The Council of Grado - Asturias

The Council and town of Grado are situated at the centre of Asturias and is well located being just 15 minutes from the city of Oviedo and less than 30 minutes from Asturias airport and also some very fine beaches.
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The Council represents the starting point (or finishing point) of the Camino Real de la Mesa (Royal Route of the |Table). This pre-Romanic route was one of the busiest routes between Asturias and the central plateau of Spain and serviced the community up to the 19th century. There are still traces of the Roman roads winding through the hills, meadows and along the River Nalon.

The neighbouring Council of Yernes & Tameza is located higher in the mountains above Grado and isethnographically interesting and with great panoramic views. Here you can find the picturesque brañas asturianaswhich are gorgeous meadows and pasturelands with very characteristic clusters of Stone Mountain cabins, such as El Gato and Senra.

Both councils offer amazing landscapes, forests and villages with very fertile terrain and a great farming land. It’s because of this Grado and Yernes/Tameza have become known as the market garden of Asturias supplying fresh fruit, vegetables and diary products to the entire region and beyond.

Grado has a commercial tradition from medieval times which still remains to this day. The town hosts the very popular country market on Wednesdays and especially on Sundays when farmers, craftsman and other providers sell their products in the centre of the village in a very nice, colourful and picturesque market experience.

Grado is also a part of the “Primitive Route” of the Route of Santiago which starts in Oviedo and passes through the town offering a great place for pilgrims to stock up on essentials or take a rest bite from walking A few short kilometres away from Grado are the towns of San Juan de Villapañada and Cabruñana where you will find a Pilgrim hostel which is an ideal location to rest up for the night. As you enter Grado from Oviedo you will find the village ofPeñaflor where you can see the Church of San Roman with original Romanic features and the picturesque 12thcentury bridge crossing the river Nalon.

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