Poreño also known as Poreñu, is a small charming village in the region of Asturias, close to the coastal town of Villaviciosa and about 40 kilometers from Gijon. The Princess of Asturias Foundation presents the Award for Exemplary Town every year in October. As a result, Poreñu received the 2017 Exemplary Town of Asturias Award in October. The selection criteria takes into consideration:
the defense and conservation of nature and environment, history, culture or artistic heritage, an initiative for boosting the economy or in the carrying out of communal works or other such outstanding displays of solidarity.
Granaries at Poreñu
This town has approximately one hundred people. Their main source of income is farming as well as livestock. As a result, there are many examples of Asturian granaries around the households. These granaries are wooden constructions above pillars with tile roofs. They store the harvest from the fields away from humidity and animals. On one hand, those with four pillars and mostly square shaped are called “hórreos“. On the other hand, those with more than four pillars and mostly rectangular are called “paneras“.
Cider is the local drink par excellence in Asturias. Fields with apple trees surround the village of Poreñu. They harvest during September as well as October. As a result, those apples produce the Asturian natural cider.
The permanent ethnographic collection displays traditional utensils. Similarly, it includes farming tools such as plows. The layout shows a traditional rural house with its living room, bedroom, and kitchen with a coal stove. The exhibition opens on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 17:00 until 19:00.
The Royal Visit
Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited the village of Poreñu on 21st October for the award celebrations and discovered a commemorative plaque raised for the occasion. If you want to find out more about this charming Asturian town, please visit their web page.
Congratulations to all the residents of Poreñu!
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