As well as exploring the 38 beaches that our council area has on offer and visiting the amazing natural resort of Cies Islands (one of the Top 10 beaches in the world according to The Guardian newspaper), Cangas has a great range of attractive and exciting things to do. From January to December, there is a celebration to choose from, participate in and certainly enjoy in this welcoming fishing village.
- San Sebastián Dance (20th of January)
Dating back to 1678, this dance is performed at the entrance of San Cibran de Aldán Church in Aldán at 12:00 p.m., and then again at 5.00 p.m. in “O Torreiro”, to be repeated one last time at 6.00 p.m. in the Alameda.
- Carnival (Dates vary each year, but usually around February or March)
Every year life grounds to a halt to celebrate the Carnival. Over the course of three days, everyone goes out onto the streets dressed up to walk from one parish to the next accompanied by Galician bagpipe music, good friends and excellent food and wine.
- Easter (Dates vary each year, but usually around March or April)
Easter is one of the biggest celebrations in our village. It is definitely worth seeing with the spectacular processions where porters carry images of the most representative scenes of the passion and death of Christ.
- Fausto Mill Fiesta (1st Sunday in May)
A traditional fiesta with music and food to share is held in the beautiful surroundings of Fausto’s water mill (in Coiro parish).
- Summer Solstice Bonfires (23rd of June)
On the night of the 23rd of June, just as the sun sets in the horizon, the whole village gathers around the bonfires lit up just around Cangas beaches to celebrate the summer solstice.
- Santiago Apóstol Fiesta (Last Sunday in August)
Every year during the last week of August and the first of September, Cangas celebrates a local fiesta in honour of its patron saint, which lots of music, events and things to do. It is a great opportunity to join in or simply just have a relaxed drink in the numerous “terrazas” (open air seating areas) that populate our streets.
- Darbo Danza e Contradance Dance (8th of September)
This dance, that dates back to the 16th Century, is performed as a way of giving thanks to Virgin Mary for her help throughout the year.
A human settlement dating from the 7th Century B.C. that from the 6th Century B.C. became a fortified settlement, evolving through the centuries and changing in size as well as in settlers.
One of the most beautiful and elaborated stone crosses in Galicia. Located at the entrance of O Hío church, you will find this Barroque cross dating from 1872.
Located in Coiro parish, this is one of the most important native oak woods in the south coast of Galicia.
And, if that is not enough already, and you want to explore a bit more, don’t forget that:
- Santiago de Compostela (SQC) is only 1 hour drive away. It is definitely worth visiting the Cathedral, the destination point of thousands of pilgrims over the centuries, and the old town with its windy stony streets.
- Portugal is literally only 40 mins away by car, and O Porto (the second largest city in the country) only 1:30 h away by motorway. Other Portuguese towns near to us that are worth visiting include Caminha, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Barcelos, Guimaraes and Braga. Citania de Briteiros, near Guimaraes, holds one of the best preserved Roman settlements in Europe.
For more information on other interesting activities such as sailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, playing golf, trekking, paragliding, etc., see our links page.