River and mountain, Sella and Sueve. That is Parres. In the middle of eastern Asturias, as the head of the region, and as a balcony overlooking the Picos de Europa, in a unique spectacle of a symphony of mountains that can be experienced, among others, from the Fitu viewpoint or from the Picu Pienzu, the highest of the Sierra del Sueve, that mountainous mass that 'overlooks' the shores of the Cantabrian Sea. Parres, with its agricultural, industrial and craft traditions - especially wood craftsmanship - has strengthened its tourist attraction in recent decades thanks to its leading role in the International Descent of the Sella, the only Festival of International Tourist Interest in Asturias. The mythical departure of the canoes from the "Emilio Llamedo" Bridge in Arriondas/Les Arriondes is an absolutely recommendable experience...
Cradle of exceptional canoeists and fishermen - salmon and trout are the most coveted inhabitants of the Sella - it is also a pioneer in active tourism activities in river descents, and is a suitable territory for leisure in nature. Another of its most powerful attractions is its gastronomy, traditional in some cases - for example, its desserts linked to chestnuts are famous - and innovative in others. Parres is also a pioneer in this field: it is the first council in Asturias to have two Michelin-starred restaurants, belonging to the famous chefs Nacho Manzano (two stars) and José Antonio Campoviejo (one star).
Population: 5,804 inhabitants.
Surface area: 126,08 km2
Weekly market: Saturdays
- The Fiesta de las Piraguas, there is no more joyful festival, nor more Asturian essence.
- Sueve mountain range.
- Active tourism on the Sella.
- Chestnut Festival.