Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain
Situated fairly close to the coast and with a municipal population of over 14,000 inhabitants, Villaviciosa's nearest big city neighbour is Gijon.
Villaviciosa is known throughout Spain as one of the towns that offered the greatest resistance to what would become the "Franco regime" during the Spanish civil war and its people subsequently paid a very high price for their beliefs. Even today the unmarked graves of those who were massacred during this time are still being unearthed and this period of Spain's history it now being re-examined in a new light.
For the tourist, Villaviciosa is yet another beautiful part of Asturias and it even has a golf course villaviciosagolf.com, somewhat unusual in the north of Spain.
Villaviciosa itself has a small but imposing town hall and the town and surrounding villages are central to the provinces production of sidra (Asturian cider). There is also an old quarter with some interesting historic buildings and a number of nice cafes, bars and restaurants.
Villaviciosa was originally a tiny market town, but also possesses some Romanesque churches and there are a number of excellent local beaches a short drive away. Scenically the area is beautiful and not surprisingly the countryside has a number of orchards, many planted with apple trees that ultimately produce Asturias' famous cider.
For those wishing to stay in this little hamlet there are some small hotels and also some local villas to rent in the surrounding countryside. Some of these villas are actually restored cider houses and most offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. This is a popular part of Asturias for tourists wishing to mix coastal and inland visits in to their itinerary.
Villaviciosa in Asturias is not to be confused with a town of a similar name near Madrid.