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truly the cradle of Spain

Whether Pelayo was a legend or not, one cannot help feeling the sacredness of the place and its... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Restful M
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Spectacular but parking is a nightmare

A must see in the area. Spectacular countryside and religious / historical site. There is no... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Whether Pelayo was a legend or not, one cannot help feeling the sacredness of the place and its role in the history of Spain.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Restful M
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

A must see in the area. Spectacular countryside and religious / historical site. There is no getting around that parking can be a nightmare on busy days (weekends etc) which makes visiting very difficult especially with young children.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lbaez
Reviewed 15 September 2018

This cave is an important site for all Spaniards. In this area the first defeat of the muslim invaders in Spain took place in 722 and its leader Don Pelayo is considered the first king of Spain. He was the leader of those Christian who...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank martinezcm
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

This is a much-visited shrine. The church is impressive, with its mountain setting, and can be seen from quite a distance. Bells ring to call the faithful. Very near is the cave with a small chapel.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Crcb
Reviewed 28 August 2018

From the moment you arrive your eye is drawn to the drama of the cathedral on the hill and then to the incredible sight of the church built into a cave with a dramatic waterfall and lake below. The shrine itself is sublime with the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank OnAir590451
Reviewed 26 August 2018

This shrine is in one of the most beautiful settings I have attended. It is located in the Pyrenees and our group had a Catholic Mass within the cave where the statue of Our Lady of Covadonga resides. In the cave you can hear the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank maryannk877
Reviewed 29 July 2018

You see this perched up on the hill and you just have to go and have a look. It is a beautiful building and then go an look at the grotto tucked into the hillside

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Riever
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Quite a strange experience. The cave is halfway up a big cliff over a waterfall. Very atmospheric, The chapel in itself is not much. It's where it is that makes it special.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank John B
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Should you find yourself in Covadonga with spare time then utilise it to see this Chapel, set into a mountain cave with a waterfall underneath it. Not what you would expect to find in the middle of nowhere but should you want to the research...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Steve L
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Good parking, easy access, the cathedral is beautiful set in the high mountains. The cave sanctuary is carved into the mountain side an they hold active ongoing services there. This is a MUST SEE in northern Spain

Date of experience: May 2018
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