Food from Northern Spain

Generally the Spanish like to eat fresh and simple food that has been lovingly prepared. Lunch, the main meal of the day, can often be a two or three course meal. Lighter 'tapas' or 'raciones' are more common for the evening meal.  Dairy and meat products are particulary prized from this part of Northern Spain. Chorizo and cheese are commonly produced in the Cabrales valley and the 'Queso de Cabrales' is a particularly well known (if a little peppery!) local cheese. Many locals keep a pig or two which gets turned into chorizo on the day of the 'matanza', usually around Christmas or New Year. Attending this annual event is something to remember!



Just ten minutes away in the local town of Arenas de Cabrales, there are a number of good restaurants with a budget to suit everyone. Probably the most popular is the restaurant Cafe Cares which has a good lunch and evening menu and serves traditional Asturian food including 'fabes con almejas' (beans with clams) and 'chorizo a la sidra' (chorizo sausage cooked in cider). Another great restaurant in the village of Sirviella is the 'Sidreria el Pareon' where you can sit outside on a covered deck which is a converted corn store or 'horreo'.