We got back from our Easter holidays last week but it already feels like it was ages ago. It’s always the same, isn’t it? You have a holiday, come back relaxed and it only takes a couple of days back at work and the routine to forget all about it.
We usually spend Easter in Northern Spain where I am from. Whenever people find out I’m from Spain they get quite excited and want to find out where from, Madrid? Barcelona? Costas? they usually ask. No, Asturias is my reply. This is usually met with puzzled faces because let’s face it, not many people know where Asturias is. Asturias is in Northern Spain and some say it’s one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Northern Spain is quite different to the south; it’s usually only a bit warmer than in the UK and it rains quite a bit.
My hometown is called Gijón- go on try and pronounce it- it’s a pretty large seaside town. The weather wasn’t hot enough to sit on the beach but it was still lovely and nice to stroll around and spend time outdoors. It’s lovely being a tourist in your own town, you don’t have to rush to places or feel like you have to cram a lot of sightseeing in the space of a few days or a week. You can enjoy the time at your own pace.
We tried to make the most of the warmish weather and had a couple of trips out to neighbouring towns, Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, a short car journey away was one of our stops. It has a trendy vibe with a pretty old town and a cathedral. It was great to spend the afternoon there, catching up with friends and giving the boys a chance to run around and enjoy themselves.
Travelling with the kids means I’m now revisiting some of my childhood places, some of which I haven’t been for years, and discovering new ones. One of those is Playa de la Griega, a stunning beach with fine white sand and clear water. We had a day trip there last summer and we loved it so much that we decided to visit again. To be honest it wasn’t beach weather, it as a bit windy and grey – but it was still much nicer than in the UK- so we had the beach to ourselves.
The scenery around the beach is stunning, with a coastal trail surrounded by eucalyptus trees. It’s the perfect setting to explore the area and take in the amazing views. The beauty about Playa de la Griega is that when the tide is low you can see the largest dinosaur footprints discovered to date in the world. How amazing is that? This is one of the reasons this beach attracts so many tourists, and locals, hoping to catch a glimpse of the footprints.
I’m sure we will visit again when we return to Asturias in August, the beach will probably be busier but the weather will hopefully be better and who knows, we might even have a chance to have a swim in the sea.
And just like that our week was over, sadly all good things come to an end and we are now counting down to our next holiday.
Have you been to Northern Spain?