Asturias region situated in the north of Spain, along the coast and in between Cantabria, Castilla y León, and Galicia. It is home to perfect natural beauty, high mountain scenery, gushing rivers, interesting culture, and wild coastline. This region has everything it is a real paradise to enjoy your time and relax.
Here is our list of the 10 unique attractions in Asturias:
1- Gijon Aquarium:
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Gijon Aquarium opened in 2006, considered one of the best attractions in the region. Besides, this aquarium contains five groups of animals. It covers 4,000 aquatic species including both vertebrates and invertebrates belonging to 400 different species. Additionally, more than 2000 cubic meters of water display the water life of the Cantabrian Coast, Asturian rivers, the Caribbean Sea, the Oceans Pacific, and Indic, the African Indic Ocean, the Red Sea, the South Atlantic Ocean and the Subtropical Atlantic Ocean.
Gijon Aquarium is an ideal spot for families especially for kids to enjoy their time and discover the aquatic life from otters and Magellanic penguins to sharks.
2- The Atlantic Botanical Garden:
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The Atlantic Botanical Garden lies in Gijon City. It is an open-air garden specialized in Atlantic vegetation covering nearly 16 hectares and more than 15,000 plants and trees.
This wide Garden has a series of different four areas. First, the Cantabrian Environment (Entorno Cantábrico), with principle collections of flora from this part of northern Spain. Second, Vegetable Factory (Factoría Vegetal), with various routes showing the different uses made of the plants. Third, Island Garden (Jardín de la Isla), a romantic and historical area dating back more than 150 years with species from all over the world. Last but not least, Atlantic Itinerary (Itinerario Atlántico), a look at the predominant floral landscapes of the North Atlantic. Also make sure to visit the Natural Monument of La Carbayeda of El Tragamón, natural forest with 400-year-old trees.
3- Playa de San Lorenzo:
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San Lorenzo Beach is the popular beach in Gijon City. Besides, it comprises Gijón Bay, one of the most impressive in northern Spain, bounded on the west by San Catalina Headland and on the east by the Piles River. The beach is famous for families and sunbathers and can get crowded in the summer, however; it is nice to walk along in the winter, too.
San Lorenzo beach has many facilities, shops, restaurants, showers, and toilets. Additionally, the beach well known with water sports enthusiasts and has several surf schools.
4- Oviedo Cathedral:
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Oviedo Cathedral or San Salvador built in Gothic and Baroque styles in the late 13th century and is one of the most attractive in Asturias. It situated along the Camino del Norte and is a principal place for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
Tourists pass throughout the Gothic naves of the church to discover the Cámara Santa with its collection of sacred relics and medieval treasures, containing two jewel-encrusted gold crosses. Besides, The Cámara Santa also includes a cloth said to have covered Christ’s face after his death called the Santo Sudario.
5- Jurassic Museum:
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The Jurassic Museum considered one of the world’s premier museums and has dinosaur footprints collections. Besides, it created to exhibit the fossils of the dinosaurs discovered in Asturias. This museum located in the small town of Colunga with 2,500 square meters and filled with displays, from skeletons and fossils to dinosaur footprints and interactive exhibits.
Inside the museum, exhibitions split into the dinosaur kingdom’s three main eras: first the Triassic, second Jurassic, and last Cretaceous. As well as, the main collection comprises around 8,000 fossils containing dinosaurs, crocodiles, trees, invertebrates, dung, and footprints. In addition to the dinosaur remains, the museum also has educational elements such as the evolution of birds, to the evolution of Asturia’s landscape over the last 66 million years.
6- Lakes of Covadonga:
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The Covadonga Lakes situated in the oldest National Park in Spain. They are an incredible spot to enjoy the beautiful nature, twisty roads that lead to the lakes, calm water, and High Mountain.
The Covadonga Lakes include two glacial Lakes are Enol and Ercina. Besides, they are popular for their picturesque landscape, beautiful reflections in the water, and stunning views, as well as there, are different hiking trails. Its beauty is captivating at all times of year the snows of winter, striking colors of spring, summer, and autumn.
7- Playa del Silencio:
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The Playa del Silencio means Silence beach and lies just outside the village of Castañeras in the Asturias region. It is one of the most captivating beaches in the area with a stunning crescent of white and grey sand encircled by towering verdant green cliffs and covered by turquoise waves.
Besides, the beach is narrow and not very long about 500 m, but it has a virgin landscape with no buildings in the vicinity, making it a true pleasure to visit with no facilities, lifeguards or places to eat.
8- Picos de Europa National Park :
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The Picos de Europa National Park is one of the widest and oldest parks in Spain. It created in 1918. Besides, it lies between Asturias, Cantabria, and Castilla y León and spreads in a total area of 64,600 hectares.
This national park provides magnificent landscape, picturesque views of the incredible peaks, green slopes, glacial blue lakes, the gorges, and the valleys. The best way to discover all these beauties is through hiking and make sure to visit the stunning glacial Covadonga lakes and its dense forests populated by roe deer, wolves, and bears.
9- Archaeological Museum:
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The Archaeological Museum of Asturias located in Oviedo City; it dates back in 16th-century and housed in the former Benedictine Monastery of San Vicente. The permanent collection exhibited presents artifacts from archaeological discoveries across the region of Asturias.
The museum displays the major cultural periods from Prehistory to the dawn of the Modern Age. Additionally, Visitors will be able to see drawings, 3D models, maps and audiovisual projections through an auditorium and space for educational workshops on the ground floor that will help them understand the impressive history of the area.
10- Museum of Fine Art :
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The Asturias Museum of Fine Arts situated in Oviedo City and considered as the main museum in the Asturias region. The museum houses the largest public collection of art with over 15,000 works dating from the 14th to the 21st century, comprising painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, photography and applied and industrial arts by artists such as El Greco, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso, Dalí and Miró.
The museum occupies three buildings in the ancient quarter of Oviedo, very close to the cathedral: firstly, the Velarde Mansion built by the architect Reguera in 1767. Secondly, the Oviedo-Portal House constructed in 1660 by Cantabrian architect Melchor de Velasco. Thirdly, the building dates back to the 1940s presenting different museum services such as offices, warehouses and stores, shops, and meeting facilities.