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The lesser-known Spanish region with unspoiled beaches, scenic mountains and excellent cheese

It’s no wonder so many Spanish people have holiday homes in Asturias
It’s no wonder so many Spanish people have holiday homes in Asturias Credit: istock

It is almost as if Asturias was designed by a clever algorithm to keep everyone happy. You don’t have to choose between beaches or mountains, or between a city break or an activity holiday, as this region in northern Spain packs a lot into a small area. It’s no wonder so many Spanish people have holiday homes there really. Personally, I’d go there just for the cheese. 

The Principality of Asturias describes itself as a ‘natural paradise’ and for once this is not just a banal marketing slogan. Between Cantabria to the east and Galicia to the west in Green Spain, it stretches for around 200 miles from east to west and 50 miles from north to south. This is a land where the mountains start just behind the coast, with emerald-green meadows and apple orchards in between. 

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