Asturias is a small autonomous community, although with a lot to see, so it is possible that you get to know its most important places in a week traveling from one end to the other by car. Here we are going to tell you the best things to see in Asturias in 7 days.
Although many people prefer to use several bases or change accommodation every day, we recommend staying in the same place all week and moving from there. Oviedo or Gijón, especially the former because it is more focused, are our recommendations.
Discover here our route to visit Asturias in a week.
What to see in Asturias in 7 days. route by car
First day in Asturias. Oviedo
We are going to dedicate the first of the 7 days that we are going to be in Asturias to Oviedo, which we recommend choosing as a base. In addition to what you can see on this day, you will also have time after finishing the rest of the stages of this trip.
The tour of Oviedo can begin in the Plaza de la Escandalera, next to the Parque de San Francisco. From there you can walk towards the old town of Oviedo admiring its streets, palaces and squares until you reach the Cathedral, where it is essential to enter and visit the Holy Chamber, which is a World Heritage Site.
The Plaza de la Constitución and the Fontán are other places to visit before heading to Mount Naranco where the interesting pre-Romanesque monuments of Asturias are found. To know the complete route that we propose, it is best to read our article with the best things to visit in Oviedo.
Second day in Asturias. Visit to Gijón and Avilés
The second day of the 7 arrives to visit Asturias and we take the car to go to the sea, specifically to Gijón, the other great city of Asturias, in addition to Oviedo. They are not too far away so you will arrive early, but we recommend you get up early to make the most of the day.
In Gijón you have several very interesting places to visit such as the Cimadevilla neighborhood, where we find the sculpture Elogio del Horizonte or the Church of San Pedro, the streets that surround the Plaza Mayor or its beaches, especially San Lorenzo. Also noteworthy are the Gijón Aquarium and the Universidad Laboral.
From there we can go to Cabo Peñas, first passing through Luanco and Candás, to enjoy some of the best views of the Cantabrian Sea. After the visit we start our way to Avilés.
Avilés is a city that falls in love and that surprises all the visitors it receives with a spectacular old town and the Niemeyer Center, a cultural benchmark in Asturias. This is how this intense day ends and the most urban visits of our 7-day trip through Asturias.
What to see the third day in Asturias. The villages of the east coast
We return again to the sea. This time towards the eastern part where we find numerous spectacular and very beautiful villas and some of the best beaches in Asturias.
The first of these towns is Villaviciosa, where you can take a pleasant walk through a very interesting historical complex. Not far away is Lastres, with its white houses and its pretty port. The Jurassic Museum of Asturias is very close, in the town of Colunga. Of course, do not miss Tazones, which for many is the most beautiful town in Asturias.
Continuing east, we arrive at Ribadesella, another very pretty town that deserves a visit. If you have time, do not miss the Cuevas de Tito Bustillo, whose visit you will have to reserve in advance.
The trip ends in Llanes, with its mansions and an enviable old quarter that are completed with the Cubes of Memory, one of its hallmarks.
Fourth day in Asturias. The peaks of Europe
On the fourth day we can have the first contact with the mountains, specifically the Picos de Europa, the best-known natural park in Asturias. Here we have two options to choose from, since it is impossible to do both in a single day.
One of them is to get to know the Lakes of Covadonga and do the small hiking route that takes you through its lakes. On the way up you also have the Basilica of Covadonga and the cave, a place that you cannot miss. The road that takes you to the Lakes begins in Cangas de Onís, which was the first capital of Asturias and whose visit is essential to discover its Roman Bridge and all its points of interest.
From there you can travel to the Cabrales region to visit Arenas de Cabrales. Nearby is Poncemos, where you can reach through a spectacular road with enviable landscapes and from where we can admire the Naranjo de Bulnes, the highest point of the Picos de Europa.
The other option is to do the Cares Route, which starts precisely from Poncebos, so you can also do this last part of the previous route. The route is 12 km long and takes you to Caín, in the province of León. It is an increasingly popular route thanks to the landscapes that are presented to you along the path. The Ruta del Cares, if you go there and back, can take you about 8 or 9 hours.
What to visit on the fifth day in Asturias. Western fishing villages
After the mountaineering day of the previous day, it is time to return to the sea. And this time to cross the coast towards the west knowing the fishing villages that are presented to us on this side of Asturias.
We can start with the furthest of all, Luarca, where we will make the first stop and where you will be speechless thanks to its beauty, the port and the views from the top of the hills that surround this beautiful town.
From there we start our way along the coast to Cabo Vidio, where you can have great views of the Cantabrian Sea that will have nothing to envy to those you already had from Cabo Peñas with the difference that there will be fewer people here as it is not such a well-known place..
Not far away is Cudillero, another of the fishing villages that many consider to be the most beautiful to see in Asturias in 7 days, competing in beauty with Tazones, which we have already visited in previous days. Cudillero will certainly leave you speechless.
You can complete the day at one of the beaches in the area, such as Playa del Silencio, one of the best to visit in Asturias in a week.
Sixth day in Asturias. Somiedo Park
The penultimate day of our great road trip through Asturias arrives and we return to the mountains. On this occasion we will visit the Somiedo Park, very different from the Picos de Europa but also with a great beauty that is very pleasing to the eye.
The road that takes you from Oviedo to the town of Pola de Somiedo is in itself a great experience due to the landscapes that can be seen from the road that runs alongside the Somiedo River. Once in Pola de Somiedo you can visit all the attractions that the natural park offers you, from its viewpoints to its lakes, such as the Saliencia Lakes on a route that is not too long that you can do on foot.
Do not miss the brañas, the typical constructions of the Parque de Somiedo, and do not forget to go to the Lago del Valle on a route on foot, a little longer, that starts from the town of Valle de Lago.
Seventh day in Asturias
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the last day of the week that we had to visit Asturias arrives. We have known the three big cities such as Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés, as well as both western and eastern fishing villages, and we have made mountain routes through the Picos de Europa and the Picos de Europa.
What do we do this last day? As you still have a lot to see in Asturias, we are going to give you several options so that you can choose the one you like the most.
One of them is to go to Taramundi, quite far from Oviedo and almost in Galicia. But it is worth making the almost 2-hour drive to discover one of the most spectacular rural areas in Asturias, where water is of vital importance.
Another option is closer to Oviedo. This is the Senda del Oso, a pedestrian path that you can follow on foot or by bicycle that follows the route of an old mining train among holm oaks where you can enjoy various attractions such as the Teverga Prehistory Museum or the Casa del Bear.
You can find more information about what to see in Asturias on its official tourism page.