From Ferry to Parador
21 de October 2014

The regular ferry service from the United Kingdom makes taking on a northern holiday in Spain an easy task! Why not schedule a trip to the beautiful region of Asturias and discover the provincial charm of the fishing villages near Gijón, Cangas de Onís and Corias?

All three cities host some of Paradores' luxury and historic hotels most spectacular locations, places where you will be able to discover the simple beauty of the local scene while enjoying the comforts of an exceptional lodging experience.

Discovering Gijón

The Asturian post city of Gijón is well-within reach now that a ferry line has opened with Poole, England. Drop in on the scenic spot, blessed with a mild climate and full of charming, provincial architecture, for a lovely stay on the Bay of Biscay.

Parador Gijón is your home away from home here, nestled in an old mill in the city's landmark Isabel la Católica Park, surrounded by gardens and a peaceful lake. Use it as your base as you visit San Lorenzo Beach or nearby villages like Avilés, home to the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre.

Parador GijónEnjoy the changing colours of autumn at Parador Gijón

Inland wonders

Further inland, Cangas de Onís is an idyllic town located in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. Once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Asturias, Cangas de Onís is now a peaceful provincial town full of beautiful Romanesque churches, Roman bridges and traditional Asturian architecture.

Right on the banks of the Sella River, Parador Cangas de Onís, the former Pedro de Villanueva Monastery, welcomes guests to this rural paradise. Its robust rooms look out on forests and mountains, and the Parador provides perfect access to sites that include the shrine at Covadonga and the National Park itself. Take a stroll through the village or wander out to Cabrales in order to sample its famous cheese, strong thanks to its composition of pure, unpasteurised cow's milk.

Parador Cangas de OnísReconnect with nature at Parador Cangas de Onís

Also accessible from Gijón, the town of Corias boasts its eponymous Parador, a monastery that is a National Historic-Artistic Monument due to its extensive history and unrivalled beauty. The 11th century building offers unbeatable views of the Narcea River and the mountains beyond, all from the comfort of its elegant halls and cosy bedrooms. Check out the nearby Fuentes Nature Reserve and lose yourself in the forests of the Muniellos Reserve for an unforgettable visit.

Ready to grab that ferry and discover Asturias? Contact Paradores for more details today!