If you find this spot on Google Maps, you'll see that it used to be painted in a completely different color scheme. It wasn't bad but it was no near as fabulous as it is now. So if you love these colors as much as I did, go now! Or.... you go and it's sporting new colors, be sure to post your photos here so I can check 'em out!
The Roman Bridge is the symbol of Cangas de Onis and probably one of the best known sites in Asturias. It's beautiful in its simplicity and provides a beautiful foreground to the lovely countryside in which it resides.
The Covadonga Lakes, best accessed from the town of Cangas de Onis via Covadonga this lake area is of incomparable beauty.You must to take a small road just outside of the Basilica, to reach the two small lakes ,and they are located about 10 miles from the Basilica.
The views from top are beautiful,if you are lucky and go on a clear day,unfortunatelly during my visit the day was too foggy on the top.There is also a lookpoint on the way to the lakes called Mirador de La Reina,don't hesitate to stop here,if the day is clear,you'll see a beautiful landscape!!
This is a photo taken at Enol Lake.
This is another very interesting place to visit very close to Cangas de Onís:
Situated high among the peaks is the sacred haven of Covadonga, home to the Covadonga Basilica and the temple of the Virgin of Covadonga, the patron saint of the whole region.Another nice place to see very close to the Sanctuary are the small lakes called "Lagos de Covadonga" you must tro drive the mountain up for a while before reach these small lakes,if you are lucky and there is not some fog on the top,you will see an awesome views!!!.
Cangas de Onís it is located just next of National Park of Picos de Europa.The city has a important river called Sella and you can do here some water sports as ride canoes,rafting.Also you can ride horses around,quads,mountain climbing and other adventure sports .
In Cangas you can find a few places to book any of these activities,I choosed that one:
On the picture me,on a exciting quads ride around the mountains just outside of the city,it was very funny!.
The chapel in the cliffs.
This is a popular tourist location and there are a number ot restaurants and souvenir shops on the route up to Covadonga.
If you vist here, you must remember that this is a place of worship and that your consideration for the churchgoers is appreciated.
The typical drink of Asturias is its cider, which is served and drunk in a very special way in the "chigres" of taverns.
This is our friend Alberto,he's from Asturias,live in Mieres,just close to the capital Oviedo.He was serving us some cider in a restaurant.Really it is very hard to serve "well" the cider,if you don't do it properly,it don't taste the same.They just put a little bit of cider on thin glass "culín" from the bottle above the head and the glass down in the other hand, and them you have to drink it in just one time.
Don't miss to ask for Asturian Cider in any bars,or restaurants here!!
National Park of Picos de Europa:
Smack in the middle of northern Spain are these amazing mountains that are about 3000 to 4000 meters in altitude that make you think you have somehow traversed the continent and ended up in Switzerland. There are tiny mountain villages there and winding scarry mountain paths that you must take to get around.
This is a beautiful fishermen's village.Don't hesitate to stop here aswell.Has a very good old town,harbour,nice restaurants,bars and also is a very tourist town.Has also a few good hotels.
This is a picture of the Old Town,taken from the harbour.
Another interesting option to see around,it is the city of Gijón.It is the second largest city in Asturias principallity.Has a lot of nice places to see as: Church of San Pedro,Old Town,Sea Promenade,and a beautiful new park at top of the city with a lot of nice sculptures of best spanish sculptors.Also has a few very good beaches and is an important place for summer holidaymakers.
This is a picture taken on this park with a beautiful sculpture of Chillida.
The hórreo of asturias is the most succeeded in the granaries of Spain, a work of quite wooden carpenter assembled without any nail, only in tongues, grooves and ankles.
It is also the most aesthetic and harmonious shape of the granaries which one can see. It is only in this province where it abounds, and in some zones of the borders.
Three characters distinguish it from every others: a squared plan, a body of granary made of vertical boards, a pyramidal roof with 4 hillsides. Position or materials of pillars, those of the roof and other details can vary according to zones; the addition of a gallery, evolution engendered by the intensive farming of the corn, gives him a supplementary beauty.
Hidden on the Asturian coast, Luarca is a quiet town of white houses which preserves all the charm and attraction of its seafaring tradition.
Built around an S-shaped cove sitting between sheer cliffs, the historic quarter of Luarca, its promenade and the port are all worth visiting. A small river divides the town in two, although several narrow bridges are there to unite it. Its most characteristic buildings are the lighthouse, the chapel of Atalaya and the cemetery overlooking the sea, cut from the rock by pickaxe and the final resting place of the remains of the Nobel laureate Severo Ochoa, a native of this town. Luarca's traditional character is reflected in its chigres -old Asturian taverns-, where visitors can learn the art of drinking cider
This is another beautiful place to stop.Here you can see some awesome landscapes of mountains and sea.Also has a small lighthouse.If you like lighthouses,you'll find some very nice ones along all coastline.
I'll show right now some nice places to see at Asturias coasline.This is the city of Avilés,it is also an interesting place to stop if you visit the region.Has a lot of industries and an important shipyard.
This is a picture of Avilés Lighthouse.
Just next to the small village that I've stayed during my trip,Cofiño close to the town of Arriondas,are located this lookpoint.Here you can see some awesome views of the mountains around and also of the sea.
This is a picture taken here.