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Cangas de Onís: basic information

Cangas de Onís: basic information

What to see and do, routes, where to sleep and eat ...

Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information
  • Cangas de Onís: basic information

What to see and do, routes, where to sleep and eat ...

Cangas de Onís is an emblematic place of the Principality. It is famous for its perfectly preserved Roman bridge and for hosting the Battle of Covadonga in 722, which emerged as the first focus of resistance to the Muslim invasion. This battle, won by Pelayo, initiates the Reconquest and enables the establishment of the Asturian kingdom, based in Cangas de Onís.




Latitude: 43.3511696 Length: -5.1284909
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At present, Cangas de Onís has become a important tourism center, thanks to its scenic beauty, its history and art, its gastronomy... above all promoting rural and active tourism in which hunting, fishing, mountaineering, adventure sports, etc. can be combined.

The main population centers are Covadonga, Villanueva, Corao, Labra, Tornín, Mestas de Con, Intriago, Zardón, Margolles and Triongo. It limits to the north with the councils of Ribadesella and Parres, to the south with the province of Leon, to the east with the councils of Llanes and Onís and to the west with Parres and Amieva.

Roman bridge and Covadonga

In the council there were marked paleolithic settlements. In rock art they emphasize the caves of Buxu, los Azules and la de la Güelga. However the emblem of the city
is the call Roman bridge. Its actual construction was during the High Middle Ages, probably in the s. XIII. With its famous banked arch and two other minor arches that are unequal. The bridge could well be a reconstruction of a previous one that would date back to Roman times. What is certain is that the layout of the Roman road that linked the towns of Lucus Asturum (near Oviedo) and Portus Victoriae (current Santander) was based on it.

In the 8th century it starts the reconquest of Spanish territory from this town. After the victory of Covadonga in 722, Cangas became a small court and Pelayo established the town as his capital: first of the Kingdom of Asturias and later of all the territories that he was conquering. This is why Cangas de Onís is considered the first capital of Spain.

The Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva and a presumed primitive temple or chapel in Covadonga They are attributed to the reign of Alfonso I (Pelayo's son-in-law) with whom the Asturian kingdom was consolidated. Ancient chroniclers maintained that the cult of La Santina is older than it may seem, and that already in Pelayo's time the Virgin was highly regarded and had a decisive influence on the Christian victory. Since then, she has had a cave all to herself in the surroundings of the basilica. Carved out of the rock, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in Covadonga (etymologically Covadonga comes from the Latin expression "Cova dominica" which means "Cave of the Lady") and a few thousand pilgrims come to it every year in search of some extra grace for their lives. The current basilica was designed following a Neo-Romanesque aesthetic, and was built between 1877 and 1901 with a beautiful limestone in a pinkish hue.

Covadonga, the sanctuary of Asturias

Covadonga, the sanctuary of Asturias

Covadonga and its surroundings is one of the cardinal points of Asturias. A sacred and beautiful latitude to the…

Picos de Europa

The twentieth century begins with two important events for Cangas de Onís, the granting of a city title on the one hand and the creation of the Covadonga Mountain National Park (1918), on the other. The Today Picos de Europa National Park It is one of the most beautiful places on the continent, with an overwhelmingly karstic landscape, and includes gorges and gorges, immaculate rivers and valleys and large native forest masses.

The peaks of Europe

The peaks of Europe

In 1918, the first national park in Spain was declared in the Covadonga Mountain, today the National Park of…

The three massifs of this park: the western massif (El Cornión), the central massif (Los Urrieles), and the eastern massif (Andara), are physically delimited by the gorges of the salmon rivers Sella, Cares, Duje and Deva. The western massif, with its highest point, Peña Santa de Castilla (2.596 m.), is the largest and most varied of the three, and is particularly appropriate for hiking. The Enol and Ercina lakes are located in this massif.

Lakes of Covadonga

Lakes of Covadonga

Climbing the Lagos de Covadonga has merit, especially if you do it by bicycle. They are 12 kilometers ...

Ascent to the Lakes and guided route

Ascent to the Lakes and guided route

55
person

Water, nature, fun and sports for everyone: children, adults and pets. A sporting and recreational experience that millions of people have already experienced….

Excursions

A multitude of paths and routes suitable for hiking start from the capital of Canguesa, which is an excellent base camp to dedicate ourselves to good walks.
There are a few, close to the capital of the municipality and that are suitable for all audiences.

Dobra River, San Vicente Pot

Dobra River, San Vicente Pot

Here we propose an affordable, simple route, without major unevenness, but no less attractive for that reason…

La Vega de Orandi

La Vega de Orandi

We set out to make this evocative route of the holy place of Covadonga, near the cave of La Santina, ...

