4 Reasons to visit Asturias in Spain

They say Asturias is Spain’s best-kept secret and I can confirm that! Situated in the North West coast of the country, it’s very different from the Spain of the costas. It’s unspoilt and not massively touristy and that’s one of the reasons that makes it so special. I’m from Gijon, one of the biggest towns of the region and whilst I’d love for more people to know about this part of Spain I’m also quite pleased i’ts a bit of an unknown destination. You won’t British fish and chips in Asturias or Sunday roasts like you can find – to my dismay- in some of the more touristy parts of the country. If you are looking for that type of holiday, then Asturias is not for you. If you are looking for the “real Spain” however then Asturias might be a destination to consider.

Reasons to visit Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

Asturias is a favoured holiday destination for a lot of Spanish people trying to escape the hot summers of Southern Spain for the milder Asturias climates.

Here are 4 reasons why you should visit Asturias

Stunning beaches

With 345 coastal kilometers Asturias has over 200 beaches to choose from. Stunning beaches with sandy shores, cliffs and dramatic rock formations make Asturias a great destination in the summer. Quiet beaches – there won’t be any problems finding space to put your towel down – and the scenery surrounding all of them is beautiful.

Playa de la Griega situated next to the little fishing town of Lastres has the added bonus of having the largest dinosaur footprints discovered to date in the world.

Reasons to visit Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

If you prefer the hustle and bustle of a bigger town location beach, Gijon’s main beach, San Lorenzo, offeres 1.5 kilometers of goldensand. Popular with surfers and locals, it’s a great beach to explore Asturias’ largest city.

Reasons to visit Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

Delicious food

Be prepared to eat a lot in Asturias. Asturias’ gastronomy is varied and rich. Of course you will be able to find delicious fresh fish and shellfish but also great quality meat. Eating out is not pricey at all and your money will go further here than in some of the other Spanish tourist resorts.

Reasons to visit Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

“Fabada” – stewed white beans served with chorizo, blood sausage and cured, air-dried pork shank , is the typical dish of the region. It’s usually served at lunchtime as it’s quite heavy to be eaten in the evening.

Asturias is also a great destination for cheese lovers.  The most popular, Cabrales, is considered to be one of the best blue cheeses in the world.

“Sidra” (cider) made from locally grown apples is the typical drink of Asturias. The region is full of “sidrerias” (cider houses) where you can share a few bottles with friends over a meal. Cider drinking has a ritual here.  A small amount is poured from a great height, to aerate, into a wide thin glass.  When drinking you leave a tiny bit which is thrown of the floor (this may contain sediment) before passing the glass over to the next person for another serving.

Beautiful scenery

First time visitors are always surprised how green Asturias is, no wonder is called “Costa Verde” or Green Coast. This part of Northern Spain has truly beautiful and breathtaking scenery and it doesn’t fit the stereotypical image you might have of Spain.

Reasons to visit Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

Asturias is home to the Picos de Europa National Park, a great destination for those that enjoy hiking, walking and the Great Outdoors. Overall perfect for nature lovers, the Picos de Europa is an important wildlife area, with wolves, Cantabrian brown bears and “rebecos” chamois (wild goats), the emblem of the park.

For those not interested in hiking, scenic drives through the valleys and little villages are a great alternative to explore the area. This is also a destination for active sport lovers, offering activities such as kayaking, canoeing, climbing and surfing.

Unspoilt

The beauty of Asturias is that is the real Spain. Locals welcome tourists with open arms and you will very rarely hear English being spoken. This is a place to enjoy the slow Spanish pace of life and embrace the culture. There are no big holiday resorts with high rises, just beautiful small little fishing villages and nice seaside towns.

Easter in Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

Asturias appeals to all sorts of tourists, families looking for a quite beach holiday, hikers keen to explore the rugged coast line or surfers looking for great waves.  There is even a vast Pre-Romanic architecture legacy that can be visited all over the region.

Reasons to visit Asturias

Easter in Asturias

Reasons to visit Asturias

Curly girl method 6 months on

I’ve always struggled with frizzy hair. For years I’ve tried endless products hoping to find the right one to tame my frizz. Then last year I came across the curly girl method. I just couldn’t believe that I had never heard of it before and I was excited to find out that there were products out there that would make my curls look healthy.

Discovering the curly girl method has been a bit of a game changer and I can truly say it has transformed my hair. You can read my first post here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a work in progress, the long drizzly winter in the UK hasn’t been great and I’m still trying to find the right combination of products, but so far so good.

The concept behind the curly hair method is very simple. There is no need to use shampoo – although I’m still using it – and you co-wash your hair with sulphate and silicon free conditioner. Easy right?

curly girl method 6 months on

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Our Asturias Easter holiday in pictures

We got back from our Easter holidays last week but it already feels like it was ages ago. It’s always the same, isn’t it? You have a holiday, come back relaxed and it only takes a couple of days back at work and the routine to forget all about it.

We usually spend Easter in Northern Spain where I am from. Whenever people find out I’m from Spain they get quite excited and want to find out where from, Madrid? Barcelona? Costas? they usually ask. No, Asturias is my reply. This is usually met with puzzled faces because let’s face it, not many people know where Asturias is. Asturias is in Northern Spain and some say it’s one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Northern Spain is quite different to the south; it’s usually only a bit warmer than in the UK and it rains quite a bit.

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On trend | Basket bags

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ll probably have noticed the latest trend in handbags. Yes, for the second year running, basket bags will be the most popular accessory of the summer. Made of straw, raffia or jut the basket bags are back in fashion.

Basket bags make me think of  the French countryside, summer holidays strolling by the sea and eating al fresco.

They are really versatile, good enough to wear with jeans and a top on a day out.  They are also perfect to keep all your essentials on the beach, and still look stylish. It’s the perfect style to achieve the beach-to-bar look.

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4 Mother’s Day gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself

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With Mother’s Day around the corner – Sunday 11th of March in the UK – I thought I’d put together a few gift ideas just in case you are looking for last minute inspiration.

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