This rural tourism that emerged in the 80s has become widespread with the turn of the century. A wide range of accommodation is available, from hostels to hotels and houses. The Principality has two identifiable quality marks, "Casonas Asturianas", for boutique hotels of extraordinary architecture and "Aldeas" -Asturias Calidad Rural- for rural houses and apartments, a reference for unforgettable stays.
- Taramundi and Os Teixois Ethnographic Site.
- Grandas de Salime Ethnographic Museum.
- A walk through the Somiedo Brañas (high mountain pastures) with their emblematic teitos, thatched roof cottages.
- Hórreos (raised granaries) in Bueño (Ribera de Arriba).
- The Plains of Picos de Europa.
- Charming rural accommodation: listed under the quality marks "Casonas Asturianas" and "Aldeas". Asturias Calidad Rural-.
The Taramundi and Los Oscos steel blade
Master cutlers continue to hand forge the prestigious knives and Taramundi and Los Oscos. The Museum of Cutlery is intended to give you an initial introduction, as well as the visit to extraordinary ethnographic sites and hydraulic factories unique in Spain. Many artisans open their doors to visitors to allow them to get to see first-hand what their work involves.
Go on a religious pilgrimage
In Asturian, a party is called folixa. As firmly rooted in culture as the term itself are the festivities and traditions of Asturias, which has a long list of Festivals of Tourist Interest. In the Volley of Cangas del Narcea, coinciding with the Fiesta El Carmen in July, the whole of the southwest shakes with rocket fireworks and tonnes of gunpowder fill the air. The Güevos Pintos or Painted Easter Egg Festival in Pola de Siero takes place on the Tuesday after Holy Week. Children and artists decorate and sell eggs of many different sizes and with various drawings ranging from the traditional to contemporary. The Shepherd Fiesta is a tribute to livestock farming. Every 25 July, traditional sports and religious pilgrims fill the town of Los Lagos. In August, Luarca holds the festival in honour of San Timoteo.
A wedding without an invitation
The Fiesta Vaqueirada in Aristébano is a very popular traditional wedding that commemorates the life and traditions of the vaqueiros, a cultural ethnic group of nomadic shepherds. The brides arrive in a procession, dressed in traditional attire led by a carriage carrying the dowry. The ceremony is followed by a communal meal.
The cradle of rural tourism
Taramundi is real tourism hotspot. It is here in this small western municipality, home to artisan cutlers, spelt wheat bread, looms and leather, where Spanish rural tourism started. Its people, supported by local institutions and business owners, new how to turn its subsistence economy and towns on the brink of becoming abandoned into a real attraction for tourists who are drawn by its authenticity. The transformation of the old rectory house into an exclusive hotel was only the starting point. A whole economy based on natural resources has been built up around it, traditional crafts have been brought back. All of this has breathed new life into communities who up until then had no expectations for the future, becoming an example for the whole world. You must visit Taramundi with an open mind, remembering it past and enjoying its present.