Imagine a place where distances are ethereal, where you can hike at an ancient mountain pass in the morning, taste the glorious and famous Asturian gastronomy (that by the way has nothing to do with paella and sangria) at midday and surf the Cantabric sea waves in the afternoon, get some relax at some of the best beaches in the world and then kayaking down the great Sella river observing the majesty of natural forests.
But moving around this legendary land is not all you’ll do. At some point you’ll stand static… learning how to pour from above your head (yes, you’ve read it correctly) a glass Sidra, our most typical drink which you’ll fall in love with in awesome parties and celtic festivals (did you know we have bagpipers in here?). At the end of the day, if there’s something we are not that different with the rest of Spain is in our inner party-animal.
And that’s not all, because even though a huge part of our SU will be about adventure, sports and getting in touch with the nature we’ll have time to discover the Asturian traditions, visit the most representative cities (such as Oviedo, Avilés, Gijón) and breathtaking villages with hidden treasures, but also we have a grand finale planned. We want you to expand your horizons and discover the beauty of Galicia, Asturias’ western neighbour region, through two of its cities: A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. You will discover why people from all over the world walk the Saint James Way until there, how Portuguese language was born here and why, for centuries, this celtic land was considered “world’s end”.
All in all, “Guardians of the Paradise” is much more than a SU name. It is a movement with a clear philosophy: We believe in people. We believe in nature. We think good things are better when you share them. We believe that Asturias is a paradise and that everyone has the right to enjoy it. That is why we (and you! If you decide to come...) the guardians, will do everything necessary to make it so.
This is not Spain as clichés say. This won’t be a beach and sleep event. This is not a typical Summer University.
“Discovering the diversity of Northern Spain through sports, culture, environmental caring and adventure”.
GijónIt is the largest city in Asturias. You'll get amazed by its breathtaking coastline and its activeness. Furthermore, it's been named as European City of Sports for the upcoming 2016 year!
OviedoIt is the capital city of the Principality of Asturias and the administrative and commercial centre of the region. As Woody Allen once said: "Oviedo drives me crazy. Once I retire, Oviedo would be the place for it".
A CoruñaDiscover with us the second-largest city in the community! Coruña, also known as the glass city, offers stunning views to the Atlantic sea and even more from the almost 60 metres tall of the Hercules Tower, the oldest working lighthouse in the world. This stop will lead us to the top of this monument currently considered as part of the heritage of humanity. Among others, we'll also take a stroll through the sculpture park nearby containing menhirs and the seafront promenade, the largest one in Europe.
Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de Compostela is considered as a World Heritage Site, its great architectural beauty, its monuments, its story and being the final point of one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world has earned this city her renown. Each year thousands of visitors are attracted by this amazing city, are you gonna be one of those lucky ones?
CovadongaWhere Spain was born! In 722 AD, Iberian Christians won a namesake battle over the Muslims in Covadonga. This was the first Christian victory in the Iberian Peninsula over the Arabs and Berbers invading from north Africa.