Green, mountainous, and a great place to try my very favorite Spanish dessert – arroz con leche. Here you will also find an abundance of delicious cheeses, and a dish called fabada (which is a warm stew of large white beans). It is also famous for its cider, which is poured into your glass from a distance in a special way, allowing the cider to become aerated.

Asturias is a region that has been occupied for more than 100,000 years as demonstrated by its early cave paintings. Later it was inhabited by the Celts, then the Romans, Suebi, Visigoths and then finally by the Moors in the 8th century. Because the mountainous terrain wasn’t particularly appealing to the Moors, the region ended up being a refuge for Spanish nobles and the source of an independent kingdom which ultimately lead to the Spanish Reconquista.