The Council of Cabrales (Asturias, Spain) is one of the most spectacular corners of the Cantabrian Coast, thanks to its abrupt geography and the diversity of its landscapes. Located in the eastern part of the Principado de Asturias, Cabrales stands out for its lush nature and gastronomic tradition linked to the Cabrales Cheese (where its name comes from)


The municipality


Its natural beauty is displayed in the infinite landscapes that is home of the National Park of Picos de Europa, like Picu Urriellu, popularly known as Naranjo de Bulnes. It is a wonderful area to discover without haste, where you can practice sports in the heart of nature.

The gastronomy of Cabrales is based on Cabrales Cheese, known for its quality, craftsmanship and maturation in natural caves. To discover the elaboration process of this exquisite delicacy, we recommend a visit to the Caves of Cabrales Cheese, as well as its artisan cheese dairies.

The cheese

PDO Cabrales Cheese is a blue type and is made all year round from raw cow’s milk or with a mixture of two or three kinds of milk: cow, goat or sheep. The ripening process, between three and six months, takes place in the natural caves in the Picos de Europa. Its production area is limited to the Municipality of Cabrales and the villages of Cáraves, Oceño and Rozagás in Peñamellera Alta.

The cheese barely has a crust, because it has an unctuous and soft surface similar to that of the inside. When ripe it has a bluish-green colour and the dough is creamy, with a strong smell. The cheese will be yellow depending on the amount of cow’s milk has been used.

The Cabrales Cheese Contest takes place on the last weekend of the month of August each year.


The European Cheese Route Association develops different projects related to the agri-food and tourism sectors.

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