Discover Asturias NC8

Northern Spain’s ‘Natural Paradise’

Based on 7 nights self-drive independent tour in Spain

From the awe-inspiring mountains of the Picos de Europa to the remote wilds of the Western Highlands where bears, wild deer and capercaillie roam free, Asturias is truly a nature-lover’s delight.

Here the mountains come right down to the dramatic, unspoilt coastline with quaint fishing villages, cliff-top walks and a smorgasbord of picture-postcard beaches to suit every taste.  This marriage of sea and mountains, combined with a deep respect for traditional ways, is reflected in the local cuisine where hearty bean stews and meat dishes sit alongside seafood delicacies and can be enjoyed with delicious local cider or the amazing, little-known wines of Cangas del Narcea.

Run through by the Camino de Santiago, and at one time the last bastion of Christianity in the peninsular, Asturias has an immense heritage with a wealth of vestiges from pre-historic, Celtic and Roman times as well as its famous collection of pre-Romanesque churches.

Tour Highlights:

  • Magnificent Picos de Europa National Park
  • Oviedo with its pre-romanesque architecture
  • Dinosaur coast – Jurassic Museum & fossil footprints
  • Rugged unspoilt coastline – beaches to suit all tastes
  • Bear spotting in the wild Western Highlands
  • Delicious Asturian cider, wonderful wines in the west

From £550* per person

* Indicative prices (including car hire – flights not included). Ferry-drive based on 2 people from £750  p.p. for 7 nights.

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Day 1 & 2 – Asturias: Picos & Dinosaur Coast

  • Picos de Europa soaring directly above the coast
  • Mirador del Fito – the best view of the Picos & the coast
  • Jurassic footprints by the beaches
  • Canoe down the Sella or get out on a fishing boat
  • Oviedo’s fine Pre-Romanesque architecture
Brañas, León

Day 4 & 5 – Western Asturian Highlands

  • Bear spotting, wild deer and capercaillie in Asturias’ wildest corner
  • Spectacular scenery in the Somiedo Valley
  • Virgin native woodlands in Muniellos Nature Park
  • Fine wines from the Cangas del Narcea DOC
  • Traditional farming and local crafts alongside a rich mining legacy
Cudillero

Day 6 & 7 – Western Coastal Asturias

  • Cudillero & Luarca; pretty fishing villages to explore
  • Beautiful beaches & breathtaking cliff-top coastal walks
  • Celtic tradition; bagpipes and ancient settlements
  • Pre-Romanesque churches & the ancient capital of Pravia
  • Futuristic Niemeyer Centre in historic Avilés

What’s included…

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • or ferry crossings with Brittany Ferries (car + 2 berth interior cabin)
  • Guide book to Northern Spain
  • Restaurant guide covering regions en-route
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges

Getting there

A circular route, this itinerary has excellent access by air and sea:

  • Connections from-to:
    • Stansted: Santander with Ryanair / Bilbao with Easyjet
    • Gatwick: Bilbao with BA
    • Manchester: Bilbao with Easyjet
    • Dublin: Santander with Ryanair / Bilbao with Aer Lingus
    • Bristol: Bilbao with Easyjet
    • Edinburgh; Santander with Ryanair / Bilbao with Easyjet
  • Ferries Portsmouth or Plymouth: Santander or Bilbao – 7 sailings weekly. We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package

Getting around

For passengers travelling by air we will include a hire car as part of the package. Normally we include a 4 door economy class car but please let us know if you would like something different.

For those coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle but in either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at each hotel, complete with GPS, as well as a map of the area

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