254 inhabitants. 47 kilometers from Oviedo
Near the Picos de Europa and on a slope of pines and eucalyptus. At dawn the same scene is repeated, with those that seem fragile boats taking to the sea and when it stops being the last the silence returns to fill the streets that are viewpoints from where many storms have been seen, some causing shipwrecks. The town is a few cobbled streets with low houses and a harbor with small restaurant-bars with marine references that take their tables to the street. Here landed the one that would be Carlos I, in 1517. In the early afternoon the boats return and the auction begins: hake, red mullet, monkfish, pixin and sole.
1,951 inhabitants. 59 kilometers from Oviedo
Located in a protected cove, between sea and mountain, the farmhouse is perched on top of the cliff. Lastres was always fishing, becoming famous in the time when whales were hunted. But he is also a cattleman. Their mansions have glazed viewpoints and the streets are narrow and cobbled, almost all in slope. Its privileged defensive position was the cause of the construction of a fort (the ‘castle’) of which there are still some walls. When the fleet returns in the afternoon, the fish auction takes place in the fish market. It is area of apple trees and so that nothing lacks in its neighborhoods there are tracks of dinosaurs.
1,000 inhabitants 50 kilometers from Oviedo
The distribution of their houses is striking, clustered on the hillside as if they were ‘pushing’ to see the sea. Below is the old port from where the best view is seen with the people climbing up the mountain. Cudillero -Cuideiru in bable- is a long main street which will be given by narrower ones, almost all of them staggered. On rainy days it is impressive to see how the water falls in small waterfalls. The town is an important point of the coastal Camino de Santiago. The part near the old pier is full of bars and chigres, where you can drink mostly cider, and where they serve grilled sardines, hake, stew, or sea bream. At sunset the fishing boats arrive and small trays are opened, in the basement of the houses, where you can buy the fish just arrived. Like Tazones y Lastres, Cudillero has been declared a Historic Site.
4. SAN JUAN DE LA ARENA
1,531 inhabitants. 50 kilometers from Oviedo
Until a few years ago the entire population was seafaring with a fleet of more than a hundred ships. Now barely more than ten, devoting mainly to the fishing of the angula (presumed to be the eel capital of Spain) that leaves its rula – fisherman’s band – to the rest of Spain and Europe. Its port still retains its charm and its saints are related to the sea (the patron saint is San Telmo) and leave in the numerous processions on the shoulders of sailors. Nearby is one of the most beautiful Asturian beaches, the Los Quebrantos at the mouth of the Nalón River.
5. PUERTO DE VEGA
1,814 inhabitants. 105 kilometers from Oviedo
It was crowned as ‘Exemplary Town of Asturias’ in 1995, and since then it has not lost its charm. Centuries-old battlements guard the picturesque fishing port, historical center of the commercial activity of the town. From whaling past, today it is dedicated to preserves, salted fish and pickles. The Mirador de la Riva offers a privileged view of the Baluarte promenade, dotted with ancient canyons and slate roofs. The place serves as a maritime museum, with two huge 30-tonne whale jaws flanking the first known whaling contract. Facing the sea, one of the harpoons used to hunt these animals.