June 4, 2013 - Posted by Erin in Food and wine, Spain, Travel, Travels in Europe, Travels in Spain

Oh dear. Do you still remember me? The deep passion for tortilla española? The adventures with sheep? The cheese, ohhh, the manchego cheese!?! Yes, it’s me Tortuga Viajera, and I know, it’s been a little while.

After a couple of weeks of silence, though, I’m back, and (sort of) have an excuse: my father recently came to visit me in Spain. During his nearly two-week trip, we traveled up north, weaving in and out of the regions of Asturias and Cantabria, and covered ground here in Madrid, heading to places like El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. We ate, we saw, we ate some more, and then my dad finally got food poisoning (because apparently this runs in the family). Overall, though, it was a magical a trip. And here are some of the photos to prove it.

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The seaside town of Cudillero, where I will live one day. Promise.
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The Cudillero lighthouse.
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The world’s best arroz con leche – EVER!!! – from Restaurante Isabel in Cudillero. See that mess drizzled on top? That, my foodie friend, was sugary syrup burnt to form a crusty layer of magic atop the tapioca-textured concoction. It was a miracle in my mouth.
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I present you with extreme fishing at Cabo Vidio. Shortly after this, the guy left his two poles propped up on the ledge and left. We still can’t figure out his strategy. Seriously, can someone tell me how the fish he’s apparently catching don’t yank the pole straight out into the ocean? Really, I want to know.
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The view of the Picos de Europa from just above the mountain village of Cahecho, and after an uber-Cantabrian lunch of cocido montañes at Casa Lamadrid (well worth the car sickness-inducing drive, should you be in these parts).
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A backroad in the Cantabrian village of Potes. Not a bad place to get lost during a countryside stroll.
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On our final night, we slept in the 30-person village of Bárcena Mayor. We stayed at the only open hotel (if you can even call it that) in town and were their only guests.
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Blooming flowers in the gardens behind the El Escorial Monastery. Spring and summer have been trying to make an appearance here in Spain, but it’s been slow going.

8 Responses to “MIA in Northern Spain”

  1. Steph Says:

    Gorgeous! I want to go to there… and there… and there… 🙂

  2. Christine Says:

    Gorgeeeous! I keep hearing lots about Cudillero…will have to make a point to visit one day!

  3. Erin Says:

    You must! It seriously might be the cutest Spanish pueblo that I’ve ever been to. Totally obsessed.

  4. bawa Says:

    Ah, if you were in Valle de Cabuerniga, lots of good places to eat, but most especially the chuletillas at Correpoco or one my favourite Cocido Montañes, veinson stew (corzo guisado) and wild boar steak (chuleta de jabalí) at Los Tojos (Restaurante La Bolera). Some chestnut cake for those with a sweet tooth.
    Next time. Also Valle de Nansa and Carmona village and road are lovely.

  5. Erin Says:

    Awesome – great tips, bawa!! I would love some of that chestnut cake right this moment – sounds amazing!

  6. Josh Says:

    Such a different Spain to the one I’m used to! Loved these pics, especially the one of the lighthouse. The colours are incredible!

    Fraid I can’t shed any light on the fishing mystery. Weren’t the rods weighed down with or wedged between large rocks?

  7. Erin Says:

    From what I could tell, they were merely propped there, not unlike how most coastal fishermen seem to fish here in Spain — you know, they just kind of prop up there pole and leave it there. I just wander, what are they catching? Sardines? Can’t be anything too big. I need to interrogate one of these guys the next time I see them (not on dangerous cliffs) and get answers once and for all!!!

  8. Vince Says:

    Spain is a great tourist destination. Lots of tourist attractions to vist. I have visited last year there, specially Cudillero, one of the most beautiful town and I really enjioyed my vacation there.

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