Cangas Onis, Picos Europa
From Cangas de Onís, follow the N652 highway, in the direction of Puerto del Pontón, until you reach a bridge and sign which says “Río Dobra”. From there you will be 5km from “La Olla de San Vicente”, where you’ll find a beautiful place to bathe in the Dobra River after a pleasant 45 min hike along the river bank. The Dobra River begins in León in the Puierto de Dobres (Dobres Port) and winds its way through practically all of Asturias, passing through el Valle de Angón (Angón Valley).
Cangas de Onís, located just 20min south of Ribadesella, is the main entrance to Los Picos de Europa and the Sanctuary of Covadonga, which is a mandatory stop for every visitor. Two rivers meet in Cangas de Onís; the Gueña and the Sella. A few meters from where these rivers collide, you’ll find the picturesque Puente Romano (Roman bridge). It is adorned with the “cruz de la victoria” (cross of victory), which appears on the Asturian herald.
Another main tourist attraction in Cangas de Onís is the weekly street market each Sunday. Here you can find many traditionally made local delicacies, including authentic queso de Cabrales.
What should you see in the Picos de Europa region? Without a doubt, the most popular place to visit in the area is the famous “Lagos de Covadonga” (Enol & Ercina Lakes), located about 30 minutes from Cangas de Onís. For two great examples of what the easternmost area of Picos de Europa has to offer, take the funicular railway through the mountain to the tiny village of Bulnes and a hike along the nearby Ruta de Cares (Cares Trail) , for some impressive views of the river below,
If you enjoy hiking, our recommendation is to take the “Ruta de los 3 Lagos” (Trail of the 3 Lakes), at Covadonga. These three gems: the Enol, Ercina and Bricial Lakes, are well worth a visit. Lake Bricial was previously unknown due to the fact that it normally dries up during the summer.