The 5 most beautiful villages to visit in Asturias

beautiful villages in Asturias

The essence of Asturias can be found in its villages: its architecture, its people, its markets and bars, its gastronomy… making up the culture of a town of miners and shepherds, characterized by its warmth and closeness. Discover with Natuaventura Ocio y Tiempo Libre the 5 most beautiful villages in Asturias!

If you organize your end-of-year trip to Asturias, you will experience its richness of its villages and the peaceful atmosphere you can breathe in them.

  1. Cudillero

Located in a spectacular place, wedged between the sea and the valley, Cudillero is a beautiful fishing village, with an important fishing port. When you visit this town on your end-of-year trip, it is essential to go through its hills and descents. The Garita viewpoint is the most famous (and you will save time in the gym by climbing its steps) and the view it offers of the rooftops with the port in the background is a great reason for its popularity.

Do not miss the Plaza de la Marina, at the entrance of the town and next to the port. The houses are lined up here at different heights forming an almost perfect semicircle that forms the town’s agora. This square is the heart of Cudillero. It is full of bars and restaurants with seafood and fish of the highest quality. Squid, sardines, scallops, octopus… if you like to try Asturian gastronomy, this is your town. It is important to accompany it with the best cider.

  1. Llanes

This town is one of the most famous towns in Asturias, and due to its location is in a privileged enclave, accessible to the beautiful beaches (Gulpiyuri, Guadamía, Ballota, Barro, San Antolín) as well as to the nearby mountains of Picos de Europa.

The Council of Llanes has an important monumental and historical heritage. In the town of Llanes, for example, highlights its old town declared a Historic-Artistic Site; the Indianos mansions and the port, where is located the work «Los Cubos de la Memoria», created by the Basque artist Agustín Ibarrola.

Llanes is also the Asturian municipality with the largest number of beaches (more than 30 beaches), distributed along the 56 kilometers of coastline. You can find beaches of all kinds and for all preferences: urban and crowded, natural and rarely visited, large or small, open or closed, sheltered or exposed to the winds, with or without a river, sandy or pebbly, etc.

  1. Cangas de Onís

It was the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias until 774. Cangas de Onís is a town of unquestionable beauty and a must on your visit to the region. It is also home to Covadonga, known for its cave-sanctuary and its lakes. Certainly, it is one of the most beautiful villages in Asturias.

It is one of the most popular villages of the Principality, and is in a privileged location, halfway between the beach and the mountains. With the Picos de Europa just a stone’s throw away, the wildest beaches in the Llanes area and the possibility of descending the Sella river at any time, since Arriondas is 8 km away.

  1. Ribadesella

Ribadesella is one of the most charming villages in the region. This town is very famous for two unique landmarks: first, for being the site of the prehistoric Tito Bustillo Cave, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco for its important paintings, engravings and other manifestations of rock art. And of course, Ribadesella is the destination of the most famous canoe races in the world, the International Descent of the Sella, which is held every year on the first Saturday of August, and is the only Asturian festival declared of International Tourist Interest.

  1. Sands of Cabrales

Cabrales is located in the eastern part of the Principality of Asturias and Arenas is the starting point to enter the Picos de Europa, from the Asturian side. It is a very touristic place, with a great mountaineering atmosphere and an important traditional gastronomy.

Besides the mountain equipment stores and small bars to drink cider and eat cheese, Arenas de Cabrales has the Cave of Cabrales Cheese, a visit that you cannot miss on your way through the village. During a guided tour that lasts approximately 45 minutes, visitors will discover the history of this famous cheese.

Guide for end-of-year trips to Asturias

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