This week, I’ve got a photo from a very small town in the north of Spain. I’d never even heard of it until I found out I was going!
So where is Cangas de Onís? It’s in Asturias, the region at the north-west of Spain that’s known for it’s rolling green countryside. The little town is close to Covadonga, which has a gorgeous basilica and lots of great hiking in the Picos de Europa.
I stopped in Cangas de Onís after a morning in mysterious Covadonga. Even though it’s tiny (under 7,000 people!), it’s got some cool stuff to see, like this bridge. It’s called the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge), but its name is misleading – it’s not actually Roman at all!
The bridge was built in the 1300s, so it’s still pretty old (though not as old as I had originally hoped). It’s called the Roman Bridge because it’s on top of an actual Roman bridge, and it was on the pathway between two Roman towns in the north of Spain (one became Oviedo, the other Santander).
I love those type of trips- you don’t know about a place until you go! I was in the vicinity (Asturias) but yet so far (bc I didn’t make it there!)
Me too! I think it was probably not worth a trip on its own (although I did like it a lot), but if you were already around there it was a great little half-day.
We stayed in Cangas several years ago on our Asturias trip. Beautiful little town…we had an amazing Asturian cheese platter at a hidden taberna right by the other branch of the river…yum!
Ahh the cheeeese! I could eat Asturian cheese all day.
Did you suddenly decide to visit? I love small, unheard-of places. They still have their unique voice 🙂
I went with a group and that was where they picked to go, so it was a semi-surprise for me. The little places can be so interesting.
You’ve taken an amazing picture, where one can clearly see the human scale versus the bridge. As you mentioned, it was built before the Romans got to this region, and I think of how many people had gone through it along centuries. Kings, armies, peasants, photographers and bloggers,,,
Thanks! It really is quite a big bridge, and the river is stunning there too. You’re right, everyone from kings to us peasant bloggers has enjoyed it through the ages 🙂
Una Buena Fotografía… Te Escribo Desde Asturias, Y Añadirte Que Además Es Muy Conocido Por Su Cruz, La Cruz De La Victoria, Con Las Letras Alfa Y Omega, El Principio Y El Final… Un Saludo.
Muchas gracias! Me encantó Asturias, es una zona tan bonita.
Covadonga is an important part of Spanish History because this was the place where “reconquista” against muslims started. It is a wonderful place and the landscape and food is amazing. Great job. If u will plan a travel to Galicia, please write me and I will give u some recommendation.
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I will! Galicia is on the top of my list for places to see in Spain, so I hope to go soon.