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Holidays in Asturias and Oviedo   by Steve Greenwood

Asturias is situated on the north coast of Spain, with the Cantabrian Sea to the north and the regions of Cantabria to the east, Castilla & Leon to the south and Galicia to the west. 

Due to its wild and rugged terrain, the territories along this northern coast of Spain never succumbed to the Moorish invasion, which virtually overran the whole of Spain in the 8th century. During the time, the local hero Pelayo along with a small army initiated the re-conquest with a victory at the battle of Covadonga in 722. His remains have been interred in the Santa Cueva (Holy Cave) that is now a place of pilgrimage.

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Arriondas Hotels- Avilés Hotels - Cangas de Onís Hotels - Gijón Hotels - Oviedo Hotels
Santa Maria De Naranco, Oviedo, Spain, Visigoth Oviedo capital city 
Oviedo is the capital of Asturias and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. The city was one of the few areas to stay out of the hands of the Moors during their occupation of Spain and some very early pre-Romanesque churches still survive here and the surrounding area. Oviedo is just 25km from the northern coast, the Costa Verde, and this is where many visitors head towards characterised by its unspoiled beaches and lush green countryside.

Oviedo holiday attractions 
Many of the historical monuments in Oviedo have been destroyed in its long and sometimes violent history, but a few do survive in the compact city centre. The Cathedral of San Salvador was erected in the late 14th century over a previous cathedral dating from the 8th century. It has a tall and elaborate Gothic tower and its holy Chamber the Cámara Santa, built by Alfonso II, is a shrine built to preserve holy relics brought from Toledo during occupation by the Moors. The Asturias Museum of Fine Arts can be found in three buildings in the old part of Oviedo. Here can be found a large collection of fine arts including paintings from the 19th and 20th century, along with many sculptures, photographs and drawings.

Costa Verde 
Asturias is a wild and diverse province that is noted for its rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs and mountainous interior. The Asturian coastline between rivers Ribadeo and Deva is called the Costa Verde (Green Coast) because of its lush vegetation, rolling pastures and diverse species of trees. This is as a result of the region's climate being more varied than that of southern parts of Spain with increased rainfall and generally colder spells. The main attraction of the Costa Verde is the many coves with sandy beaches, overlooked by steep cliffs and cattle grazing on the green vegetation on top.

Picos de Europa National Park
The Picos de Europa forms part of the Cantabrian mountain range and is located just 20km inland from the northern coast of Spain. The Picos de Europa was the first National Park of this classification in Spain and in total covers 65,000 hectares in the combined regions of Cantabria, Asturias and the province of Leon. The mountains are comprised almost entirely of limestone and have been dramatically shaped by glacial action retreating after the last ice age. For this reason, they are an excellent destination for activity holidays and people who like outdoor activities such as walking, climbing, mountaineering, trekking, caving, kayaking and fishing.

The landscape is wonderfully diverse and includes high summits with massive drops of up to 2.3km. There are also lakes of crystal clear water; hillside forests of beech and oak groves, fast flowing rivers and lush meadows with green pastures. Animals that can be seen in the National Park include mountain deer, wild boars, buzzards and occasional bears and wolves.

In all, Asturias offers a wonderful green and rugged coastline with sandy beaches, interesting coves and historic capital city. Spain offers more than just the Costa del Sol, and it is hugely diverse across all regions with Asturias being no exception. The Green Coast along with its small, idyllic fishing villages can offer a refreshing change for a beach holiday in Spain, and the Picos de Europa ideal for those interested in outdoor activity pursuits.


