Cangas de Onís is a emblematic place of the Principality. It is famous for its perfectly preserved Roman bridge and for hosting the Battle of Covadonga in the year 722, which emerges as the first focus of resistance to the Muslim invasion. This battle, won by Pelayo, begins the Reconquest and enables the establishment of the Asturian kingdom, based in Cangas de Onís.
Nowadays it has become a important tourism center, thanks to its scenic beauty, its history and art, its gastronomy ... fostering above all a rural and active tourism in which you can combine hunting, fishing, mountaineering, adventure sports, etc.
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.
How to get there
Starting from Oviedo take the national highway N-634 in the direction of Lieres. Continue on the N-634 until you reach Arriondas, where you will find the junction with the national highway N-625Continue through it until you reach Cangas de Onís.
75 km from Oviedo / 80 km. of Gijón / 100 km. of Avilés / 49 km. of Llanes / 79 km. of Mieres / 178 km. of Navia.
In the council there were marked paleolithic settlements. In rock art they emphasize the caves of Buxu, los Azules and la de la Güelga. There are also good examples of Romanization in the area, whose emblem is the Roman bridge located in the same Cangas de Onís.
In the 8th century it starts the reconquest of the Spanish territory from this location. The monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva and the temple of Covadonga are attributed to the reign of Alfonso I.
In 1374 a clause of the testament of Enrique II already denominates to the council like Cangas de Onís. It is worth mentioning the disaster that occurred on the sanctuary of Santa María de Covadonga on the 17 of October of 1777, date in which a fire in the cave causes enormous losses. Thanks to the kings Carlos III and Carlos IV it was possible to reconstruct completely.
In 1808 the news of the Napoleonic invasion originated a popular uprising in Cangas, forming an Asturian army divided into two regiments. In this century, there was a great phenomenon of ultramarine emigration, as it happened in other councils in the region.
At the end of the 19th century, the council experienced great growth, thanks mainly to an improvement in communications.
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 for other.
During the Civil War the city was bombed and occupied, the Chapel of Santa Cruz, and also Covadonga, suffered significant damage. During this period the image of the Virgin of Covadonga was in Paris, bringing it back to Covadonga once the war was over.
What to see
· Roman bridge.
· Native Fauna Exhibition Center (Soto de Cangas).
· Monastery of San Pedro (Villanueva).
· Ascent to Arbolín Peak.
· Excursion to the Vega de Orandi.
· Excursion to the Vega de Ario.
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.
Fairs and markets
· 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).
· 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.
House of Culture: C / La Cárcel, 13.
Town hall: Avda.de Covadonga s / n.