Cangas de Onís is a small (but emblematic and peaceful) council of the Kingdom of Asturias with just over 6,300 inhabitants. It has stood out for the great and ancient monuments that bear witness to its historical legacy which, in turn, contrast with the new and modern constructions that have filled the city with avant-garde, light and progress.
It is a region appreciated for its natural landscapes, for being the gateway to the impressive Picos de Europa and for allowing the realization of hiking trails through areas as striking and essential as the Cruz de Priena, Rio Dobra or Covadonga.
But it’s also synonymous with good cooking. Yes, the seasoning of its gastronomic shops and the exquisite taste of its restaurants lead many people to praise and pay tribute to this city where tasting its cheeses has become an ode to good taste.
Now, without further ado, a list of activities to do and things to see after your arrival in Asturias. Ready for adventure?
What to do in Cangas de Onís?
If you’ve come this far, it’s because you’re really interested in what Cangas de Onís has to offer for holidays or weekends. Here is a list of things to do on canguense land:
Trekking routes for adventurous spirits
Do you like adrenaline? Do you enjoy natural landscapes? Do you want to disconnect from the outside world and the stressful routine of city life? If the answer is a resounding YES, then don’t miss the tourist routes available in Cangas de Onís:
Route Rio Dobra and Olla de San Vicente
Its difficulty level is low and the course can be completed in 3 hours. The route runs along the banks of the Dobra River until it reaches the municipality of Amieva. Once there, the route continues until it reaches Ollas de San Vicente, which are pools with crystal-clear waters.
Route de Covadonga
This is one of the best routes because as you walk through the Picos de Europa you will get to know areas such as Poncebos, Sostre and Lagos de Enol. Its difficulty level is medium / high and you will complete the route in 10 days.
Take advantage of the visit to the Sanctuary of Covadonga (the only one in Spain) to visit the Basilica of Santa María Real, the Three Crosses of Covadonga and the Cave of Covadonga, where, according to history records, the Muslims were defeated at the hands of Don Pelayo.
Route Cruz de Priena
This route will take you 3 hours on average but the effort is well worth it. It starts from Telaña to the Cruz de Priena, an impressive parador where the views of the Picos de Europa and the Sanctuary of Covadonga will be splendid.
Take a look at the Roman Bridge
Take a look at Rome Bridge .Yes, the Roman Bridge is an iconic structure of Cangas de Onís. It was built in the middle ages and since then it has been an obligatory reference. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931 and from the central part of this architectural work it is possible to appreciate the Victory Cross.no
Be impressed with the statue of Don Pelayo
If the Roman Bridge has become an emblematic place of Cangas de Onís, Don Pelayo has been one of the most representative characters of its history.
He led battles against the Muslims for the conquest of the Christians over the peninsula. If you want to know a little more about him and his exploits, don’t forget to visit his statue located near the Church of the Assumption.
Where to eat in Cangas de Onís?
Asturian gastronomy is one of the best in Spain and enjoying it in Cangas de Onís is a privilege. If you are spending a deserved holiday in this council do not forget to taste delicious dishes in the following restaurants:
It is a good option to eat rich and feel comfortable. Located next to the Post Office, this restaurant stands out for its tapas and the generosity of its portions.
Tortos con adobu are his specialty. But take a look at the menu and find any other Kangaroo dish you’d like to try.
El Molín de la Pedrera
Its seasoning and taste have made it an alternative for diners. But it has also attracted attention for its Asturian menu, for the amount of food they serve, its delicious ciders and, of course, its generous price. It is located near the Chapel of Santa Cruz.
The best meats from Cangas are served at La Madreñería. There is no doubt about that. For this reason it has become the favorite place for many. Good menu, excellent food, incomparable attention. Find it in San Pelayo Street.
Where to sleep in Cangas de Onís?
You have decided to spend a few days off in Cangas and you are looking for good accommodation. Well, here is our selection of hotels and cottages for you to choose the one that fits your needs or requirements.
Hotel Cangas de Onís Center
This is a modern construction of 4 silver and 89 rooms equipped for perfect accommodation. You’ll love its classic décor, but you’ll love the attention of its caregivers and their comfort. It is in the city centre.
Apartaments Mirador Picos de Europa
One kilometre from Cangas de Onís, specifically within the Picos de Europa park, is one of the best places to stay in the region.
It has services such as WiFi, TV, children’s playground, barbecue and many more. Its rooms are clean and comfortable.
Hotel La Cepada
Very close to the Chapel of Santa Cruz is the Hotel La Cepada. It has become an excellent option for national and international guests. It has a restaurant, apartment and free WiFi.
How do I get to Cangas de Onís?
Getting to Cangas de Onís is simple. So much so that you don’t need a map or GPS. Just follow the available signposting if you travel in your own car. If you are travelling from Santander or Oviedo take the N-634. When you get to Arriondas take the N-625.
If you decide to fly, then you will land in the airports of Bilbao, Santander or Asturias. Then board a bus or car to complete the journey.