Mummy says… Asturias is an undiscovered northern region in Spain. I love discovering new places to learn about, hopefully leading to a holiday there one day. As much as I love travelling with my children I am also loving the opportunity to do a little travelling on my own – or with just one (or both) of my adult daughters. Asturias, Spain looks like a perfect place for us, and I really fancy a holiday by train in Asturias…
Spain’s northern coast, the Costa Verde (Green Coast) is home to some fantastic scenery including the Picos de Europa Mountains with their jagged limestone peaks. Other reasons why I would love a train holiday through Asturias are:
- The scenery sounds just stunning. With lush hills and fields, grassy cliffs and secluded beaches of virgin sand it sounds perfect.
- The food. How delicious does high quality, locally caught fish and seafood, cheese and locally sourced casseroles sound?
- The drink. Especially the cider (sidra) produced in the area.
- Flying from the UK to Bilbao airport is around an hour and forty five minutes.
- The climate is mild all year round, and with much warmer temperatures usually from May to October.
Cider (Sidra)is a popular low alcohol drink and is made from locally-grown apples in Asturias. It has been produced there since ancient times., being thought of as the regional “wine.”
There is a particular way to drink the cider from Asturias – hold a large glass in one hand and a bottle of the cider in the other. Raise the bottle above your head and let the cider fall into the glass, which produces some foam. This pouring method is called escanciar in Spanish and is said to be essential to get the best flavour from the sidra. Only pour an inch or two of cider into the glass and drink immediately.
I have been practising my escanciar and have a little video to show you. I also have a pack of Asturias Cider with a glass for you to win, and you can have a go at pouring some too! Enter below, the competition ends at midnight on 27 February 2018. Good Luck!
The ‘Slow holidays’ company Inntravel offer a wide range of holidays are wide and varied, with something for all walking beginners (ME!) Even very occasional walkers can enjoy a self-guided journey from one wonderful hotel to the next, following detailed maps and route notes.
Reasons to choose a train holiday through Asturias with Inntravel are:
- explore by foot and by train
- charming country hotels
- flexible options in beautiful scenery
- self guided journey by rail
- rail pass included
If, like me, you fancy a slow holiday like this – one where you can leave all the stresses and worries of everyday life behind, concentrating only on the scenery, the food, the drink and living in the moment then holidays like this from the “Slow holidays’ company Inntravel sound just perfect. I love the idea of a holiday with walking too, one that is planned for me but not too strenuous.
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