trips planned by users
trips planned by users
Cangas de Onis trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Cangas de Onis
Cangas de Onís is a municipality in the eastern part of the province and autonomous community of Asturias in the northwest of Spain. The capital of the municipality is also Cangas de Onís.More than seventy square kilometres of the concejo form part of the Parque nacional de los Picos de Europa. Within the park is the village of Covadonga, where the battle of Covadonga, the first major victory by a Christian military force in Iberia after the Islamic conquest, marks the starting-point of the Reconquista.Until 774, Cangas de Onís was the capital of the Kingdom of Asturias. It was the site of the first church constructed in post-conquest Iberia, Santa Cruz de Cangas de Onís, built on an ancient dolmen.EtymologyThe name of the town may very likely have originated as the Visigothic/Ancient Germanic affirmation "kuningaz ðeow nis", meaning "a king is not a slave". This slogan would commemorate the former capture and brief enslavement of the Asturian Visigoth king Pelayo (also known as Pelagius of Asturias) at the hands of the Islamic Moors, who had invaded and taken control of Spain from the years 711-718 AD.Pelayo would soon escape from his enslavement in or around the year 720 AD and, after a long and dangerous cross-country evasion of his pursuing Moorish captors, eventually succeed in returning to his home territory in the mountains of Asturias. There he would lead his fellow Asturian Visigoths to victory against the Moors at the Battle of Covadonga. This victory would be the first of many all across Spain in the almost 800-year-long period of Reconquista which ultimately unified and reclaimed the entire nation for Christendom in 1491 AD.Cangas de Onis is in Asturias. Explore the family-friendly attractions of Cangas de Onis and add them to your vacation plans using our Spain trip planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Cangas de Onis
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top Cangas de Onis tours
City Sightseeing Santander Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $17
Duration: 40 minutes
12-Day Spain Tour: Northern Spain and Galicia from Barcelona BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $1,899
Duration: 12 days
See all ›
Side trips from Cangas de Onis
Hidden gems in Cangas de Onis
Shopping in Cangas de Onis
Outdoors in Cangas de Onis
Places to visit with Cangas de Onis
Recently planned trips to Cangas de Onis
15 days in Spain BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, romantic, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Asturias BY A USER FROM SPAIN March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Fuente De & Asturias BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Asturias BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Asturias BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium