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PLACES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE WESTERN COAST
The coast of Asturias has a deserved reputation for being beautiful, treasuring unrepeatable places to enjoy the landscape with the five senses, and always with that incredible backdrop that is the Cantabrian Sea.Villas and towns, capes, lighthouses, beaches, cliffs … A set of sites that delight travelers most eager for new sensations.
Text taken from the web: www.turismoasturias.es
Its steep streets are a constant discovery, and reveal a Historic Quarter with palaces, emblazoned houses, chapels, squares, churches or parks, where a past of splendor is glimpsed.
Castropol, well known for its floral carpets, also stands out for its rich seafood cuisine, for the oysters from its estuary, and for being a reference place for practicing water sports, both river and maritime.
Aothers, it stands out for its singular beauty, in the shape of an elongated shell and with a round rock in the center that gives the beach its name. Often windy and swell, it is perfect for surfing.
La playa de Mexota, en el concejo de Tapia de Casariego, es un precioso remanso de cristalinas aguas. Se accede a ella a pie desde la localidad de Serantes, o a través de un camino desde Villamil.
Un islote rocoso central divide la playa en dos, y le da un aire inconfundible. Protegida por grandes acantilados y con una fina arena blanca, Mexota es un auténtico oasis de paz y tranquilidad, donde de vez en cuando, sopla la brisa marina…
Like any self-respecting fishing village, El Porto / Viavélez preserves in its customs and in its typical architecture the essence of the culture of western Asturias, and that is how you will feel it in its streets, in its port or in its viewpoint, from which you will have spectacular views of the coastline. And a few kilometers from El Porto / Viavélez, you can visit As Covas da Andía , of great geological and landscape singularity. You will find that the abundant and dense vegetation barely makes them visible from the outside, but once you enter them you will discover a world in which natural beauty is combined with the mining activity of Roman times, destined to obtain gold. Without a doubt, an interesting place as well as surprising.
Access to the beach is pedestrianized, through a forest track or down some natural stairs nestled in the cliff. And at both ends of the beach, large parking lots have been set up.
Barayo is always a discovery and a place to lose yourself to find unusual, very natural finds.
So the approach to this villa is always a delight. The bars and restaurants exude Cantabrian aromas of fish and shellfish. The atmosphere is calm, and the fleet looks humble in the calm waters at the foot of the rula.
Of course, the surroundings of the Villa Blanca are an inexhaustible source of pleasant discoveries: one of the largest and most exotic botanists in all of Europe; a Park halfway between the Earth and the Cosmos; a Cape where the best winds blow and the best cakes in Spain are made; an Asturian pilgrimage at the foot of a cliff, or the most beautiful beaches to enjoy unusual places, dreamy baths or incredible waves.
It turns out that the Virgin of Our Lady of Riégala – popularly known as La Regalina – is the patron saint of Cadavedo. A popular legend says that the image was found by a peasant inside a hollow trunk of a chestnut tree, located in the vicinity of the Riégala fountain.
And so in 1931 the hermitage of Santa María de Riégala was erected, and that same year, at the initiative of Father Galo, a key figure in Asturian literature, the Regalina festivities began to be celebrated, in Campo de la Garita, in front of the hermitage. Every last Sunday in August thousands of people participate in an open-air mass, garnished with a parade of pilgrims dressed in traditional clothing, moving to the rhythm of the country’s cars and the music of bagpipes and drums. Never has a typical Asturian party been celebrated from such a privileged balcony over the Cantabrian Sea.
La Regalina, both the place and the party, is really something unique and unrepeatable.
A fishing port full of flavor, a town that slopes almost vertically down a slope between two hills composing a unique amphitheater of bright colors, a cosmopolitan atmosphere where you will hear several languages in a few meters, terraces, restaurants and cider houses set in any time of the year, the chapel of El Humilladero, the church of San Pedro… are some of the hallmarks of a town called Pixueta, which is so unique that it even has its own language.
Cudillero, furrowed in its entrails by two rivers, Santantón and La mimosa, is like a kind of floating raft that goes out to sea, which is its true essence. Everything in Cudillero tastes like the sea, smells like the sea, sounds like the sea … Murals, nets, rudders, floats … all are unmistakable signs that you have reached a maritime territory with a strong identity. One of the supreme attractions that the town of Cudillero offers you is the possibility of wandering around, of literally getting lost in its many corners and recesses. You will discover endless stairs, passageways, balconies, viewpoints, brightly colored fishermen’s houses … in whose arcades you can find some curadillo – small sharks that dry or cure on the terraces, windows or balconies, to consume in times of «greening» or wakefulness -.
If you enter the amphitheater and follow the blue fish that are painted on the ground, you will zigzag up to the top, and as you gain height, you will have different points of view of Cudillero. As you ascend, the face of the pixueta villa is changing, it is as if it had a thousand faces, and you will get lost among its roofs, with the background music of the waves of the sea and the song of the seagulls. Observing the amphitheater from inside the amphitheater is an incredible experience, it is like unraveling some mysteries of Cudillero …
There are three places that you cannot miss. One of them is the La Garita viewpoint, located on the east side of the amphitheater, and from where at a glance you will see the lighthouse, the port and the town. Another is the “El Picu” viewpoint, right in the heart of the city, and another is the Casa del Fuego, in the western part of Cudillero. Together you will complete a sequence of unique visual snapshots, at the same time that you will delve into the curious history of this town.
And so, walking from viewpoint to viewpoint, you will be better inspired to understand the pixueta soul …
Of course, a few kilometers from Cudillero capital, you have another of those lost paradises that you cannot miss: Playa del Silencio .
Las casas de comida, con su encanto propio y sus menús básicos, contundentes, con los platos protagonistas de la gastronomía local
Un paseo por la cultura asturiana y cántabra en un viaje en el tiempo a través de los siglos.