PLACES TO SEE, EAT, EXPLORE WITH THE FAMILIA IN ASTURIAS AND CANTABRIA….

Tielve in Cabrales

Tielve in Cabrales

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ARRIONDAS- tiny village with loads of great restaurants!

Casa Marcial with 2 Michelin stars

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El Corral del Indianu with 1 Michelin star-  MUST!!!

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AVILES

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Koldo Miranda restaurant

BARCENA MAYOR- adorable village in Cantabria

BERMIEGO AND BARCENA– loveliest village in the Picos

BULNES in the picos, reach by funicular from Puente Poncebo, great info on routes here

CABRALES– land of cheese

Cheese foundation with cave

Casa Julian is a very scenic restaurant near Arena de Cabrales, overlooking the water

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CADAVEDO- tiny cute coastal village and beautiful beaches

Grain store - Cadavedo, Asturias, Spain - Atlantic Coast

CANDAS village in Asturias

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CANGAS DE ONIS

cangas bridge

El Cenador de los canonigos

Cenador Canonigos

Cenador Canonigos- cute hotel with nice terrace restaurant

Hotel La Cepada

CARAVIA- small coastal hamlet with great beach

Caravia

El Babu is a boutique hotel with restaurant, looks great

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La Forquita is a nice looking Casona restaurant too

CASTRO DE OCAÑA

Castro de Coaña.

CASTROPOL- on the Western side of Asturias near Galicia, to explore

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COLOMBRES

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COMILLAS

Gurea restaurant

Capricho de Gaudi

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COVADONGA- sanctuary

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CUDILLERO- beautiful jumble of houses overlook this fishing port

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Mariño restaurant looks great

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FUENTE DE- modern hub in the Picos, take the cable car

GIJON-

gIJON BOULEVARD

Auga, previous owners of La Solana

Casa Victor

Aquarium

The Llagar Trabanco Cider maker outside in Lavandera – Gijón

Cidererhouse Llagar Trabanco

Estaño Beach

Estaño Beach

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

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Lastres

Eutimio is the classic place to eat here.

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Outside town is the 5 star Palacio de Luces hotel we visited last time, the restaurant is supposed to be quite good now

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LIERNAGAS village in Cantabria

LLANES

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El Jornu, cheap and cheerful and fun

El Retiro de Pancar

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Sidreria Almacen– right next to the castle

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Sidreria Muros– Des´s kind of place!

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Barro beach

Barro Beach, Llanes.

Cuevas del Mar beach

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Poo beach- yes, that is the name!

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LUANCO

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La Playa restaurant

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Playa de Xago- spectacular beach, sand dunes…

Xago Beach

LUARCA

Luarca night 2

Villa Blanca restaurant- classic decor and spot, looks nice

NARCEA VALLEY, ASTURIAS- beautiful wild valley south of Salas AND wine country here!

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Wine museum of Narcea

Viñedos Obanca winery

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Monasterio de Corias winery

New Parador of Corias has a neat looking restaurant

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Ruta de vino de Cangas

a lovely bike route/hike is from the Monasterio de Corias to the village of El Acebo, 3 km

NAVA

Museo de la Sidra

Museo de la Sidra de Nava

OVIEDO

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Casa Fermin

Monasterio San Pelayo

Museo de Bellas Artes

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

El Fresnedal, Piloña

Espinareu is a very pretty hamlet in Piloña

Foces del Rio hike

POTES, CANTABRIA- a main base in the Picos de Europa mountain range

Casa Cayo

Rent bikes for the day and ride to Iglesia de Santa Maria Piasca

PRAVIA

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12th cent church

PUERTO DE VEGA, Asturias- said to be the prettiest pueblo on the Western side

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RIBADESELLA

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SALAS- CUTE VILLAGE WITH CASTLE

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SANTANDER

El Serbal Michelin starred

SALINAS, AVILES Real Balneario, Michelin starred

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SANTILLANA DEL MAR, CANTABRIA- medieval hamlet, touristy, pretty

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SAN VICENTE LA BARQUERA- cute fishing village in Cantabria

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Las Redes seafood restaurant

SOMIEDO– parque natural, Pola de Somiedo is a gorgeous mountain hamlet

La Braña La Campa - Somiedo

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SOTRES– mountain village in the Picos

TARAMUNDI– first eco village in Asturias

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TAZONES– super cute fisherman´s village

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VILLAVICIOSA-cider capital

Llagar Castañon– contacted us to see if we want to send clients there- “CIDEREXPERIENCE -LLAGAR CASTAÑON – ASTURIAN NATURAL CIDER”

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Great resources

Asturias en Imagenes

Holidays in Asturias

Restaurants in Asturias

Photo report of top restaurants in Asturias

Saboreando Asturias

Club de Guisanderas

Fishing Info in Asturias

Enjoy Asturias

Vivir Asturias

Frontera Verde– local operator doing active tourism

Llanes Life

Verde Norte, info on Asturias, also Cantabria, Galicia, etc

Transcantabrico Train, one day!

More notes-

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.

Walking Asturias

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.

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