About the Author - Steve Greenwood has lived in Torrox on the Costa del Sol for 3 years You are invited to visit Asturias Holidays for tourist attractions, holiday villa rentals and places to visit in Spain. Visit Ideal Rentals for information on all the regions of Spain.
Arriondas - in the Asturian Mountains - between the Picos de Europa, the Cantabrian Sea and rivers, there are a wide range of activities available such as walking, wild flowers, canoeing, fishing, horse riding and swimming. Stunning scenery in an area containing traditional villages and the unspoiled landscapes of Asturias, and the unique combination of rugged coast, vivid green meadows and rocky peaks.
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Hotel Halcón Palace, Cofiño-Arriondas (6 kms from Arriondas)
17th Century palace in Cofiño, with 18 cosy rooms and protected by a medieval looking tower and walls, set on the northern face of mount Sueve, 6 km. from Arriondas.  It enjoys a particularly bright micro-climate and offers exceptional views of the Cantabrian Mountains and the Picos de Europa.  In its interior, there is a balance between a regal atmosphere, in accordance with its historical style, and the comfort of a modern hotel.   The grandiosity that characterizes the Arcea Hotel Halcón Palace finds a continuation in its rooms, whose privileged views represent their main attraction.  With excellent decoration the hotel generates a rustic and lordly atmosphere that take us back to another era, in the middle of the 17th Century when these rooms gave rest to the nobles who lived in this Palace of Cofiño.  The magnificent views of the Picos de Europa from its large windows are without doubt one of the primary attractions of its rooms
Palacio de Luces, Luces - Relais & Chateaux - 16 kms from Arriondas
The Hotel Palacio de Luces is located in the Asturian village of Luces, Spain, three kilometres from the Bay of Lastres and 7.5 kilometres from sandy beaches.  Set within a 16th-century stone villa, Hotel Palacio de Luces is a luxury hotel surrounded by 8000 square metres of private gardens. Contemporary decor and furnishings, in rich earth tones, give the library and reception area a welcoming atmosphere where guests can relax.  Amenities include a health club with fitness suite, sauna, indoor swimming pool, and beauty and massage services.  The Hotel Palacio de Luces restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Sueve mountain range. Lunch and dinner menus feature traditional Asturian dishes and local produce. Room service is available around the clock.
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Avilés - the 3rd most important city of Asturias, Spain. Situated in the estuary of Avilés west of Peñas Cape, it has an important national seaport and important industry. It is close to popular beaches such as Salinas.  The area experiences Atlantic, warm summers with both overcast and sunny days. In winter the weather is moderate, with significant rains and wind, although sometimes the cold climate of Asturias results in snowfall at sea level.  There are many important monuments, like Santo Tomás de Canterbury church and San Nicolás de Bari. There are also civil monuments, like the baroque Palacio de Camposagrado, fortified in its north façade against the English pirates.
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Casona de la Paca, Cudillero, 16 kms from Avilés
