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HOTEL LA CASILLA II

Clean and quaint, this hotel is convenient for exploring the area around Cangas de Narcea. You cannot beat the price and coffee is excellent. An outdoor garden for reading & enjoying a cold beer is a nice touch. 

 
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Coalla

Calle San Antontio, 8 - Gijón +984 34 84 00

Coalla has made procuring an art form. There wine and cheese selection rivals many in Madrid. Grab a bottle off the shelf and pop the cork at the bar is considered protocol! Pair with charcuterie (embutido) from western Spain that melts in your mouth. Service is excellent. 

 
 
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CASA DEL CHIFLÓN

There are few ways to explore the Picos de Europa from within. Hiking or a small tram is the only way to Bulnes, a remote and most picturesque village within the Picos. Staying here must be planned as the handful of hostels & small rooms fill up fast. Casa del Chiflón offers local specialties to hungry hikers and a wealth of information about medium-difficult routes. 

 
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SIDRA ASTURIANA

Cider from Asturias is light, slightly effervescent & funky. It should smell of the Asturian countryside and is served from on-high to re-enliven the natural spritz. In Asturias, consumption = 36L/person, the highest cider consumption in Europe and 80% of cider consumed in Spain hails from this province. Bottoms up. 

 
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FABADA ASTURIANA

Fabada (a local, large, white bean) + blood sausage + chorizo + pork belly. Need I say more... Drink with sidra asturiana or else. Beware that much "fabada" that you encounter in kitschy gift shops may not be the real thing. If you want to bring a bag home, make sure you check the label. 

BLUE MOUNTAIN CHEESES

This area of Spain is renowned for its cave-aged blue cheeses such as Valdeón, Cabrales, Le Peral, Gamonedo, and many more! They will never taste this good at home so mold-up while you can. 

 

PICOS DE EUROPA

These are some of Europe's most beautiful mountain ranges to hike. Routes like the Cares have gotten dredged by tourism over the last decade, but hiking the Collado Cerredo (not for the faint at heart nor under-fit) will leave you breathless. Literally. You also may not encounter another soul.