Enjoy and living landscape in Asturias
PACA house is situated in a small village in the rural periurban area of Gijón. Therefore we are in the hearth of a rural countryside but also near and well connected with main cities like Oviedo and Gijón (both 15 minutes by car from PACA) and Asturias airport (20 minutes far). We are on the coast, from our hills you can see the sea, and beautiful beaches are just 15 minutes far away from here by car. As we are in the center of Asturias, you can reach easily mountains and natural places, organize trips to other beautiful villages on the asturian coast, and visit the remarkable museums and monuments of our region, like the unique «prerrománico asturiano».
Here some ideas and links to the places, sports, activities, museums and monuments you could enjoy and visit during your holidays at PACA in Asturias. Of course at your arrival we’ll give you maps and informative materials to organize the best your holidays!
Wellcome to Asturias!
Gijón: beach, culture and city life
A live and open city right on the edge of the sea it’s surrounded by beaches both in the city (San Lorenzo 1 km beach) and in its rural areas. Essential the old fishing neighbourhood Cimavilla (and Roman origin of the city) with lively pubs and cider taverns, its 3km promenade, the rural belt with its must-see cider presses and traditional restaurants and the network of museums in the city with collections that allow you to understand the history of Asturian society from different perspectives: 3 archaeological museums, 2 museums of Fine Arts, the ethnographic museum Pueblo de Asturias, the Atlantic Botanical Garden and for lovers of contemporary art: Laboral Centro de Arte, an international benchmark.
Ciudad costera de tradición pesquera, luego comercial y obrera, es una ciudad vivaz y abierta, rodeada de playas tanto en la ciudad (playa de San Lorenzo, 1 Km de playa) como en sus alrededores. Imprescindibles el antiguo barrio pesquero Cimavilla (y origen romano de la ciudad) con alegres pubs y sidrerías, su paseo marítimo de 3km, los llagares y restaurantes de la zonas rural y la red de museos de la ciudad con unas colecciones que permiten comprender la historia de la sociedad asturiana desde diferentes perspectivas: 3 museos arqueológicos, 2 museos de Bellas Artes, el museo etnográfico del Pueblo de Asturias, el Jardín Botánico Atlántico y para amantes del arte contemporáneo: Laboral Centro de Arte, un referente internacional.
PACAhouse-Gijón: by car 15 min. PACA is connected to Gijon also by public transport: small bus (bus-stop 4 minutes walking from the house) four times a day + regular city bus (14 emtusa) each hour from 8.00 am to 21.00pm. The bus-stop is 20 minutes walking from the house.
Oviedo: cathedral, museums and old city
Capital of the province, historic university and episcopal headquarters, it has a marvelous pedestrian historic center in which to visit some essential places of its culture: the traditional market «El Fontán», the Cathedral with its Gothic cloister and the Holy Chamber with the Romanesque apostolate, the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias or the archaeological museum. Delicious gastronomy and design shops. Without forgetting an essential visit three iconic monuments of Asturian pre-Romanesque art: Santa María del Naranco, San Miguel del Lillo y San Julián de los Prados.
Capital de la provincia, histórica sede universitaria y episcopal, tiene un centro histórico maravilloso y peatonal en el que visitar algunos espacios impresindibles de su cultura: el mercado tradiconal del Fontán (con sidrerías, bares y tiendas de productos tradicionales), la catedral de Oviedo con su claustro gótico y la Cámara Santa con el apostolado románico, el Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias o el museo arqueológico. Tiendas deliciosas de gastronomía y diseño. Sin olvidar tres monumentos icónicos del arte prerrománico Asturiano: Santa María del Naranco, San Miguel del Lillo y San Julián de los Prados.
(a 15 min en coche desde PACA).
Enjoy the best beaches and mountains together
Asturias is ideal for combining seaside and mountain trips due to the proximity between the two. Spectacular natural beaches for the summer, big montains, native forests of chestnut and beech trees to explore in autoumn, spring or winter ! In the photo La Ñora beach in Gijón, just 15 minutes from PACA. In the back: The Picos de Europa, a territory that constitutes a major tourist attraction: mountains, cheese, high mountain villages, lakes… just 2 hours far from the house, and that is the biggest distance! Asturias has 7 UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserves
the charming of fishing villages:
seafood, traditions and landscape.
Fishing villages with their old quarters, restaurants and cider taverns serving seafood cuisine, their promenades, harbours, beaches, cliffs and sea views. They offer up charming surprises at every turn along the Asturian coastal strip.
photo: the unique fishing village of Cudillero, just 45 Kms from Paca. In the back Villaviciosa Stuary one of the numerouse protected areas in Asturias, only 20 minutes far from PACA.
Between Protected Landscapes, Partial Nature Reserves and Natural Monuments, Asturias boasts almost 70 locations spread all over the region.
Asturian pre-Romanesque Art: UNESCO World Heritage
It is considered to be the most complete and homogeneous ensemble of late medieval architecture in Western Europe, geographically concentrated and exceptionally well preserved in its original state, works dated between the 8th and 10th centuries:
We highly recommned to visit, among others: Santa Maria del Naranco, san Miguel del Lillo and San Julián de los Prados in Oviedo, Santa Cristina de Lena (our favourite one, in the photo!) and Valdediós in Villaviciosa.
Casonas de Indianos and rural heritage.
Asturias was poor and during XIX century lot of people and peasants emigrated to America looking for better fortune. «Casonas de Indianos» are houses built by these returning emigrants who had made their fortune in the Americas or «Indies», Modernist and eclecticism style mansions and villas. The «Indiano Archives-Emigration Museum Foundation», located in the quaint village of Colombres, houses the most complete history of Asturian emigration, and it’s perfect to beguin a trip looking for theese curious villas.
On the other hand to understand better the traditional rural daily life and work, customs, peasant architecture, rituals, nothing better than visit The Pueblo de Asturias Folk Museum in Gijón and have a walk with us in the surroundings of PACA!
Try or Enjoy sports and active experiencesbeautifulamazingimpressive in to nature
If you like enjoy nature making sports and «active tourism» in Gijón you can try the «bird eye» : Paragliding, paramotor or hot air ballooning? to fly over coast and hills. If you prefer the water, allways in Gijón you can practice and learn surfing and diving, practice many other maritime sports or the relaxing option of recreative fishing from boat in Villaviciosa or discovery the amazing Asturian coastline aboard a motorboat or a light sail boat…
PACA (Proyectos Artísticos Casa Antonino)
Camín de Fonfría 85, Cenero. 33393 GIJÓN.
Tel. +34 636 068 914 / +34 985 167 898