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An Insider Guide To Asturias With Celia B

Founder of Celia B, Celia Bernando, shares her insider guide to Asturias.

Spotlighting the best places to dine and bed down in the city, the Asturias-based designer shows us around town.

Essential items to pack?

Dresses, in any season. I always wear happy dresses, but be prepared for layering. The weather here changes a lot: jackets and socks are a must even in summertime.

The best time to visit Asturias is…

Summer and autumn are my favourite seasons when the weather is warmer, the days are super long, and there are festivals and holidays all over the region.

Our first pitstop should be…

The capital of Asturias: Oviedo. It’s 20 minutes away from the sea, and a good way to get to know the history of the region: visiting the monuments and museums.

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

Eurostars Hotel de La Reconquista has the most incredible heritage. Many celebrities, such as Paul McCartney, Scarlett Johansson, and Martin Scorsese have stayed here.

For an early morning workout head to…

Monte Naranco: it’s a 15 minute walk to the top and the views are amazing.

Where should we go for breakfast?

To any of the many pastry shops we have in Oviedo: Rialto, Camilo de Blas, Auseva, and Ovetus – to name but a few. Our pastry tradition is historic and rivals Paris.

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

After a beautiful hike in Ruta de las Xanas, the best reward is a wonderful meal with some of our traditional dishes at Restaurante Casa Generosa in Pedroveya. It’s a beautiful village in the middle of the mountains, thirty minutes away from Oviedo.

Your favourite restaurant in town?

Casa Marcial by Nacho Manzano, is an hour’s drive from Oviedo. For a budget option I would recommend trying the incredible vegan pizzas from Lata de Zinc. The best time to go is Sundays after visiting the flea market.

A must-try spot for date night?

If the weather is nice, I would recommend a drink and tapas at Aguaducho in the heart of Campo San Francisco.

Where should we head post-dinner?

Great cocktails are served at Mala Saña. Nightlife in Oviedo is really fun, for dancing I would head to Per Sé and Diario Roma.

The drink to order at the bar…

You must try the sidra (cider). Also. a mojito at El Paraguas is always a good idea.

The best place to treat yourself is… 

The spa at Las Caldas.

Your favourite neighbourhood(s)…

El Antiguo, the historical centre.

The best spot for people watching is…

Gascona Street or El Bulevar de la Sidra, are always bustling.

The cultural spot to rave about?

La Universidad Laboral its’a an incredible building with many interesting activities.

For great shopping head to…

The Celia B studio showroom!

The one place only locals know about… 

The Rodriga Gardens is a secret spot in the centre of Oviedo, It was the first graveyard of the city, now it’s a beautiful place to walk with lovely views over the cathedral and the city.

For the best views head to…

Restaurante Parrilla Buenos Aires has the best views over the city.

Great day trips include…

Head to the west of the region, Grandas de Salime. It’s really remote, quiet, and the scenery gets better and better.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Sunset in Salinas: a surfer village with great atmosphere and cabanas over the sea.

In a word, Asturias is…


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