The Asturias region situated in the north of Spain, along the coast and between Cantabria, Castilla y León, and Galicia. It is home to perfect natural beauty, high mountain scenery, gushing rivers, attractive culture, and a 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 and it covers 4,000 aquatic species including, both vertebrates and invertebrates.
Moreover, more than 2000 cubic meters of water displays the life of the Cantabrian Coast, Asturian rivers, the Caribbean Sea, the Oceans Pacific, and Indic. As well as 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. Plus, discover the aquatic life from otters and Magellanic penguins to sharks.
2- The Atlantic Botanical Garden:
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This large Garden has a series of different four areas. The Cantabrian Environment (Entorno Cantábrico) has collections of flora of northern Spain. Second, Vegetable Factory (Factoría Vegetal) has 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 filled with species from all over the world.
Finally, yet importantly, Atlantic Itinerary (Itinerario Atlántico) has 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 is a famous beach in Gijon City. It comprises Gijón Bay, one of the most impressive in northern Spain. Bordered on the west by San Catalina Headland and the east by the Piles River.
The beach is famous for by families, and sunbathers can get crowded in the summer, but it is nice to walk along in the winter, too.
San Lorenzo beach has many facilities, shops, restaurants, showers, and toilets. Plus, the beach is well known for 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. It is one of the most attractive in Asturias and situated along the Camino del Norte. As well it is a principal place for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
Tourists pass throughout the Gothic naves of the church. Intend to discover the Cámara Santa collection of sacred relics and medieval treasures. That contains two jewel-encrusted gold crosses.
5- Jurassic Museum:
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The Jurassic Museum is one of the world’s premier places that has dinosaur footprints collections. Besides, it created to exhibit the fossils of the dinosaurs discovered in Asturias. It located in Colunga Town with 2,500 square meters. Besides, the museum is filled with displays of skeletons, fossils, dinosaur footprints, and interactive exhibits.
The museum exhibitions of the dinosaur kingdoms have three main eras: the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. Besides, the principal collection comprises around 8,000 fossils containing dinosaur’s remains, crocodiles, trees, invertebrates, dung, and footprints.
The museum also has educational elements from the evolution of birds to the development 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 and twisty roads. That lead to the lakes, calm water, and High Mountain.
The Covadonga Lakes include two glacial Lakes are Enol and Ercina. They are famous for their picturesque landscape and beautiful reflections in the water, stunning views, and different hiking trails.
7- Playa del Silencio:
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The Silence beach lies outside the village of Castañeras in the Asturias region. It is one of the most captivating beaches in the area. It has 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 though it has a virgin landscape with no buildings in the vicinity. Making it a real 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 largest and oldest parks in Spain. It created in 1918 and it lies between Asturias, Cantabria, and Castilla y León.
This national park spreads in a total area of 64,600 hectares. It provides a 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. As well, 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 dates back to the 16th-century. It located in Oviedo City and housed in the former Benedictine Monastery of San Vicente. The permanent collection exhibited presents artifacts of archaeological discoveries across the Asturias region.
The museum displays the main cultural periods from Prehistory to the dawn of the Modern Age. 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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he Asturias Museum of Fine Arts situated in Oviedo City. It considered the main museum in the Asturias region. The museum houses a tremendous public collection of art with over 15,000 works dating from the 14th to the 21st century. It comprises painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, photography, applied, and industrial arts by different artists like El Greco, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró.
The museum occupies three buildings in the old quarter of Oviedo. It is the Velarde Mansion was built by the architect Reguera in 1767. Oviedo-Portal House was constructed in 1660 by Cantabrian architect Melchor de Velasco. Besides, the building dates back to the 1940s displaying different museum services like offices, warehouses and stores, shops, and meeting facilities.