If you are thinking about a trip to the region of Asturias, where there are plenty of fishing villages, mountains, green landscapes and exquisite gastronomy, we have prepared this article about things to do in Asturias in 4 days.
In these places to see in Asturias in 4 days you will travel through dreamlike landscapes where the Cantabrian Sea, the mountains of the Picos de Europa, the green carpet that covers the ground, the grazing animals and the small coastal villages are the protagonists.
We have made this route through Asturias based on what we have known from having visited this autonomous region on more than one occasion. We hope that these recommendations with the essential places will be useful for you to plan your route.
Map – Road trip in Asturias in 4 days
Day 1: Covadonga, Llanes, Bufones de Pría and Ribadesella (total 80 kms). Night in Ribadesella
Day 2: Oviedo (total 80 kms). Night in Oviedo.
Day 3: Gijón (total 30 kms). Night in Gijón
Day 4: Aviles and Cudillero. Night in Cudillero. (total 60 kms)
Things to do in Asturias in 4 days, Day 1
We start the route through Asturias in 4 days in the mountains. The Picos de Europa National Park is one of the most important in Spain, where the landscape of grey rocks blends with the green grass and where you will come across animals such as cows.
The lakes of Covadonga are the perfect place to contemplate the landscape and take a hiking route around the two small lakes: Ercina and Enol. The contrast between the mountain, the two bodies of water and the greenery is really beautiful. A few kilometres away is the Royal Site of Covadonga, home to the imposing Basilica of Santa María la Real de Covadonga and the famous cave with the Virgin of the Santina carved out of the rock.
📷 Book your trip to the Covadonga lakes from Canga de Onis here. Guide and transport included. You can also book the excursion to the lakes of Covadonga, the sanctuary and the basilica from Gijón.
🔝 Check out these recommendations for visit the village and lakes of Covadonga.
The day continues with a visit to the coastal town of Llanes, one of the most beautiful villages to see in Asturias in 4 days. Here you will find a promenade that runs along the sea on cliffs, narrow beaches where the waves lap against the stone quays and its historic centre with buildings of great heritage value.
On the way between Llanes and Ribadesella, make a stop at the bufones de Pría, an area of cliffs facing the sea where the strong swell of the waves hits through the holes in the rock and generates high jets of water. An ideal show to see in Asturias with children.
To round off the first day, Ribadesella is one of the must-visits in Asturias, a seaside town with great attractions such as the hermitage of the Virgen de la Guía with spectacular views of the Bay of Biscay and the Tito Bustillo cave, famous for its cave paintings.
📷 Book here the activity of canoeing down the river Sella, pure adrenaline in Asturias. You can also book the excursion to Ribadesella and Lastres from Gijon.
Where to stay in Ribadesella
Our recommendations for hotels in Ribadesella are as follows:
- Hotel Villa Rosario: old asturian house in front of the beach and with beautiful sea views.
- Hotel Villadesella: early 19th century Asturian country house on the outskirts of the city, with outdoor swimming pool and gardens.
🏨 Do you want to look for other options? Find here the best hotels in Ribadesella.
Things to do in Asturias in 4 days, visit Oviedo
The second day will be devoted exclusively to getting to know one of the two most important cities in Asturias, the capital Oviedo. The historic centre is not so big and can be easily explored in half a day. This includes a walk around the Cathedral, the lively squares, parks and old buildings.
📌 Something curious that you will find along the way is the large number of statues in the streets of the historic centre of Oviedo, including characters such as Mafalda and Woody Allen.
📷 Book here the free tour of Oviedo and get to know the main attractions of the city with an expert guide.
A visit to a cider house in Gijón is a must for an authentic local gastronomic experience. Both Gasconia street, with its many cider bars, and the El Fontán market with local products, are two places you can’t miss.
Finally, you must go to Mount Naranco, on the outskirts of the city, to contemplate the beauty hidden in the Church of Santa María del Naranco with its views of the city of Oviedo.
Where to stay in Oviedo
Our recommendations for where to stay in Oviedo are as follows:
- Hotel Clarin: in the heart of the city centre, five minutes walk from the cathedral. A very nice Art Deco style decoration.
- Silken Monumental Naranco: modern with spacious rooms and comprehensive facilities including indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna.
🏨 Do you want to look for other options? Find here the best hotels in Oviedo.
Gijón and all its splendour
On the third day it is time to visit the beautiful city of Gijón, by the sea. If there is one thing that characterises this city, it is the historic neighbourhood of Cimadevilla, an enclave that stands out from the rest of the city and that makes you go back in time. Narrow streets, old buildings such as the Town Hall and lots of atmosphere. At the top of the neighbourhood is a park with the famous Elogio del Horizonte, the city’s landmark monument, overlooking the sea.
📷 One of the best ways to get to know Gijon is by booking on the Gijon tourist bus.
A stroll through the modern marina of Gijón and a photo with the poster is also not to be missed. If you are looking for relaxation, next to the historic centre you have the long beach of San Lorenzo and the seafront promenade, along with gastronomic establishments where you can try local dishes such as cachopo or fabada.
📷 Do you want to see the city from the sea? Book a boat trip in the bay of Gijón and be amazed by the views.
🔝 Check out the recommendations in the article about things to do in Gijon.
Where to stay in Gijón
Our recommendations for where to stay in Gijón are as follows:
- Hotel Alcomar: in the heart of the city centre, modern and with views of San Lorenzo beach.
- Silken Ciudad Gijón: gym, sauna and heated swimming pool only 15 minutes walk from the Cimadevilla area.
🏨 Do you want to look for other options? Find here the best hotels in Gijón.
Day 4 of the Asturias Route
On the last day it is time to visit two charming seaside towns: Avilés and Cudillero.
Avilés is one of those places that maintains its essence from long ago. Immersing yourself in the central streets allows you to contemplate the traditional architecture of the area where balconies and galleries are the protagonists. You should always have your camera ready, because you will be surprised by beautiful façades such as the Balsera Palace or the Town Hall.
To end the visit to Avilés, you must visit the Niemeyer Centre, a work completely different from the rest of the city, with its modernist style that houses an exhibition centre and a viewpoint.
The last destination is Cudillero, a small fishing village where its beauty lies in the colourful old fishermen’s houses and their staggered construction on the hillside and on the seashore.
In the lower part, the Plaza de la Marina is the ideal place to see the town from below and enjoy delicious seafood and fish. To get photographs of the village from above, you have to go to one of the viewpoints in the upper part, where the conjunction between the sea and the terraced houses that descend the slope of the hill give a spectacular image.
📷 Book your trip to Cudillero and Luarca from Oviedo here.
Where to stay in Cudillero
Our recommendations for where to stay in Cudillero are as follows:
- La Casona de Pío: in the centre of Cudillero is a large house covered in stone and with antique furniture inside. A real charmer.
- Casona de La Paca: old rural house on the outskirts of the city. Lots of elegance and large gardens to relax in.
🏨 Do you want to look for other options? Find here the best hotels in Cudillero.
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