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Asturias appeals with its mix of breathtaking coastal and mountainous landscapes and trove of heritage treasures. Nature preserves dot this vast region in the northwest of Spain, with the forested range of Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa among its many highlights. Beach lovers are spoilt for choice with well over 200 beaches lining the northern shore. Charming fishing villages to explore include San Vicente de la Barquera and Cudillero.

A visit to Oviedo or Gijon satisfies those with a penchant for history, thanks to a wealth of religious sites and medieval architecture lining their cobbled streets. Art and culture meet futurism at the Niemeyer Centre in Avilés. Complete your sensory experiences with local dishes like cachopo (ham and cheese fillets) and fabada (rich Spanish bean stew), alongside a pint of sidrería (Asturian cider).

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