Where to Stay in Asturias, Spain
I didn’t end up booking my hotel for this trip until about a week before we left. I kept going back and forth with questions like, “do I want to stay in the city?” or “what city should we stay in?” For those of you who don’t know, there are three main towns in Asturias: Gijon, Oviedo, and Aviles. The reason I kept asking myself if I wanted to stay in the city or not is because I really wanted to disconnect and Asturias is a perfect place for that.
There are endless hotels in the countryside that are farmhouses and I found one I really wanted to stay at because it was near beaches and hiking trails. Not only was it completely in nature, but it was also on a farm, and all the food served in the hotel was from the farm and gardens. The only problem with this hotel was that it was far from the towns, which means it would be hard to get to if you don’t have a car. I looked into renting a car, but I don’t have an international drivers license which was a problem.
So once I figured out I wouldn’t be able to rent a car, I decided staying in town would be the best option. Staying in one of the main towns turned out to be a great choice because we could easily take the transport to other nearby towns as well as explore Aviles, the town we decided to stay in. I picked Aviles because it was the smallest of the three towns and I found a nice hotel in the middle of town. After visiting all three towns, I can give a little insight into each one:
Aviles: Like I mentioned above, Aviles is the smallest of the towns in Asturias. We decided to stay at the NH Collection Palacio Aviles, which is in a restored castle in the middle of town. Because the town is a bit smaller, there wasn’t a ton to do there, but that’s part of the charm behind Asturias. The restaurants were numerous, and sometimes we struggled to find a place to eat, but we ended up finding some great places. Three to four days is the perfect amount of time in Asturias, so not having that many options isn’t a HUGE deal. Aviles, in my opinion, was the most charming of the three towns. Even though it is the smallest, I felt that it had the most going on. I would highly recommend staying in Aviles.
Gijon: We were originally planning on staying in Gijon. Based on what I read online, it’s where the younger community goes and is the most popular of the three towns. However, whenever we were there, a lot of the shops were closed and it seemed almost like a ghost town. Later on in the trip we visited Oviedo and met an American girl who was living with a host family in Gijon. When I told her I thought it was where the younger people went, she laughed and said it had been hard meeting people and there wasn’t much of a younger crowd. She had also told us there had been a holiday earlier on in the week, which may be the reason why nothing was open and not many people were out. However, Gijon is located on the beach and has some stunning beaches within driving distance.
Oviedo: Oviedo is the largest of the three towns. Unfortunately, the day we visited it poured the entire time. But we still walked around the town and saw some great sights. If you’re afraid of being bored while in Asturias, I would recommend staying in Oviedo because you will have the most options there.
The great thing is that all of the cities are within close driving distance of each other. The bus makes it super easy to visit each of the cities, which make for perfect day trips. So whatever town you decide to stay in will be a good choice. It also depends heavily on what you’re looking for. I wanted a more authentic experience, and many of the hotels in Oviedo and Gijon were very big and modern. While the NH collection is a large chain hotel, the atmosphere and history behind the hotel made for a good compromise.
Post by: Maddy Odom