The Best Aspects to Asturias
Posted on February 08, 2013 by sguese
Asturias’ appeals date back to the ancients. This ancient land, in between Cantabria and Galicia is said to be where Iron Age Celtic tribes resisted the Romans, centuries ago. They have left behind their traces throughout prehistoric caves paintings, just for a little modern day proof. However, you don’t have to be an antique to appreciate this part of Spain.
If you can see the sparkling coastlines of this area, known as Costa Verde or the green valleys, fishing villages and forests, you are welcome to enjoy Asturias. There are many reasons to love Asturias.
Known as “Green Spain”, Asturias is home to the Picos de Europa National Park, where the first Spanish national park took shape. The park separates the Liébana region of Cantabria from eastern Asturias. The craggy limestone range features immense slopes and dramatic gorges. It makes for a good destination for those looking to walk, hike or spot birds.
Asturias is also proud of housing the Covadonga Lake, one of the area’s most legendary sites. Then again the mountains and beautiful beaches of Asturias could pull you in. Many travelers find themselves of the holiday resorts of Llanes, Ribadesella, Gijón and Cúdillero.
The Cider Houses
Cider houses rule in Asturias so much so that the area is frequently referred to as cider country. Asturias is along the same lines as Cantabria and the Basque region when it comes to cider. You will find cider bars separate from regular bars in Asturias due to the ritual nature involved of pouring and drinking cider. The cider is made from the area’s best local apples. If you are still hungry or thirsty for more of classic Asturias cuisine, consider trying cabrales cheese or fabada, typical Asturian bean stew.
The Prehistoric Caves
Part of the appeal of exploring Asturias comes through uncovering its mysterious past. The prehistoric caves of the area provide insight into residents who have long since passed. The most famous caves are the Altamira Caves. Known as the Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art, the caves were only just discovered in 1879. There are also many lesser-known caves you can visit in Asturias as well, many with paintings and engravings dating as far back as 25,000 years B.C.
The Cultural Attractions
While Asturias is known for many things including cider and its prehistoric cave drawings, don’t neglect the area’s other important cultural attractions. There are many important monuments in Oveido. Unesco approved churches in Asturias include the Churches of Santa María de Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo.
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