The Principality of Asturias is located on the Northern coast of Spain. This region has many National parks. The Picos de Europa National Park contains the highest of the Regions Mountains, rising to 2648 metres (8688 ft) at the Torrecerredo peak. There is also the Parque Natural de Somiedo in the west. The Cantabrian Mountains are popular for activities such as climbing, walking, skiing and caving, and extend 200 kilometres in total, as far as Galicia province to the west of Asturias, and Cantabria province to the east.
Asturias has an extensive coastline of sandy beaches with rugged coastal cliffs, where hundreds of beaches, coves and natural sea caves can be found. Notable examples include the Playa del Silencio (Beach of Silence) near the fishing village of Cudillero. There are many beaches surrounding the summer resort of Llanes, such as the Barro, Ballota and Torimbia.
The Cities: Asturias
Oviedo: The region’s capital, located at its geographical centre, remarkable for its pre-Romanic monuments and its great cathedral.
Gijon: This historic city, founded by Romans, is today one of the Asturias most important sea-ports.
Aviles: Aviles, one of the oldest settlements and is of high economical importance
Food and Cuisine of the Region:
The cuisine of this area is based on slow cooked stews such as Fabafa and thick vegetable soups. Seafood is abundant as is the local beef, pork and game (Venison and wild boar). Cheese plays an outstanding role in Northern Spain gastronomy and the cheeses of this region include the famous blue cheese Cabrales, Gamonedo, Pria, Porrua, Casin and Picon. Most popular desert is milk rice, almond cakes, custard millefeuille, brazo di catono. The area is renowned for its cheesecakes and puff pastries. The local alcohol is Sidra (a local cider).