Luxury holidays in Asturias
Asturias is very much a part of Spain (in fact, Covadonga was where the Reconquista of Spain began after Moorish invasions); however, as a region that avoided being conquered itself, it’s held on to a unique native culture. Beauty-contest-winning villages have mediaeval architecture; dyed-in-the-wool comfort cuisine (rich stews, fried sandwiches, catches from the Cantabrian Sea, rice pudding and lashings of cider) have been Basque-adised with Michelin stars and finer iterations; and soaring sierras and the Picos de Europa range that made the region so hard to invade offer scenic rural idylls. Whether you’ve come to surf and hike, sip and sup or step back in time, it’s a romantically otherworldly way to experience Spain.
When to go
Asturias is at its most clement from June to September.
PlanesAsturias Airport has limited direct links to Europe, but serves the region centrally. However, Bilbao is best for international visitors, around a two-and-a-half-hour drive away.
TrainsJourneys range from four to eight hours, but there are several direct routes from major cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao and León, which arrive at the station in regional capital Oviedo.
AutomobilesThe region is largely rustic, so for sightseeing a car will come in handy.