Welcome to Asturias
This gorgeously green northern region has many similarities with Cantabria, its eastern neighbour. The jagged coast is wildly dramatic, strung with colourful fishing ports, such as Ribadesella and Cudillero, and more than 200 beaches. Inland, the mountains (including much of the Picos de Europa) soar high, the valleys run deep and the villages are delightfully rustic. For architecture lovers, Asturias is the land of the pre-Romanesque: modest but unique early medieval survivors. Asturias’ cultured capital, Oviedo, is historic and coolly contemporary, and it was at Covadonga that the Spanish nation first sprouted 1300 years ago.