The council of Nava is symbolically the heart of Asturias because of its situation at the centre-east of the region and because the area is well known for its Cider production of which the Asturians are very proud.
This is the main area where the land, towns and overall life revolve around the production of the most important drink and symbol of the Principality, natural Cider. In fact because of their love for and dedication to this traditional beverage, with low alcohol content, Nava were awarded with the “Exemplary Town of Asturias Award” in 1996. This is an award given by the “Princess of Asturias Foundation” and delivered in person by the King and Queen of Spain. The award shall be conferred upon a town, village, population centre, scenic area or group of people in the Principality of Asturias that have stood out in a notable way in “defending and conserving its natural or environmental setting, its historical, cultural or artistic heritage, or in the carrying out of outstanding communal works or other such displays of solidarity”.
Other important aspects of Nava are the fine examples of religious and civic architecture such as the Palace Casa-Fuerte de la Ferreria from the 16th century in the town of Fuensanta, The Palace of the Cogolla, also from the 16th century or the parish church of El Remedio.
In the location of Ceceda you can see the traditional architecture of the rural areas of the region.
In Nava you will also find the Museum of Asturian Cider, build to show and promote this popular beverage through an interactive experience.
There are many routes throughout the area like the “Sendero Local de Nava” (Local Route of Nava), “Ruta del Picu la Mua” (Route of La Mua Peak), «Ruta de la Ribera del Rio La Pena» (Route of the riverside of La Pena river) or «Ruta de les foces del Rio Pendon» (Route of the ravines of the Pendon river). It also offers close proximity to the beautiful beaches of the Cider Region and the Dinosaur Coastline.
The Gastronomy in Nava is based around the traditional Asturian fare, with stews, Asturian reared beef and fresh fish from the see and the rivers. It has special importance the quality shellfish from the area, cooked with rice or in many ways but always very tasty. And of course the real star of the area is savouring which is great for drinking but also for cooking with.
Nava enjoys one of the best parties in Asturias, the “Festival of the Cider” considered of National and International Touristic Interest and the Astur Market considered of Regional Interest.
More info: Nava Tourist Office
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Images supplied by Tomás Fano and Turismo Asturias: Camilo Alonso and José Suarez.