Within the typical of the Asturian coast, Luanco stands out as one of its most picturesque villas. With a strictly marine idiosyncrasy, the capital of the municipality of Gozón, in the epicenter of the central Asturian coast, combines the flavor of the most rugged Cantabrian in the near Cabo Peñas, with the slenderness of its beaches and its secluded urban center.
There are many daily attractions: the friendly nature of its people, its excellent cuisine, the seascapes or the authenticity of its urban center, in which the seafaring activity has generated a characteristic type of housing, with corridors that later will be transformed into galleries, painted by general with the same painting of the boats.
Luanco: sailor flavor
All these inducements continue to survive when the summer and its vacationers say goodbye to beaches and terraces, leaving Luanco with less people but also with more freedom so that occasional visitors admire its enveloping seafront, taste its seafood menu or enjoy the waves alone breaking on the walls of the dock.
Two beaches has Luanco in its urban area: one that bears the same name and the beach of La Ribera. The first is one of the main attractions for tourists, with a first line of coquettish constructions, derived from the first bourgeois settlements and their bespoke shawls. A breakwater closes this bay. We can walk from the Gayo (the port) to the Cabildo (Church of Santa María). La Ribera beach, the second beach, opens to the sea near the pier. It enjoys unbeatable views, with boats and boats anchored in the distance and Isla del Carmen in the background. When there is a high tide, people usually fish in its waters from the wall.
Port de Luanco is the nerve center of this town. In the Middle Ages it served as a shelter for a large fishing fleet that was dedicated to whale fishing. After the bonito, the sardine, xarda, pixín, conger eel ... Today in the port shellfish boats dock that catch spider crabs, crabs, lobsters or barnacles, and that feed daily the menus of the restaurants and the tapas of the cider houses, very abundant in the surroundings of the port itself.
At the beginning of July are held Gastronomic Days of Bonito. There is a wide range of dishes with this protagonist that can be savored throughout the summer, while the coast lasts. The bonito is the most typical product of the Luancan coasts; in past times the abundance of this supposed the birth of an important canning industry.
Abound bottles of cider, periwinkles (small sea snails), the sea urchin (sea urchin), clams ... the culinary knowledge of the town also specializes in rice dishes and paellas great. Local, many with sea views, are an ideal place, a new kind of "fusion restaurants" that combine the sensations of the palate with the view.
In Luanco we are surprised by its streets full of cider houses and restaurants, but also a rich heritage that splashes squares and corners. The Church of Santa María, whose construction dates back to the 17th century, is a Baroque building that makes up a unique photograph at the foot of the sea. It has an elongated nave and a sturdy bell tower. In the interior we discovered seven altars and a major altarpiece of excellent invoice. Outside, the great Cabildo that surrounds the temple, supported by columns on a pedestal, stands out. The church puts safeguard the image of the Holy Christ of Socorro, whose feast is repeated every 5 February commemorating the miracle happened that day of 1776: for his intercession, a boat fishing Luanco they were free of foundering amid a gale . Other architectural gems are the noble house of Menendez de la Pola, also the seventeenth century, or the Clock Tower located on the square of the same name built in 1705.
Luanco also has a dense museum dedicated, how could it be otherwise, to the sea. A property that is the headquarters of the Maritime Museum of Asturias; like a huge ship, but also like a submarine, giant can of preserves, a network of which you can not escape, a paradise of corals, a hook that makes us itch. It is also a museum with its own name: the dean of the Asturian museums. It was founded in 1948 thanks to an outstanding popular participation.