Asturias offers a traditional lifestyle and glorious scenery. Its many beaches, coves, and sea caves are interspersed with rugged cliffs. Inland, its terrain grows ever more mountainous.

Asturias’ capital is the beautiful city of Oviedo, which has surviving examples of many architectural styles, including a great Gothic church in the heart of the city. The main tourist attraction of Asturias, though, is the Picos de Europa National Park, which attracts hikers from all over the world.

Most of Asturias is little visited and largely untouched, and it boasts much unique flora and fauna. It also has prehistoric caves and dinosaur fossil sites.

The Asturian coast is known for pristine sandy beaches. The most well-known is probably Playa del Silencio, by the sleepy fishing village of Cudillero. In the vicinity of the summer resort of Llanes are several beaches: Barro, Ballota, and Torimbia.

Asturias’ weather is unpredictable. Summers are generally warm and humid; but winters, though usually mild, can get very cold in the mountains, where there is snowfall from November to May.


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