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Bajo Nalón
Bajo Nalón
Boroughs it comprises
Bajo Nalón
Bajo Nalón
    • San Esteban de Pravia and its Lighthouse.
    • Scenic Balconies Route and Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
    • Aguilar Beach.
    • San Juan de la Arena and Los Quebrantos Beach.
    • Village of El Castillo and its Pier.
    • Town of Pravia and Village of Somao (Indiano architecture).
It was the utopia of a king named Silo, who established his court in Pravia, making it a town of monuments. In the surroundings, Indiano villages such as Somao, others famous for their market gardens like Riberas, others well-known for being on the banks of the River Nalón, such as San Juan de la Arena and San Esteban de Pravia

A peace-loving king and strategist fell in love with this territory, considering it ideal for establishing his court, which grew and prospered. The king was called Silo and his wife, Adosinda. Their love for the land and the court gave Pravia and its surroundings a regal, stately air which has been preserved to this day. In passing, they conceived and built a church, that of Santianes, to continue enhancing and consolidating the Pre-Romanesque style, which centuries later boasts a museum of its own in these lands. These same lands are renowned for the produce from their market gardens, for their hospitality and folksy concept of festivity which takes the form of an event like El Xiringüelu, and for their waterfront way of life, a life marked by emblematic rivers like the Narcea and the Nalón, making this area a paradise for angling, especially salmon fishing.

When Silo fell in love with this part of ancient Asturias, he was setting a precedence for other "love affairs" that occurred centuries later, such as those of the Indianos, emigrants so "hooked" on the land of their birth, the same land that had pushed them to adventure across the ocean, that they returned after making their fortune in the Americas. This "love" made them raise estates full of romance and cross-culturalism, many of which are beautifully preserved in the village of Somao, in Peñaullán, and in San Esteban de Pravia. Over time, this fertile plain, irrigated by the "sacred" waters of the Nalón - the longest river in Asturias at one hundred forty-five kilometres - was to become a great ecological pantry and tourist spot. The banks of this river were to welcome hundreds of fishermen, with their skimpy, medieval docks that are still preserved to this day to the delight of tourists and artists alike, a fine example of which is the one that still exists in the village of El Castillo.

Eventually, the River Nalón, when flowing into its estuary, was to provide one of the most precious of treasures - one that flourishes when fresh and salt waters mix - namely, elvers, which became and continue to be today the gastronomic and tourist symbol of the village of San Juan de la Arena. With a seafaring vocation marked in its genetic make-up, this village does not forget its most ancestral traditions, such as the "angulero" (literally, an elver fisherman) - a kind of Bajo-Nalón-style Santa Claus who brings children gifts every year. San Juan de la Arena is proud of its seafaring folk, its wholesale fish market, its harbour, and even its beach, Los Quebrantos.

Silo liked a life of peace and quiet, and the lower reaches of the Nalón were ideal for walking and enjoying the coastline, with beaches fit to appear in a movie, like Aguilar Beach, and trails around the area that today make up the coastal path, also known as the Scenic Balconies Route, where there are stunning panoramic sea views and a chapel - the Holy Spirit Chapel - overlooking the horizon. Very close to this chapel starts the descent to San Esteban de Pravia via a stairways with hundreds of easy steps which lead down to the "rive gauche" of the Nalón. Along this left bank, San Esteban embodies the sum of essential characteristics that make up the Bajo Nalón territory, being industrial, Indiano, rural, historic and seafaring all at the same time.

The quintessence of Bajo Nalón was not only the dream of a king, a queen and their court, it was also an inspiration for artists such as the poet Rubén Darío and the painter Joaquín Sorolla... It is the dream of hundreds of visitors and athletes who enjoy the calm waters and the fertile banks of the lower reaches of the River Nalón.

The territory defined by the mouth of the River Nalón embraces the boroughs of Muros del Nalón, Pravia and Soto del Barco.

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