Luarca, Asturias: Spain’s Most Beautiful Town?

Luarca calls itself “El Pueblo Más Bonito de España” or, “Spain’s Most Beautiful Town.” It’s in a privileged location: with the Bay of Biscay on its doorstep, plentiful beaches to take advantage of during the summer months, and all of the surrounding outdoorsy goodness that is Asturias. It’s a stop for those on the Camino del Norte, as well as sun-worshippers, but mainly it’s just a pretty fishing village.

When my guide, Elena, and I stopped in Luarca after a jam-packed day hopping from coastal town to coastal town, she pointed out that from Luarca westward, the colorful Asturian buildings I had enjoyed so much were less frequent, matching more the Galician style with their white-washed facades–which explain’s Luarca’s other nickname as “Villa Blanca de la Costa Verde.

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The Cemetery With the Best Views

A surprising place to take in the view is the town’s cemetery, located on top of the hill that winds down to the center. Here, lots of notable families and people are buried: artists, poets, journalists and more. While visiting cemeteries may seem rather morbid to some, Luarca calls theirs an “open-air museum.” I just call it a great place to take in some views!

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Things To Do in Luarca

Luarca isn’t a place you go to to check off monuments–it’s a place you go to to unwind and take in some of the simple pleasures the town offers: to enjoy a steaming mug of café con leche by the port, check out the daily fish auction at the lonja, stroll through its streets and plazas. Like Cudillero, it’s best seen from above, so make sure you stop at the top before you descend down, to fully appreciate it.

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Head to the Pastelería

I may have the world’s biggest sweet tooth, so upon learning that nearly every town in Asturias has its it’s own specialty baked good, I obviously had to investigate. While my research may have been in vain (I never did find out Luarca’s specialty), there’s no complaints over here!

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What do you think? Does Luarca really live up to its name of “Spain’s Most Beautiful Town?”

I went to Asturias as a guest of Turismo de Asturias and Paradores de España. All opinions are my own.