Visit Cangas de Onis
Cangas de Onis is in the province of Asturias in the Asturias and Cantabria region of Spain.
Explore Cangas de Onis, Spain
Cangas de Onis makes a good base for exploring the Picos de Europa. It claims to be the "first capital of Christian Spain" and is where Pelayo, a Visigoth noble set up his court in the 8th century.
The main sight at Cangas de Onis is its 'Roman' bridge which has the Picos de Europa as a splendid backdrop. It appears in much of the promotional litterature of the area and whilst it is very attractive it has been rebuilt on numerous occasions.
There is also a 15th century chapel, the Capilla de Santa Cruz which is built on a Celtic Bronze Age dolmen.
These aside the town makes a pleasant base and has some reasonably priced hotels and restaurants. The main square is a good place to sit and enjoy a drink or a meal and it has a pleasant atmosphere.
It is also home to one of Spain's splendid Paradors. The Parador Cangas de Onis is in a former 12th century monastery. Set in a loop of the river Sella the monastery has wonderful views over the Picos de Europa mountains.
Places to Visit near Cangas de Onis
Whilst you are here take the opportunity to visit the Cueva del Buxu which is a cave containg engravings and rock paintings dating back 10,000 years. The Cueva del Buxu cave is 5km east of Cangas de Onis.
Covadonga, a popular tourist village, is 11km south-east of Cangas de Onis and has both a military and religious significance. It is at Covadonga that Pelayo and a small Visigoth force overcame the Moorish armies and started the Reconquest.
There is a cave here that is a religous shrine said to have been used by Pelayo whose sarcophagus is here. There are daily masses in the cave which has been converted into a chapel and occupies an attractive spot above a waterfall. A large 19th century pink basilica has also been built here as has the museum of Covadonga which contains various religious artefacts.
The beautiful village of Llanes is on the coast about 30km from Cangas de Onis.