Numerous monuments and artistic events surround La Cepada Hotel. With patience and willingness to learn new things, the region of the Picos de Europa offers endless possibilities for lovers of art and culture.
Real Sitio de Covadonga
Covadonga is undoubtedly the highlight enclave of the council of Cangas de Onis and the entire Asturias, for its role in the reconquest, its spectacular scenery and its importance as a place of worship since pre-Christian times.
The most remarkable fact in the history of the place is undoubtedly Pelayo’s victory in 722 over the Muslim troops at the Battle of Covadonga, which led to the beginning of the Reconquista.
Today, the Basilica and the Holy Cave are two important claims that each year attracts hundreds of thousands of faithful and curious visitors.
Cangas de Onis Bridge
This bridge, erroneously called ‘Roman Bridge’ is the most prominent and known monument of Cangas de Onis.
The bridge, as we know it today, was built in the Middle Ages on a bridge above the Roman era, situated on the Roman road that linked Santander with Asturias (reason to be known as’ Roman Bridge ‘).
Raised on rock outcrops in the bed of the river to make it a solid and safe bridge, consists of five arches, including a nice big central arch of light, whose center hangs a reproduction of the Victoria Cross.
Jurassic Museum of Asturias
The Jurassic Museum of Asturias (MUJA) rises 155 metres above sea level in a privileged location along the coast of the Principality, a singular museum which, in the shape of a large tridactyl footprint of a dinosaur, houses one of the most complete and didactic samples worldwide regarding these fascinating reptiles.
With “time” as the connecting thread, the MUJA shows the development of life on Earth from its beginnings up until the arrival of mankind, in particular stressing the Mesozoic or the Age of Dinosaurs and its three periods: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous, referred to in each of the three toes of the footprint forming the building.
In the MUJA, the building is as spectacular as its contents. Architect Rufino Uribelarrea chose a system of prefabricated concrete plates for the external part that leaves a blind façade, except for the entry and exit doors. The roof is out of old copper which, in time, will gradually acquire a green shade, fully integrating it into the landscape.
Inside, a wooden structure from Scandinavian forests forms a lattice of semi-circular arches simulating the ribs of dinosaurs and offering the visitor an almost magical feeling like that of travelling in time.
Also, the surroundings of the building multiply the possibilities for enjoyment. Privileged views onto the Asturian coast, a children’s play area, a garden allowing for walks among the replicas of dinosaurs and the MUJA Café, all making the visit to the Museum a unique experience.