Nature, history and tradition merge in Asturias and Cantabria, with the impressive Picos de Europa, the prehistoric caves at Altamira, and the skill in pouring the traditional cider.
If you travel to Asturias, a trip to Covadonga is a must: visit the Santa Cueva and the tomb of King Pelayo and admire the magnificent Covadonga Lakes. Then head towards Cangas de Onís, the former capital of the Kingdom of Spain and photograph the Roman bridge that displays a reproduction of the Victory Cross, the symbol of Asturias.
In the region's capital, Oviedo, wander into the old city and visit Plaza del Padre Feijoo, the Cathedral and the Fontán, which is home to a picturesque, mouth-watering food market.
For sports lovers, the estuary of the River Sella is an essential visit, where you can go rafting or salmon fishing This trip to Asturias wouldn't be complete without travelling those extra 18 miles between Avilés and Gijón to enjoy spectacular views of the Cantabrian Sea from the cliffs of Cabo de Peñas.
Book your flight + hotel to Cantabria and stop off in Santillana del Mar, where you'll find the collegiate church of Santa Juliana, several towers, palaces and mansions. In the region's capital, Santander, visit its cathedral, explore the promenade and gardens of Paseo de Pereda and be enchanted by the magnificent views over the bay from Avenida Reina Victoria. One of the region's best kept treasures is the cave paintings of the Altamira Caves, listed as Unesco World Heritage.
Choose from one of our low-cost Asturias and Cantabria holidays and enjoy their extensive culinary traditions. Delight in their typical dishes: cocido montañés and fabada bean stews, Cabrales cheese and fresh shellfish. Wash down your meals with a swig of Asturian cider and visit the cider mills of Villaviciosa on your journey through Asturias.
Your Asturias and Cantabria holidays won't disappoint: cool your feet off in the Atlantic, warm your stomach on their streets, and pour cider with the skill of the top cider-makers in the region. What's more,, there is a range of options for getting there: you can fly to Asturias or Santander airport, go by boat to Santander, or even travel by train from various points in Spain.