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There are places that are well travelled, almost invaded, and then there is Asturias. This autonomous region has a total of 70 protected natural reserves and is one the Iberian Peninsulas green jewels. And for sure, it hides a never-ending amount of sublime experiences. Be prepared to taste its exquisite typical dishes, like the cachopo, its artisan cheeses or the best fabada (bean stew) in the world at restaurant Casa Chema. Enjoy its mountains and its sea: from the impressive Picos De Europa to the dunes of El Espartal. Go walking through its radiating ports, discover magical villages and listen with attention to the folklore legends of nymphs and spirits. And celebrate their fascinating traditions with a good cider. Asturias is an unforgettable adventure.
Main City Oviedo
Surface 10,603.57 km²
If you’re looking for good doses of adventure here in Asturias you will find a large offering that will bring you into nature. One of the most popular ones, for both kids as well as adults, is going down the Sella River in a canoe. This classic route is somewhere between 10 to 15 kilometres long and you can choose to start from the launch ramp, which is like a fun slide for boats. During the summer months it is quite common to see the river populated with canoes of all colours and everyone enjoying themselves nicely. If you want to take a break and have a snack you may do so, for example, by the shore next to the Toraño bridge. Be prepared to enjoy a spectacular scenery and practise your paddle mastery.
The local gastronomy is full of succulent surprises. In the Trascorrales square, downtown Oviedo, one will find El Fondín, one of those restaurants that are really worth knowing. Traditional cuisine that uses fresh produce from the Fontán market together with an attentive service and friendly attitude makes the place a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The owners, Maria and Chema, will make you feel at home from the moment you enter, and you can really feel the attention and care they include with each dish. Enjoy dishes like “rock octopus and fine clams sauté, “codfish with poached spring onion, or tender fillet with foie. For dessert they have an incredible grandmother chocolate cake and cookies. Home made food at a good price, what else can one ask for?
Art, culture, education and technology are all joined in this fascinating center of creation and experimentation. ‘LABoral centre of art and industrial creation’ opened its doors in 2007 and has continued to offer a program of exhibitions, festivals, lectures, performances, markets, workshops and concerts. Created to be a meeting point for the arts tying deep ties with technology and education, this is the only place in Spain fully dedicated to “cultural technology”. Hosted in a modern building in Gijón in which you will find yourself as if in a laboratory, which is not surprising since the LABoral is a unique seat of investigation and foremost, artistic experimentation. Check out their programming and dive into culture in a completely unique way.