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Ponga
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Ponga is located in Spain
Ponga
Ponga
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°11′24″N 5°9′36″W / 43.19000°N 5.16000°W / 43.19000; -5.16000
Country Spain
Autonomous community Asturias
ProvinceAsturias
ComarcaOriente
Judicial districtCangas de Onís
CapitalSan Juan de Beleño
Government
 • AlcaldeCándido Vega Díaz (Unión Asturianista)
Area
 • Total205.98 km2 (79.53 sq mi)
Highest elevation
2,142 m (7,028 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total598
 • Density2.9/km2 (7.5/sq mi)
Demonympongueto/a
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
33557
San Juan de Beleño, capital of Ponga

Ponga is a town and municipality in the province and autonomous community of Asturias, northwestern Spain. Its capital is San Juan de Beleño.

Ecology

Ponga has a natural park.[2]

Also, "Ponga-Amieva" is the name of a Special Protection Area for wild birds.[3]

History

Several archaeological remains show evidence that it was inhabited in the Bronze Age. During Roman colonization, Ponga belonged to the territory of Cantabria. The first documented reference of Ponga occurred in the time of Alfonso IX of León.

Parishes

There are nine parishes (administrative division):

Culture

Art

Among the most notable art displays are in rural churches including:

  • Church of Santa Maria de Taranes (1779)
  • Church of St. Mary of Viego
  • Church of St. John of Bethlehem (17th century)
  • Ermitas Ventaniella and Arcenorio
  • Bucket Tower
  • Sobrefoz Palace
  • Spa Mestas

Holidays and festivals

  • January 1: Feast of Aguinaldo and Guirria in San Juan de Belen.
  • Carnival Saturday: Aguinaldo de Sellaño
  • Holy Saturday: Market in the Trasiegu Sobrefoz.
  • May 13: Contest of cheese and Ponga Beyos days Beyos Cheese
  • Around May 15: San Isidro San Juan de Henbane
  • July 1: San Pedro in Sobrefoz
  • July 16: Ntra Sra del Carmen San Juan de Belen
  • 31 July: Feast of San Ignacio and Carangas Beyos
  • August 4, 5 and 6: Ntra Sra de las Nieves in Ladle and Sellaño
  • August 9: San Justo in Cadenava
  • August 10 and 11: San Lorenzo in Abiego
  • August 15 and 16: in Mrs Nra Taranes and Viego
  • Last weekend of August: The Arándanu in Bedules
  • September 1: La Santina de Ventaniella in Ventaniella
  • September 8: La Santina de Arcenoriu in Arcenoriu
  • Last weekend in November: Gastronomic Days of Hunting in the entire council

References

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ https://www.timeout.com/news/these-spanish-towns-will-pay-you-thousands-to-move-there-040523
  3. ^ http://www.mma.es/secciones/biodiversidad/rednatura2000/rednatura_espana/pdf/es0000316.pdf [bare URL PDF]
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