FOOD AND DRINK OF THE PICOS
The majority of our trips in the Picos include a number of meals and some wine in the evening within the price of your holiday so there is really no need to worry about what happens with the Euro over the next few months.
Our base for the week is the Hotel Torrecerredo, a small family-run hotel, aptly named after the highest peak as it is the only hotel in the village with views of the highest peaks. It has a very pleasant garden terrace attached to the café bar and the panoramic restaurant gives views right up to the mountains. All rooms have en-suite facilities and the hotel is situated in a rural setting, five-minute walk from the centre of the village, which is well serviced with banks, cafes and shops.
Each day the hotel offers 2 different set menus (for vegetarians and non vegetarians) including local specialities such as Fabada Asturiana, chickpea stew, and the famous blue cheese “Queso Cabrales”. All evening meals are served in a panoramic dining room and are accompanied by wine.
Fabada, the worlds' most famous bean pot comes from the wild mountains of Asturias. The beans are flavoured with all the local specialities like lacón, which is the cured front leg of a pig and oak-smoked fresh sausages.
If you want to have an authentic Asturian experience, no trip to this rustic green paradise would be complete without a visit to a sidreria. Asturias is apple country, and the rugged people of the mountain have created a version of apple cider fit to put hair on your chest. Sidra (cider) is neither sweet nor spiced and is a potent, slightly vinegary, unfiltered, rustic drink. The more you drink of it the better it tastes!
The most famous Asturian cheese is the Cabrales cheese, a bleu cheese made in Arenas De Cabrales. Asturias produces a large number of different cheeses, which nowadays are more popular than ever. During Franco's regime, the artisinal cheesemakers had to either stop producing cheese, or go underground. Fortunately, they have come back strongly, and you'll find a wide variety of different cheeses, because of the different methods employed by the individual towns and cheesemakers.
On our special cooking weeks (provide link to cooking page) you will be able to learn how to make the famous Fabada Asturiana amongst other delightful dishes.