Asturias is located in the north of Spain. In the east, it borders Cantabria; in the west, Galicia, and in the south, Castile and León. The legendary Camino de Santiago goes through this region. And, most importantly, Asturias is considered to be the birthplace of Spain, as the legendary hero Pelayo started the famous Reconquest in the Asturian cave of Covadonga.

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where the legendary hero Pelayo fought a famous battle

Traveler, there is no path; the path is made by walking

Antonio Machado

The cave of Covadonga, along with its temple.

The cave of Covadonga, along with its temple.

Asturias has a very interesting history. First, Asturians fought the Romans during the 1st century C.E., and today we can still visit the archeological remains that resulted from that interaction. Then, during the Middle Ages, it became a very renowned kingdom, and so is attested by the great number of palaces and churches. During the modern times, the charcoal industry was the economic driver of the area and, nowadays, the heir to the King of Spain holds the title of Prince of Asturias, precisely because it is the nation’s cradle.

Santa María del Naranco, a church built in the year 842 C.E., in Oviedo

The region’s most popular dish is fabes, a bean stew, along with cachopo, a dish consisting of two fried steaks filled with ham, cheese, and apple; finally, there’s cider, an apple-based alcoholic beverage, as well as the legendary chorizo in cider. You’ll be able to try the authentic Asturian cuisine at your own home thanks to St. Vicent Spanish Cuisine!

Cudillero, a beautiful village on the coast of Asturias.