The region of Asturias, which lies on the northern coast of Spain near the Bay of Biscay, is one of the sleepier parts of the country. Heavily influenced by culture from the neighbouring regions of Galicia to the west and the Basque region to the east, Asturias does have its own identity. The principal city is Oviedo, while other major settlements include Gijon and Aviles. Throughout Asturias, you’re likely to see many majestic churches, towers and houses which have been around for centuries, while its coastal location means you’re never too far away from a trip to the beach. In Oviedo and Gijon, you might also come across some amazing cuisine, which is heavily influenced by fish caught from the Bay.
On the freeways, a bigger car is fine, but for getting around on the minor routes and in the centres of Oviedo and Gijon, a nippy little supermini is up to the task.
Driving in Asturias
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Important things to note
The quickest way to travel between Gijon, Oviedo and Aviles is by the extensive freeway system. Each city is less than 20 minutes’ drive apart via these roads.
Most of the centre of Oviedo is pedestrianized, so it would be advisable to leave your car in a car park on the city centre’s edge.
Away from the highways and freeways, many of the roads in Asturias are pretty difficult to navigate, owing to many sharp bends.
Highlights & Hotspots
The main park here is Picos de Europa, a massive national park which has an array of walking routes. It’s easily accessible from both Oviedo and Gijon, while the park is a good place to spend some quiet time if that’s what you want.
In Oviedo, the Casco Antiguo is the old part of town. Here, you can visit the Velarde Palace, see the Town Hall and the Plaza Del Fontan. Two more stately homes – the Palaces of Torero and Camposagrando – also lie in this part of the city.
Staying in the state capital, the Museum of Fine Arts is Asturias’ foremost art gallery. It’s the best place to see exhibitions by local and international artists, while there are occasional works that are on display once every few months or so.
Gijon, the largest city in Asturias, is home to the Campa de Torres Archaeological Site. A preserved Roman settlement, this site is a must-see for anyone wanting to peer into the region’s past. Veranes Roman Town is also nearby.
Asturias Airport is nine miles west from Aviles, 25 miles west from Gijon and 29 miles northwest of Oviedo. The airport has one passenger terminal and serves just over 1.3 million passengers travelling to destinations Europe-wide.
The airport can be accessed by road via the A-81, which goes southwards towards a junction with the A-8. The A-8 is connected to Aviles, Gijon and Oviedo in the east of the region.