Towns & Villages
Cangas de Onis This is the major tourist town on the western side of the Picos de Europa with a wide range of facilities for tourists. Due to its proximity to the sanctuary of Covadonga and the lakes of Covadonga it is still the major point of entry for the National Park and most popular town. The regular Sunday market, famous for the local cheeses is an excellent occasion to observe the union between tradition and modernity.
Potes This is the major tourist town on the eastern side of the Picos de Europa in the province of Cantabria. Its popularity lies in its proximity to the cable car at Fuente De. Arenas de Cabrales On the northern side of the Picos de Europa it lies in front of the entrance to the Carres gorge and the funicular railway to Bulnes.
Posada de Valdeón In the province of Leon on the southern side of the Picos de Europa this is the least developed town with fewer facilities and poorer road communications.
Arriondas Built on the joining of 2 of two important rivers; The Sella and The Piloña 7kms from Cangas de Onis. It has become an important centre for active tourism and in particular canoeing.
Llanes The major coast town in Eastern Asturias, which has grown considerable in recent years. It has an attractive old town and port. There are over 50 small sandy beaches around Llanes making it extremely popular in the summer time.
Ribadesella Sited on the estuary of the river Sella this delightful fishing town has a small old town and a large sandy beach where sun bathing became fashionable with the Spanish aristocracy in the 1920's. Site of the "Tito Bustillo" caves with its paelithic art. (See Asturian Prehistory)
Cudillero Situated to the west of Aviles this charming fishing village nestles into the hills overlooking its small port.
Mountain Villages Located on vertiginous hill slopes, the villages of the Asturian mountains preserve an enchanting atmosphere of times past.
Small houses with modest but well cared for architecture with their wooden balconies and porches.
Raised granary stores or "Horreos" constructed entirely from wood and stone stables with animals beneath and hay stored above.
All this provides the background on which, even today, one can experience an authentic flavour of yesteryear.
Thought evocative images like villagers wearing clogs whilst tending their animals or beans and maize hanging on the balconies drying in the sun.
Sensations like the smell of a burning hearth or of freshly cut grass, the sound of cow bells, the murmuring of flowing water or the sound of barking dogs are all there waiting to be discovered.
There are many beautiful small villages waiting to be discovered in Asturias. Taranes, Espinaredo, Amieva, Asiego, Cirieño, to name just a few.