Lastres Travel Guide

Taste your way through Lastres: A foodie's guide to the hidden culinary treasures of the town

This enchanting destination invokes all the cliches of an Asturian village: a charming and unspoiled harbor town, Lastres, boasts spectacular mountain scenery, winding cobbled streets, gorgeous beaches, great tapas bars, and a lively cultural scene. It is simply the perfect summer hideaway: a village that is both pristine and yet, at the same time, utterly authentic.

Today, Lastres remains a star attraction in the majestic Asturian Costa Verde. The coastline was initially inhabited by ancient man, followed by the local Celtic tribes known as the Astures until the Romans invaded this part of northern Spain in 29 BC. Led by the First Roman Emperor Augustus, the Romans succeeded in subjugating the Astures but never fully managed to conquer the mountainous territory along Spain’s northern coast.

After the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, Asturias languished in obscurity for centuries, evading both the Visigoth tribes, who established a short-lived capital in Toledo, and subsequently the Moors from North Africa. Finally, in 711, they invaded Spain and quickly conquered vast swathes of territory, particularly in Andalusia (southern Spain). However, with their remote location and unforgiving terrain, provinces like Asturias remained independent from the Moorish territory of ‘Al-Andalus.’

Asturias languished in absolute obscurity for centuries, and it’s impossible to say precisely when Lastres was founded. Finally, however, in 722 AD, a de facto independent kingdom was established in Asturias called the Regnum Asturoum.

Yet it was not until 943 that Lastres was mentioned in an official document. History records that King Ramiro II of Leon donated funds to the Catholic parishes of Asturias, including Santa Maria de Sabada, which was Lastre’s original title. Until the 17th century, local fishermen were expected to pay tribute towards the upkeep of the church, which stands intact today.

In the 14th century, Lastres and the Asturias region were integrated into the Kingdom of Spain – many of the era’s greatest explorers, sailors, and aristocrats came from the area and played a vital role in the Spanish court. However, Lastres’ golden age was in the 17th century, when the village’s reputation as a major fishing center exploded, and vast fleets were built to harness the plentiful Atlantic bounty. A thriving industry supplied the markets of Castile y Leon, and many elegant mansions were constructed during this period.

During the 18th century Bourbon dynasty and the so-called ‘Age of Enlightenment,’ Asturias was one of the great learning centers and produced several notable thinkers and reformers. In 1757, the famous Santa Maria de Sabada church was constructed, which was subsequently declared a monument in 1992 and is today one of the prettiest in northern Spain.

Asturias would continue to play a defining role in the significant events of the 20th century, not least the Spanish Civil War. In 1934, local miners initiated a strike against the incoming far-right Christian government, the Spanish Confederation of the Autonomous Right (CEDA), which developed into a significant revolutionary uprising against conservative forces. At one point, the revolutionaries controlled the region’s capital, Oviedo, and it seemed they would consolidate their hold over the area. However, General Francisco Franco put down the rebellion, killing many Asturians.

Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that the region maintained a strong Republican bias during the Civil War, which Franco eventually won after fierce fighting. Asturias was one of the last northern regions to be taken by the Nationalists during the battle of El Mazuco in 1937. Many citizens fled to neighboring France during the conflict to escape reprisals from the Nationalist forces, draining the region of its workforce and lifeblood.

Franco’s victory in 1939 would ensure over 30 years of autocratic rule by his oppressive, ‘Movimiento Nacional’ government – Asturias during this period was simply referred to as “The Province of Oviedo” and was in a sorry state indeed. The Civil War had ruined the Spanish economy, and up to 200,000 people died of starvation during the initial years of Franco’s rule, a period known as Los Años de Hambre (the Years of Hunger). Moreover, his grip on society was absolute: strikes, divorce, contraception, and many cultural activities were deemed illegal.

Franco’s death in 1975 heralded a new era of prosperity and hope for the citizens of Lastres and, indeed, for the people of Spain. The region was granted autonomous status in 1981, and since the early 1980s, Asturias has gone from strength to strength.

And so, after much hardship and upheaval, Lastres is today a fitting symbol for 21st-century Asturias – proud, optimistic, hardworking, and incredibly diverse. Indeed, one might argue that the region is a microcosm of Spain as a whole, cramming everything from snowy mountains to sandy beaches, little tapas bars, to avant-garde restaurants into its borders.

Yet, above all else, this is a part of the world largely untouched by mass tourism, meaning that you will have Lastres virtually to yourself at the right time of year. It is one of Spain’s last great unknown treasures and a must-visit destination for any lover of great food, diverse scenery, and the warmest hospitality you will find anywhere – Bienvenidos a Lastres!

  • Restaurante Eutimio - Creative fish and shellfish dish
    Restaurante Eutimio (see below) - Creative fish and shellfish dish

    Gastronomy and Wine


  • Restaurante Casa Eutimio

    With its warm, rustic atmosphere and a traditional menu bursting with fresh seafood and local ingredients, Casa Eutimio offers a taste of Asturias that is both authentic and unforgettable. The menu celebrates the region’s rich culinary heritage, focusing on fresh seafood and local ingredients. The merluza (hake), caught in the nearby waters of the Cantabrian Sea, is a particular standout – cooked to perfection. The iconic Fabada Asturiana, a hearty white bean stew with pork and chorizo, is another must-try dish. And for dessert – the Arroz con Leche, a creamy rice pudding topped with caramelized sugar, is the perfect sweet finish to a delightful meal. With its warm, rustic atmosphere and a menu bursting with flavors and textures unique to Asturias, Casa Eutimio is truly a culinary destination not to be missed.

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  • Santa Maria de Sabada church

    The village’s undisputed highlight is the Roman Catholic Church, an elegant mix of baroque and neoclassical architecture and style. The main altarpiece is particularly beautiful, with its ionic columns, as is the nave and bell tower.

  • Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa

    These spectacular mountains were supposedly christened the ‘Peaks of Europe’ by returning sailors for whom this was often the first site of their homeland. The range is today Europe’s biggest national park and easily accessible from Lastres. Expect deep winding gorges, verdant valleys and an astounding amount of flora and fauna.

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