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    The Principality of Asturias, is an autonomous region with a population of just over one million at a density double the average for Spain. 
    The capital is Oviedo and the two other principal cities are Gijón and Aviles. The landscape of Asturias is one of striking beauty with the mountains of the Picos de Europa, two hundred miles of ever-changing coastline and an interior rich in forests, rivers and green pastures. And one does not have drive all day to get from one to the other. The richness of the natural environment is greatest asset of Asturias; yet it is not always used to its potential. But such is its importance that a third of the land has be given protected status. The most important areas include: National Park of Picos de Europa, Naranquo de Burnes - where there are protected species such as bears, the country parks of Redes, Somiedo and the Fuentes of Narcea and Ibias. And there is nowhere more important than the Lagos de Covadonga, declared a natural monument. The Asturian coast stretches for more than two hundred miles and has 159 beaches interspersed by dramatic cliffs and hidden coves. The coast passes through urban resorts and unspoilt protected countryside, while crossing dunes, Jurassic burial sites, natural monuments. In short, everykind of habitat. Bathing, whether from the sandy beaches or from the many coves and inlets is popular, though people do need to remember this is the Atlantic not the Mediterranean and while the surf can be more exciting it merits more respect.
    The region (autonomia in Spanish) of Cantabria has a population of half a million in the third smallest regional area of Spain at a density one third greater than the national average. 
    The capital is Santander. Other main cities are: Santillana del Mar, Comillas and Laredo. Although one of the smallest regions Cantabria lacks nothing in the diversity of what it has to offer the visitor: mountains, beaches, forests, pastures and a history and heritage that stretches from the earliest times. Countryside and nature lovers adore Cantabria, which has the largest national park in Spain, Picos de Europa and five country parks as well as many other protected areas. Mention must be made of the Parque de la Naturaleza de Cararceno in whose seven hundred and fifty hectares are programmes to preserve endangered species. On that others can appreciate and enjoy all these natural riches Cantabria has provided more camping sites than any other region in Spain. Other important locations are: Natural Reserve of Marismas de Santona, Tictoria and Joyel, the park of Macizo de Pena Cabarga, and the country parks of Dunas de Liencres, Saja, Collados de Ason y Oyambre. Coast and beaches Cantabria has more than seventy beaches of all types in a relatively small area. They all enjoy fine white sand and clear waters. The coastline varies from high rugged cliffs, through foothills to flat pastures. This has resulted in many different rock formations from the smooth to rugged crags, which in turn have created promontories and small offshore islands. The combination of tectonic changes and wave movements has produced many types of estuary from deep ravines to wide flat salt marshes. 
    The scenery covers Asturias & Cantabria provinces in an aera of more than 29,000 km2
    Made in LOD 10 Mesh ant textures made from high quality aerial photography original resolution 1m/pixel






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