CANGAS DE ONÍS
Cangas de Onís, along with Unquera (or Panes), Cistierna and Guardo (or Riaño), is one of the 'gateway' towns to the one natural physical feature in northwest Spain that most people have heard about - the Picos de Europa.
It has all the unfortunate trappings of a 'gateway' town and tourism Mecca, but as in the case of nearby Arriondas, there is another, more subtle face to Cangas, as I endeavour to show on the pages that follow.
To start with, though, those wretched cows that graze outside one of the largest gift shops on the main street. Not as famous, by far, as those which stand (stood?) in a field beside the London to Coventry and Birmingham railway near Milton Keynes in England (they were 'planted' there in the late 1970s), but seen by millions each year. Strangely, they are Friesians, widespread in Cantabria but not very common in Asturias compared with the ubiquitous brown bovine.
Two views of the 'Puente Romano' spanning the Sella, at the western end of the town. Medieval, not Roman in origin, it was recently cleared of creeper, and repointed, this making it look rather naked. The upper view dates from October 1985, the lower one from July 2009.