Cangas de Onís
Regal and historical, mountainous and mountaineering, commercial, riverbank, land of pastures and livestock, market, of good cheeses and even finer cuisine, a witness to history, gateway to the Picos de Europa. That’s Cangas de Onís
The borough capital, regal in bearing as befits what was the cradle of the Reconquista – the retaking of Spain from the Moors – and the first city and court of the Asturian Monarchy, the first on the Iberian Peninsula. The legendary “Roman” bridge with its Victory Cross hanging below is one of the most photographed monuments in Asturias and the symbol of the lively borough capital, where good cuisine is sacred and interesting shops abound selling gastronomic produce, as well as a Sunday market where you can buy the tastiest market-garden produce and the best Picos de Europa cheeses.
Cangas de Onís, one of the gateways to the Picos de Europa, was witness to the birth of the National Mountain Park of Covadonga, now the Picos de Europa National Park. Inside the park are to be found the Royal Site of Covadonga and the Enol and Ercina Lakes, a landscape of peaks and livestock folds, the almost “lunar” appearance of the old Buferrera iron mines and the spectacular views of Vega de Comella, witness to the geological wealth of this area. A land of passage to the central plateau, of pastures and livestock, cheeses, mountaineers and rock climbers, salmon fishing, riverside folk, of reverence for rivers such as the Sella, the Güeña and the Dobra …