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A weekend in Asturias

Planning a special weekend away? We have the perfect solution – a trip to Asturias. This region has a perfect balance of beautiful cities and natural landscapes that never fail to amaze.

The short distance between the main attractions in Asturias means that you can discover all its best-kept secrets and still have plenty of time to enjoy them. It is a wonderful way to escape the weekly routine and clear your mind.

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Itinerary day 1

4.00 PM-7.00 PM

Llanes

The town of Llanes has a wide variety of tourist attractions, including the breathtaking Gulpiyuri beach; the fascinating medieval old quarter; the symbolic Cubos de la Memoria – where the breakwater has been converted into an art installation; and the spectacular Pría blowholes, making it a great way to start your weekend.

7.30 PM-9.00 PM

San Pedro coastal path

Don’t leave Llanes without taking a stroll along this charming clifftop path. The views are spectacular – a sweeping panorama of the Cantabrian Sea and the medieval town with the Picos de Europa mountain range in the background.

9.30 PM-11.30 PM

Casa del Mar

Llanes has a thriving social scene, and the numerous bars and restaurants will guarantee a fun time out. Casa del Mar and the cider house El Antoju are just two of the most popular places to eat. The delectable dishes will ensure you vow to return.

Itinerary day 2

9.00 AM-11.00 AM

Lagos de Covadonga

Located at the very heart of the Picos de Europa National Park, the Lakes of Covadonga provide one of the most stunning landscapes in Asturias. The views are truly out of this world. There are also plenty of hiking trails you can take to explore the area. While you are there, don't miss the majestic Basilica of Covadonga – you won’t be disappointed.

12.30 PM-2.00 PM

Gijón

Strategically situated on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, Gijón is full of surprises. You will love the Cimadevilla district, Revillagigedo Palace and San Lorenzo beach with its famous flight of steps. Playa San Lorenzo one of the most popular beaches in Asturias and is located right at the heart of the city. The giant red letters on the quayside that spell out ‘Gijón’ make for a great photo opportunity.

2.30 PM-4.30 PM

La Tropical restaurant

You’ll find this traditional family-run restaurant close to the beach. Sit back, relax and try the typical zamburriñas (scallops), or the many delicious Asturian cheeses, before continuing your tour of Gijón.

5.00 PM-7.00 PM

Museum of the Asturian People

If you are interested in learning more about the history and traditions of Asturias, this cultural centre is for you. You will find a wealth of information related to the ethnography of the region. It includes traditional hórreos (raised granaries), recreations of ancient villages, and diverse collections of exhibits, which reveal traditional ways of life that have all but died out.

7.30 PM-9.00 PM

Eulogy to the Horizon by Eduardo Chillida

Just before sundown, make your way to the headland of Santa Catalina. If you are lucky, you will catch this awe-inspiring sculpture as the setting sun brings a glow to the stone. It is a moving and unforgettable experience that must not be missed on your visit to Gijón.

9.30 PM-11.30 PM

Auga restaurant

Why not dine out in style at one of Gijón’s Michelin star restaurants? Overlooking the harbour, Auga boasts stunning views. The restaurant offers traditional dishes with a modern twist; all prepared using the freshest ingredients from the market. Whether you choose the taster menu or opt to dine à la carte, the dishes are a true delight for the palate.

Itinerary day 3

10.00 AM-11.30 AM

Playa del Silencio

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, Playa del Silencio is guaranteed to impress. The natural landscape has protected status and the idyllic setting is truly captivating.

12.30 PM-2.00 PM

Oviedo

Your route through the old quarter of Oviedo begins at its impressive gothic cathedral. Make sure you also enter the Holy Chamber, declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. There are many things to keep you entertained in Oviedo, including the old market square of Plaza del Fontán, the Church of San Isidoro el Real, the shopping in Calle Uría, and the many sculptures you will encounter dotted around the city.

2.30 PM-4.30 PM

La Corte de Pelayo restaurant

It’s time to recuperate some of that spent energy. Take the weight off your feet and enjoy some of the classic Asturian dishes prepared by this popular restaurant. Famed for its cachopo (juicy fillets of young beef stuffed with ham and cheese) and fresh fish, La Corte del Pelayo is a traditional restaurant, so you are well advised to accompany your meal with some refreshing ‘shots’ of zingy cider. It’s best to book a table, as this restaurant is always in high demand.

5.00 PM-7.00 PM

Santa María del Naranco

It’s time to make your way to the foothills of Mount Naranco and discover two prime examples of Asturian pre-Romanesque art: the churches of San Miguel de Lillo and Santa María del Naranco. It is hard not to be swayed by the sheer magic of the place.

7.30 PM-9.00 PM

Calle Gascona

Before dinner, stop off in Calle Gascona to try some of the local cider. This street is famous for its sidrerías, or cider houses, so it’s hard to go wrong. Two of the most popular are Tierra Astur and La Pumarada.

9.30 PM-11.30 PM

La Palmera del Indiano restaurant

For your last evening in Asturias, we recommend this excellent restaurant in the exclusive Hotel Barceló Oviedo Cervantes, located in the city centre. The building dates back to the early 20th-century, and is a striking former townhouse that has been fully refurbished. The restaurant uses traditional local products to create dishes with a modern touch.

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