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The Principality of Asturias is a lush unending feast of scenery where the sea and mountainside meet in breathtaking terrain.

Take a drive along the coast of Asturias and you'll find intimate coves, uncrowded beaches and fishing villages that are bursting with colour and character. The sea is still a vital ingredient in the villagers' lives: although fish stocks have depleted in recent years, still a large proportion of locals make their living from the ocean. Visitors, too, can enjoy the bounty: restaurants serve hake, lobster and crab fresh from the fishing boats.

But Asturias is not all sand and sea. The Picos de Europa mountains lie just a short drive from the coast. They offer fabulous hiking, breathtaking views, and are rich in animal and bird life. Those who don't wish to walk for hours need not miss out on the healthy mountain air: there's road access to the villages on the edge of the park. Drive to Covadonga, for example, and visit its beautiful alpine lakes. And while you're in the mountains, make sure you order a bowl of fabada, the hearty bean stew for which Asturias is famous.


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