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The beauty of “indiana” architecture, along with a well finished refurbishment, have turned the old “Villa Rosario Palace” in one of the most unique and special hotel of Eastern Asturias. Inside the hotel a lovely hand carved cherry tree wood staircase will uncover the original decorative richness of the house.
A unique hotel in the Asturian coast, situated in the middle of the seafront with views to the Cantabrian sea, with direct access to Santa Marina beach and surrounded by the breathtaking sea and mountain landscapes, where adventure and nature lovers will have limitless activities.
Refurbished, retaining its style, and adapting it to the aesthetics of our times, Villa Rosario Hotel offers a superb comfort and friendly treatment. It is the ideal place to enjoy quality time with your family or a charming break. 14 double rooms and 3 singles, 6 of them beautifully overlooking to “Santa Marina” beach and The Cantabrian Sea, elegantly decorated and perfectly equipped to transform your stay in good memories.
The Hotel, located within well looked after gardens and equipped in warm weather for the enjoyment of our customers and with direct beach access, offers also inside a cossy and familiar restaurant. Sea, beach and an impeccable service will give you unforgettable evenings contemplating the sea and tasting our joyful cuisine and our buffet breakfasts. Within our services and facilities you will find a reception area which opens 24 hours a day where you will be able to obtain touristic information, keep your luggage and provides faxing a copy service. The Hotel has an elevator, daily press, travel baby beds (under request), a computer with Internet access for guests, room service, private parking and laundry service.
In addition we have an events room where company, family or friend meetings can be booked. Our services are complemented with a wide range of adventure / leisure activities, offered by partner companies that will make your stay more pleasant in our Hotel.
Right on Santa Marina beach promenade, Villa Rosario Restaurant opens its doors to all its customers willing to enjoy traditional Asturian cuisine, with a light innovative touch. A superb Dining Restaurant provides a very high quality service to its customers, for its products as well as its elaboration, while enjoys contemplating the quietness or ferocity of the waves of the Cantabrian Sea. In its interior, carefully decorated, you will find great views of the Cantabrian Sea and delightful customer service. Our restaurant is the perfect combination to spend nights in good company or to celebrate the most special feasts. Guests can taste traditional dishes from the region, made always with the best ingredients and cooked with great care. Weddings, Communions, Company lunches and family gatherings can be booked.
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When most surfers think about Spain, Mundaka instantly comes to mind, but what about the rest of that north-facing coastline? Divided into two regions, namely Galicia and El Cantabrico, it’s the Cantabrican coastline that extends westwards from the French Basque border, for 867 km. Encompassing the 3 provinces of Pais Vasco, Cantabria and Asturias, the coast is shadowed by The Cordillera Cantabrica and Picos de Europa mountain ranges, reaching up to almost 3000m (10,000ft). These wet, verdant mountains meet the sea as high cliffs, cut by deep valleys leading to an assortment of narrow and wide rivermouths called Rias. The unspoiled landscapes are regularly interspersed with dense pockets of urbanization and heavy industry. Much of northern Spain’s coast was targeted by Franco for industrial development, alongside the traditional local economy of agriculture and fishing, resulting in some stark visual contrasts.
In Asturias, the mountains run close to the coast, which means a much more rugged coastline than both Cantabria and the Basque Country. It has steep cliffs and very difficult access. There are many rocky coves with small offshore islets either blocking the swell or causing interference to the waves. These areas are, therefore, not particularly good for surfing. However, there are also some excellent beachbreaks, many of which face west and are unaffected by the NE sea breezes that blow during summer. There are a few spots that only come into their own during the larger swells of winter, including the regional classic Rodiles. These work up to a reasonable size but tend not to handle the largest swells. Crowds are not a major factor in Asturias. Surfing tends to be highly concentrated at a handful of spots such as Salinas, near the heavily populated industrial centre of Avilés, a few areas near the city of Gijón, and at Tapia, which is now a well-known contest site. Outside of these areas you can often find totally uncrowded surf. Surfboards are practically all shortboards, although there is a growing longboard movement in Salinas. There are few surf shops and most equipment is brought in from Cantabria or the Basque Country. Notable spots include Rodiles, a rivermouth left-hander in a beautiful setting, similar to Mundaka, El Mongol, a powerful right-hander in the centre of Gijón, and the solid beachbreaks at Tapia. Asturias is more consistent than those areas further west and a good place to visit during spring, summer and autumn.
When to Go
Typically, 6-20ft (2-6m) swells first come from the W and then shift to the NW and even due N while the low pressures track eastwards. Statistics prove that swell frequency increases as you head west towards Galicia, because the United Kingdom blocks some NW-N swells, that originate in higher latitudes. Summers (June-Sept) suffer long flat spells, resulting in overcrowding at the few W-NW exposed spots. Avoiding this period also increases the likelyhood of scoring the standout reefs and rivermouths that need size to go off. Autumn is the best season but Dec-March can be a consistent period, with cool weather and potential for perfect surf. When a low pressure crosses the region, it first blows SW, sometimes at gale-force, which is offshore or sideshore on N-NW facing beaches. Then it clocks W and NW as the front goes by, ruining most breaks for a short time. The summer afternoon seabreeze is NE-NW, usually light and hopefully more east in it for the west facing beaches. High pressure means constant S-SE in winter and morning offshores. River valleys focus the wind and offshores can be really strong at rivermouths. Few spots are good for more than several hours at a time, irrespective of swell or wind conditions since the tidal variation is huge (up to 4m/12ft), so it’s essential to get a tide table. Rivermouth tidal rips can be extreme and are generally at their weakest from low to mid tide, incoming.
The climate is humid, with mild, year round temps, however weather patterns are unstable. Summer days are temperate, hovering around 25ºC (77ºF), but often cloudy. Winters are very mild and rainy, even though the mountains may be cloaked in snow. Spring remains overcast but heats up quickly. A 4/3mm winter suit will cover the coldest months, along with booties and a helmet for the rocks. During summer, a light steamer – springsuit combo will be needed as it gets colder further west. Spring thaws at the rivermouths are freezing!
Asturias offers a rich artistic patrimony, highlighting 9th century “prerománica” architecture, in the old part of the Principado capital, Oviedo (with its Gothic cathedral) and Avilés. Check the high Picos de Europa (Covadonga), enjoy local musical folklore and apple cider fiestas in fall.