THE COUNCIL AND TOWN OF COAÑA (COANA)

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The Councils of Coaña, Boal and Villayon, belong to an area called “The Historical Park of the Navia River”. This refers to an area of different councils with a common historical past stemming from the ancient inhabitants of Asturias. The west of Asturias is full of legends, mystery, magic and myth. This is largely because their location between the sea and the mountains of Galicia and Leon and their welcoming character as a land of travellers, farmers, fisherman, shepherds, sailors and craftsmen.

The whole area is like a living museum with exhibits of mountains, beaches, valleys, rivers, towns and forests where you can find history in every step through the remnants of the Celtic, Roman and Christian cultures.

If we had to define this area in few words then it would be inspirational, relaxing, spiritual and mystical.

Other common denominators to all these areas are the mix of Galician and Asturias architecture, with stone structures and slate roofs. The traditional Asturian stores called “horreos” or “paneras” live side by side with Galician Style Barns. You will find these constructions right next to the houses and were designed protect cured meats and the vegetables from animals and insects.

During the middle Ages the nobility and clergy governed the land and left testimonies of their wealth in the form of Palaces, Large Stately Houses, chapels and sanctuaries. You will find a lot of examples of this throughout the enchanting small coastal and inland country villages.

The Council of Coaña, nestled between sea and the mountains, offers two very different types of landscape, the coastline with its rivers, cliffs, and beaches and the mountains with its inland rural and rustic beauty.

Coaña is very well known for its impressive archaeological sites. Here you will find two of the most important Celtic settlements of the Cantabrian Mountains, “The Coaña Celtic Settlement” and the “Mohias Celtic Settlement”, both preserved incredibly well.

You can witness the beauty of Coaña from the two viewpoints of “Mirador del Pico de Jarrio”, the “Mirador de Bustabernego” or The Cape of San Agustin with its beautiful lighthouse.

Coaña also has nice beaches such as the Arnelles Beach, El Barco Beach or Foxos Beach. Also, you can enjoy amazing walking Routes such as “The Cordal Route”, “The Etnographic Route”and “The Coastal Route of Coaña”. Coaña is part of  “The route of Santiago” through the “Norhtern Route” that goes to Santiago along the Coast.

The Gastronomy of Coaña is mainly traditional Asturias cuisine with some Galician influance. It is mainly based on Casseroles, Asturian reared beef, fresh fish from their rivers, cheeses and desserts from the area.

 

If you want more information contact Where is Asturias at info@whereisasturias.com

 

Images supplied by Ayto de Coaña: Nacho Pérez, Fely Suarez, David Fernández López. Turimso Asturias: Arnaud Spani, José Suarez and Juanjo Arrojo.

 


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