Wanderlist Discover: Asturias and the Covadonga Convent, Spain
Asturias is often referred to as “Green Spain”, on account of its lush meadows, hilly peaks, sparkling rivers and the beaches along the stunning northern Spanish coast. The region is also strong associated with adventure sport activities in Spain, and offers great opportunities for canoeing, hiking, quad biking and even mountain climbing. However, Covadonga was an important town even in the past, as it was here that the local King Pelayo vanquished the ruling moors, in 722 AD and started the campaign to bring back the Iberian peninsula into the Christian fold. Today, there exists a religious sanctuary in Covadonga, with a historic basilica as well as a museum and a statue dedicated to King Pelayo. Known as the Covadonga Convent, the sanctuary also houses the statue of “La Santina”, the Virgin of Covadonga, in a beautiful stone church where thousands of devotees come and worship regularly even today.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Long Walks : The Asturias is a hiker’s paradise, with four UNESCO recognized biosphere reserves and protected natural spaces. You can even walk from village to village, and stay overnight in one of the many types of accomodation offered by each hamlet. Look out for casas rurales or aldeas, charming lodgings that offer self-catering accommodations. You can also end your walking trip for the day with an overnight camp on the high mountain peaks.
- Visit the Covadonga Convent & Tomb of Don Pelayo : Carved into the rock of mountains of Covadonga, just above a gushing waterfall, is the Sanctuary of Covadonga, which houses the Bascilica of the Covadonga Virgin, as well as the statute and the tomb of King Don Pelayo, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Asurias. This sacred and sombre place is one of the most magical places you can visit in the Asturias, and no amount of pictures and videos can capture the aura of the place.
- Visit the Museum at Oviedo : The fine art museum at Oviedo is the home to paintings by Picasso and El Greco as well as several native Asturian artists. You can also visit the local cathedral and university at Oviedo.
Best Time To Go: anytime
Astorias is generally a year long travel destination, but the weather can be a bit unpredictable. So, check out the weather predictions, whenever you are planning to take a visit. Also, the snows usually begins in October and can last as long as March, making the highest peaks of the mountains, inaccessible to general public. However, if you are planning to keep to the beaches, rivers and the plains, you can drop in anytime.
Where in the world:
Asturias is an autonomous region located in the North Coast of Spain.
Fun Fact: The entire archipelago is volcanic in nature, and the islands are in fact, just the visible mountain peaks that are jutting out of the Atlantic Ocean. If some of the islands were measured from the base, deep below the ocean surface to the highest peaks rising up above the sea, they would be some of the tallest mountains on Earth, perhaps even taller than many impressive peaks above the ground.
- Language : Spanish, Asturian (Babel)
- Currency : Euro (€);
- How to Get Around : As long as you are not in a hurry - and you are on a holiday, so why should you be rushed anyway - you can use the bus or train to get around all across the Asturias. You can also walk, or cycle your way around.
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