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Asturias
Considered the jewel of the north, Asturias is one of Spain’s most beloved regions thanks to its natural beauty, cultural wealth and delicious food and drink. Its steep cliffs, fine sandy beaches, plentiful rivers and mighty mountains surrounded by year round green of all shades mean that this is a region to cater to all tastes. There are few other places where you could walk at an altitude of 2,000m in pristine wilderness – home to bears, wolves and eagles – in the morning; relax on an uncrowded beach in the afternoon; and eat in a bustling city in the evening.
Rioseco Some extra traffic in Soto de Agues Lunch with Lobo Nomada Market day in Soto de Agues Ruta del Alba
Redes Natural Park
Redes Natural Park is one of four Unesco biosphere reserves in Asturias. Just over an hour’s drive from Asturias airport and often said to be overlooked by tourists due to the proximity of the Picos de Europa, here in Redes you’ll find superb varied walking from craggy high mountains to native beach forests. Walk off the beaten track and you’ll usually find yourself alone surrounded by breathtaking scenery and a smattering of mountain goats. The park can offer gorge walking, horse-riding and mountain biking; the people are friendly and helpful and the local food is fantastic. I know this because I live here and I still sometimes can’t believe the beauty on my doorstep.


Soto de Agues
We fell in love with the village one cold rainy December weekend in 2007 and have been discovering more about its charms and secrets ever since. Its mix of beautiful well preserved houses, tumble down barns, friendly people and cobbled streets leading to quiet corners make it an ideal place for anyone looking to relax and switch off, while the bars and restaurants located in the village mean that you can always find company when it's needed.
It boasts numerous walks; the ‘Ruta del Alba’ which starts in the village, is one of the most popular of Asturias’s many official ‘rutas’ (walks). But there are also plenty of stunning lesser known walks beginning from the village whose views and stillness are up there with the more famous northern European mountain ranges.
It’s defining beauty has to be the river Alba; it provides the freshest trout you’ll ever encounter in the neighbouring ‘Merendero’; it will lull you to sleep at night and cooling off in one of its clear pools at the end of a hard day’s walking is what really makes this place idyllic.