Candás Tour

9.30 h.– Departure for visits to the village of Candás (Carreño).

Candás Outdoor Painting Museum

At the end of the seventies, an activity arose in Candás that consisted of depicting different scenes on the walls of the village in homage to it. This initiative was maintained throughout the years splashing architectures with varied colors and messages, always having as leit motiv the SEA. This collection of murals was born with the aim of creating the first Outdoor Painting Museum.

Within this interesting exhibition we must differentiate two stages:

  • First stage: The Origin: 1979-1982. This activity is born by initiative of the Cofradía del Alba, framed in the acts of La Alborada Marinera the 14 of September, local festivity. Coinciding with this celebration, several artists made murals in Candás. These invited artists, coming from different parts of the world, made their works free of charge and were later donated to the town of Candás. This First Stage finds its end when the Brotherhood of Alba ceases its activity in 1982.
  • Second stage: Consolidation: 1985-2005. Retaken in 1985 by the Town hall of Carreño, it commissions the local artist Alfredo Menéndez two murals for the exterior of the factory of Albo, which served to recover and to continue the idea of the Museum of Painting Outdoors. Today this is a living museum that continues to expand its collection.

Rula of Candás and meeting with representatives of the Fishermen’s Guild of Our Lady of the Rosary

In the small cove formed between Punta Socampo and Punta del Cuerno or Punta Debajo del Santo, and sheltered by the promontories of San Sebastián and San Antonio, one of the oldest fishing enclaves in the Cantabrian Sea is established.

When in the 13th century Candás acquired the rank of villa, fishing was already its economic support. The whale was one of its main prey, commenting that not many years ago, in the houses were used the vertebrae of the cetaceans captured as taquelos and ribs were found forming lintels of doors and windows.

The fishing activity experienced a great fall, parallel to the industrialization of the region. At present, the fishing sector is struggling to return to the importance it had, carrying out major works to expand the port.

The Fishermen’s Guild that gives administrative support to fishermen is called Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary).

Marañueles Workshops

The marañueles (marañueles) are a typical Asturian sweet, traditional of the council of Carreño, that is elaborated artisan and has as special quality its long duration. In fact they were the habitual food of the fishermen during the long coastal of the tuna and in the whaling expeditions.

They began as an obligatory product at Easter. At Easter they received the condition of the roll with which the godparents and godmothers entertained their godchildren. Such was their success, that today they are made throughout the year, and form a sign of territorial identity for Carreño.

Les marañueles de Carreño are included in the regional food guarantee brand Alimentos del Paraíso.

Permanent Exhibition of the Canning Industry (old cistern)

The Permanent Exhibition of the Candás Canning Industry, located in the old cistern of the Bernardo Alfageme Canning and Cider Factory, collects and shows, through original pieces and models, the history of canning in the town, which pays tribute to all those who have participated in it in one way or another, contextualized within the canning industry at an international level.

This exhibition is divided into eight zones:

  • Zone 1. It is dedicated to the marine economy and explains its main characteristics.
  • Zone 2. It describes the techniques used to conserve food throughout history.
  • Zone 3. It relates the birth of canned canned food.
  • Zone 4. Refers to the first canneries in the world.
  • Zone 5. This explains the production process of a cannery.
  • Zone 6. It is dedicated to cannery workers.
  • Zone 7. It focuses on the history of the canning industry in Candás.
  • Zone 8. Analyzes the current state of the canning industry and its trends for the future.

Visiting it you will get closer to the important seafaring history of the town of Candás.

13.00 h.– Lunch and free time.

Sculpture Park

In the old garden of the Estrada Nora house, now the Candás Sculpture Centre, there is now a Sculpture Park that houses sculptures of various styles and different contemporary artists, much of which is the product of grants to help with sculptural creation with the aim of continuing the museum abroad. That is to say, that the Museum does not end only in the interior of the house, it tries to fuse the most classic and realistic sculpture of another epoch with the contemporary one, including it in a place of landscaping privilege, managing to be a pioneering experience in Asturias and not very common in the rest of Spain.

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Candás Sculpture Centre

The Antón Sculpture Centre Museum is located in an 18th century house that belonged to the Estrada Nora family, which was slightly restored and remodelled during the refurbishment works that turned it into a museum. It is a beautiful three-storey house where Antón’s work is permanently exhibited. The ground floor and the third floor are used for temporary exhibitions of different authors and styles.

The author, Antonio Rodríguez García ‘Antón’, was born in 1911 and died in 1937, victim of the Civil War. He showed his great skill with sculpture and painting from a very early age, won his first prize when he was only 17 years old thanks to woodcarving and set up his own workshop in the garden of his house, in Candás.He went to Madrid to study Fine Arts and was surprised by the war, dying when he was only 26 years old and with a frankly promising future perspective.

As for his work, and despite his early death, a large volume of his works are on display in the museum, among which his wood carvings and bronze sculptures stand out, as well as his only work made of beautiful marble. There are also plaster sculptures. There are also several paintings and numerous pencil portraits, art that also dominated.

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