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Natural borders

Life in the Mountains

By Sharon Zervaas & Ties Gijzel

The autonomous northern Spanish community of Asturias is known for its two main cities Gijón and Oviedo. Both locations are ideal for when you feel like discovering new bars and restaurants, and to share the bustling life with the locals. Besides this, Asturias is home to many smaller cities as well as villages that blend neatly into the mountain range. This is a visual portrait of a life a handful of the Asturians have chosen: a life in the mountains.   

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Natural borders

Natural borders

Asturias is an area that is marked by its natural borders. It has the mountainous Picos de Europa National Park to the east, the Cantabrian mountains to the south, the Parque Natural de Somiedo to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the north.

Solitary life

Solitary life

It’s rich in vegetation, mountains, lakes and coastal areas. In other words: nature abounds

Mountain lakes

Mountain lakes

The lakes are one of the many highlights of Asturias. When you are up there, your body is replenished with every breath of fresh air, and you immediately realize how pure the ambience generally is in Asturias.

Life in tranquility

Life in tranquility

Village I. Apart from your footsteps, there are no sounds. The soft edges of the clouds touch upon the rooftops of the rustic houses.

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Stones and snow

Stones and snow

Every rooftop is scattered with stones, to protect the houses against heavy snowfall. 

Touching heaven

Touching heaven

Every village has a church, as if its priests compete at who preaches closest to God. 

The Saint Cave

The Saint Cave

Village II. The Saint Cave, engraved in the mountain rocks, holds the shrine devoted to Virgin Mary.

Queso Cabrales

Queso Cabrales

The lower, greener valleys of the mountains are inhabited by friendly herds of cows. They contribute to the production of the region's famous 'Queso Cabrales' that is sold as the main merchandise in the mountain villages' tiny shops.