PLACES TO SEE, EAT, EXPLORE WITH THE FAMILIA IN ASTURIAS AND CANTABRIA….
ARRIONDAS- tiny village with loads of great restaurants!
Casa Marcial with 2 Michelin stars
El Corral del Indianu with 1 Michelin star- MUST!!!
BARCENA MAYOR- adorable village in Cantabria
BERMIEGO AND BARCENA– loveliest village in the Picos
CABRALES– land of cheese
Cheese foundation with cave
Casa Julian is a very scenic restaurant near Arena de Cabrales, overlooking the water
CADAVEDO- tiny cute coastal village and beautiful beaches
CANDAS village in Asturias
CANGAS DE ONIS
CARAVIA- small coastal hamlet with great beach
El Babu is a boutique hotel with restaurant, looks great
La Forquita is a nice looking Casona restaurant too
CASTRO DE OCAÑA
CASTROPOL- on the Western side of Asturias near Galicia, to explore
CUDILLERO- beautiful jumble of houses overlook this fishing port
Mariño restaurant looks great
FUENTE DE- modern hub in the Picos, take the cable car
Auga, previous owners of La Solana
The Llagar Trabanco Cider maker outside in Lavandera – Gijón
Parque del Cerro
INFIESTO– right in the center of Asturias, some good restaurants near
Palacio de Cutre– hotel and restaurant, looks like a must
LASTRES- adorable village like Kinsale, where Doctor Mateo was filmed
Eutimio is the classic place to eat here.
Outside town is the 5 star Palacio de Luces hotel we visited last time, the restaurant is supposed to be quite good now
LIERNAGAS village in Cantabria
El Jornu, cheap and cheerful and fun
Sidreria Almacen– right next to the castle
Sidreria Muros– Des´s kind of place!
Cuevas del Mar beach
Poo beach- yes, that is the name!
La Playa restaurant
Playa de Xago- spectacular beach, sand dunes…
Villa Blanca restaurant- classic decor and spot, looks nice
NARCEA VALLEY, ASTURIAS- beautiful wild valley south of Salas AND wine country here!
Viñedos Obanca winery
Monasterio de Corias winery
New Parador of Corias has a neat looking restaurant
a lovely bike route/hike is from the Monasterio de Corias to the village of El Acebo, 3 km
Santa Maria Naranco
the Horreo museum just outside Oviedo in Bueño
PILOÑA- this province near Infiesto, lots of pretty traditional Asturian houses, to explore as see a lot of houses we like here
Espinareu is a very pretty hamlet in Piloña
Foces del Rio hike
POTES, CANTABRIA- a main base in the Picos de Europa mountain range
Rent bikes for the day and ride to Iglesia de Santa Maria Piasca
12th cent church
PUERTO DE VEGA, Asturias- said to be the prettiest pueblo on the Western side
SALAS- CUTE VILLAGE WITH CASTLE
El Serbal Michelin starred
SANTILLANA DEL MAR, CANTABRIA- medieval hamlet, touristy, pretty
SAN VICENTE LA BARQUERA- cute fishing village in Cantabria
Las Redes seafood restaurant
SOMIEDO– parque natural, Pola de Somiedo is a gorgeous mountain hamlet
SOTRES– mountain village in the Picos
TARAMUNDI– first eco village in Asturias
TAZONES– super cute fisherman´s village
Llagar Castañon– contacted us to see if we want to send clients there- “CIDEREXPERIENCE -LLAGAR CASTAÑON – ASTURIAN NATURAL CIDER”
Photo report of top restaurants in Asturias
Frontera Verde– local operator doing active tourism
Verde Norte, info on Asturias, also Cantabria, Galicia, etc
Transcantabrico Train, one day!
Family friendly hikes?
The Ruta de Alba in Redes Natural Park, and the Ruta de Los Lagos in Somiedo are both family friendly. La Senda del Oso, accessible by car or bus from Oviedo, is a former railway, now a 21km walk or ride through a landscape of green hills and steep valleys, between the villages of Entrago and Tun; a lengthy, though flat, day’s exercise. Paca and Tola, two bears, rescued as cubs after their mother was illegally shot, are the bonus attractions on the route. They are now looked after by the Asturian Bear Foundation, and enjoy a large enclosure, so feeding time (midday) is the best chance to see them.
Just over an hour’s drive from Asturias airport is a place that dolefully claims it is unknown to international visitors and forgotten by domestic ones: Redes Natural Park. Superb, varied walking from craggy high mountain to native beach forest is on offer here. The people are friendly and helpful; speaking a little Spanish will pay rich rewards. The park information centre in Caso (00 34 985 60 80 22; redes@taxusmedioambi ente.com) is the largest building in town. The walks around Branagallones offer exhilarating high-mountain routes; your hotel can book you a taxi to get to the trail-head for ¤30. But to combine valley and gorge, low pasture and expansive high vista then the challenging route between the villages of Caleao and La Infiesta takes some beating. The valley of Nalon saw heavy fighting in the Spanish civil war. There are few sadder places than the village of Tarna, located near the pass into Leon and the plains of the Meseta; it was razed to the ground in the fighting. It’s been rebuilt, but a definite chill hangs over it. Redes does not readily lend itself to inn-to-inn walking – you will need either a local taxi or your own vehicle. Caso makes a good base. Hotel La Lastra (00 34 985608084; hotellalastra.com) in an 18th-century villa, commands wonderful views down the valley. It has doubles for ¤45 including breakfast. Hotel Reciegos (00 34 985927109; complejoreciegos.com) is run by Marigel Álvarez, who makes ancient Casin cheese in her adjoining micro-dairy. There are only eight rooms, starting at ¤71 with breakfast.