Rural tourism has developed in Asturias as in a few places. In the 80 decade the Principality was a pioneer in this sector. In 1987 he convened a congress of Rural Tourism in Covadonga to establish the bases of the same in Spain. Two pioneering initiatives emerged in this congress in Asturias and throughout the peninsula: Taramundi with the Rectoral and Peñamellera with La Tahona.
From those 80 years in which some ventured into something - at that time - very novel, it has been quite a while and rural tourism in Asturias has been developing at the same time as its leisure alternatives: nature, culture, gastronomy, heritage, traditional events, and an endless number of images of authentic beauty.
Each geographical area of the Principality provides differentiated values to its own rural tourism, making leisure resources plural and nuanced throughout the autonomous community.
The common denominator of this development is the quality concept. Asturias bet from its first initiatives for a comfortable, close and familiar lodging. Basic factors to explain the consolidation of your rural tourism.
Asturias tourist offer
Currently, the Principality reaches an 6% of the rural tourism of the whole country, being one of the destinations with the highest level of occupation in summer season and outside of it. The existing hotel offer has already generated numerous parallel projects, mainly in traditionally depressed countryside and mountain areas. Greater activity in sectors such as indigenous agro-food products or handicrafts, and the restoration.
In addition, the high implantation of companies of active tourism or adventure sports, in the vicinity of the accommodations, they complete an upward analysis within this synchronized development of Asturian rural tourism. The possibilities of rest in Asturias and their alternatives of free time are an extensive list able to satisfy all ages and All public.
Although the months of July and August are still the biggest claim for tourism, you can not miss other dates of the year. Rural tourism in autumn and winter offers charming places away from the hustle and bustle, a fireplace, a rustic atmosphere and modern comfort. The Asturian villages boast their charms in any season of the year, they all offer landscape and culture, some even snow and mountains, other cliffs and sea, all of them good gastronomy and a lot of visits forced by the villages, towns and cities of the surroundings .
In the spring, the Principality can put a note of color on weekends. The active tourism companies are prepared to teach you nature; By this time they have programmed a wide catalog of activities parallel to good weather.
Hiking, biking, horse riding, 4 × 4, sports activities, cultural events, folklore shows, exhibitions, possibility of buying typical products, landscape, etc.
Where to sleep in Asturias?
The rural accommodation in Asturias , they are of different sign although in all of them the professionalism prevails.
The village houses They are a magnificent element of promotion and local development for rural areas, as well as being a way of approaching nature, traditions and Asturian culture for all those who choose to enjoy their interiors. In the last 7 years 50 has moved from houses to more than 500. They are a type of establishment located in rural nuclei, generally located in areas of little or no hotel infrastructure. They can be hired according to two modalities: Shared Village House, individualized contracting of rooms within the family home itself, including breakfast; Y Casa de Aldea Integra: for the exclusive use of the contractor, in conditions that allow its immediate use. The village houses are classified from 1 to 3 «trisqueles» in order to their services and are identified with the anagram CA.
Rural hotels are those that are located in buildings of unique architectural value or that respond to the traditional architecture of the area.
Like other hotels, they are classified from 1 to 5 stars, depending on the services offered to the visitor.
Tourist apartments The blocks or sets of accommodation units are considered composed of living room, bedroom or bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or toilet, equipped for use in facilities, furniture and equipment. Equipped with all kinds of comforts, these rural apartments are part, in some cases, of buildings of traditional architecture: rustic, farm houses or houses carefully restored respecting their original charm. In other cases they are buildings of recent construction, faithful to the architecture of each area and usually integrated into the environment that surrounds them. They are classified from 1 to 4 keys in order to their services.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com