Located in the east of Asturias, these livestock farming grounds are struggling to hold on to their young people. It's a beautiful corner, overflown by vultures and eagles, famous for its cheese and where the soul shudders to contemplate from various look-outs: land, sea and sky.
"Al otru llau de la mar,
esa filera de montes
que guaño por avistar."
De Al otru llau de la mar del grupo folk asturiano Llan de Cubel.
Together with 9 other municipalities, Cabrales forms part of the National Park Picos de Europa, which is the oldest protected natural area of Spain, dating back to the times of Alfonso XIII when the National Park of the Mountain Covadonga was created.
In Cabrales there are no hills, there are mountains.
That's what the mountain and climbing lovers say because of its accidented orography: there are 20% gradients and some peaks are higher than 2000m altitude. It's very gratifying to hike around its mountains and mountain passes, like for example the one in , Cares ) or go walking to the village Bulnes following the Canal del Tejo (visible from Camarmeña).
"¿Por qué me llamas Naranjo,
si no soy ningún frutal?
Llámame Picu Urriellu,
que es mi nombre natural."
Cabrales, much more than cheese.
The artisanal Cabrales blue cheese, world renowned, is not the only thing you can taste in this zone. The Cabrales pastures give a unique taste and texture to its veal, beef and goat meat. You could also enjoy the soups and stews like fabada asturiana (beans) and pote de verduras (vegetables). The gastronomical tradition in Cabrales and the whole of Asturias is overwhelming. Even so, a lot of restaurants are offering variations and innovations of traditional dishes
Visit the website of the Cabrales Tourist Office for more information. .