Holiday Apartment for Rent in Asturias, Costa Verde, Northern Spain
Asturias is found on the central part of the northern Atlantic coast, known as the “Costa Verde” between the regions of Galicia to the west and Cantabria to the east. It is a most unspoilt region of Spain. It boasts some of the finest sandy beaches to be found anywhere, many of which have blue flag status. You are only a short drive from the famous “Picos de Europa” mountains with its national park where wild bears still roam freely. The famous religious site of Covadonga, the Patron Saint of Asturias, is less than half an hour drive. Oviedo, the capital city of Asturias, is less than an hour drive to the west and is well worth a visit for its pre-romanesque cathedral, museums and shopping. The city has been transformed in the last decade with large injections of government money and there are numerous pleasant spots to eat and drink. The vibrant city of Gijón is 45 minutes drive away and has also been transformed in recent years with a new seafront promenade and aquarium.
The Asturian climate is temperate with beautiful summers without the blistering dry heat of the south and mild winters. It is certainly warmer than Britain throughout the year.
More information can be found on www.infoasturias.com and in a Daily Telegraph article about Asturias.
Asturian food is bountiful but not expensive and consists of wonderful bean and meat stews (Fabada), excellent seafood, tasty cured meats and chorizo sausages and a wide variety of cheese, in fact Asturias boasts over 40 different cheeses!
The Spanish do have quite a different approach to eating to the English which can sometimes lead to problems if you are looking for somewhere to eat in remote areas early in the evening. The tradition is very much to eat a very large three-course lunch around three in the afternoon either at home or in a restaurant. This is the famous “Menu del Dia” (Menu of the Day). This means that most Spaniards don’t even think of eating in the evening until nine or later. This does have it’s advantages, provided you find a restaurant that is open by eight you won’t have to wait for a table!
The “Menu del Dia”
There is a big cider making tradition in Asturias. The cider is flat
and is aerated by being poured from a great height on to the top edge
of a tilted cider glass, which is not as easy as it looks, but don’t
be shy have a go! In some Sidrerias they have small barrels with a cut
out so that you can place your glass inside to stop the spillage going
The Asturian people are extremely warm and welcoming and any language
barriers are overcome with ease but don’t forget to pack your dictionary
and phrasebook just in case as English is not widely spoken. However in
recent times more and more restaurants are translating their menus into
The Asturian coastline is also a fantastic place for surfing and the
apartment is well situated close to a number of excellent surfing beaches.
The region has waves all year round although spring and autumn are the
preferred months to surf due to consistent swell and good weather. Water
temperatures are pleasant although a wetsuit is recommended.
Golf is well catered for in Asturias where you can play golf in exceptionally
natural surroundings, with courses ideal for all different levels, just
a few kilometres apart set in stunning landscapes.
There are four small alpine skiing resorts within an hour and a half
to two hours drive from the apartment, three in the direction of Oviedo
and one in the direction of Santander. The journey to the stations near
Oviedo will soon be shortened by a new motorway junction and a new bypass.
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