Asturias and Cantabria places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Asturias and Cantabria region. See also our Asturias and Cantabria travel guide.

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Altamira Caves

Some magnificent pre-historic art is in these UNESCO-listed caves. The wonderful paintings are amongst the best prehistoric paintings in the world.
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Alto Campoo

Alto Campoo is a small ski resort in the Picos de Europa. It is particularly suited to beginner and intermediate level skiers.
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Aviles has an interesting medieval centre. Many of its buildings are painted in lovely pastel colours.
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Barcena Mayor

Barcena Mayor is a picturesque village with lots of the typically balconied houses of the region. Situated in the Cabuerniga Valley.
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Cangas de Onis

Cangas de Onis has a lovely Roman bridge and fantastic mountain scenery. It is close to Covadonga said to be the starting place for the Reconquest.
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Castro Urdiales

Castro Urdiales is a fishing town with an attractive harbour. It is a popular holiday resort.
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Comillas is a very good resort which has lots of Modernista buildings including the El Capricho designed by Antoni Gaudi.
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Covadonga village and sanctuary are set in beautiful mountain scenery. The Battle of Covadonga is considered to be the start of the Reconquest of Spain.
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Cudillero has lots of colourful houses surround its port. It is one of Spain's most beautiful villages.
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Gijon is the largest city in the region and is surrounded by industry but once in the centre the city is pleasant and has good beaches and nightlife.
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Laredo has a lovely beach and an attractive old town. It is a thriving holiday resort.
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Llanes is an excellent seaside town on a rugged stretch of coast and with the Picos de Europa providing a backdrop.
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Luarca is a very attractive town surrounded by cliffs and with a really excellent harbour.
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Mogrovejo is one of Spain's most beautiful villages. Mogrovejo is a mountain village in the Picos de Europa.
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Oviedo is the cultural capital of Asturias and has a medieval centre and lots of examples of Pre-Romanesque architecture.
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Take a step back in time as you wander around the lovely old town of Potes. An excellent base for visiting the Picos de Europa.
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Puente Viesgo

Puente Viesgo is a lovely village in a beautiful setting and has some excellent caves full of stalactites, stalagmites and lots of prehistoric paintings.
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Ribadesella is a charming seaside resort with an old town, a sandy beach and Modernista villas.
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Santander is the lively capital of Cantabria and has a popular seaside suburb of El Sardinero.
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Santillana del Mar

Santillana del Mar is perhaps the highlight of a visit to this part of Spain. It is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe.
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Santona is a fairly busy holiday resort and fishing town. It has a nice sandy beach and its bay is surrounded by hills.
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