Weekend trips to explore Spain’s varied regions are a tradition at Suffolk Madrid, and the spring semester’s final trip brought students north to the Spanish province of Asturias, on the Cantabrian Sea.

Asturias, with its verdant hillsides and overflowing streams, is often called the green Spain.

It is a region surrounded by mountains, with the Picos de Europa reaching nearly to the coast to create a dramatic scene that combines snow-capped peaks and sandy beaches.

Students visited the port city of Gijón founded by Romans, which now is a principal seaport and center of culture for the region.

They then traveled a half-hour inland to the capital, Oviedo, where they saw pre-Romanesque churches, one of which originally had served as a palace for King Ramiro I in the ninth century.

 Students at San Miguel de Lillo, a sixth-century church located just outside Oviedo.

 

Students in front of San Miguel de Lillo, a sixth-century church located just outside Oviedo.