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January 2015

Sargadelos - Galician pottery

Sargadelos

Sargadelos is ceramic ware that is made in Galica and is famous throughout Spain. The factory is about a 40 minute drive from Granero del Burro and is a good option for a rainy day. It is best to go midweek as you can take a tour of the factory and watch them producing and painting everything. Click here for directions.

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There is a large shop which stocks their full range of products. Everything from crockery sets to bracelets, earrings, ornaments, rings and much more. You can look at their online shop here 

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On Monday to Friday, the factory is open and you can go and have a look around. It is free and the tours are not guided. You just go and look at what you want to. The people who work there are very interesting and quite happy to talk to you and explain what they are doing. Some of the hand painting is very intricate.

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It is very close to the village of Cervo which is also well worth a visit. There is a nice little river with an old water mill. There is also a nice place for coffee by the bridge with a fantastic restaurant attached to it called O Almacén

 

 


Avilés, Asturias

Aviles

Avilés is the nearest city to Asturias airport and is about 10 minutes away. It has a history as a port and used to be home to a lot of heavy industry. However it has been cleaned up dramatically and now is a great place to stop off on your way to or from Granero del Burro. It has the most beautiful historic centre and you can book the NH Hotel in the centre which has its front doors opening into the main square.

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Everywhere is accessible of foot and it is worth exploring the network of historic streets and bars. Cider is the Asturian speciality!! There is a fantastic restaurant called Terra Astur. Don't plan on eating anything else for the day if you have lunch here!! Reading the menu is like reading a novel - it is huge!!

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In addition to the old town there is the Niemayer Centre down in the port area. This is a modern cultural complex designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer and is well worth a visit. You get some great views of the port as well.

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Aviles also has its own beach. Salinas beach is about 10 minutes walk from the main square or 5 minutes in the car. Once again it is well worth a visit at any time of the year.

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The most important fiesta in Galicia!! Vidal 2015

 

 

 

Vidal fiesta

In September each year, there is the Vidal fiesta. This takes place on the opposite side of the valley to Granero del Burro so is just a short walk or an even shorter drive away. It is usually on the 3rd Saturday in September so the 2015 fiesta should take place on the 19th September 2015.

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It follows the usual format of rural fiestas - drinks at lunchtime for the 'hora de vermuth' (Martini hour!!) and then a short burst of music from the band and a bit of dancing. In 2014, a group called Melodías were the headliners. There were very slick and created a nice blend of brass, vocal and dance.

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Everyone then heads of for a long lunch and things don't get started again until 11.00pm. Melodías kicked off the evening again and were backed up by a local disco. Both do a couple of sets so things usually wrap up between 4 and 5 in the morning. Everyone is very friendly so if you book your holiday to coincide with the fiesta, you will be made to feel very welcome

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The weather the last 2 years has been fantastic so you can use the bread oven area for your lunch and eat outside. You also get a good view of all the activity on the hillside opposite!!


Ferreira - idyllic spot in Asturias

Ferreira

This is the perfect place to spend a Summer's day relaxing. It is in a beautiful setting next to the river and there are only ever a few people there. There are a few picnic tables and in the Summer months, you can buy soft drinks and rent canoes. Click here for directions from Trabada.

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Park at the top of the hill and walk down to the river. The river is like a millpond so it is canoeing for novices. There are single and double canoes. The river leads round to a small dam so you can paddle around here just absorbing the tranquility and listening to the birds. Paradise! 

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Ferreira is about 10 minutes from Santa Eulalia de Oscos. This is also a beautiful little town and weel worth stopping off for a drink or coffee on the way there or back. Click here for more information on Santa Eulalia de Oscos

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If you prefer to have a more adventurous day, then you can use this as a starting point for a nice walk. There are paths that go either way from the bridge down by the river. You can always have your picnic here when you are finished!!