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Cabo Peñas
Cabo Peñas
Boroughs it comprises
Geo-location
Cabo Peñas
43.587727,-5.768276
    • Town of Candás and Canning Museum.
    • Town of Luanco and Maritime Museum.
    • Sardine Festival.
    • Beach Tennis in Luanco.
    • Cape Peñas Protected Landscape.
    • Maritime Museum and Canning Museum.
It is the northernmost territory of Asturias, right in the centre of the coastal area of the region, between Gijón and Avilés. Both Carreño and Gozón, the two municipalities that make up this territory, are places with a long-standing seafaring tradition

It is the "north of the North". The northernmost territory of Asturias and a perfect balcony onto the ocean's horizon. It has an entirely maritime calling, one that is reflected in its culture and way of life, very noticeable in the two boroughs comprising this territory, Carreño and Gozón. Candás and Gozón - the capitals of Carreño and Gozón, respectively - are fishing towns boasting the most authentic traditions as regards cuisine, festivities, everyday life and even as regards their physical appearance.

Candás has a splendid promenade, which links up with the harbour, an ideal spot not only for contemplating the sea horizon, but which also has some bustling restaurants and cider taverns where you can sample local Bay of Biscay delights... And speaking of food, Candás is famous far and wide for its sardines and annual sardine festival, although this is not the only typical celebration of a people that carry seafaring traditions deep in their hearts: the feast dedicated to the Christ statue and the town's Easter processions are also very well known. Known as the Home of Olympic medal-winners, there is a great canoeing tradition in Candás and it is precisely this speciality that has placed the borough on the world map of international sport. It is also a town of museums, such as the Antón Sculpture Museum and the Canning Museum.

Carreño is not only a seafaring land, but is also as rural as they come and shows off its lovely, colourful paneras (raised granaries-cum-storehouses) and farmhouses, its market gardens, its medieval towers like Prendes Tower and its San Pablo and Los Llanos burial mounds. Its charm also inspired writers like Clarín. When overlooking the sea, its cliffs, rocky coastline, beaches and coastal path are stunning.

The capital of Gozón, Luanco, is another splendid and highly visited fishing town that has become a catalyst of holiday home tourism, for Asturians as well as for people from outside of the Principality. It has an interesting old quarter with its clock tower and parish church by the sea and its atmosphere of cider taverns, restaurants and cafes. It also boasts a Maritime Museum with exhibits that are unique in the north of Spain. Noted for its tremendous enthusiasm for water sports such as sailing and canoeing, Luanco is also home to a curious event: its beach tennis championship, the only one to be held on a beach and whose court appears and disappears with the tide. Beach tennis is one of the summer events in Asturias. As is Gozón's summer carnival. Also worth a visit in the surroundings of Luanco are the Isle of El Carmen and its chapel.

The borough of Gozón is likewise very popular for its beaches, some of which are very well-known such as Xagó and Verdicio, ideal for swimming and sports. This borough also holds the record for being the northernmost borough in the region, as Cape Peñas is the northernmost point of Asturias. As well as being a Protected Landscape, the cape also has a Marine Environment Interpretation Centre near the lighthouse. A visit to Peñas is recommendable at any time of day, for its panoramic views and spectacular scenery, as amazing from land as from the sea.

This territory, whose northern border is the Bay of Biscay horizon, is in the centre of Asturias, between Gijón and Avilés, and has good road and rail links.

Two boroughs make up this territory: Carreño and Gozón.

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