The Hotel  "Casona de La Paca" is situated one kilometre from the fishing port of Cudillero near a road with stately houses built by people who emigrated to America and returned to their village. Here they are called "Indianos".  Nowadays these places are comfort and beauty.  People from this small village receive guests giving them everything they have.  Opened onto the sea and discovering in its forests and valleys the essence of Asturias.  Places where you can enjoy open air, horseriding, rivers, beaches.  Dishes are prepared with seafood and fish from the Cantabrian Sea.   The traditional desserts reveal the gentle taste of Pixuetos (as people from Cudillero are called).  You can be near culture and beauty if you stay in our "Casona de la Paca".  In our tourist resort you will find people's kindness and our facilities will make your holidays warmer: swimming-pool, children park, snack bar, laundry.
Hotel Silken Villa de Avilés, Avilés
The Hotel Silken Villa de Avilés is a modern property situated within 500 metres of the historic centre of Aviles on the northern coast of Spain.  The hotel's El Galeote restaurant serves Spanish dishes and regional specialities within a modern, minimalist setting.  The hotel is air-conditioned throughout the public areas and offers breakfast services (fee) and an onsite parking garage.  Guests on business can benefit from a choice of three conference rooms and a range of business service; event and banquet catering is also available.  Nearby attractions include: the 13th century Sabugo Church, 500 metres from the hotel, and the beach at Salinas, five kilometres away. Asturias Airport is 13 kilometres from the hotel, with an approximate driving time of 12 minutes.
Hotel Zen Balagares, Corvera, Avilés
Hotel Zen Balagares is located in Avilés, Spain, 15 kilometres from the church of Santa Maria del Naranco and 17 kilometres from the park of Campo de San Francisco.  This six-storey hotel is situated inside the Balagares Luxury Residential Complex, which features an 18-hole golf course and a shopping mall. Hotel Zen Balagares offers fitness equipment and a sauna on site.  The hotel offers a restaurant and bar for guests, and room service is available during the day.  The park of Campo de San Francisco is situated 17 kilometres from the hotel. The park was once the vegetable garden of the convent of San Francisco and features the ruins of a Romanesque doorway, which can be seen near the pond. 
NH Palacio de Ferrera Hotel, Avilés
Located in the heart of Avilés, in Plaza de España next to the Town Hall, the hotel occupies a landmark a seventeenth century building. It benefits from a privileged location, with easy access to Avilés Airport which is just a 10 minute car ride from the hotel.  At the restaurant 'La Capilla' a young team is in charge of preparing the cuisine, which is a modern mixing traditional one with a creative touch.  Good examples of this are the boletus and wheat risotto with smoked Pria cheese and Dublin Bay prawn tails, the oven-brazed sea bass with citric oils and tomato, or the de-boned suckling pig with sweet and sour fruits. Fitness, sauna, outdoor jogging trail, the hotel is surrounded by more than 80,000 m2 of gardens. 
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Cangas de Onís - a town in the eastern part of the province and autonomous community of Asturias in the northwest of Spain. Cangas de Onís was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Asturias. It lies on the Sella River, which is there spanned by a medieval "Roman bridge".  Worth a visit - the Sanctuary of Covadonga, the Lakes of Enol and the National Park of the Peak of Europe (Picos de Europa).

