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BULNES, FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Deep in the Picos de Europa, a small town is hidden. Its name is Bulnes. And there’s no place like that anywhere else. On an altitude of 649 meter, the parish of Cabrales is left to be discovered for adventurers. With less than 50 inhabitants, Bulnes is an oasis of calmness. It exists out of…

FIVE RATHER UNUSUAL BEACHES IN ASTURIAS

The coastline of Asturias is very impressive. At times you find sights which leave you stunned. For example, the Bufones de Pría. There are also dozens of beaches, where people enjoy the sun (when it shines). Some of them are flooded by tourists, others are rather remote. Every playa has its own story. But some…

SURF PARADISE SALINAS

With a length of more than 200 km, the Asturian Coastline is a very extended one. The salty water from the Atlantic Ocean has always played an important role in the lives of the Asturians. The fishermen defy the waves to come home with a shipment of fish. The industrial ports of Gijón and Avilés…

BUFONES DE PRÍA: A MIRACLE OF NATURE

Asturias’ biggest trump might well be its spectacular nature. The natural parks Picos de Europa, Somiedo and Ubiñas-La Mesa are wonderful locations to go out for a (multiple days) hike. Thanks to the abundant precipitation, the green vegetation still manages to grow alongside the steep, rocky hillsides. The trees offer an excellent shelter for the…

AVILÉS: HISTORY, INDUSTRY AND CULTURE

When Woody Allen went location scouting for his movie “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona”, somebody recommended him Avilés. He thus went to the city to take a look. But as he left the highway towards the city and drove through the first streets, he quickly decided: “no, this is nothing”. Eventually he continued and reached the city…

SANTOLAYA, THE HEART OF EXPATLAND

Sunday 11th of March, the second Sunday of the month, time for the returning biological and ecological market El Tenderete in Santolaya. The hamlet of Cabranes is known for this monthly event, not in the least by expats. “If you want to encounter expats, go to Santoloya the second Sunday of the month”, that’s what…

THE RISE OF AN ALTERNATIVE CULTURE IN OVIEDO

Gracious squares, meticulously maintained parks, an abundance of churches and picturesque streets. It’s difficult not to be impressed by Oviedo. Everything in the city breathes “the good life”, from the ladies wearing their fur coats to the beautiful facades of eclecticism houses. The tower of the Catédral de San Salvador rises from the heart of…

LABORAL, WHERE THE PAST AND THE PRESENT MEET

It’s a cold, rainy, typical “Asturian” day in February. Students are in a hurry to catch the bus, which departs just in front of the main entrance of the Universidad Laboral de Gijon. The drizzling rain and grey sky stands in contrast with the vivid atmosphere surrounding the place. The majestic complex is in sublime…

PERLORA, AN ABANDONED HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Cottages, churches, employee housing, a BBQ area with a playground, tennis courts, minigolf courses, 3 beaches, a football field – all abandoned and connected! Perlora Holiday Village, was born in the fifties, when Franco’s dictatorship was at its height, as a holiday complex for workers from all over the country. The single workers union was behind…

PICO PIENZU, TREKKING WITH STUNNING VIEWS

There are few places with such special magic. The Pico Pienzu is the highest peak of Sierra del Sueve at North of Picos de Europa very close to the sea. It’s only at 5km from the sea and it’s a peak of 1161m, a curiosity difficult to find all over the World and for this…