Traditional farming methods are still widely practised
throughout Asturias and the region’s remote mountain villages
safeguard a way of life which has hardly changed for centuries.
The village of Bulnes, in the Picos de Europa, was only
accessible by mule track until the year 2000 when its splendid
isolation came to an end with the opening of a new funicular
Much evidence of prehistoric man’s existence in Asturias has
been uncovered in numerous cave paintings and burial chambers
found throughout the region. Some of these important
archaeological finds date back more than 100,000 years. The
caves of Tito Bustillo near the pretty fishing port of
Ribadesella are a popular visitor attraction with their
prehistoric depictions of deer and horses. There are beautiful,
unspoilt beaches along this stretch of coastline and the town of
Ribadesella is a good place to enjoy the cider bars which are so
popular in Asturias.
The coastline between Ribadesella and
has some of the most important Jurassic dinosaur fossils and
footprints in the world. Dino-devotees should make tracks for
the La Griega Beach where the fascinating Jurassic Museum is
built in the shape of a dinosaur footprint.
An ancient trail which has drawn pilgrims to the Galician
capital of Santiago de Compostela for more than 1,000 years is
the famous Santiago Way which passes through Asturias and has
been declared a World Heritage Site and Europe’s first “Cultural
The churches and monuments in and around Oviedo, the ancient
capital of Asturias, are another collective World Heritage site.
The city’s crowning glory is its imposing gothic cathedral,
built between the 13th and 16th centuries. It houses many holy
relics including the revered “Sudarium” which, according to
legend and some scientific studies, was the cloth used to wipe
and cover the face of Jesus after the crucifixion.
- The region's capital, located more or less at its geographical
center, is specially remarkable for its pre-romanic monuments
and its great cathedral.
- This historic city, founded already by Romans, is today one of
the most important sea-ports and offers active cultural life.
- Aviles, one of the oldest settlements of the Cantabric area,
is of high economical importance too, but conserves as well its