Hotel El Quintanal
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... of meat hanging up in the smoke to be cured.
We treat ourselves to an excellent evening meal. I have a thick cut of veal and Mick has wild boar. Great sauces and a good local red wine.
It rains all night but we are snug in the hotel. Don't believe that line about only on the plain. It rains pretty seriously in the mountains here. ...
... while. We are at the back of the lowest deck so almost last to get off. Eventually our turn comes and we head off up onto the wharf. Passport check are perfunctory and we set off on the Spanish adventure.
It should have been easy to get out of the town and onto the coast road leading west towards the Picos National Park. But a combination of traffic lights and my inattention means that within five minutes I ...
... ah), did her best to give us a good tour. She also pronounced "piazza" as pee-ahh-thaw".)
But Aviles is basically an industrial town with steel mills, gas and oil refineries, and glass production.
The biggest attraction is a new cultural center designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. It consists of a 1,000 seat auditorium, a domed exhibit hall, and an unusually-shaped tower ...
What a day! The top stories today are about the people we met and observed. We began with a tour of Alvirés, a delightful town with roots reaching back to the 13th century. Our group of about 25 explored the old part of town with a guide who was obviously from the Asturias region of Spain. She patiently explained that we are not going to see Flamenco dancers; rather, we were more ...
... we passed through a series of low, wet tunnels to emerge at the end of the gorge among the meadows of Cain.
A tremendous day.
A final culinary speciality of the Picos is the ultra-tangy blue cheeses made with untreated cow's-milk cheese and matured in mountain caves. Sophie quite enjoyed trying these; Sam rather less so.
Onward bus to Oviedo, via Arenas de Cabrales and Cangas de Onis, to Oviedo - 2.5hrs.