There are so many beautiful towns in Asturian geography and many towns that hide extraordinary surprises. Here we make a small list of those localities that are essential visits to discover Asturias. Towns of Asturias with charm.
Tazones maintains the feel of a typical Asturian town, but in this case the town is open to the sea making it one of the most beautiful villages in the area. Everything in the village links to the port. Its economy is based on fishing and most of the 300 people living there thrive on this. Tazones is very colourful, different from other seaside villages, serving as a great mirror of its own wonderful landscapes.
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Only few places such as Cudillero can reflect themselves on the sea as it does. This village gives name to all this western council. In this village one can find many tourist terraces, and due to its highs and lows, it is easy to find strange but nice shapes.
The Spanish and well known film director, Jose Luis Garci, took some of these views in the film “Volver a empezar” (Beginning once more). This film was awarded Oscar and it was the first for the Spanish film productions. If we are interested in knowing well this place, we can follow the route of the most known viewpoints: The walk of the lighthouse, The Garita, The Atalaya, The Picu…
From its heights, Cudillero discovers itself as a fishing village. In ancient times, it had got the biggest fleet of the region, being also one of the most important of all the Cantabrian Coast. Today it is very usual to see the arrival of small fishing boats coming to this sheltered port.
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Lastres, in the council of Colunga, still keeps today one of the most famous harbour images of Asturias. Its fishing boats are their main symbols of this sea locality, giving shape to one of the most representative images of the sea essence of this region.
The roads on its whole are narrow and half-dark, paved as before and always sloping. They are the one thousand and one small roads where social life takes place, with its houses literally hanging above the unlimited of the sea. The most remarkable houses are those with balconies very close one to each other, as if they had been built in order to protect themselves from the big waves of the Cantabrian Sea.
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The village of Ribadesella is the capital of a municipality surrounded by mountains, beaches and cliffs. It is interesting to know that in the urban town centre there are many attractive places to visit, in fact, this council has been awarded the title of Touristic Excellence to 1997.
Ribadesella is divided into two by an estuary of the river Sella and both urban sides are connected by a bridge over this river. After crossing the bridge over the river we reach the sands of Santa Marina beach. By the year 1907, the duchess of Arguelles promoted the construction of a unique housing estate. The current luxurious houses and hotels in the area of Ribadesella are the result of the old mansions belonging to the aristocracy and rich latin Americans.
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The village o Llanes is the capital of this town and it is also an urban example of a rural territory, in addition, Llanes is spreading along the Cantabrian sea. This sea surrounds every corner of this village, around old and modern buildings, walkways, and numerous coffe bars where one can taste a delicious coffe or soft drink.
Along the old town centre is usual to find traces of the Medieval times. Fortified walls were built to make the town safe as a result of the Carta Puebla granted by Alfonso XII to this village in the first third of the 13th century.
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Espinaréu is a good example to meet the rural Asturias but it is also a wonderful place to enjoy this natural landscape.
The natural landscape of Espinaredo (in the council of Piloña) is known in Asturias as “Espinaréu”, and it is a vivid treasure of ancient times. Its antiquity is precisely proved on the granaries “Hórreos” which are all around in this town. These types of constructions were used to store the harvest and the meat of the slaughter of animals. The granaries of Espinaréu are probably the oldest in Asturias. The ethnography patrimony of this town is marked by the mystical and magical characters carved on the woods that form these granaries. These are persuasive elements used to keep the evil away and its origin is probably Celtic, because Celts used to do these drawings on forests and in caves.
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