The seaside town of Candás, capital of the Carreño council, will be the great host for the celebration of the next European Rural Parliament from 6 to 9 November 2019. The economy of this town has always been linked to the world of fishing and the great tradition of canning, of which there are still important vestiges. However, today, both the hotel industry and tourism have been making their way as their main economic sources. Moreover, in gastronomy, Candás is also well known for its famous sweets known as marañuelas.
Village of fishermen, preserves and handicrafts
This town has been built in the image and likeness of the Cantabrian Sea, few municipalities can boast of a history so linked to the sea, so walking through Candás is a rewarding experience. We can start from the port itself and its promenade, which together with the nearby urban beach of La Palmera, is one of the busiest areas in which hotel and restaurant establishments abound. Although, if we like to walk, we can start our journey from the impressive cliffs near the cemetery, passing by the beaches of Sequiro, Solfín and Rebolleres, and descend to the village contemplating unique views.
The streets of Candás distil the air of preserves and crafts, with shops specialising in exclusive pieces and Asturian products everywhere and, especially, its unique preserving tins: squids, beans, homemade anchovies, cider tuna, peppers stuffed with tuna, seafood salpicones, sardine pâtés, winkles and a long etcetera, which constitutes a renaissance of this industry, centred on the Gourmet trade.
It is also worth noting that Candás is located very close to Perlora, a town that centuries ago was known as the second most important whaling port in the world, with its cove and the island of Entrellusa. In this sense, a tour of the fishing port of Candás is always and will always be interesting, given that in earlier times, was one of the most prominent of the Cantabrian area and today is one of its most significant and emblematic elements.
Due to its unique and interesting location, the town of Candás is located in an area that is characterized by being a periurban space, although it is in an area whose plot and demography is less dense than in urban areas, but which is still perfectly connected with the cities of Gijón and Avilés, from which it is only 15km away, and 30km from Oviedo, the capital of the Principality. It is for this reason that Candás is in an enclave between the rural and the urban, between the traditional and the modern.
Candás is said to be the European population with the most Olympians per inhabitant. The name “Olympic Village” is not official, but there is ingenuity to believe it is true: Four Olympians (two of them medalists and two other standard-bearers), several pre-Olympics, three technicians, an umpire and even a physiotherapist have left Candás on his way to the Olympic Games. A sign at the entrance to the villa with the name “Candás”, says: Village of Olympians. Of course they don’t always bring medals at home, but so far there have been four: three medals from the canoeist Herminio Menéndez, one from the boxing wrestler Enrique Rodríguez Cal (known as “Dacal”) and one from the cyclist Samuel Sánchez, who won the gold medal in Beijing.
The Local Action Group (LAG) of the Carreño council is the Association for the Integrated Development of Periurban Asturias Centre (ADICAP), an association with its own legal personality that acts in the territorial area formed by the Carreño, Corvera, Gozón and Llanera councils, located in the periurban centre of Asturias.
Within the aims of ADICAP, it is worth mentioning, among others:
- To contribute to the integrated and sustainable economic development of its area of action in order to encourage economic initiatives that generate employment and promote the endogenous products of the associated councils.
- To promote the improvement of the quality of life and the competitiveness of the rural zone and fishing of the territory.
- To facilitate the economic and social cohesion of the territory.
- To contribute to the conservation and promotion of cultural, historical and natural heritage.
- To favour social dynamisation and industrial cooperation for rural development.
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