Guide to Asturias, Spain
Asturias is a province in North West Spain. The coastline slips in to the Cantabrian sea and the highest parts of this mountain range can be found in the principality. This pretty corner of Spain has rolling green landscapes, many historic towns, beautiful fishing villages and a wonderful friendly rural atmosphere. Holiday Home ownership is on the increase in this area of Spain, property can still be purchased for reasonable sum of money and owning a holiday home is this region will be easy to rent to anyone who loves peace & quiet. To supplement the beautiful countryside, there are some beautiful beaches which are never very crowded, This is a province where both the inland and the coastal regions appeal to holiday makers. The Cantabrian Mountains run along the whole North Coast of Spain and the Picos de Europa mountains are much loved by walkers. This mountain system straddles three provinces of Spain and are home to the Covadonga National Park where some rare plants and fauna can be located. The mountain range can be divided in to two parts, at the coast, they fall steeply in to the sea, this has the effect of sheltering & protecting the beautiful beaches. On the other hand, the mountains form a natural border between Asturias, Castille & Leon. There are many rivers in the area, although not of great length, they are swift running and deep caused by the melting snow from the mountains.
Asturias can trace it’s history back to palaeolithic times, and still today some of their cave paintings survive. The area, like much of Spain was conquered by the Romans and they of course introduced much which is still in evidence today. For long periods Asturias was a Christian stronghold and there were many fierce battles with the Moors. Asturias covers an area of 10475 square kilometers and it has a coastline which is 375 kilometers long This province is home to over 1 million people, they enjoy a very mild climate and there is plenty of rainfall. Winter temperatures average around 12 degrees ( not in the mountain areas) and up to 20 degrees in summer. Oviedo is the capital of the region and is a very beautiful city. It boast a late Gothic cathedral which is well worth a visit, there are also a number of smaller churches which are good examples of Asturias pre-Romanesque art which date back to the 9th century. Gijon, was once the largest port on the Cantabrian coast. It has a splendid beach and is now a thriving town that has managed to keep it’s old charm.
As mentioned above, holiday home ownership is on the increase and property is very reasonable priced, for the adventurous, you can still buy a plot of land for around 40,000 Euros and many older style village homes can still be snapped up for around 65000 Euros. There are plenty to choose from and if you are keen on renovating a building to make your dream home, you will be spoilt for choice in this area
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