Coana is a district on the coastal stretch of Asturias facing the Bay of Biscay and bordering Boal and the river Navia. It lies very close to the region of Galicia. It has a total population of about three and a half thousand people.
For many years its economy was agricultural and there was even some mining, but now much of the region's economy has moved to the service sector with medical facilities being a strong point.
During past times Coana saw many administrative changes, sometimes being under the rule of Oviedo, but also being controlled by Lugo (in neighbouring Galicia). Most of the problems related to disputes between bishops and it was not until the sixteenth century that Philip II made changes that freed the district (and the greater municipality of Castropol) from religious entrapment.
Coana has a number of parochial districts and they are Cartavio, Flojeras, Lebredo, Mohías, Trilles and Villacondide.
What to see in Coana
Coana is a nice place to visit, but like much of this zone of Asturias it is overlooked by tourists who favour the districts that encapsulate the Picos de Europa. For this reason it has little in the way of a tourist industry and sees comparatively few overseas visitors.
In terms of things to see there are the ancients forts (which are more like castros) of Mohi and Coana. These forts are very popular with visitors to this district.
Castros are ancient Celtic hill forts and they occur all over Northern Europe and they offer an insight into the life of those living in the pre-history era. The one at Coana is a particularly fine example as are many of those that are uncovered and protected in the northern regions of Spain. The existence of these largely Celtic structures is one of the pieces of historical evidence that distinguish the Spaniards in the Celtic north from their cousins in the south.
There are also monasteries including that of Cartavio which has a history dating back as far as the first millennium (970AD) and another monastery at Corias.
Like all parts of Spain Coana has a busy fiesta timetable that sees festivities taking place from July to October with a 4 day long fiesta happening annually in late July.