Parador de Cangas de Onís
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- Single rooms (2)
- Twin rooms (56)
- Double rooms (9)
- Capacity (126)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Disabled facilities
- Airport (115km)
- Station (60km)
- Port (83km)
Parador de Cangas de Onís - Medieval Monastery (4*)
Beautifully set on the verdant banks of the River Sella at the foot of the spectacular Picos de Europa, between Oviedo and Santander and a mile or so outside the little town of Cangas de Onis, the superb Parador de Cangas was once the monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva.
The buildings, which date from the 12th to the 18th century, have been declared a National Monument and have endured significant changes over the years including some remodelling and redesigning around a two story cloister.
Cangas’ Parador has a modern wing which has been sympathetically designed in harmony with the historical originals and which houses the standard bedrooms. Superior rooms are located in the original monastery building. The monastery is linked to the annexe by a covered walkway. Some rooms are traditional in style, some more modern, all spacious and very comfortable and the Parador as a whole works well to maintain its original history and charm.
This hotel offers visitors to Cangas de Onis peace and tranquillity. Guests can take time to wander through the gardens and cloisters, while enjoying all the luxuries of a 4-star hotel. Guests can sit back and relax in the comfortable lounge area next to the open fire or in the beautiful Baroque cloister, enjoying the secluded environment. The Parador’s hallways have stone walls and traditional paintings and the restaurant is bright and spacious with lots of light coming in from the large windows.
The Parador de Cangas de Onis is set in a very beautiful location, the perfect place from which to admire the stunning landscape of the Picos de Europa and is an excellent base for exploring the local area on foot.
There is a wide variety of activities available nearby, especially in the Picos including walking, fishing, riding, canoeing and mountain biking.
There are also many wonderful sights to see in Cangas de Onis such as the 5–arched Roman bridge and the Roman Catholic Santa Cruz chapel as well as many more stunning examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
The Roman bridge is particularly significant within the town as it welcomes travellers for their ascent to Covadonga and to the famous lakes. For those who follow the Pilgrim’s way to Santiago, they go from here directly to Gijon, travelling from Asturias by the coastal route.
For those who love nature, exploring the Picos de Europa National park is a must. And in addition, guests can also visit the local caves to explore some of the rock formations from the Palaeolithic period. The Picos de Europa national park is home to the village of Covadonga, which was the site of a famous battle in the year 722. This battle is remembered as being the first major Christian victory of the region, ensuring the independence of the Kingdom of Asturias. Cangas de Onis offers many different excursions and sporting activities, and these can be organised through one of the local companies. With such a variety of options, guests are sure to find something for everyone. The town is also not far from local beaches such as Ribadesella and Llanes for those who prefer to spend time relaxing by the coast.
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Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 23.00 and still enjoy a meal.
The restaurant offers the best and most authentic of Asturian rich gastronomic tradition: Monkfish prepared with a sea urchin sauce, steamed hake in cider sauce and rice cooked in milk wth sugar and cinnamon.
The staff at Cangas de Onis were excellent. They were expecting us, knew that our booking was on a room only basis through points and booked us in accordingly without issue. The paradors more than lived up to expectations and we loved the area of the picos de Europa, especially as the weather was glorious.
How to get there
The Parador is located on the right bank of the River Sella in Villanueva, 2 km from the town of Cangas de Onís. The main access roads are the N-634 (Oviedo-Santander), and from Arriondas (3 km), the N-625 which links up with Castilla y Leon. Starting from Cangas de Onís and taking the AS-114, travellers may gain access to Covadonga and the eastern-most parts of Asturias and western Cantabria.
Gijon - 96km
Fuente De - 109km
Santillana - 111km
Santillana Gil Blas - 111km
Bilbao Airport - 230km
Region & Cuisine
The Principality of Asturias is one of the smaller Autonomous Communities of Spain, but lacks nothing in terms of attractiveness to lovers of nature, countryside and beautiful landscapes.
Forming part of ‘Green Spain’ which extends across the north-west of the country , the 375 km coastline along the Bay of Biscay contributes to the mild climate of this region: summer temperatures average 16°C -18°C and rarely fall below 12°C in winter. Except in the mountains of course, and mountains, in the shape of the Picos de Europa National Park, are undoubtedly one of the main attractions of rural Asturias.
The Picos, rising to over 2,500 metres, are serious mountains extending south into the neighbouring province of León and providing the most glorious scenery. Particularly beautiful is the area of the Covadonga lakes, reached in less than half an hour by car from the Parador at Cangas de OnÍs: the route passes the Sanctuary of Covadonga, reputedly the site of the 8th century battle where the Moorish forces were defeated, heralding the beginning of the Reconquest and the birth of the Asturian monarchy.
The principal cities in Asturias are Oviedo (the capital), Gijón (the most populated with 270,000 inhabitants) and Avilés (an industrial and fishing centre) – all in the north of the Principality and each with its ‘casco antiguo’, or historical centre, and all three of them well worth visiting. But, for this writer, the main attraction of Asturias is its varied countryside, with scores of small towns and villages dotted around the landscape and home to so many varied and protected species of flora and fauna, including the brown bear and the ‘capercaillie’, a species of wood grouse.
With its proximity to the sea, Asturian cuisine naturally includes many sea-food dishes including ‘sopa de marisco’ (a form of bouillabaisse), ‘pescados a la sidra’ (fish - often hake - in cider) and grilled bonito. Apart from this, Asturias is also known for its fresh local farm produce, including the widest range of local artisan cheeses of any region of Spain - notably ‘Cabrales’, a delicious blue cheese matured in caves. The indisputable number one Asturian dish is ‘Fabada Asturiana,’ a heavy stew made with ‘fabes’ – a type of large broad bean – and pork, black pudding, chorizo …sensational! Or, for the fainter- hearted, ‘fabes con almejas’(clams) are also delicious. The regional drink is cider, but locally produced wine can also be found virtually everywhere.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.