Asturias is a land of green pastures, lush forests, beautiful rivers and estuaries, prehistoric caves, fertile plains and sandy white beaches tucked between twisting cliffs. The rugged mountains and the fierce Cantabrian Sea mark the boundaries of this ancient kingdom whose secular isolation has preserved an incalculable cultural wealth, of which the Pre-Romanesque art is the best introduction.
Asturias is situated in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, bordered to the north by the Cantabrian Sea, to the west by Galicia, Cantabria to the east and to the south by Castile and Leon. In its terrain is divided into two main types: the rugged cliffs and beautiful beaches of the coast, and the Cantabrian mountain range, whose highest peaks fall within the National Park of Picos de Europe. The Deva, the Sella and the Nalon are the most important rivers.The Community of Asturias has only one province which consists of 78 counties (or municipalities). The capital is Oviedo, which, with Gijon and Aviles, are the three biggest towns in the region.
Moist and temperate, mainly influenced by the sea and the mountains. Average annual temperatures are mostly around 14º C and the abundant rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year.
The Cantabrian Sea, the valleys, the rivers that water the area, and the mountains where livestock graze are the different pantries that supply the Asturian table. Here, then, we find excellent fish, seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables and a wide range of local cheeses.
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