Potes' old town has plenty of bars, most doubling up as restaurants, along Calle Cántabra, under the arches beside the CA185 and overlooking the Río Deva below the central Plaza de Capitán Palacios. If you're feeling brave, try the notoriously strong local spirit called orujo.

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The potent liquor orujo, made from leftover grape pressings, is drunk throughout northern Spain and is something of a Potes speciality. People here like to drink it as an after-dinner aperitif as part of a herbal tea called té de roca or té de puerto. Plenty of shops around town sell orujo, including varieties flavoured with honey, fruits and herbs, and most will offer you tastings if you're thinking of buying.

Potes' fun-filled Fiesta del Orujo kicks off on the second weekend in November, and involves practically every bar in town setting up a stall selling orujo shots for a few cents, the proceeds of which go to charity.

Several Potes-area orujo-makers have recently swung open their doors to visitors. About 5km northwest of Potes, El Coterón is a small family-run orujo distillery offering informative tours (sometimes in English) of their facilities and, of course, the chance to taste and purchase products at the source. Visit in October or November to witness the apples being picked and pressed. Bookings recommended.