These 10 corners are interesting places that deserve a visit if you are in Asturias, yes, they are not in order of importance or relevance, you could make more lists because choosing only 10 corners of the Asturian geography is very complicated. We hope you like them and if you miss any special place you let us know.
1 · Holy Chamber of the Cathedral of Oviedo
Within the cathedral of Oviedo there is a corner that stands out above the rest: the Holy Chamber, an architectural remnant of the original construction that was on the site, which is both a treasure of Romanesque sculpture and the sacred relics of the kingdom Astur. The Cathedral of El Salvador rises then on the same site of an old pre-Romanesque cathedral of the ninth century (in the time of ALfonso II) that in a certain way conditioned the structure of the Gothic work. So in the Holy Chamber is the first or last redoubt of the temple, depending on how you look at it.
The Holy Chamber is a space of two floors. The lower one is the original pre-Romanesque, while the upper one is Romanesque, from the 12th century. It is a vaulted space in which the twelve Apostles were carved, paired two by two, in the columns that support the arches.
The Cathedral of Oviedo
Not many years ago, the facade of the Cathedral of Oviedo appeared to us dark, superficially charred by the effect of…
2 · Castro de Coaña
Municipality of Coaña.
The Asturian castros are more than two hundred and fifty in the Principality. The best preserved, and the one that has produced the most archaeological fruits to date is Coaña. One thinks that in him they got to live between 1.500 and 2.000 people.
The size of the constructions, whether they are houses, warehouses, workshops... varies between 4 and 6 meters in diameter for the circular ones, and 5 x 12 meters for the rectangular ones. What is most striking is the area known as the "sacred enclosure" where there are two groups of buildings, one older than the other, related, presumably, to the cult of water.
In a small trough adjoining the castro is the didactic classroom of the Archaeological Park of the Navia Basin, whose contents are about the castreña culture, the Roman gold mining and the archaeological method.
The Castro de Coaña
The castreña culture belongs to the Iron Age, a hard, warlike period, full of insecurity. The Asturian forts, towns…
3 · Oneta Waterfalls
Municipality of Villayón.
A set of three waterfalls that are staggered in a few meters, marking the course of the Acebo River that runs between rocks and numerous wells. They are in the network of protected areas of Asturias.
The waterfall of the Firbia, the most accessible and impressive of the three, is surrounded by oaks, birches and chestnuts and on its right margin there is a canal that in ancient times supplied several mills.
The Oneta waterfalls
To reach one of the most impressive natural spectacles of Asturias we will only have to walk an hour, half an hour to…
4 · Sanctuary of Covadonga
Municipality of Cangas de Onís.
Covadonga and its surroundings is one of the cardinal points of Asturias. A sacred and beautiful latitude to which faithful, tourists and mountain lovers approach. There rests the image of the beloved Santina.
It constitutes a natural gateway to the National Park of the Picos de Europa. Only 12 km, ascending through a narrow and steep road, you reach the beautiful sites where the Lakes of Enol and La Ercina: The Lakes of Covadonga.
Covadonga, the sanctuary of Asturias
Covadonga and its surroundings is one of the cardinal points of Asturias. A sacred and beautiful latitude to which…
5 · Chapel of Regalina, Cadavedo
Municipality of Valdés.
It is a small chapel in Cadavedo. It is in a really spectacular place on the cliffs of La Punta del Cuernu, with privileged views over the coast. From here you can see the beach of Cadavedo, within the Protected Landscape of the Western Coast. The chapel was built in 1931 and since then it has become a place of pilgrimage every summer.
The Regalina of Cadavedo
The enclave of Cadavedo was awarded ...
6 · Space of Cobijeru, Buelna
Municipality of Llanes.
The beach of Cobijeru is flirtatious and small, it lives next to meadows and farmland, and connects with the sea through a crack of several tens of meters. Protected natural space in which we can enjoy very rare plant species, such as the Zostera noltii, included in the Regional Catalog of Endangered Flora Species, as well as the Carex distans, Salicornia dolichostachya and S. fragilis, for its rarity and location punctual in Asturias.
The natural space of Cobijeru
The sea allows few whims, because its behavior is always subject to the designs of gravity and…
7 · Cabo Peñas
Municipality of Gozón.
It is the northernmost point of Asturias. Farther north impossible.
Geographically, Cabo Peñas is located in the central area of the Asturian coast, between Gijón and Avilés, in the municipality of Gozón.
It is a protected area, mainly at a biological level due to its importance as a habitat for seabirds and other migratory species. Here are also all varieties of heather in the region, as well as relevant geological formations.
The own Space of the Cabo Peñas collects mainly cliffs and beaches with valuable dune systems, emphasizing from west to east: the sand of Xagó, the beach of Portezuelos, the one of Verdicio, the one of Ferrero, the one of Llumeres or the one of Bañugues. It also includes the islet of La Erbosa, the largest of the Asturian coastline after the island of Deva.
The Cabo Peñas
Any place on Earth is determined by two numbers, its latitude and its longitude. The numbers of Cabo Peñas ...
8 · Peña Tú
Municipality of Llanes.
It is a cardinal point of the Bronze Age in Asturias: an uncertain monolith in a flat, earthy mountain range. The central engraving that is exposed in this surprising limestone is the abstract image of an individual: the supposed idol, more than a meter high and geometric line. It has a deep stroke and color pigments, like the weapon, possibly a sword, which is next to the idol. In the area there is a good amount of burial mounds, in the closest surroundings of the flat mountain range of La Borbolla and its neighboring plateaus.
The Idol of Peña You
The idol of Peña Tú, tattooed forever on a mysterious rock that has always provoked religious sentiment,…
9 · San Vicente pot, Dobra river
Municipality of Cangas de Onís.
The Dobra river is one of the most vertical of the Asturian orography. It is born in the Leon slope of the Picos de Europa and ends its route yielding its waters to the Sella. Getting there is a full-fledged excursion, suitable for all ages, with just half an hour or 45 minutes of travel.
The Dobra river conserves crystalline waters among other reasons because it is exempt from all types of pollution, not having any human settlement in its watershed. Between June and September they are at their best for bathing.
Dobra River, San Vicente Pot
We propose here an affordable, simple route, without great slopes, but no less attractive than others or less ...
10 · Puerto de Vega
Municipality of Navia.
Puerto de Vega is at 7,5 kilometers east of the capital of Navia, nooks and crannies that form its streets and lanes. The residents are hardly 2.000 but they insist on preserving their history and urbanism. And that citizen conscience has been rewarded with the "Exemplary Town of Asturias" award given each year by Prince Felipe and that corresponded to Puerto de Vega in 1995.
The coquettish fishing fleet rests in a picturesque port with an enclosed wall, battlements in perfect condition that stopped piracy in the Middle Ages and that protected the town against the French invasion three centuries later.
Puerto de Vega, exemplary town
The inhabitants of Puerto de Vega move, they love their town. There are barely 2.000 residents but they insist ...