EL PANTANO DE VEGAMIAN is a reservoir that was created in 1969. Several villages were displaced as a result of the building of this damn & reservoir including Vegamian, Loadares, Utrero, Ferraras, Armada, Campillo, Quintanilla and Camposolillo. In some places you can actually see the remains of parts of villages, including asphalt roads that lead...more
My first meal ever in Spain was eaten at La Praillona in Boñar. We stopped there on the way from the airport in Madrid to Asturias. It was my first taste of culture shock. The food there is served family-style, so you have to agree upon something everyone will eat! I was also shocked that the bread that accompanies dinner is just thrown casually on the table. The meals served at this restaurant are quite good. I would venture to say this is the best restaurant in Boñar. I'm partial to the fabada-- a meal which they serve to cater to the vacationing Asturians.
Favorite Dish: Did I mention fabada? How bout the fabada? Don't forget the fabada!!!
A delicious Asturian stew of fabas (beans) with chorizo & morcilla.
: For a small town, Boñar actually has a pretty good nightlife. I remember there were 4 places that were restaurants by day, but wild clubs at night with kids dancing, drinking and having a good time. Our favorite one to hang out at was at the top of (the only) hill just as you enter Boñar proper. It was called "Las Canteronas" but unfortunately it's not there anymore... This place also had really good food during the day as a restaraunt. But there are plenty of other good places to hang out and dance & party at night. Since Bonar is so small you would have no trouble finding them!
Dress Code: Neat casual.
To get to Boñar you would arrive by car or FEVE train. To get around walking or bicycle is the preferred mode of transport.
Nicanores de Boñar are a wonderful puff pastry delight that are made only in Boñar (and in a 2nd store in Madrid.) People drive many miles out of their way to get these delighful, flaky, tasty treats. If you have the occasion, be sure to try them. You will be hooked!more
There is a wonderful shop in Bonar that sells wonderful handmade glazed ceramic items such as tiles, address numbers for houses, flower pots and decorative bowls and plates. I lugged home about 50 pounds worth of the stuff in my luggage. I can't recall the name of the place, but Bonar is a very small town, so if you happen to be in the area you...more
This is kind of a joke, but kind of serious. Be mindful of the cattle when you are in rural Spain. I was riding my bike in the country surrounding Bonar and got stuck in a herd of cattle passing by. The sheppard got very upset and starting yelling at me to move. I could have been seriously injured and it was kind of scary (they leave the horns on...more
Luggage and bags:
Boñar has small european style shops where you can make purchases if you forget anything, but Boñar is a little isolated so there aren't any department stores or shopping malls nearby.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Boñar during summer is warm and pleasant, sometimes hot. I got the impression from the locals that winters can be quite cold. If you are inclined to hiking, bring the appropriate shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are emergency services available in Boñar if you should injur yourself. Just remember to bring the basic first aid stuff.
Photo Equipment: Well duh! Of course you take a camera when you travel.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you come in summer, bring sporting equipment such as soccer & basketballs, in winter the area surrounding Boñar is popular for skiing, so you would bring the appropriate equipment. I course, I had my bicycle and really enjoyed riding in the wide open spaces surrounding the village.
El Soto has several tennis courts, a soccer field, basketball & swimming pools. They are all free, except use of the pool has a nominal charge. In addition there is an open air snack bar that has snacks for the kiddies and alcohol for the adults. Its a quite nice place to hang out & picnic or whatever. There is also municipal camping too, the phone # is below.
Equipment: Bring your own equipment.
As is common in many rural (and even some urban locations) there is a public spring located in town. Locals frequent the spot to get their fill of naturally pure spring water, for free. Such fountains were quite common in the villages I frequented. The fountain shown here, located in Boñar on the main street, Avnda. Constitucion. It's so funny to...more
Favorite Thing: During the day, our favorite place to hang out in Boñar was the municipal park, camping and pool area called El Soto. It's where everyone goes during the day. There is a outdoor kiosk where you can get snacks, beer, and ice-cream; a soccer field; pool, etc. We also went here everyday to meet with friends, ride bikes, etc.We also...more