Asturias Local Customs

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Asturias Local Customs

  • Vocabulary in Asturies

    What you need to understand when communicating in Asturies is that there are two languages- Castellano (Spanish) and Asturien. Asturien has about a 80% similarity to Castillian Spanish. Except in the most rural, isolated places you can be pretty sure that people will speak Spanish. You will notice that lots of signs are written in both languages,...

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  • Sidra time

    On our horseback ride, we made a surprise stop at a local bar for sidra. This was a pleasant surprise, since my daughter wanted to try Asturias' national drink, but passed on the visit to the sidreria in Arriondas two nights earlier. In this picture, our horseback guide is pouring sidra for us. See my Arriondas page for more information on sidra....

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  • Cochinillo

    I've got to give my son credit. He'll be adventurous. When we were in Cangas de Onis, we stopped at La Cabana for lunch and the menu was in Spanish only. Even though he speaks more Spanish than the rest of us, he did not know what cochinillo was but he ordered it anyway. It is suckling pig, and the authentic version is served with the leg and hoof...

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  • Calderata

    Another traditional Asturian dish, and one that I was willing to eat, is calderata marisco or fish stew. It is made with hake (merluza) and shell fish with the most delicious light sauce. I had never had hake before in the US. It is outstanding - very light and moist. This version was made with hake, shrimp and clams. Elsewhere in Spain, I tried a...

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  • Fabada Asturiana

    The quintessential Asturian dish has to be fabada asturiana. It is a bean stew with salt pork, chorizo sausage and morcilla (blood sausage). Yes, blood sausage. Being a vegetarian, I just could not cross that line, but my son and husband ordered it, and said it outstanding.Rule of thumb - any food in Asturias that is black is made from blood. Good...

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  • Cattle Call

    Asturias is an agrarian region. For centuries, agriculture and fishing have been two of the most important industries. Dairy products - milk, cream, cheese and yogurt - from Asturias are famous. The Asturian dairy products are found all throughout Spain. Asturias produces a large number of different cheeses, which nowadays are more popular than...

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  • The festival of Cider

    Every year in the last weekend of August there is a great festival in Gijon (Xixon) - it is the festival of cider. There is a market where you can find handicraft and the possibility to tase cider.

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  • fishing.

    fishing plays a big part of asturian culture and you see it all over the asturian coastline.it has played a big part in asturian economy over the years and even if it has been cut down recently due to fishing quotas, it's still an important part of asturian life.

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  • seafood.

    seafood is a big part of asturian cuisine and well worth trying out.don't go to asturias without rying it out.

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  • dried fish.

    dried fish is a speciality of asturias.all over the fishing towns of asturias you see the dried fish hanging from the roofs just waiting to be eaten.

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  • cider.

    in asturias they don't drink much wine, but prefer cider.there are ciderhouses all over asturias and the tasty drink plays a very important role in asturian culture.

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  • Traditional Asturian sidra "how-to"

    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. The first thing you need to know is that sidra (cider) is neither sweet nor...

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  • Dress for success

    Spanish people always dress sharp and are tidy. If you don't want to look like a tourist, leave your tacky Hawaiian shirts, t-shirts, body piercings, Birkenstocks, etc at home. Tailored clothes, clean fitted jeans, nice shoes, etc will help you blend in. (Spain is a great place to invest in some great quality shoes.) Even the poorest folk in Spain...

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  • No Marching Bands here...

    During occasions for which in the United States we might have a marching band, Asturias has a "banda de gaites/gaitas" (a bagpipe band.) If you have read through all of my tips, then you know the Asturian bagpipe is a traditional folk instrument and the interest folk culture has experienced a renaissance in recent years. For parades, public...

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  • Catholicism, saints and the Virgin Mary

    Devoted Catholics in Spain take their local Virgin very seriously. Every town has it's own Virgin which is paraded through town during a yearly celebration. After they've reached their destination they will have town gathering with traditional dancing and food. Even though many spanish people are Catholic in name only, they still hold high esteem...

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  • Not a hat for just any mountain man

    I don't think this tip has any inherent value per say, but you've got to admit this is a pretty interesting hat. The "montera picona" is the traditional hat for the mountain men of Asturias. Pretty wild, eh?

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  • Asturias, Patria Querida

    Here you will find the words and music to "Asturias, Patria Querida" the national hymn of Asturias. These music shown below has the lyrics in Spanish, but the Asturianu version is more authentic:ASTURIES, PATRIA QUERIDA Asturies, patria querida,Asturies de miós amores¡Ay quién tuviera ' n Asturiesen toes les ocasiones.Tó d' esguilar a aquel...

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  • Speaking the language

    People in Spain absolutely love it if you try to speak Spanish. Most Spanish people love to talk, and given the opportunity, they will like to show off their English skills. But since you are a guest in their country, it's nice to put forth the effort to communicate in their language first.You should also know that there is another language spoken...

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  • Two kisses

    Two kisses- when people greet each other they exchange a 'kiss' on either cheek. You don't actually apply your lips to the person's face, you just sort of rub cheeks. Some women who are really friendly, (the kind who would pinch your cheeks in the USA) might actually place a wet one on you, or two women who are really close friends or family, might...

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  • A faux pas

    The only cultural faux-pax I made was not understanding how some cafe's (not tapas bar) work. At some cafeterias you can sit at a bar and eat. At the bar there is a glass sneeze gaurd with plates of finger sandwiches, tortilla, etc behind it. You ask for several plates of what looks good and the proprieter will set them on a ledge. You are to take...

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  • Asturias is dotted with small...

    Asturias is dotted with small preromanesque churches that have been listed under the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. They are all so simple and beautiful and the scenery so picturesque, you will be pleased to visit them. The most famous ones are in Monte Naranco, in the outskirts of Oviedo: Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. But don't...

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Asturias Hotels

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  • Hotel Castilla

    I stayed at this hotel to go and visit a friend and watch Sporting vs Atletico Madrid. I had booked...

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  • Hotel de la Reconquista

    The most famous hotel in Asturias is located in the heart of Oviedo. The core of the building, which...

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  • Hotel Don Paco

    Stayed two nights, wish it had been longer. This hotel is very comfortable in historic setting.The...

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  • Parador

    Villanueva, 33550 Cangas de Onis, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • El Carmen

    El Carmen s/n, El Carmen s/n, Ribadesella, 33560, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • NH Palacio De Ferrera

    Plaza De Espana 9, , Avilés, Asturias 33400

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Casona de la Paca

    This is a great small place, the manager (Montse Abad) is great in making you feel like you are at...

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  • La Corte De Lugás

    Lug�¡s S/N, Villaviciosa, 33311, es

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Rural La Llosa de Fombona

    Susacasa s/n, Luanco, 33448, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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