Innovation, Tradition and Culture

Credits: Turismo Asturias – Juanjo Arrojo

10.00 h. – Departure from Candás.

10.30 h. –  Visit to the CTIC Foundation facilities (Gijón).

CTIC Foundation

The Information and Communication Technology Centre (CTIC) seeks to improve business competitiveness through research and technological innovation. One of its objectives is to be a driving force of innovation and technological partner of companies and administrations generating innovative services and products, as well as promoting the incorporation of technology to the business processes of companies to make them more competitive. CTIC also plays the role of observatory of future technological trends.

They work with different technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Web of Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Standardized and Open Data or Blockchain. Among its challenges is the Digital Transformation in Business and Industry 4.0 the development of intelligent territories and achieve an active and healthy aging.

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11.15 h.-  Departure to Polígono Rural de Cabranes.

12.00 h.- Visit to Kikiricoop and BHD Consulting.

Cooperative Kikiricoop.

Kikiricoop is a ‘neopaisana’ cooperative: it has been created by people who return to the countryside, to inhabit the rural world, in order to live in a sustainable way. It aims to provide a space and legal infrastructure for projects working on sustainable development, ecology and/or feminism.

At the moment, there are two projects that are part of Kikiricoop:

  1. ASTURCILLA: It is an organic cocoa and hazelnut cream from the area that promotes the harvesting of hazelnuts, so traditional in the Asturian economy, and the continued planting of hazelnuts. In fact, they are already participating, together with a rural development centre, in a community development project that works for the recovery of the hazelnut tree. More information at
  2. CON-FUSIÓN MEALS: It is a catering with ecological and vegetarian vocation. They fuse gastronomic traditions from all over the world and cook them with local ingredients. It feeds on Asturian organic farming projects, contributing to their viability. More information at


Both projects are committed to the struggle for Food Sovereignty and the defense of the peasant economy. They seek to strengthen social and economic networks in rural areas in order to contribute to their development.

bhd Consulting

bhd Consulting (Big Health Data Consulting) develops projects based on information technologies in the fields of health care, mobile health and education. It is a technology consultancy with 100% Spanish capital in the field of digital transformation of processes, communication and culture of organizations.

Focusing on the e-health field, it offers the development of SaaS platforms for medicine, health care services and training. It complements its projects with audiovisual content, reinforced with Hosting and Compliance solutions, which allows them to offer strategic consulting services in IT, Marketing, Communication and Compliance.

bhd Consulting’s objectives are to develop modern tools for the integral remote and face-to-face management of health, and for the continuous training of health professionals and to contribute to the responsible empowerment of the patient, offering society guaranteed and quality information, as well as services with the best online medical care.

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13.00 h.-  Departure to Nava.

13.30 h.-  Arrival at Museo de la Sidra. Official reception, lunch and site visit.

Cider Museum

Inaugurated in 1996, the Cider Museum covers the entire cider-making process, from apple growing to cider bottling, pressing and fermentation. In an interactive way the visitor is shown the different processes of elaboration between which it emphasizes a machine that with an apple shows all the process until the exit of the sweet cider or cider of the duernu.

All the aspects surrounding the world of cider are dealt with, from the first step, pollination and the development of the pomares (apple trees) and their different varieties to their bottling and sale in chigres (pubs) and sidrerías (cider houses). You can also see how a typical llagar (cider cellar) is and how cider is treated today, with careful and rigorous methods.

Far from the traditional museum idea, this museum was conceived as an exhibition of pieces ordered according to thematic or typological criteria.

The equipment assumes as a fundamental challenge that of the participation of the visitor, and in this way, by means of an enveloping exhibition system, it tries to transmit all the possible information with respect to the production, consumption and history of the cider, taking into account all the aspects and social and cultural environment of this drink.

Themes such as the chigre, the tonada, music, musical instruments such as the bagpipe, have a leading role in this facility that happens to be unique in terms of content in the scope of the Atlantic Arc.

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15.30 h.-  Departure from Nava.

16.15 h.-  Visit to Los Caserinos (Villaviciosa).

Los Caserinos

Los Caserinos is an Asturian cheese factory totally familiar with wide cattle tradition. They make cheeses and desserts from the milk produced organically by their own cows and goats. In the visit it will be possible to see:

  • Farm animals, many of them autochthonous races. It explains the handling, feeding, importance of organic production.
  • Then it is explained how the collected milk is transformed into organic, healthy and natural products.
  • Finally we go to a small llagar (cellar) where cider is made and the production process is explained.

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16.45 h.-  Departure to Villaviciosa.

17.00 h.-  Visit to the historical centre of Villaviciosa and to the House of Hevia.

Historical center of Villaviciosa

Villaviciosa is a unique and welcoming territory of the Principality of Asturias that has a wide range of tourist attractions of great cultural, scenic and ecological value. The visitor will be able to delight himself walking by the bucolic streets of Villaviciosa capital and to discover the magical corners that guards the Historical Set of this Villa, elegant and stately, with its sculptures, palaces and mansions emblazoned…

This locality is also crossed by the North Way of Santiago, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which leaves Romanesque temples such as Santa María de la Oliva in its wake. It is not strange to see the coming and going of pilgrims on their Jacobean route through its streets.

Casa de los Hevia (House of Hevia)

Villaviciosa treasures one of the most interesting monumental spaces in the municipality, the Casa de Los Hevia (House of Hevia), where Prince Charles of Ghent was housed between 19 and 23 September 1517, who would go down in history as Charles I of Spain and V of Germany, after his disembarkation in the neighbouring port of Tazones.

It should be noted that this building, which houses a permanent exhibition on this historical fact, is part of the network of Interpretation Centres of the ‘European Routes of Emperor Charles V’, declared ‘European Cultural Itinerary’ by the Council of Europe.

17.45 h.- Departure to Candás.

18.30 h.- Arrival at Candás.