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About Asturias

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Asturias is one of the Spanish autonomies located on the Cantabrian coast, in the north of the Iberian peninsula. Its surface of 10,566 km2 stretches between the Cantabrian mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, causing the area to have mild and rainy weather. The complexity of its orography and the proximity of the Asturian Massif to the coast has turned this region into a complex of summits, ranges and valleys drawn together by a wide network of short but plentiful rivers. 

The territory can be differenciated in three well-marked areas: the coast, the mountains and the inner valleys. The proximity of the Cantabrian range to the coast makes for oceanic climate, without significant differences in temperature, with warm summers and mild winters.

With these mild seasons, Asturias boasts a great variety of floral and wildlife, as well as protected species of great ecological interest native to Asturias.

The extraodinary conservation of the mountains enables animals in danger of extincion  to roam free. Bears, wolves and capercaillies are to be found living together with roe deers, foxes, chamoises, wiild boars, otters, a great variety of birds, insects and many different reptiles.

Advancing deep into the valleys and hills, there are countless forests full of beech, yew, oak, birch and holly trees, being the oak or “Carballo”, being the most popular among the Asturian trees.

Due to its varied landscape, Asturias invites us to enjoy and explore its nature.

 

NATURAL RESERVES

 

These are some of the most important natural reserves:

 

  • Picos de Europa National Park – Biosphere Reserve
  • Oscos-Eo Area – Biosphere Reserve
  •  Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias Natural Park – Biosphere Reserve
  • Somiedo Natural Park – Bopsphere Reserve
  • Redes Natural Park – Biosphere Reserves
  • Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park
  • Ponga Natural Park
  • Muniellos Natural Reserve
  • Eo Ria Natural Reserve
  • Barayo Natural Reserve
  • Cueto de Arbás Natural Reserve
  • Villaviciosa Ria Natural Reserve
  • Peloño Natural Reserve

 

The Asturian Cantanbrian mountain range has the highest and the craggiest points. It occupies the totality of the south of the Principality and stretches to the coast through ranges, which has favoured the conservation of its extraordinary natural richness formed by high peaks, forests, meadows, lakes and high mountain rivers.

Asturias boasts many forests. Shady beech woods such as Redes, Peloño or Monasterio de Hermno and oak woods like Muniellos, one of the largest in Europe.

 

Picos de Europa National Park is considered to be a unit itself. Its three massifs split by spectacular ravines resemble a stone fortress crowned by pinnacles and crests.

 

In this region, there are three distinguishing areas:

  • “El Cornión” massif can be found in the west, close to the royal site of Covadonga, where the famous Enol and Ercina lakes are situated.
  • “Los Urrieles” massif is located in the central part, where the emblematic Naranjo de Bulnes is to be found at the height of 2,519 mt. Torrecerredo, at the altitude of 2,648 mt is the highest summit in this massif.
  • “Andara” massif is placed in the east.

 

The Coast is also very well know in the Principality. Its long coastline is formed by a series of cliffs, stony grounds, beaches, estuaries and rias that expand towards the interior in narrow coastal slopes. The enclaves of a greater ecological importance have been protected by being declared natural reserves or monuments such as Eo and Villaviciosa rias or Barayo beach.

The protected landscape of the eastern coast stretches for 30km, from Llanes along the eastern/oriental border of the community. It has more than 30 beaches, which are some of the most attractive views which meet the demands by tourists.

On the western coast, with its wonderful and isolated beaches due to the difficulty in accessing these areas, stretches for some 35km.

 

BEACHES

 

Here are some of the best known and most admired beaches on the Asturian coastline:

 

Eastern area

  • Playa de la Espasa
  • Arenal de Moris
  • Playa de San Antolín
  • Playa de la Ballota
  • Playa de Torimbia
  • Playa Toranda
  • Playa de Gulpiyuri
  • Playa de Cuevas
  • Playa de Barro, etc.

Western area

  • Playa de PeñaRonda
  • Playa de Arnao
  • Playa de Barayo
  • Playa la Concha de Artedo
  • Playa de Aguilar
  • Playa de Cueva
  • Playa de Bozo
  • Playa del Silencio, etc.

Central area

  • Playa de Xagó
  • Playa de Salinas
  • Playa San Lorenzo
  • Playa La Nora
  • Playa España, etc.

 

CITIES

 

The most relevant cities within the Principality of Asturias are : Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés.

 

Oviedo is the capital of the region, whereas Gijón and Avilés are commercial and trading centres due to them being harbour cities.

 

Monuments and cultural attractions in Oviedo:

  • “Calatrava” Conference and Exhibition centre
  • San Salvador Cathedral in Oviedo’s old city, mainly in Gothic style, with pre-romanesque, romanesque and baroque elements.
  • The following constructions of the Asturian Pre-Romanesque (9th century) have been declared “World Heritage”:
  • San Julian de los Prados church
  • El palacio de “Santa María del Naranco”
    Santa María del Naranco palace
  • San Miguel de Lillo church
  • Oviedo’s Saint Chamber, Foncalada fountain and, Santa Cristina de Lena in the county of Lena.
  • Campoamor Theatre, that hosts the Prince of Asturias Awards every year.


Monuments and cultural attractions in Avilés:

  • “Oscar Niemeyer” International Culture Centre
  • Aviles’s old citty, one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Asturias.
  • Old Sabugo church (Romanesque-Gothic, 17th-18th centuries)
  • New Sabugo church, also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury (New-Gothic, 20th century)
  • San Nicolas de Bari church (Romanesque origin, 13th century)


Monuments and cultural attractions in Gijón:

  • “La Laboral – City of Culture” Cultural Complex
  • The Atlantic Botanical Garden
  • Old city: Roman Baths, at Campo Valdés Square (1st century AD)
  • Jovellanos’s birthplace (15th century)
  • Elogio del Horizonte by Eduardo Chillida on San Catalina’s hill
  • Revillagigedo Palace (Baroque, 18th century)

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