Porrúa is a village which belongs to the Llanes council (Asturias) in the north of Spain. It has a population of approximately 400 inhabitants, a little bit more on summer and a little bit less in winter. The Cantabric sea is less than a kilometre away and just behind it la sierra del Cuera mountain range. Until not a long time ago Porrua’s inhabitants were mostly committed to cattle, nowadays tourism is the main income source, even though cattle is still present.
“Porruanos” (Porrua’s inhabitants) are known as stubborn people, known in Llanes as “los de la viga atravesá” (1) but in the very end they are a very admired village, because among other things, they still maintain the old days habits.
Despite being such a small village, it has an important activity: there is a cultural association (Llacín) which organizes an important amount of activities for all ages, the village’s school is still working, this latter fact is really peculiar in villages with such a small size, children between 4 and 12 years old attend to it. This school is also used by the Bagpipes Band (Banda de Gaitas LLacín) for rehearsing. Porrúa is also involved in the “cultural village” project which has helped a lot to make the village international, which didn’t have a lot of contact with foreign cultures before.
These new activities that are taking place now make its inhabitants really proud of living here, because Porrúa is nowadays an alive village, where I don’t know if all, but the majority of us feel comfortable and proud.
(1) (The crosswise beam) Porrúa inhabitants have being called like that since the church was built a century ago. It is said that during this construction they tried to enter a beam in horizontal and parallel to the front door, they say that they even greased the beam with animal fat to make the job easier (we don’t know if the story is trustworthy)