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Muniellos – Fuentes del Narcea

Parque Natural, Reserva de la Biosfera, Red Natura 2000

  • In this remote natural corner, mysterious beech groves mixed with lush oak groves survive, which are home to a singular and iconic fauna and are a source of wealth for humans who have learnt to respect them transforming them into rich craftsmanship and tradition.
  • In this remote natural corner, mysterious beech groves mixed with lush oak groves survive, which are home to a singular and iconic fauna and are a source of wealth for humans who have learnt to respect them transforming them into rich craftsmanship and tradition.
  • In this remote natural corner, mysterious beech groves mixed with lush oak groves survive, which are home to a singular and iconic fauna and are a source of wealth for humans who have learnt to respect them transforming them into rich craftsmanship and tradition.
  • In this remote natural corner, mysterious beech groves mixed with lush oak groves survive, which are home to a singular and iconic fauna and are a source of wealth for humans who have learnt to respect them transforming them into rich craftsmanship and tradition.

Fuentes del Narcea shire, formed by Cangas del Narcea, Ibias and Degaña townships, encloses the Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Natural Park and the Muniellos-Fuentes del Narcea Biosphere Reserve.

It is home to the best sessile oak groves in Spain and, possibly, the best preserved in all Western Europe. The best presence of these groves is in Muniellos Natural Reserve, although there are other oak groves as important as them in the shady part of Degaña Valley. Besides oak groves, Muniellos-Fuentes del Narcea Biosphere Reserve has also many other types of forest such as deciduous forest or alpine forest including beech groves (in the area of Monasterio de Hermo), birch groves, holly groves, etc. All these different forests as a whole are the most significant, varied and with more fauna of all the Cantabrian area.

This Biosphere Reserve is the largest sanctuary of the endangered Cantabrian fauna since it is home simultaneously to some of the best preserved populations of Brown bear and Cantabrian Capercaillie, besides significant populations of Iberian wolf. There is also one of the most western populations of the Cantabrian Mountains of chamois and many other characteristic species of the Cantabrian fauna. In addition, there are samples of glacial modeling with a lot of glacial basins and large screes and quarries. In some of these basins, it is possible to find mires and little lakes such as Arbás, Fuentes del Narcea, Chagueños or Fasgueo.

It also preserves ancient ethnographic remains linked to traditional forestry, cattle and agricultural activities. For instance, the “cortinos” and “talameiros” (two types of special hives built to protect the bee from the bear), the “brañas” (old cabins to keep the cattle safe) for the cattle or the cunqueiru or tixileiro craftsmanship (to make kitchen wooden tools using an old pedal lathe) with its own argot; the “tixileiro”. Finally, in its immediate surroundings, it exists the only winemaking area of the whole Cantabrian Mountains that reappearing in the last few years after a period of decline.

Kind of area
Biosphere Reserve, Natural Park, Natura 2000 Network

Commitment to sustainable tourism

The Biosphere Reserve and the touristic companies belong to Tourism Product Club “Spanish Biosphere Reserves”.

The accommodation network is commited with the conservation of the environment participating in training activities to raise awareness about the natural values, and working in the development of sustainable ecotouristic products.

The Natural Park counts with a Public Use Plan and a representative trail network of the environmental values.

Location
Principado de Asturias

Contact details
Phone number: 985 813 756
info@fuentesdelnarcea.org
www.fuentesdelnarcea.org; www.fuentesdelnarcea.com

Companies

(ES) Antigua casona tradicional asturiana, recientemente rehabilitada respetando todo su encanto de antaño, con 4 apartamentos perfectamente equipados de diferentes capacidades. Posee en una de sus fachadas un escudo de “Hidalguía” que junto con sus dos amplias galerías y sus grandes balconadas le confieren un encanto especial.

La Artesana

(ES) Antigua casona tradicional asturiana, recientemente rehabilitada respetando todo su encanto de antaño, con 4 apartamentos perfectamente equipados de diferentes capacidades. Posee en una de sus fachadas un escudo de “Hidalguía” que junto con sus dos amplias galerías y sus grandes balconadas le confieren un encanto especial.

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Experiences

We will show you the habitat of the Brown Bear in the Cantabrian Mountains, close to the mountain villages where humans and bears have coexisted for the last few decades. We will also try to spot bears in their native environment.

On the trail of the wolf and the bear

We will show you the habitat of the Brown Bear in the Cantabrian Mountains, close to the mountain villages where humans and bears have coexisted for the last few decades. We will also try to spot bears in their native environment.

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BLOG

  • 05/11/2017 ·(ES) Primer curso de la Escuela de Ecoturismo sobre Productos de Turismo de Observación y Nuevas Tecnologías

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  • 04/24/2017 ·(ES) CLUB ECOTURISMO EN ESPAÑA. Estrenando nombre, buenas noticias y una nueva andadura.

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SCHEDULE

  • 06/12/2014 ·CURSO “EL RASTRO DEL MAR: IDENTIFICACIÓN DE CONCHAS MARINAS Y MOLUSCOS DEL DELTA DEL EBRO”

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  • 05/12/2014 ·JORNADA ESTATAL SOBRE EVENTOS SOSTENIBLES

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