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Gran Hotel Pelayo, Cangas de Onís
The Gran Hotel Pelayo reopened its doors in April 2005 after undergoing a complete refurbishment and combines the facilities of a 21st Century hotel with the comfort and fine taste of times gone by.  The Gran Hotel Pelayo is located in the Real Sitio de Covadonga, the heart of the the Reconquest, situated between the Basílica and the Santa Cueva.  Set in an extraordinary landscape of rocks and mountains that give the surroundings an air of peacefulness, the hotel offers a level of elegance and comfort that make it an essential complement to the grandness of its environment and the historical atmosphere surrounding it. From the Gran Hotel Pelayo, the incomparable natural landscape that surrounds the National Park of Picos de Europa may be enjoyed. It is just 11km from the Lagos de Enol and the Ercina.
Hotel Casa de Campo, Cangas de Onís
Hotel Casa de Campo is located in Cangas de Onís, Spain, one kilometre from the National Park of Picos de Europa, and 25 kilometres from Ribadesella.  This traditional property has a swimming pool located within its gardens, and spa services are provided on site.  Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the air-conditioned lobby, where there is also a television; the front desk has a safe-deposit box.  Casa de Campo offers traditional Asturian cuisine in its restaurant, and serves a daily complimentary breakfast.  The 20 guestrooms open out onto balconies, and have marbled bathrooms and separate sitting areas. DVD players, televisions, complimentary wireless Internet access, telephones, complimentary newspapers, safes, minibars, and hair dryers are also provided.
Parador de Cangas de Onís, Historic Hotel in a Former Monastery
Located on the right bank of the River Sella in Villanueva, Parador de Cangas de Onís - Asturias lies two kilometres from the town of Cangas de Onís. The hotel lies with an easy access to Oviedo-Santander and Arriondas.  The hotel offers air-conditioned guestrooms that are well appointed and equipped with modern facilities.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves sumptuous Asturias cuisine and here you will have the chance to try the tasty and exquisite dishes of this area.  Parador de Cangas de Onis also provides well-equipped meeting rooms for all your business needs. During leisure, you can play a game of golf or tennis.
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Gijón - a coastal industrial city in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain.  The city is situated along the Asturian coast and is distinguished by the peninsula of Cimadevilla (the original settlement) which separates the beach of San Lorenzo and adjacent neighborhoods to the east from the beaches of Poniente and Arbeyal, the shipyards, and the recreational port and the Port of El Musel to the west. Its close to the other main Asturian cities, Oviedo and Avilés.
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Hotel AC Gijón, Gijón
The Hotel AC Gijón is located on the edge of the northern Spanish city and port of Gijon, two kilometres from the centre of town. Built in 2004 in a contemporary minimalist style, the hotel has 78 guestrooms laid out over four floors.  The hotel has air-conditioned public areas and features 24-hour room service, complimentary newspapers and a coffee shop.  The Botavara Restaurant is decorated in modern style and serves Asturian specialities and Italian dishes.  Guestrooms have stylish, modern décor and all have climate control, high-speed wireless Internet connections (surcharge), complimentary minibars and satellite television with premium channels. Guests also benefit from coffee/teamakers and complimentary bottled water. Microwave ovens are available on request.
Hotel Silken Ciudad Gijón, Gijón
Newly opened in 2006, the modern glass and concrete Hotel Silken Ciudad de Gijón is situated in the centre of Gijón, one kilometre from the beach.  Guests can relax with a drink in the bar, and then use the Internet to keep in touch with friends and family.  At the Restaurant Ciudad de Gijón diners can enjoy international cuisine in a relaxed contemporary setting.  Room service is available between certain hours and multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can advise on local amenities and attractions.  The 134 guestrooms are spread over five floors and all have contemporary decor in light pastels with modern furnishings. Modern amenities include satellite television, Internet connections, climate control, safes, minibars, telephones, and bathrooms with hair dryers.
Hotel Tryp Rey Pelayo, Gijón
Hotel Tryp Rey Pelayo is located in the seaside town of Gijón, Spain, next to Isabel La Catolica Park. It is 300 metres from San Lorenzo beach and 1.5 kilometres from the harbour.  Featuring modern architecture, this seven-storey hotel has a gym with fitness equipment. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff who can offer currency exchange, concierge services, and limited-hours room service.  Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in the air-conditioned public areas and garage parking is available for a surcharge.  Restaurant Cabo Torres serves regional specialities and international dishes in a contemporary setting. Snacks are available at the El Bargantin Bar.  The 132 guestrooms are decorated in light colours and have traditionally styled furnishings.
Parador de Gijón, Gijón
A former mill in Isabel la Católica Park - The Hotel is a century-old mill located in Isabel la Católica Park, one of the city of Gijón’s most beautiful spots. There is a pretty lake lending the space a great sense of harmony and tranquillity. Its proximity to San Lorenzo beach and Cimadevilla sailor’s quarter make it an ideal spot to enjoy unforgettable days.  There is a large, bright, welcoming interior recreating the setting’s warmth in the rooms and spaces, whilst the windows offer a sense of the nearby ocean.  Fabada stew is the top fare in the dining room, although beans come in other dishes. The seafood stew, black sea bream in cider, Asturian stew and hake are also a highlight. Rice pudding, frixuelos (cream-filled crepes) and casadielles (pastries with walnut paste) are part of the Hotel’s dessert selection. 
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Oviedo - the capital city of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain.  Oviedo is the capital of the Principality of Asturias and is the administrative and commercial centre of the region. The city also hosts the annual Prince of Asturias Awards, held in the Campoamor Theatre. The Oviedo University's International Campus also attracts many foreign scholars.  Worth a visit: Cathedral of San Salvador, Cámara Santa de Oviedo, Santa María del Naranco Hall, San Miguel de Lillo, Basilica of San Julián de los Prados, La Foncalada, a Fountain of the 9th century.

