Somiedo Natural Park, Pola de Somiedo

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Somiedo Natural Park is a natural park located in the central area of the Cantabrian Mountains in the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain.It contains 39,164 hectares, corresponding geographically with the municipality of Somiedo, which is completely included in the park, as well as the municipalities of Belmonte and Teverga.Natural MonumentLakes in the park have been designated a natural monument, the Conjunto Lacustre de Somiedo.Human activityThe farming methods traditional to the area are regarded as an example of sustainable living, and were a factor in UNESCO's designation of the park as a Biosphere Reserve in 2000. Of particular interest is the braña, a traditional system of livestock herding based on transhumance, which makes use of high pastures for summer grazing. There is interest in preserving the traditional buildings of the brañas not only for farming purposes but also as a tourist attraction.Somiedo is one of a number of Biosphere Reserves in the Cantabrian mountains. The possibility of managing these reserves together as a "super-reserve" (to be called Gran Cantábrica) has been under discussion. Integration would benefit the management of some species of wildlife.UNESCO is also considering the inclusion of Somiedo in a World Heritage Site, for which transhumance would be one of the defining characteristics.
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  • Various routes that can be done in 2-3 days. The lakes of Saliencia perfect for all audiences and beautiful places. Start at the top of the Farrapona with easy access by car,there is free parking at the beginning of the route. Easy route of about 8 km round trip if you want to see the 3 lakes. For now area unsmoshed like Covadonga and worth visiting.
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  • The natural park is a marvel, we made the route of the lakes of Saliencia that is simple and adapted to all those who have no background, as is my case, and we ended up eating in La Casona in Saliencia where Tino attended us with great kindness, even though we arrived very tar and we revel in exquisite Asturian pot, the truth is that the pot was the best. The Route Del Valle del Lago is also nice but the unevenness is very noticeable and therefore it is harder for those who have no habit. I think it is a must enjoy the peace and beauty of this park, we stayed in the old apartments that I will value apart, but already advanced that we have been at home.
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