The Picturesque Town of Cangas de Onis: A Must-Visit Destination

Ponte de Cangas de Onis.
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Last Updated on 2023-01-30

Cangas de Onis is a small town located in the heart of the Picos de Europa mountain range in northern Spain. It is known for its picturesque setting, with the Sella River running through the town and the rugged peaks of the mountain range serving as a backdrop.

The town is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with a range of activities available including hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. It is also home to a number of cultural and historical attractions, such as the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge), which dates back to the 1st century AD, and the Monasterio de San Pedro de Villanueva, a 10th-century monastery that is now a museum.

Cangas de Onis is a great destination for anyone looking to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Picos de Europa. Its charming streets, delicious cuisine, and friendly locals make it a must-visit destination for travelers. So, it is a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of nature.

Best things to see and do in Cangas de Onis Spain

Cangas de Onis.
Cangas de Onis.

Some of the top things to do and see in Cangas de Onis include:

Hike in the Picos de Europa

Hiking in the Picos de Europa from Cangas de Onis is an experience that is sure to inspire and delight. The mountain range is home to a range of trails, from easy walks to more challenging routes, offering something for hikers of all abilities.

As you set out on your hike, the crisp, clean air fills your lungs, invigorating you and making you feel alive. The rugged peaks of the mountain range tower above you, providing a sense of awe and wonder. And as you make your way through the stunning landscape, you can’t help but be moved by the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Whether you are tackling a challenging route or simply taking a leisurely walk, the Picos de Europa from Cangas de Onis is a place that will inspire and delight. The sense of accomplishment you feel as you reach the summit is unmatched, and the memories you create will stay with you for a lifetime.

Visit the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge)

Ponte de Cangas de Onis.
Cangas de Onis bridge.

The Puente Romano (Roman Bridge) is an ancient bridge located in Cangas de Onis, a small town in the heart of the Picos de Europa mountain range in northern Spain. It is one of the oldest bridges in Spain, dating back to the 1st century AD.

The bridge is a popular attraction in Cangas de Onis and is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the region. It is made of stone and is more than 80 meters long, with a single arch spanning the Sella River. It was originally built by the Romans to connect the towns of Cangas de Onis and Ponga, and has been in continuous use since its construction.

Visitors can walk across the bridge and take in the beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. There is also a small museum located nearby, which offers more information about the bridge and its history.

The Puente Romano is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in history or architecture, and is a great way to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Cangas de Onis and the Picos de Europa.

Explore the Monasterio de San Pedro de Villanueva

The Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva is a 10th-century monastery located in Cangas de Onis, a small town in the heart of the Picos de Europa mountain range in northern Spain. It is now a museum and is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the region.

The monastery was founded in the 10th century by the King of León, Alfonso III, and was originally built as a Benedictine monastery. It was later converted into a Cistercian monastery in the 12th century. The monastery is located on a hill overlooking the town and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Visitors can explore the monastery’s cloisters, chapel, and other buildings, which have been beautifully preserved and contain a number of interesting exhibits. There is also a museum on the grounds, which houses a collection of art and artifacts from the region.

The Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in history or architecture, and is a great way to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Cangas de Onis and the Picos de Europa.

Go rock climbing

Cangas de Onis is a great destination for rock climbing, with a range of routes suitable for climbers of all abilities. The Picos de Europa mountain range, which is located in northern Spain and is home to Cangas de Onis, offers a range of climbing opportunities, with both sport and traditional routes available.

If you are planning to go rock climbing in Cangas de Onis, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

Choose a suitable route: Picos de Europa is home to a range of climbing routes, from easy to more challenging. Make sure to choose a route that is appropriate for your ability level and experience.

Hire a guide: If you are not familiar with the area or are planning to tackle a more challenging route, it is a good idea to hire a local guide. They can provide valuable advice and help ensure your safety.

Pack appropriately: Make sure to bring all the necessary equipment, including a climbing harness, helmet, and climbing shoes. You should also bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

Follow safety guidelines: Rock climbing can be a dangerous activity, so it is important to follow all safety guidelines and use proper techniques.

Enjoy the local cuisine

Cangas de Onis is a great destination for foodies, with a range of delicious local dishes on offer. The town is located in the region of Asturias, which is known for its rich culinary traditions. Some of the top dishes to try in Cangas de Onis include:

Fabada: This hearty bean stew is a traditional dish in Asturias and is made with beans, sausage, and other meats.

Cachopo: This breaded and fried stuffed veal or pork cutlet is a popular dish in Cangas de Onis and is often served with chips (fries) and a salad.

Tortilla de patatas: This Spanish potato omelette is a staple of Asturian cuisine and is often served as a tapa (small snack).

Queso de Cabrales: This blue cheese is a specialty of Asturias and is made from cow’s, sheep’s, and goat’s milk. It is often served with bread or crackers.

Asturian cider: Asturias is known for its cider, which is made from apples and is often served in traditional “txotx” style, with the cider being poured from a height into small glasses.

Visit the Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa

There is so much to see and do in Los Picos de Europa National Park that I have dedicated a whole article to it (see at the end of this article).

In any case, you probably arrived at Cangas de Onis while exploring the Picos de Europa, right?

Go mountain biking

Cangas de Onis is a great destination for mountain biking, with a range of trails suitable for riders of all abilities. The Picos de Europa mountain range, which is located in northern Spain and is home to Cangas de Onis, offers a range of biking opportunities, with both cross-country and downhill trails available.

If you are planning to go mountain biking in Cangas de Onis, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Choose a suitable trail: The Picos de Europa is home to a range of mountain biking trails, from easy to more challenging. Make sure to choose a trail that is appropriate for your ability level and experience.
  • Rent a bike: If you don’t have your own mountain bike, you can rent one in Cangas de Onis. There are a number of rental shops in the town that offer bikes for hire.
  • Pack appropriately: Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as appropriate clothing and a helmet. You should also bring a repair kit in case of any mechanical issues.
  • Follow safety guidelines: Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity, so it is important to follow all safety guidelines and use proper techniques.

Explore the local markets

The Sunday market in Cangas de Onis is particularly interesting, as it is the time when neighbors get together to go shopping.

Did you know that this market has been in the same place for about 200 years? Every Sunday people head to Palaciu Pintu, next to the church, to buy produce from the gardens and meadow.

In other words, it is a good place to buy cheese directly from the producers, sausages and seasonal vegetables.

Accomodation in Cangas de Onis Spain

Hotel & Spa Villa de Mestas.
Hotel & Spa Villa de Mestas.

We chose to stay at theHotel & Spa Villa de Mestas, which is located about 11 km from Cangas de Onis, and we recommend it.

The hotel is very comfortable, has a large fireplace which is great in winter and is surrounded by farmland and mountains. In addition, it has a SPA… It really is a paradise!

But if you want to see other options for hotels in Cangas de Onis, see below.

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