Living in Asturias
Asturias has a rich culture and deep historical roots. The Principality's cultural offer includes jewels such as Asturian pre-Romanesque art and architecture, the Palaeolithic rupestrian cave art and the fossilised dinosaur footprints found on the cliffs of the Asturian coast, among the most important in Europe.
One of the world's architectural jewels is the Asturian Pre-Romanesque, comprising several temples listed as World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. In addition, Oviedo boasts its Cathedral of San Salvador, an indispensable way point along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), which holds the treasure of the Cámara Santa (Holy Chamber).
Asturias' heritage is full of traditions that are linked to life in the country, folk and Celtic music, as well as a rich imaginarium of characters and oral and written narrations. Moreover, it has its own language, Asturian (also known as Bable), which is not official recognised, albeit present in the educational system.
Asturias is a dynamic region that brings together an ambitious cultural offering with something for all sensitivities. The University of Oviedo plays a leading role in this regard through the activities organised through its University Extension, which is always universal and free-of-charge for all of Asturian society.
Five Palaeolithic caves with rupestrian paintings and the Asturian Pre-Romanesque monuments as a whole have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO
Asturian culture offers a full agenda, highlighting international events, such as the Prince of Asturias Awards Ceremony. The main theatres in the region: Campoamor (Oviedo), Jovellanos (Gijón) and Palacio Valdés (Avilés) have an ambitious programme of plays, concerts, opera and dance that is complemented by the Niemeyer Centre, LABoral Art Centre and the yearly appointment at the Gijón International Film Festival.
There is a long list of popular festivities and traditions, providing the visitor with a look at the happy, simple nature of the Asturian people, who still conserve rites and customs that, in some cases, are centuries old.
Asturian cuisine is rich and very traditional. The region's most emblematic dish is fabada (a kind of bean stew), accompanied by cider, the Principality's beverage par excellence. This region's cuisine makes use of a wide variety of fish and seafood, top quality meats and fine fruits and vegetables.
Arroz con leche (creamy rice pudding), casadielles (nut pastries) and frixuelos (crêpes) are just some of the gastronomic delicacies served up for dessert. Cheese making is another attraction for the palate with dozens of traditional varieties.