Northern Spain possesses a pristine emerald beauty in Asturias, which is located next to Cantabria whose capital Santander is also near enough to visit during your stay here. Enjoy the views from your private rental property of the rolling green pastureland dotted with medieval farmhouses, cosy holiday villas and the occasional quaint fishing village alongside the sometimes rugged, but always very scenic coastline, all of which exquisitely preserve an ageless way of life. In addition, overlooking all of this gorgeous scenery are the snow-capped Picos de Europa or “Peaks of Europe” mountain range that soar majestically above the landscape. An interesting feature of Asturias’ history and culture is that it evolved differently from the rest of Spain as a result of its isolation.
Experience the local life with Asturias villas
With a strong local dialect, Asturias could even be considered its own country. You would almost be fooled until, of course, the natural, smiling warmth of the locals gets the better of you and you realise that, after all, you are in sunny Spain and will be having an unforgettable time during your stay in a villa in Asturias. Begin your exploration of the region at Oviedo, the capital of the principality, which also houses a very impressive cathedral, and from which you can set off for the coast or venture inland as few tourists actually do. Indeed, this virgin land is not hyped up by the guidebooks, but only because it lacks a strong tourism infrastructure. An adventurous traveller should jump at the opportunity to explore an untouched landscape and the local way of life by immersing themselves in it as much as possible! Renting a car is by far your best mode of getting around, and while staying in your private rental chalet in Asturias, your vacation wouldn't be complete without making a trip to the Picos de Europa. The national park named in honour of the mountain range is a great gateway to discover this impressive natural landscape, so strap on your hiking boots, hit the trails and appreciate the views! If you are a fan of hiking and mountainous scenery, maybe you'd like to visit somewhere like the French Alps.
Beach holidays or skiing adventures? With a chalet in Asturias both are possible
If you'd prefer to travel here during winter to avoid the cold, you'd better bring your skis, as the Picos de Europa also offer a fantastic location and the best conditions for skiing. If this sounds right up your street, maybe you should take a look at some other popular ski destinations which are close by, for example Ordino in Andorra or if you're looking for somewhere a bit warmer, how about travelling south and heading to Sierra Nevada? Back towards the water, take in the coastline by driving, hiking, or cycling along any stretch of the Costa Verde, as the Asturias shoreline is known. Cycling tours frequently run this stretch of picturesque beach, craggy rock outcroppings and priceless vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. One of the principle attractions in the Asturias parr of the Costa Verde is the Playa de Ballota. This is a beautiful beach, and a prime destination for sailboaters, surfers, and those holidaying with their family, as it is protected from the wind and boasts clear waters, making swimming safe for children. Of course sunbathers and those with a weakness for beach volleyball also love the golden sand of Playa de Ballota, so what are you waiting for? Slather on the tanning oil, book holiday lettings, and make use of the warm rays of sun-drenched Spain!