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Letizia's hometown on new tourist route

May 25, 2004
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Famed for its hotspots Majorca and Marbella, Spain now has a sizzling new tourism mecca – newlywed Crown Princess Letizia's hometown of Oviedo and the surrounding area.

The region of Asturias, where the former journalist was born and raised, has introduced La Ruta de Letizia – or the Letizia Route – allowing visitors to explore landmarks key to the popular new royal's life before she moved to Madrid to pursue a news career.

Starting this week, the local tourist board is offering a map of the route, which begins at the medical centre where Letizia was born in 1972. From there, visitors can see the church where the princess was baptised, the schools where she was educated, and even the hospital where her mother, a nurse, once worked.

Also on the route are more personal locales, including some of Princess Letizia's favourite nightspots, and the restaurant where she shared a romantic dinner with her husband, Prince Felipe, a few months before her wedding.

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The home of Princess Letizia's grandparents in the village of Sardeu, Spain, is one of the highlights on a new tourist route based on the new royal's life
Sites in the town of Ribadesella, near Oviedo, are also included on the tour
Upon marrying Prince Felipe, Letizia earned the title Princess of Asturias, coincidentally the name of the Spanish region where she was born

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