Asturias, officially the Principality of Asturias, is a region in northwest Spain. The autonomous community is bordered by the Bay of Biscay to the north, by Galicia to the west, by Castile and León to the south, and by Cantabria to the east. Apart from the communal capital Oviedo, other important cities in Asturias are Gijón, which is a coastal and the largest city, and Avilés, an industrial town.
What to see & do
Picos de Europa National Park - The Picos de Europa National Park encompasses the Picos de Europa mountain range in northern Spain. The park is shared by the three autonomous communities of Asturias, Cantabria, and Castile and León. Created in 1918, Picos de Europa National Park was the first of the National Parks of Spain. It had an area of 169.25 square kilometres, but has been extended to its current total area of 646.60 square kilometres. The highest point in the park is the peak of Torre de Cerredo at 2,648 m above mean sea level, while the lowest point is in the Dena River at 75 m above mean sea level.
Jurassic Museum of Asturias - The Jurassic Museum is a museum in the area of Rasa de San Telmo. It is dedicated to the Palaeontology of Mesozoic divisions of Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods, with displays of the different stages of geological period and system, replicas, and a collection of footprints and fossils. The museum's main collection consists of about 8,000 fossils from Asturias' Jurassic period, taken from the ten archaeological sites in the Asturian Jurassic coastline.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias - The Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias is a museum situated in three buildings in Ovied: the Palacio de Velarde, the House of Oviedo-Portal, and the House of Solís-Carbajal. The museum displays up to 10,000 works, including paintings by Spanish artists, as well as foreign painters. Sculptures, glass objects, and photographs are also in display.
Los Premios Principes de Asturias - The Princess of Asturias Awards is a series of prizes given in Spain every year to individuals or groups who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. The awarding is hosted in the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo.
How to get around
All the cities in Asturias are quite compact and can be explored by foot. If you're in a hurry or are too tired, bus service is fortunately frequent, convenient, and cheap. Taxis are also available from the taxi stands all over the city. To travel from one Asturian city to another, either take the bus or a train.
How to get there
Asturias Airport is the only international airport serving Asturias, located in the parish of Santiago del Montre, 47 kilometres from Oviedo. The aiport is served by the following airlines: Air Europa, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Iberia, Iberia Express, Orbest, TAP Portugal, Volotea, and Vueling. Flights to Asturias depart from Alicante, Madrid, Málaga, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, London, Valencia, Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris, and Sevilla. There are direct flights from more locations to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid, so it's also possible to book a flight to Madrid and take a bus or train to Asturias.