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Locals claim Asturias is the REAL Spain, the rest is just land which has been reconquered. But Asturias, with its dramatic, rocky landscape and wild, green coastline, has proved difficult to occupy. And the Asturian culture has thrived off this pride. Asturias' wild beauty doesn't make it inhospitable though. On the contrary, this coastline is lined with hundreds of sandy beaches, and there are rolling green hills and valleys. Many of the best places to stay in Asturias take advantage of these incredible views.
Some of Asturias' rocky mountains are part of the dramatic Picos de Europa range, sheer rocky pillars and peaks just back from the coast. As well as being extremely beautiful, this landscape is beloved by outdoor-sports-folk of all kinds.
Asturias' unconquerable nature means the architecture is modest but ancient - much of it is pre-Romanesque. The region's capital, Oviedo is easily walkable, with an old centre which was once encircled by a stone wall - this is where most of the major sights are found. The city's modern outer ring has plenty of life to it, despite the decline of the region's mines, once also its fortune.
Oviedo also has a reputation for fun, which might, or might not be linked to the region's speciality: Sidra, or apple cider. Asturias' other great speciality is cheese and there are over a hundred different kinds produced in the region, including one of the world's great blue cheeses, Cabrales.
Asturias' other major cities are Gijon and Aviles, which are coastal, but more industrial. Most visitors will be here for the landscape, in which case the tiny, ancient villages and pretty fishing hamlets are probably the best places to stay in Asturias.
Best Places to Stay in Asturias
For a countryside escape
- Casona D'Alevia is a delightful nine room hotel in a tiny village close to the Picos de Europa National Park. Exposed stone walls and beams, big fireplaces and comfortable public spaces lend cosy, rustic charm.
- La Rectoral is a traditional hotel in a secluded, but beautiful setting in the Asturian countryside. The 18 rooms feature lovely dual touches, like exposed beans, and private balconies with spectacular views. The food is local and hearty and you're just a show stroll from town.
To relax on the coast
- Torre de Villademoros is a beautiful 18th Century house cleverly converted into a small, modern hotel. Here you have the best of both worlds, with views of the coastline on one side and the forest on the other. The garden is rambling and the cuisine regional, local and generous.
- Casona de la paca is a charming hotel in a charming little fishing village. Its rooms are elegant, with antique furnishings and nice details - reminiscent of a country house hotel - and there are lovely gardens, a library with a fireplace and a cosy bar.
For rustic chic
- Quintana del Caleyo shouts rustic chic from its 17th century rooftops. Here you'll find beautiful rooms filled with period pieces but all the mod cons you've come to expect. It's also a perfect stop to rest for those walking the Camino de Santiago.
- Palacio de Cutre is a stunning restored 16th century mansion. Individually designed rooms and suites plus one for families which can accommodate up to six. Delicious Asturian cuisine.
Best Hotels in Asturias
La Rectoral 18 rooms from $69Asturias
A traditional hotel in completely natural and secluded setting. Rooms feature open beams, dark wood furniture, and private balconies. Excellent local cuisine, a cosy library, open terraces with spectacular views over the Asturian hills. Walking distance to the town; ideal for a country escape.Country Escape - Set in the green Asturian countryside, plenty of walks, water mills and valleys to explore by foot, or from kayakSights nearby - Taramundi's mountains, forests, rivers and valleys dotted with stone and slate villages, granaries, mills and chapels hidesLocal markets - Traditional handicraftsGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Casona de la paca 19 rooms from $78Asturias
A lovely country hotel in a charming fishing village. Elegant rooms are light, with jolly furnishings and antique furniture. Gardens, a library with fireplace, and a cosy bar. The coast is just a short drive away. An idyllic and quiet choice for a country escape with plenty of seaside activities.Country Escape - Plethora of activities near this fishing village: sailing, hiking, beaches, cycling and fishing. Very quiet atmosphereGreat walks - Along the cliffs- hotel has route adviceSights nearby - Oviedo, Gijón, Luarca and SomiedoSailing - Can be booked nearby.
Torre de Villademoros 11 rooms from $83Asturias
A gorgeous hotel in the Entrecabos landscape. Rooms within an 18th century house blend the modern with original features. Light wood furniture, big bathrooms and exposed bricks. Wonderful regional cuisine, enormous garden, views of both coast and forest. A chic choice for a family holiday.Country Escape - Best of both worlds in this spot, with the rivers, woods and hills on one side and coast on the other. Plenty to exploreFamilies - A larger suite in the tower is perfect for a family; child-friendly activities aboundSights nearby - Fishing villages: Luarca, Cudillero, Puerto de Vega or ViavélezViews - Over the sea or forestRecommended by - Sawdays
Casona D'Alevia 9 rooms from $86Penamellera Baja, Asturias
A delightful hotel in the countryside. Charming rooms have original features with their stone walls, wooden beams, rustic fabrics. A cosy library with fireplace. A National Park is close by for those who love nature. A great choice for those who enjoy the countryside.Foodies - Region is known for its cider, honey and Cabrales cheese; specialist mueseums to see the production of these goodsActive Holiday - Abundance of activities in this region: fishing, hiking and walking through the Asturias mountainsGreat walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - River Cares-Deva for salmon and trout fishing; hotel can advise on local rules
Hotel Antiguo Casino 6 rooms from $78Asturias
A beautifully renovated historic property in Pravia. The lovely light filled, rooms feature exposed stone walls, parquet flooring and simple contemporary furniture. With an atmospheric breakfast room and small lounge. Walking distance from many of the town's sights and a short distance from the sea.Value chic - Great value for chic comfortable rooms located in the centre of the historic Asturian town of Pravia.Great walks - Head off to explore this charming town on foot, the best way to soak up the sights.Sights nearby - The hotel sits near the picturesque Moutas Palace.Romantic - Good for couples.