Route to the Cruz de Priena

Route to the Cruz de Priena

In Asturias the cross was always a highly respected sign, especially in mountain towns. In the …

The forest of Pome

The forest of Pome

Go into one of the most emblematic forests of the Picos de Europa It's an excursion...

Gastronomy

Cangas de Onís is a clear example of good food in Asturias. The privileged nature of this municipality, abundant pastures for cattle, salmon rivers, well-stocked orchards, corrals with eggs from home and "pitos de caleya", and its historic craftsmanship in the kitchen, around certain productions of sausages, meats roxas, cheeses, legumes, vegetables, has managed to improve the added value of the already good raw materials of this land. Quality products that are exposed every Sunday in one of the most famous markets in all of Asturias.

Asturian veal

Asturian veal

The two autochthonous races, Asturiana de los valles and Asturiana de la Montañas, are large calves ...

The salmon of Asturias

The salmon of Asturias

There are biological investigations who maintain that the Asturian salmon is the oldest in…

The Gamoneu cheese

The Gamoneu cheese

The Cornión, a mountain massif of extraordinary beauty, hides the gastronomic route of cheese from…

Furthermore, the high density of cider houses and restaurants in the capital is the icing on the cake of this gastronomic pyramid, the culmination of his culinary passion, genuine and essentially Asturian, with dishes as famous as the following:

Asturian bean stew

Asturian bean stew

The most universal dish in Asturias is fabada. An abundant and popular dish, a source of energy on…

Rice with pitu caleya recipe

Rice with pitu caleya recipe

In the peasant houses they raised chickens and free-range roosters for the big family celebrations ...

Cachopo of Asturias

Cachopo of Asturias

Cachopo is an Asturian preparation, a basic dish of its gastronomy that abounds throughout its…

Rice pudding recipe

Rice pudding recipe

It is one of the best-known desserts in Asturian gastronomy and we are going to explain how to make it to...

Accommodation in Cangas de Onis

Pioneer in the development of rural tourism in Asturias, this municipality welcomes us with hospitality; with hotels, rural houses, apartments... very comfortable, where we can stay with all the guarantees.

Accommodations in Cangas de Onis

Accommodations in Cangas de Onis

The best rural houses, apartments and hotels in Cangas de Onís. Offers to enjoy in a unique environment. Accommodations of……

Adventure activities

All of Cangas is a privileged setting for activities in nature, and for this reason its capital is the seat of numerous active tourism agencies that will surprise us with their proposals for all audiences.

Canyoning in Asturias: rivers and mountains

Canyoning in Asturias: rivers and mountains

The sport of adventure in Asturias has a rising ally: The cliff, tight place, sometimes…

Canyoning Baptism

Canyoning Baptism

45
person

Very simple, ideal for families with children or for groups that above all want fun. It is a ravine with slides and jumps into small pools….

Descent of the Sella

Descent of the Sella

25
person

Water, nature, fun and sports for everyone: children, adults and pets. A sporting and recreational experience that millions of people have already experienced….

Trekking Picos de Europa 5 days

Trekking Picos de Europa 5 days

620
person

Tour the 3 massifs, sleeping in small hotels and in the mythical refuge of Collado Jermoso and enjoying the rich gastronomy of the area….

Parties

Cangas de Onís has a wide repertoire of festivals and fairs that are celebrated by the different towns of the council. Highlights the broad calendar of fairs and contests related to livestock and agriculture.

The interest is San Antonio festivities, held in the capital in June, and the Pastor's feast that take place in the same Vega de Enol and that takes place at the end of July. In Covadonga, the September 8, commemorates the Day of the Santina, which in turn is a regional festival.

Festivities of San Antonio 2023

Festivities of San Antonio 2023

The patron saint festivities of San…

The Pastor's Party

The Pastor's Party

Shepherding is an immemorial job, as old as pastures and shepherds - accustomed to watching over...

Fairs and markets

Sunday market in Cangas de Onís

Sunday market of Cangas de Onís

Today, the Cangas mercau is similar in more than one way to that of two hundred years ago. It follows …

· San Antón Fair, 17 January (Corao).
· Lanar and Cabrío contest, March 12 (Cangas de Onís).
· Spring Fair, 23 April (Cangas de Onís).
· Ferion of Corao, 26 May (Corao).
· Autumn Fair, 12 October (Cangas de Onís).
· Sample Asturian Mountain Race, November 5 (Corao).

Gastronomic Festivals

· Casina Beef Days, variable in May or June.
· Gastronomic days of the Sella (salmon and products from the garden) in June.
· Cheese exhibition contest, 12 in October.

Information office of Incatur: C / Jardines del Ayuntamiento, 1. tno. 985 94 73 09
House of Culture: C / La Cárcel, 13. tno. 985 84 86 01
Town hall: Avda.de Covadonga s / n. tno. 985 84 80 43


Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com Copyright Ramón Molleda




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