There’s a lot to see and do in the Spanish province of Asturias, as evidenced by how much we have to write about! Continuing along with our collection of posts about coastal Asturias – read Part 1 right here – we’re on to Part 2 with visits to Gijón and Salinas.
During our summer based in Oviedo, Spain, we had the opportunity to take a lot of day trips to explore various areas of the gorgeous province of Asturias, whose apt motto is Paraíso Natural. If you’ve been reading our posts, then you’ll know we also had a lot of guests during the summer as well.
They had to see things, we had to see things, rental car party time. The coast of Asturias is full of drop-dead gorgeous scenery that a lot of people wouldn’t even know exists in Spain.
During our glorious summer in Oviedo, Spain, we were presented with the opportunity to visit a ton of new and exciting places in the region of Asturias. We also had several friends and family members come over for a visit, which gave us even more excuses to get out and see some goodness.
While visiting the mountainous region of the Picos de Europa, we visited the towns and monuments of Cangas de Onís and Covadonga. (You can read that post right here.) After spending quite a nice time in those places, we picked up our feet and pushed the gas pedal and headed to two more places in the region.
If you read our little blog here, then you’re probably aware that we’ve been jaunting around and hanging out in the province of Asturias in Spain for the summer, while based in the city of Oviedo. A little, slow-paced adventure as we escaped the summer death-heat in Seville.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have several folks swing through for a visit during the summer, most of whom had probably never even seen Asturias as a blip on their radar if it wasn’t for our random place-hopping.
Welcome to the debut expat edition of our interview series! We have a special place in our hearts and our cervecitas for this lady, as she has been an influence and inspiration on us over the last few years, not to mention a good friend. And that lady is Cat Gaa of Sunshine & Siestas.
Both a traveler and an expat, she currently resides in Seville, Spain, and has been there for quite a few years now. She writes in-depth about expat life in Spain, as well as her travels around the country and around the globe.
While we did take in plenty of typical sites and sights while we were there, we also stumbled across something called the Maisy Battery. I’m not an historian, so don’t quote me on most of this.
Time for a day trip! During our Normandy adventure in France with my parents, we spent our time relaxing and taking little day trips and adventures here and there. One of the main things to see in this region is the impressive Mont Saint-Michel.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a landing pad for thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year, it is most easily recognizable as a church that sits on a mountain in the middle of the water. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s the gist.
During our stay in Normandy, we spent some time in the city of Bayeux before our D-Day tour with Normandy Panorama. We had a few hours to walk around and see some things before the van disembarked midday.
This certainly doesn’t capture Bayeux in all its glory, but we did get some pictures and managed to see some sights while we were on foot patrol in the drizzle and temperatures that I would not, personally, associate with summer.
During our week-long getaway in Normandy, France, the main thing on our to-do list was to see some of the historic sites from D-Day. While I had seen them back in the 90s, no one else in the family had, and it was something my dad really wanted to see.
While we found ourselves smack-dab in the middle of all the sites after renting a house in the town of Grandcamp-Maisy, my folks thought it was important to take a tour of these areas so as to have someone there to explain the ins and outs of what everything is and how the whole event went down.
I know we just headed off to Oviedo, Spain, for the next couple months, but we had a getaway from our summer retreat anyway. Why? Because. That’s why!
Actually, my parents were heading over for a visit, and my dad has always wanted to see Normandy. So we thought, Hey, let’s all go up there for a week. And then, well, we did.