La Casona del Viajante 9 rooms from $78Asturias
Set in a wonderfully renovated 1930s house, La Casona del Viajante has a winning combination of style and comfort. Ornate mosaic floors, stained glass windows and original exposed wooden beams and some period charm. Surrounded by Asturias' natural beauty, with plenty of activities nearby.Value chic - Excellent value for such a delightful staySights nearby - The Sidra Museum and the Museo del Jurásico de Asturias are both within twenty minutes drive.Great walks - The Pilona region is home to great number of walking trails.Romantic - Good for couples.
Casa La Calma 6 rooms from $84Ribadesella, Asturias
A lovely country house B&B close to the beach and mountainous areas. Simple chic rooms in neutral tones with all the mod cons and balconies. Fabulous spa offers a number of niche treatments. Excellent value and perfectly positioned for an active holiday at the beach or in the countryside.Spa breaks - Fantastic spa with reflexology and reiki healing.Value chicGreat walks - Camino de Santiago.Kayaking - River Sella.Recommended by - I Escape
Cae a Claveles 5 rooms from $103Principado de Asturias
A beautifully constructed contemporary building carved into verdant grounds. The curved glass holds the outdoors as the focal point of the interiors. Light and airy bedrooms are simple in design with white washed walls, modern art and sink-into beds. Uber modern bathrooms are a given. Oh-so chic.Country Escape - A design hotel set in mature gardens. A chic country retreat.Surfing - The nearby beaches have great surf conditions.Restrictions on children - Children above 9 yrs old welcome.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Hotel Rural 3 Cabos 6 rooms from $110ASTURIAS, Asturias
A charming rural property perched atop a hill, with far stretching views across the gently rolling hills and azure sea. Cosy rooms are traditional in style; the best are in the attic with rustic exposed beams and sloping roofs. Set in a glorious part of rural Spain. Country perfection.Country Escape - From bicycles to beaches there's many-a country pursuit; or simply unwind in the hotel with a good book and spectacular views.Families - A family friendly hotel with plenty of space for little ones to run around in.Great walks - Lovely walks starting straight from the property over gently rolling hils.Sights nearby - Visit the pretty fishing town of Luarca.Recommended by - Sawdays
Quintana Del Caleyo 11 rooms from $110Asturias
A rural Asturian farmhouse set in the rolling hills. Romantic rustic chic bedrooms with lovely fabrics and private balconies. Traditional cuisine and local cider from the cafe, bikes to borrow, and lots of countryside fresh air. A romantic country escape with plenty of rural charm.Views - Stunning views over the countryside around.Country EscapeRemote - Off the beaten track.Great walks - Good for walkers.
El Gran Sueno 5 rooms from $125Asturias
A boutique B&B run by a friendly couple, nestled in beautiful natural surroundings. Spacious and chic interiors with modern facilities, seating areas, and balconies overlooking the El Sueve natural reserve. Home cooked meals are served in the restaurant. Stylish, sustainable and magical.Eco break - An eco friendly hotel where all wood has been upscaled into bathroom shelves and most of the furniture is original to the house.Local exploring - In a superb location close by to Infiesto and about a 40 minute drive away from the coast and Picos de Europa National Park.Country Escape - In a truly peaceful setting, at the top of a twisting road with amazing views of the countryside.Local markets - Visit the traditional farmers market held close by, perfect for picking up some local produce.Recommended by - Sawdays
Palacio de Cutre from $136Asturias
Countryside hotel in 16th century mansion. Traditional rooms feature opulent fabrics, wooden beamed ceilings and elegant bathrooms. Garden, Chapel and ivy-clad terrace. Superb Iberian menu. Regal, peaceful and good value.Local exploring - Plenty of charming nearby fishing villages, mountain walks and cave exploring from this rural mansionGreat walks - Guided walk on Pepin Road to learn about the local cheese and ciderSights nearby - Colunga, fishing villageViews - Piloña River Valley
Hotel Villa Rosario 17 rooms from $141Ribadesella, Asturias
A stunning seafront 1914 palacio with wonderfully contemporary interiors. Chic white rooms with L'Occitane en Provence products, the best of which have sea views. Indulgent breakfasts can be taken on the terrace. Surrounded by some of Spain's best beaches. A unique seaside property.Active Holiday - A great selection of adventure sports alongside more laid backed activities.Beach Life - Situated right on a stunning stretch of beach.Sights nearby - Visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Cueva de Tito Bustillo (pre-historic caves).Kayaking - Available on the River Sella.
Hotel Castillo del Bosque la Zoreda 25 rooms from $162Asturias
An elegant castle hotel overlooking the mountains in the Asturian countryside. Simple, chic suites some multi-level, with private balconies, garden or forest views, and hot tubs. The on site restaurant dishes up excellent regional cuisine, and sleek bar serves innovative cocktails. A grand choice.Total relaxation - A tranquil and serene retreat in the Asturian countryside, with pampering spa and excellent food.Great walks - Make the most of the stunning landscape and head out to explore the Asturian countryside.Sights nearby - Take a day trip to the untouched, sandy Asturian beaches.Views - Great views from hotel