For a stroll, jog or bike ride enjoy the Paseo
Favorite thing: Mieres is transected by the Rio Caudal. On the one side is the populated city. The other side, which is reachable by several footbridges and vehicular bridges, contains the RENFE station, a few scattered shanty shepherd's homes and the Paseo Fluvial. The paseo is a paved bike and foot path that runs the length of the river from the RENFE station to the edge of town. It is a popular place for people who want to stay fit.
- Hiking and Walking
Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)
Favorite thing: The Ayuntamiento is the equivalent of the town hall and is a hub of activity. It is a meeting place and commonly a preferred spot for ceremonies and holidays. In particular, this is the location for the huge bonfire during the festival of San Xuan in Mieres when the city goes crazy.
Mieres in Winter
Favorite thing: I love the smell of burning coal in Mieres on a cold winter day! I know it's not healthy, but it smells so wonderful and warm. Because Mieres is in a valley, it doesn't get a lot of snow, but it's so beautiful when it does...
Bagpipe band of Mieres, Spain "Banda de Gaites"
Favorite thing: Mieres has a wonderful folk group called the "Bande de Gaites, Villa de Mieres". They play the traditional Asturian tunes which include of course, the Asturian bagpipe. (Yes, bagpipe/gaita is indigenous to Spain.)
website is: http://www.bandagaitesvillamieres.com
Fondest memory: Photo taken from Picu Sena, overlooking Mieres.
Valdecuna & Rustic suburbs of Mieres, Spain
Favorite thing: Mieres has all the perks of small city-- cinema, small museums, cultural activities, shopping, nightlife, good restaurants, etc, but I always enjoyed my hikes into the surrounding mountain villages. We discovered some very great restaurants and rustic bars where we relaxed and had real authentic Asturien food at great prices.
One place we ate in Valdecuna was "La Pañoya". It is a small restaurant with a bar downstairs and about 12 or so tables upstairs, so you can imagine the food was really excellent. Best item on the menu: "Arroz con Leche de la Casa" (Asturian style rice pudding with carmelized sugar on top-- trust me, you've never had anything so creamy and delicious in your life!)
When hiking through small villages you will encounter public mountain springs where you can quench your thirst and rest for a while.
- Hiking and Walking
Miners (Mineras) in Mieres
Favorite thing: Mieres is the mining capitol of Spain. Many blue collar workers work in Mieres and in the surrounding area mining coal. These are special people.