Last Christmas, Santa brought me a trip to Cangas del Narcea. The region of Cangas del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias is on the southwest of Asturias, and most of it is occupied by Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias Natural Park. This Natural Park is home to mountains and valleys of great importance covered by native forests. Other natural areas, such as Muniellos Natural Reserve and Somiedo Natural Park are very close to the region of Cangas.
A unique place to enjoy the last days of 2013, but not only because the beauty of its landscapes and monuments but also because Cangas del Narcea is maybe the region of Spain with a bigger ratio of celiac people!
|Parador Nacional de Corias|
Thereby we could be confident to have a GF choice, because we had been looking for information of restaurants to eat gluten-free and we did not find any. It is not surprising, because the region of Cangas has only 6,000 inhabitants, and it is composed by little towns where it would not be usual to find many people who know what celiac disease is.
But by chance we found a exclusively gluten-free bakery only 5 km from Cangas:
Isacel is at Puenticiella (Ponticieḷḷa in bable, the tongue of Asturias), a town on the southeast of Cangas del Narcea. It opened last September because a member of the family is celiac. They have gluten-free bread, cakes and, at those dates, Christmas sweets. I bought bread and polvorones and they were very tasty. The clerk was the first person who told us that in the region of Cangas there are a higher ratio of celiac population than in the rest of Spain.
When we did the check-in at the hotel and remembered the receptionist that I needed gluten-free products for breakfast, she told us again that I would not have any problem to eat in that village…
|Octopus with potato and applesauce, Casa del Río|
We went out to find a restaurant to eat and, in fact, we had no problem: at Restaurante Casa del Río (calle Mayor, 38) they told us what I could and could not eat. Most of the dishes of the menu were suitable for celiacs and others could be easily adaptable. Besides, the meal was very good and plentiful and, of course, they had gluten-free bread. I had a big salad and grilled octopus with potato and applesauce. As desert, a typical requesón (a cheese similar to ricotta) with honey.
|Sidrería Narcea terrace|
|Potatoes with Cabrales and croquettes, Sidrería Narcea|
We had no time to visit more bars or restaurants, but I am pretty sure that there are gluten-free options in the other 5 or 6 restaurants of the town. I was happy the days I spent in Cangas and even more because it was a real surprise to find this little gluten-free paradise in the paradise of Asturias.
Other links of interest if you visit Asutrias:
-Gluten-free Gijón: http://www.gijon.info/page/12292-gijon-sin-gluten
-La cocina de Lu, in Grado: http://www.lacocinadelu.es/tienda/
-Club de Restauración para Celíacos de Asturias:
|Somiedo Natural Park|