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Why summer is the best time to visit this charming and less-visited region of Spain


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with around 27 million visitors a year, Barcelona is one of the most sought after destinations in Spain.

While Bareclona’s beautiful beaches are one of the main reasons for attracting so many visitors, it also means that summer is an overcrowded season.

And there is nothing better in the south of Spain. Places like Malaga and Granada have their beaches packed with tourists and locals. So your best bet for exploring Spain in the summer with fewer crowds and more sun is to head to places not everyone goes.

One of the best summer places in Spain is Asturias. Here’s why it’s a perfect summer destination.

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Where is Asturias?

Asturias is an autonomous community of Spain located in the northwestern part of the country. There are three main areas that locals and tourists tend to visit, Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés.

Most of the landscape has lush green mountain ranges and coastal foothills. The region also borders the Atlantic coast, which offers many beach options.

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What Asturias offers you to travel in summer

Asturias receives heavy rains throughout the year, which is why it is known as part of Green Spain. However, during the summer, the skies are sunny, with a pleasant average temperature of about 82 degrees Fahrenheit. And ocean waters are usually around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Asturias is the place to be with its warm but not oppressive climate.

Although Cádiz and the Costa del Sol are known for their stunning beaches, Asturias has a variety of beautiful and lesser-known beaches to visit. Natural vegetation surrounds many beaches, so you won’t find many amenities. However, you will enjoy sunbathing on the warm sand surrounded by beautiful green plants.

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Here are some beach recommendations.

Campiecho Beach it can be reached on foot or by car. Located in Valdés, Asturias, this beach is a pebble beach with strong waves.

Moorish beach is a small sandy beach in Navia popular with nudists.

Arnao Beach It is a semi-urban beach with calm, dark blue waters.

Besides the beaches, Asturias has more to offer for a summer adventure. It is a region that has preserved ancient history through ancient rock art and the coast of dinosaurs.

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There are five main caves with Paleolithic rock art dating from 35,000 and 11,000 BC. These caves include El Pindal, La Roca Candamo, Llonin, La Covaciella and Tito Bustillo.

However, Asturias’ time travel adventures don’t stop there. Fossils and dinosaur footprints were found along the coast of Gijón and Ribadesell, which is why this area became the coast of dinosaurs. If you want to see the collected bones up close and in person, you can visit the Jurassic Museum of Asturias.

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Asturias will not disappoint you with its varied gastronomic options that satisfy your hunger after a day of exploring.

A must is the cheese. Asturias is known for being the dairy region of Spain. Its most famous cheese is called cabrales, made from a mixture of cow, goat and sheep milk. And if you love cheese, you can even visit dairy farms and ancient cheese caves.

Aren’t caves a useful and cool shelter from the summer heat?

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In addition to delicious cheese, there are many more food options available to delight your taste buds. Asturias is also known for its stews. However, you’ll want to take advantage of the tasty seafood during the summer months.

Some popular dishes include cuttlefish (fried squid), seafood (a local seafood dish), and spicy mussels (spiced mussels). After enjoying these meals, accompany them with the famous dry ciders of Asturias.

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How to get to Asturias

Although Asturias is not on the radar of most tourists, it is easy to get to. There is only one international airport, Asturias Airport (OVD). However, you can fly directly from major European cities, such as London and Paris. There are also several domestic flights that you can take from Madrid or Barcelona.

Once you land, you can easily explore the city on foot or by using taxis and public transportation.

Asturias can be your hidden gem if you are looking for a summer getaway.

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