Menos Mal - Playa de Porcía, Asturias


Menos Mal opened in 2016 and has just completed its second year. It is run buy an enthusiastic couple who have travelled abroad to gain inspiration for the food. It is based on the sea but has influences from other parts of the world as well as Spain. It is set above the beautiful beach of Porcía and has fantastic views out over the sea and along the Asturian coastline.


There are Anchovies, Octopus, Clams, Hake, Giant Prawns, Tuna, Paella, Salt Cod, Squid and lots of local produce to accompany these. Influences from Thailand and Sicily add to the enjoyment.


It is about 40 minutes from Granero del Burro but is well worth a visit. You can combine it with a visit to Tapia de Casariego which has a lovely port area. The beach at Porcía is also very relaxing if you just want to chill out.


Lúa - Penarronda, Asturias


Lúa (which means 'moon' in Asturian) is a fantastic beach bar and restaurant adjacent to the beach at Penarronda, Asturias. It is about 25 minutes from the self catering accommodation at Granero del Burro. There is a lovely menu with the best Cachopo (Pork slices filled with Ham and Cheese) in the area. Other things on the menus include Anchovies with Cheese and Peppers, Squid, and some lovely salads.


Arturo and his sister will look after you with true Asturian hospitality. The bar is just 2 minutes from Penarronda beach itself which is one of the best known in the area. You can eat inside or out and it is open from June until the end of September (longer if weather permits).


The beach is huge and is very busy during the Summer months. There is a surf school during July and August. Penarronda means 'round rock' and you can see why from the picture above.



Heritage museum in Trabada


There is a little known museum in Trabada which although not publicised, is open to the public. The owner will gladly show you around his labyrinth of artefacts which include old farm machinery, clothes, bicycles, sewing machines and a classroom representing a school from the Franco era.


Trabada is only 5 minutes away from Granero del Burro and we can organise a trip around the museum for you. It is completely free although people normally leave a donation. There is quite a lot of the old farm machinery from Granero del Burro in the museum which the owner was happy to restore and look after. We are happy to come with you to help translate.



Ribadeo Indiano


Ribadeo Indiano is a big fiesta in Ribadeo that is now in its 4th year. It takes place on the second weekend in July and it is well worth planning your self catering holiday around it. Everybody gets dressed up in Central American costumes from around the turn of the century. You would think that you were in downtown Havana on a Saturday night!!


The fiesta celebrates the Galician emigrants who left Galicia around the turn of the century to seek their fortune in the Americas. They mainly went to Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and Mexico. When they retuned with their wealth they built elaborate buildings with the architectural influences from the Americas. There are many fine example of these buildings in Ribadeo.


In addition to everyone getting dressed up, there are lots of concerts in the streets, bands playing traditional music, all the shops are decorated, there are street markets and generally it is great fun for people of all generations. 

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Eu son Eo festival - July 2017


Eu son Eo is a new festival in Ria de Abres and 2017 was its second year. Eu son Eo is a play on words - Eu son means "I am" in Galician and Eo is the name of the river next to which the festival takes place. It took place this year over the first weekend in July and it is more like an English festival than a Spanish fiesta.


There was an open air market with lots of stalls selling local produce. Anything from bread, leather products and jewellery to local cider, ceramics and ecological products. There was a 'Pulperia' which is an open air restaurant offering Octopus, cooked Ham, Chorizo, Padron Peppers and Churrasco (Pork Ribs). In addition there was a bar, paddle boarding and canoe trips on the river, music and artisan workshop showing how to make things. 


In the evening there was music. It started about 6.00pm and carried on until 4.00am!! The headliners were a Dire Straits tribute band called "bROTHERS iN bAND'. They were very good and it was very atmospheric with playing under a beautiful starlit night. And all of this for free!!




Castropol flower carpets - 2017


The Castropol flower carpets in 2017 were stunning!! This year they were on Sunday the 18th June, but the date changes each year in relation to Easter. They are on the Sunday of Corpus Christi. In 2018 they will be on the 3rd June so if you want to see them it is worth planning your self catering holiday with this in mind. 


They are created by the ladies in Castropol and the carpets have become famous in Spain with people travelling hundreds of miles to come and see them. Although they are called 'flower' carpets, they use a wide range of products to create them. Rice, coloured sawdust, coffee grounds, sand, salt and many other things are used as well as flower petals, reeds and eucalyptus nuts.


The ladies create the carpets during the night so you can go and look at them during the Sunday morning. Get there early to avoid the crowds. There is a mass around midday and once the service is over, there is a procession around the village and the carpets are trampled. By evening, you wouldn't know anything had been there!! When it is all too much for you, you can grab a coffee in Peña Mar.


Carnaval 2015, Ribadeo, Galicia


This years Carnaval procession in Ribadeo took place on the 17th February. As always it was well attended and the participants had gone to a lot of trouble with their costumes and fancy dress. There were the usual charangas (groups playing kazoos) although the costumes this year seemed more elaborate than in past years. The whole procession took over an hour and a half to pass by, by which time most people were frozen and headed straight for the nearest bar!!






Sargadelos - Galician pottery


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.

Ceramica de Sargadelos

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 

Sargadelos figures

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.


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


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.

Niemayer centre

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.


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.


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.


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


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!!