THE prestigious New York Times has put Asturias, Menorca and the Aran Valley in Cataluña on a list of 52 must-see destinations around the world for 2020.
The US newspaper points out that Asturias’ jaw-droppingly stunning Picos de Europa mountain range is the oldest national park in Spain, offering outstanding hiking routes. The paper references the cultural complex designed by modernist Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, and gives top marks to Asturias for hospitality and for the regional cuisine.
“Visitors’ only complaint is that they eat too much”, the Times concludes.
Asturias is also a favourite with National Geographic. The region had made it on to the organisation’s list of 25 essential travel destinations and experiences for this year.
“In no other place in Spain can you find so may flavours, such an incredible variety in such a small area. It is like a whole country”, National Geographic enthuses.
“Wild landscapes and virgin beaches” aside, another top reason for visiting Menorca according to the New York Times is the new contemporary art centre due to open this year, and backed by renowned British art gallery Hauser & Wirth. The project will be based on the Isla del Rey, close to Mahon Port in a restored 18th century naval hospital.
A further lure, the paper says, is the planned late summer inauguration of a spectacular contemporary rural accommodation complex.
The third Spanish location to make the Times rankings, the Aran Valley in the Pyrenees, offers “a separate culture” thanks to centuries of isolation, with Medieval villages, a local dialect and unspoilt natural landscapes, the Times says.
The publication recommends a summer visit to make the most of hiking and cyling routes.