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1. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello all,
I'm spending a couple of weeks in September driving through Asturias and Los Picos de Europa. Is there anything I really shouldn't miss?

Thanks in advance


2. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

That's a really good choice for a holiday taken slowly, and September should be the ideal time. There are so many places, I had to refer back to some of the information on my websites to pick up some ideas:
Ponga mountains
Sueve mountains
Covadonga national park (Lakes Enol y Ercina)
Sobrefoz, Ventaniella, Taranes, the Peloño beech forest, and Vallemoro.
Mirador del Fito
Llanes beaches
Ribadasella beaches
La Isla
Sierra de Cuera
Cabrales – Bulnes
Potes (Fuente Dé cablecar )
Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana
Caves of Altamira, El Soplao, Tito Bustillo, Pindal
Cave of Tito Bustillo
Caves of Pindal
Museums: Emigration, Jurassic, Cider, the Mining Industry

After your holiday, how about reporting back on what you enjoyed, what you found, etc. I for one would be very interested to hear your opinions.

3. Posted by Sunbaked (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

You shouldn't miss the food. Get blasted on the best shellfish in any harbour village, say... Lastres. Eat a real fabada with the whole compango in a mountain village, say... anywhere in Piloña. Get some cross of both by trying a superb fabes con almejas finished with a home made rice pudding, try the excellent veal, many butchers shops are a real anatomy class, try any food market in a vibrant city, say... Gijón. And showers of sidra beautifully escanciada to gulp down all of it. Don't be afraid to sing regional songs with the locals, they get started easily enough.
Ok, to eat and drink like that you ought to do some exercise first in order to get hungry. Ride an asturcon, little but very brave black horses, many still living free in the mountains enduring harsh winters and wolves' attacks, through the mountains of el Sueve, enjoying some truly spectacular views of snow peaked rugged mountains or the imposing Cantábrico at the twist of a neck, walk up to the Covadonga lakes, complete the Garganta del Cares and just don't look down when you get to that bit, get yerself a canoe and paddle down from Arriondas to Ribadesella, marvel at the archaic but functional dwellings of Somiedo while tracking bears, throw away that tacky victorinox and go to Taramundi to get a proper pen knife, visit Bulnes on foot, drive through la Cuevona, surf the waves in Salinas.
Because is september and end of season, don't expect crowds. Don't? Go to Oviedo, San Mateo Festival, street party, top artists, week long, as Woody Allen would put it, "a nice medieval town with its prince and all".
You'll get access to most of that either by following your nose or entering the many tourist info spots, as Asturianos like to sell themselves once you get there, like if it's a secret or something. Eat a cabrito asao in La Marea. See the Sporting de Gijon beating anybody in Molinón Stadium. Eat a whole cabrales cheese pasted with orujo. Marry a local (la muyer y la manzana, a poder ser, asturiana). There's a lot to do in Asturias in september.

4. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks People,
I think both of you should writer guide-books for a living. Your posts have been really informative and helpful.

Many thanks


5. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Me again!

Thanks for all the previous help, just one last thing....

Does anyone know where I can get information about the festivals (like, a list of places and dates) which take place in Spain - Actually in Asturias is all I'm after? More specifically from September 14th to September 30th.

Thanks in advance

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Try the regional buro of tourism: Infoasturias