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AC Forum Oviedo
AC Oviedo Forum is a large, modern hotel situated in a quiet square 200 metres from Oviedo main bus and train stations, and one kilometre from the cathedral.  Guests are welcomed by multilingual staff on a 24-hour front desk. The hotel caters well for business as well as leisure guests, with four fully-equipped conference rooms and garage parking.  The hotel's La Sosiega restaurant is a place where guests can enjoy the informal but smart atmosphere with low-level lighting and simple, elegant furnishings. Chefs serve traditional Asturian cuisine and house specialities include fabada. The restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Mondays to Saturdays and breakfast and lunch on Sundays. Oviedo has many beautiful churches and palaces which are easy to reach from the hotel, including San Julian de los Pardos (two kilometres), Santa Maria del Naranco (five kilometres) and San Miguel da Lillo (five kilometres).
Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes Hotel, Oviedo
The Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes is located in Oviedo, Spain, within 200 metres of Campoamor Theater. A convention centre is around the corner and Campo San Francisco Park is 500 metres away.  The train and bus stations are within 500 metres of the hotel.  Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes is set in the business and administrative area of Oviedo in a modern building with a front facade of tinted windows and red rock.  Breakfast is served in Cervantes Restaurant for a surcharge. The a la carte restaurant also opens for lunch and dinner and provides show cooking at night.There are 72 air-conditioned guestrooms designed in a minimalist style at Barcelo Oviedo Cervantes. Guestrooms feature opening windows and are soundproofed. All guestrooms have satellite television and wireless Internet access, as well as minibars, safes, desks and hair dryers.
Husa Santo Domingo Plaza, Oviedo
Husa Santo Domingo Plaza is a modern hotel with a blue and sand-coloured exterior, just 700 metres from the bustling centre of Oviedo and its cathedral, in Northern Spain.  The hotel's relaxed Deloye's Restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean food, with French decor and views of the interior garden, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or coffee in the café, and pamper themselves with beauty treatments.  Those with children can make use of the babysitting service, while business guests can use meeting rooms and conference facilities with audiovisual equipment and secretarial services.  The hotel is in an excellent position for exploring the surrounding area; the 16th-century cathedral with its Gothic architecture is just 700 metres away, while the mountain village of Amandi is 35 kilometres distance.
Melia Hotel de la Reconquista, Oviedo
The Melia La Reconquista is landmark building, dating back to the 18th century and once a place to stay for princes of the region.  It is located in central Oviedo, just one kilometre from the Archaeological Museum.  A rich, classical decor has been preserved in all areas of the hotel, including the Florencia restaurant, which serves regional and international cuisine. Detailed wall coving, ornamental patterns and chandeliers also characterise the Rey Castro restaurant where guests can enjoy light snacks and drinks.  Guests can pamper themselves with beauty services, unwind with a cocktail in the Americano bar, or sit down and relax in the air- conditioned public areas, including the two-tiered Gil de Jaz lounge with exotic carpets, stone pillars and sofas.
Room Mate Marcos, Oviedo
Room Mate Marcos is located in Oviedo, Spain. The Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias is 500 metres away and the Gothic cathedral is one kilometre away.  The city's central station is also situated one kilometre from the hotel.  Room Mate Marcos is housed in a three-storey town house with a traditional stone façade, in the centre of Oviedo. The hotel lobby features leather sofas, staff can secure valuables in the safe-deposit box, and there are concierge services. There is an onsite coffee shop and lounge bar, and garage parking is available.  Room Mate Marcos Restaurant offers Mediterranean dishes in a light modern setting, with cream-and-red decor.  The 47 guestrooms have peach decor, wood furnishings, and patterned fabrics.
Silken Monumental Naranco Hotel, Oviedo
The Silken Monumental Naranco is a modern hotel overlooking the Naranco Mountain, located one kilometre from Oviedo centre, the museum area, and the historic monuments.  The hotel offers two contemporary dining options: Restaurant Monumental serves local and international dishes in a smart dining area, decorated in pale gold and deep red; La Foncalada offers light meals and drinks in a chic interior designed with glass and steel, and cocktails are served in the evenings.  The hotel offers breakfast services, dry cleaning facilities, and pay parking onsite.  Those feeling energetic can make use of a well-equipped gymnasium and an indoor swimming pool, and then relax in the sauna.  The 64 air-conditioned contemporary guestrooms are decorated in cream and earth tones with light wood panelled walls. 
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