From the coast to the mountains, Asturias from the air
You won't discover Asturias in the way we drink cider here. It may seem a contradiction, but if you want to know what to see and what to do when traveling to Asturias it is essential to understand it so that your trip through this land of gastronomy, landscapes and history leaves you with such a good taste in your mouth that you want, need, return to travel to Asturias.
The Cider, the quintessential beverage of Asturias, it is served by the pouring procedure, dropping a jet from the bottle (lifted above its head by the waiter or a willing friend) over the inside edge of a slightly tilted glass at the end of an arm stretched toward the floor. And when they give you the glass, you drink the culin (served) at once, even in more than one drink.
Ironically, despite its small extension, you can't drink it like that in Asturias, you can't quickly rush this stop in a journey along the Cantabrian coast. No, you have to taste the dishes of the field and quench your thirst with the fermented product of its apple trees, walk it slowly along its mountain routes, walk calmly through its medieval streets and relax watching the Cantabrian Sea (although sometimes you need to download a storm).
Santa María del Naranco, Pre-Romanesque of Asturias in Oviedo
To discover Asturias is to discover cities such as the monumental Oviedo, which fell in love with Woody Allen and whose passage is remembered with a statue very close to the Campoamor Theater, where the Princess of Asturias Awards are delivered, in the center of the city. The statue has glasses that are very tempting for those who despise street furniture and art, so you may not wear them.
And if we leave just a few minutes from that center, going up to Mount Naranco, we will travel in time to a past of warriors, kings and a reconquest epic, fought with meter to meter value for several centuries.
Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo are two beautiful buildings of the Asturian pre-Romanesque that await us on the way to the summit. In them we must stop a good time before continuing to that privileged watchtower, at the foot of a statue of Christ similar to that of Corcovado (Brazil), which allows us to appreciate Oviedo from the heights.
Views from Monte Naranco to Oviedo (Asturias)