Are you coeliac? May it be one of your family members or one of your friends? Then, you are in luck! Cangas del Narcea has become a village by and for coeliacs. This village located halfway between Oviedo and Lugo has become a tourist attraction since it has removed gluten from all products in bakeries, bars and coffee shops.
You might be wondering why this new trend in a village located in the middle of the Asturian mountain. Some years ago the rate of celiac disease increased inexplicably in the entire village. Nowadays, 4% of the 7,000 current inhabitants of Cangas del Narcea are coeliacs. This amount triples the Spain average. Therefore, the village decided to remove gluten from their products. Bakeries and restaurants wanted to adapt to a need of the citizens. The idea was to not deprive coeliacs of a good Sunday breakfast or a family lunch.
By this way, Cangas del Narcea has become the paradise for those who suffer from celiac disease. Handmade muffins, rosquillas de anís (Spanish anise doughnuts) and fresh bread are enjoyed by coeliacs every morning in an environment where people really care about them.
Cangas del Narcea is already a tourist destination for families in which some family member suffer from celiac disease. This decision gave life to the village. Thereafter, every weekend curious people visit the village in order to try this new gastronomic option. Gluten free tapas, cold cuts and beer can be found almost everywhere.
The elaboration of the typical dishes from Asturias without wheat flour and derivatives has become a tourist attraction. Furthermore, Cangas del Narcea is one of the best places to try amazing wines with protected designation of origin Cangas.
The success has been so overwhelming that the village have been celebrating a special event for three years now. This year, Cangas del Narcea has reunited coeliacs from all over the country during the III Jornadas Cangas sin Gluten (3rd Gluten free Conference), a cultural and culinary event that has turned this natural paradise into a gastronomic paradise.
What are you waiting for? Do you have some coeliac in your close circle or do you just want to try a new gastronomic experience? Any excuse is good enough to visit a new place. Gluten is anymore an obstacle to enjoy a great weekend accompanied by a nice meal.