Cider country!

4th November – 7th November

With all the beer that has been consumed this year, I was glad to be in cider country. They love the stuff, and Oveido is pretty much the capital of Spanish cider.
With all the beer that has been consumed this year, I was glad to be in cider country. They love the stuff, and Oveido is pretty much the capital of Spanish cider.

Oviedo was our next stop as we were gradually making our way towards Portugal. The capital of Spanish cider, Oviedo features a street of sidrerias (cider houses) where you will be served a local cider in the traditional way.  The waiter holds the bottle of cider over their head and pours the cider into a glass held below.  Cider spills everywhere, but at the same time is oxygenated.  So you drink your small glass quickly and wait for it to happen again.  It was rather entertaining.

Whilst the cider was great, the city itself was fairly low-key.  So we had an easy couple of days and ventured out of the city to explore along the coastline to the north.  We also enjoyed chatting away with our airbnb host, Jenny.  She has been one of our best hosts to date and it was nice to share experiences with her and learn a bit about Oviedo and life in Spain.

Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo.
Catedral de San Salvador de Oviedo.

Our last stop before Portugal was Lago de Sanabria, a large glacial lake at the centre of the Sanabria Lake Natural Park just north of the Portuguese border.  A popular local tourist destination in summer, we got to experience the lake in relative peace and quiet.  With the wonderful autumn colours and crunching leaves beneath our feet it was quite lovely.  We stayed in a very rural little town, Pedrazales. It was tiny, and the (few) streets were more like wide footpaths.

The scenic drive from Oviedo to Lago de Sanabria.
The scenic drive from Oviedo to Lago de Sanabria.
Lago de Sanabria. This time of year the lake was really quiet and peaceful. The autumn colours were also lovely.
Lago de Sanabria. This time of year the lake was really quiet and peaceful. The autumn colours were also lovely.
Lago de Sanabria. In the late afternoon light the Lake looked pretty wonderful.
Lago de Sanabria. In the late afternoon light the Lake looked pretty wonderful.
Aah, such wonderful tranquil water.
Aah, such wonderful tranquil (and clear) water.
One of the houses in the small village of Ribadelago. This village, on the edge of the lake, was partially destroyed when a dam failed in 1959 causing a huge flood and loss of many lives.
One of the houses in the small village of Ribadelago. This village, on the edge of the lake, was partially destroyed when a dam failed in 1959 causing a huge flood and loss of many lives.

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