Rural Hotel, Deià
Between 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
Petit Hotel Fornalutx, Small Charming Hotel, Fornalutx, Mallorca
Located 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
Ca's Comte Petit Hotel & Spa, Small Family Hotel/Rural Hotel, Lloseta, Mallorca  ****
Ca's 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
Hotel Juma, Charming Hotel, Pollensa
Hotel 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 the Juma.
L'Hostal, Hotel d'Interior, Charming Hotel, Pollensa
This 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.
CANARY ISLANDS - RURAL HOTELS / B&BS
Family 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
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Hotel 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.
CANTABRIA - RURAL HOTELS / POSADAS / B&BS / GUEST HOUSES
Cantabria 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 Leon 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 more
Santander 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...
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Posada Rural La Casona de Lombraña, Lombraña
We 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.
RUESGA - CANTABRIA
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La Sayuela Casa Rural B&B, Candeleda, Avila
LA 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.
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Arianel.la de Can Coral, Rural B&B/Self-Catering, Torrelles de Foix, Alt Penedés
Enchanting 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.
Masia Mas Xipres, Rural Country House B&B, Mediona, Alt Penedés
Mas 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 ACCOMMODATION
Can Font de Muntanya, Rural Farmhouse/Self-Catering/Bed & Breakfast, Cruilles, Girona Province
Can 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.

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