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What to see in 3 days in Asturias

Whether you have one, two or three days to spend in Asturias, we have something for you. Explore its most effervescent cities, such as Oviedo or Gijón, and discover the majesty of the lakes of Covadonga. All the suggested destinations are within a short distance of each other, making it easy to get the most out of your short break in this awe-inspiring region. We are sure you will want to plan a return trip.

The following is a suggested itinerary of what to see and do in Asturias over three days.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Itinerary day 1

10.00 AM-14.00 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; the spectacular Pría blowholes, and the majestic views from the San Pedro coastal path.

2.30 PM-4.00 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.

5.30 PM-7.30 PM

Lakes of Covadonga

Located at the very heart of the Picos de Europa National Park, the spellbinding Lakes of Covadonga are a must-see when you visit the area. You can take a bus directly to the lakes from the town of Cangas de Onís and from the lake car park. The views are truly out of this world. While there, don’t miss the majestic Basilica of Covadonga – you won’t be disappointed.

8.00 PM-9.00 PM

Cangas de Onís

The gateway to the Picos de Europa National Park, this town is definitely worth exploring. History buffs will love the Roman bridge and the Iglesia de la Santa Cruz (Church of the Holy Cross), where King Favila, son of Pelagius of Asturias, is buried. The visit is a great opportunity to learn a little about Asturias’ fascinating past.

9.30 PM-11.30 PM

El Molin de la Pedrera

Treat yourself to dinner in this highly recommended restaurant in Cangas de Onís. All the dishes on the menu are outstanding, but the crispy Cabrales cheese parcels, the oxtail, and the Gamoneu cheese tapa are to die for.

Itinerary day 2

10.00 AM-11.30 AM

The Jurassic Museum of Asturias

This interactive museum in the shape of a dinosaur footprint is located in Colunga and provides a truly fascinating insight into prehistoric times in the region. It is perfect for a family outing, and you can top off your visit with a trip to the nearby Playa de la Griega to see real dinosaur footprints.

12.30 PM -2.00 PM

Gijón city centre

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.

5.30 PM-8.00 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

This beach near Cudillero is located in unbeatable natural surroundings, where you can enjoy a little corner of paradise. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Asturias, Playa del Silencio is a protected enclave with a beach of smooth round pebbles. The magic of 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 adjacent 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

Sidrería Tierra Astur

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, La Palmera del Indiano, uses traditional local products to create dishes with a modern touch.

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