Asturias is a stunning region in Spain that boasts diverse landscapes, including majestic coastlines, towering mountains, and fertile farmlands. It is the perfect destination for a walking holiday, as each aspect of this region has a unique story to tell. From the breathtaking coastal cliffs to the serene valleys, Asturias captivates not only the eyes but also the soul.
In this feature, we continue our exploration of Asturias with S-Cape Travel, as we traverse Spain’s Green Coast. Asturias is a foodie paradise, making it an ideal destination for hikers who are also food enthusiasts. The region is famous for its abundance of fresh seafood, meats, cheeses, and delicious produce. Talented chefs combine these incredible ingredients with traditional family recipes and modern cooking techniques, creating the ultimate gourmet experience. Dining in Asturias is not merely about eating; it’s about immersing oneself in the region’s culture.
Before indulging in a seven-course degustation dinner, make sure to try the traditional local drink, apple cider or sidra. Sidrerías, which are cider bars and taverns, can be found everywhere in Asturias. Sidra is even more popular with locals than beer or wine. The unique way of serving cider, known as “escanciado,” involves pouring the cider from a height into a glass held below the waist without spilling a drop. It’s a fascinating spectacle that is common in sidrerías across the region.
While exploring Asturias, a visit to El Balamu Taberna in Llanes is a must. Located above the region’s largest wholesale seafood market, this coastal town is a major fishing port that supplies fish and seafood to the region. El Balamu is a top seafood restaurant in Asturias, offering a modern nautical-themed interior with a stunning view of the fishing boats unloading their catch below. The dishes at El Balamu highlight the freshness of the seafood, with light batters and grilling techniques. From exceptional fish, lobster, and prawns to John Dory, grouper, and monkfish, the menu showcases the bounty of the sea. Accompanied by excellent white wines from the region, a meal at El Balamu is a true culinary delight.
For an extraordinary dining experience, Casa Marcial should be on your list. This 2 Michelin-star restaurant in Parres is a beacon of gastronomic excellence in Asturias. Chef Nacho Manzano creates a menu that reflects his culinary artistry and pays homage to Asturian culture. Casa Marcial is located in what was once his father’s cider factory, adding rustic charm to the dining experience. The restaurant offers a diverse range of dishes, including slow-cooked Asturian beef, daily-changing seafood specialties, and rotating game meat options. Vegetarians can also enjoy a tasting menu featuring creative plant-based cuisine. The extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and non-alcoholic options ensure that each dish is perfectly paired with a beverage to enhance the dining experience. Casa Marcial truly provides an authentic gourmet experience that combines local cuisine, culture, and the region’s wide range of ciders.
During your hiking adventure in Asturias with S-Cape Travel, you will have the opportunity to stay at beautiful privately owned boutique inns and hotels. While the accommodations may vary based on availability and schedule, they all offer a unique experience.
Hotel Finca La Mansión in Llanes is set on expansive grounds with citrus trees, well-maintained gardens, and a refreshing pool. The historic mansion features traditional decor with antiques and captivating artwork. The comfortable rooms are tastefully appointed, offering views of the grounds and gardens. The hotel’s proximity to town makes it convenient for dinner excursions.
Casa de Indianos Don Tomás in Nueva is a charming bed and breakfast that exudes a welcoming atmosphere. This opulent mansion, once the residence of a prosperous returning emigrant, gives guests a glimpse into the region’s past wealth. Each room tells a unique story, adorned with period furnishings and antique treasures. Breakfast at Casa de Indianos Don Tomás includes fresh fruit, local cheeses and meats, homemade jams, and cooked-to-order eggs.
Hotel Jardín de Eugenia in Ribaseldella offers ultra-chic and modern accommodations with Belle Epoque design touches. The common areas feature beautiful artwork and a lounge area with a bar. The guest rooms are comfortable and stylish, with tasteful furnishings and an abundance of natural light. Some rooms even have private balconies or terraces. Guests can enjoy an exquisite breakfast spread featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Hotel Mar del Sueve in Colunga is a boutique hotel that seamlessly blends heritage and style. The outdoor living space is adorned with colorful flower gardens, creating a delightful ambiance for al fresco dining. The hotel offers comfortable and stylish rooms, providing a peaceful retreat before the next adventure.
Overall, a walking holiday in Asturias promises breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and unforgettable culinary moments. It is a destination that will leave a lasting impression on any traveler.
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