In Spain we are lucky to have a unique hotel chain in the world. We are referring to the network of Paradores de Turismo , which is committed to the recovery of heritage, the special way of caring for customers and respect for the environment. Among the many hotels that the Network has distributed throughout Spain, today we want to highlight the Parador de Cangas de Onís, which has been selected as the best Parador of Tourism in Spain in 2016 by the TripAdvisor travel portal.
Located in the Old Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva, on the banks of the River Sella and surrounded by the spectacular Picos de Europa, the Parador de Cangas de Onís not only surprises for its surroundings, but for the beauty of the hotel itself. Would you like to discover more details about this award-winning parador? Well, we recommend that you be very attentive to what we tell you below!
The natural environment
The Parador de Cangas de Onís is located two kilometers from Cangas de Onís, a council of the autonomous community of the Principality of Asturias. Without a doubt, one of its main attractions is its surroundings. And it is that the beautiful building is surrounded by a place of incomparable beauty, highlighting the Natural Park of the Picos de Europa, the largest limestone formation in Atlantic Europe. In addition, the parador is a perfect starting point to visit the Sanctuary and the Lakes of Covadonga, as well as the coastal towns of Llanes or Ribadesella.
As we mentioned at the beginning, the Parador de Cangas de Onís is located in the Monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva. And it is not necessary to forget that the Paradores de Turismo are located in buildings or sites that stand out for their historical, artistic or cultural interest. In this case we are talking about a beautiful building that houses stone and wood rooms. Best of all, the entire hotel is decorated in an elegant, warm and traditional way. Special mention should be made of the rooms and the garden that is located next to the river, since they are ideal environments for celebrations.
Gastronomy and Wellness
At the Parador de Cangas de Onís we must also highlight its gastronomic offer which, how could it be otherwise, bears Asturian stamp. Of course, with nods to monastic cuisine. On the other hand, it is important that you keep in mind that they use quality products from the area. The tasty legumes, the tender veal with a designation of origin and the fish from the nearby rulas stand out. Of course, all the dishes are paired with the best ciders. It is also important that you consider that health and beauty treatments offered in the hotel with natural products with the aim of you to customize your experience and get personal serenity.
What can you do in Cangas de Onís?
As we have already mentioned before, the Parador de Cangas de Onís is the ideal starting point to discover the Picos de Europa and the Lakes of Covandonga. Of course, there are many other natural corners of the environment that are worth visiting, such as the Ponga Natural Park and its mythological forests or the Beyos gorge. We also want to highlight interesting constructions such as the Roman Bridge of Cangas de Onís or the Hermitage of Santa Cruz. Also surprising are the prehistoric caves and museums in the town and in the surroundings: the Ethnographic Museum of the East of Asturias (Porrua, Llanes), the Jurassic Museum of Asturias (Colunga) … Finally, you should know that very close you can find wild and natural beaches.
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