Despite its industrial and mining traditions, Asturias has maintained its traditional ancestral agricultural and dairy traditions.
Visiting the villages of Asturias is the perfect chance to discover their rich ethnographic heritage and marvel at the spectacular scenery, but also to immerse yourself in a still-living past culture and to discover the methods of producing and refining foodstuffs of exceptional character. The quality and character of many of the products has been recognised by the European Union, such as the Protected Geographical Indicaion (PGI) for Asturian Beef and Chosco de Tineo, a smoked preserved sausage made from pork, or the Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) for the Asturian White Bean (“faba de Asturias”). Other products are guaranteed by Organic Certification (COPAE) or are simply distinguishable because they come from indigenous races, the gochu asturcelta (Celtic-Asturian Pig), pita pinta and oveya xalda.
Following this Route one can learn to discover the indigenous varieties of Asturias, travel back in time to get to discover a centuries old past still alive today and get to taste unique local products.
The Route offers visits to arable and dairy farms and to companies involved in the production of meat or other agricultural products. One can try unforgettable experiences like feeding farm animals, take part in the jobs involved in the care of a vegetable garden, visit a factory for smoking preserved meat products… and much more. And of course, try different local products and traditional dishes.