Asturias Travel Guide
The Cathedral - Plaza de Alfonso II el Casto. This Cathedral in the capital, Oviedo is agood example of 14th and 15th century Gothic style. Worth an hour of your time admiring the ornate carvings. The holy chamber has some fine examples of sacred art, but there is a small admission charge.
Museo Arqueologico - Calle San Vicente 5. Also in the capital and a great place to learn about Asturias past. Located in a former convent and housing ancient artefacts uncovered in the region. There is no charge and the building alone is worth going around the Cathedral to see.
Santa María del Naranco - Great palace overlooking Oviedo on Monte Naranco. The Palace has a colourful history and magnificent views of the town and mountains beyond. A worthwhile trip to see a good example of pre-Romanesque architecture.
Picos de Europa - This was the first national park in Spain and its snow capped peaks are a spectacular sight. You can walk the area and local hikers are often sighted trekking the footpaths. Great country and keen hikers will find this a treat.
El Rubio El Rubio is a nicely converted dining hall located in an old local pub in the Quiros Valley, just 45 minutes south of Oviedo.
Wonderful wild game dishes and abundant salads. They boast a great wine selection.
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Playa Xago - A hidden gem and quite remote. A large sandy beach that can only be reached by foot. Bring all your requirements as there are no facilities, The beach is backed by a high mountain, so for the energetic it's worth climbing for the view from the top.
Playa de Barayo o de la Vega - This popular nudist beach is located in Valdes and is a km walk along the estuary. Nice quiet soft sandy stretch. Lovely warm water for cooling off. There is also a camping site nearby.
Cobijeru Beach - This is one of those wild beaches reached on foot. Get to Buelna and walk along the cliffs. Surrounded by steep cliffs, but a delightful hidden heaven. Great for diving and snorkelling to the coves, inlets and islets. Don't forget your sandwiches here.
Asturias Restaurants and Bars
El Raitan - Trascorrales 6, Just south of the Cathedral and an extensive menu introduces you to regional specialities. The set menu is good value and the chef tends to change the menu seasonaly. The interior resembles a tavern and the vibe is cosy.
La Maquina - Avenida Conde de Santa Barbara 59. Fabada is served here like nowhere else. This dish is a provincial favourite and is made with sausage and white beans. This popular restaurant has a country setting and is 6km from Oviedo on the road to Aviles. This is not just a restaurant, but an experience. Try it for a real taste of Asturias.
El Corral del Indiano - Av. de Europa 14, Arriondas. Located at the foot of the Los Picos de Europa mountain range in this non descript village. One of the finest restaurants in Europe is to be found here. Some of Europes most important food experts have been lured here. Once tasted you can see why they come. Jose Antonio Campo Viejo is a genious in the kitchen and deserves the accolades. Not cheap, but worth every Euro.
Risco - La Arenosa 2, Larado. Located in this seaside hotel and serving traditional food. Sea food is the speciality, but the chef is very creative and people return time after time for his dishes. Always busy and reservations are recommended.
Asturias Bars & Clubs
La Caverna - Situated in the old part of the city of Oviedo. This pedestrianised zone is a popular clubbing area and this is one of the liveliest. DJs thump out the power on the latest equipment, great bars with all your favourite alco pop drinks and cocktails.
Danny's Jazz Bar - Calle La Luna. Great place for unwinding the days events and listening to laid back Jazz. Live music at least once a week and a relaxed place to meet people. North of the old city.
La Santa Sebe - Calle Altamirano. Centrally situated in the old city, this popular disco is the best place in town for dancing. Locals come to pose and flirt, but you can just dance to all the chart hits and a good mixture of everything else.
El Porche - Postigo Alto, Shades of 'Che' are to be found here. This cosy Cuban Bar has the cheapest shots, but don't get carried away as you have a hill to negotiate down to Oviedo.
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