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Fuentes del Narcea
Fuentes del Narcea
Boroughs it comprises
Fuentes del Narcea
Fuentes del Narcea
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    • Corias Parador.
    • Wineries, Vineyards and Wine Museum in Cangas.
    • Routes in Las Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Nature Park and Muniellos Nature Reserve.
    • Degaña Valley. Bear spotting.
    • Artisans: "El Rincón del Cunqueiro" (Wooden Bowl-makers Corner) in Tablado, Degaña and Llamas de Mouro Black Pottery in Llamas de Mouro, Cangas del Narcea.
    • Riodeporcos, Alguerdo, Uria, etc. Vine-lined villages in Ibias.
Southwestern Asturias is a veritable natural paradise. Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Nature Park, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve, has areas as emblematic and exclusive as Muniellos Reserve - the largest oak forest in Europe.

Located in the southwest of Asturias, this corner of the Cantabrian Mountains covers the rugged slopes with lush forests, where water takes the leading role. An extensive network of rivers runs through the deep, winding valleys of Cangas del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias.

A territory with abundant natural riches preserved by the Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Nature Park, within whose boundaries can be found one of the green lungs of Asturias, Muniellos Nature Reserve, considered the largest oak forest in Europe.

The perfect combination between traditional human uses and environmental conservation has enabled man to coexist with wildlife as iconic as the brown bear, which can be spotted at certain times of the year.

The southwest of Asturias is a paradise for mountain vineyards, whose cultivation dates back to the Middle Ages. Its terraced vineyards coexist with the rugged landscape... steep slopes and centuries-old vines. Its wine, both peculiar and unique, is made in the traditional way though incorporating innovative processes that ensure a quality product now recognized under the denomination Vino de Calidad de Cangas (Cangas Quality Wine). A wine encapsulating the colours, aromas and flavours of the land that saw it come into being.

Take part in the wine tourism of Asturias by looking around the vineyards and wineries, visiting Cangas Wine Museum in the popular neighbourhood of Santiso and participating in the grape harvest each October.

This panoply of experiences is complemented by others, such as enjoying a well-cared for natural environment whose ancient inhabitants have handed down a rich sample of rural heritage. Burial mounds, dolmens and hill forts, as in Seroiro and Pradias, in Ibias, attest to the territory's Neolithic past. The remains of Roman gold mining in Cecos, El Corralín and San Pedro de las Montañas reveal how their passing changed the physiognomy of our forests. The Middle Ages have left behind old feudal estates whose stamp is reflected in mansions and country houses, some of which can be found in the Old Quarter of the Town of Cangas del Narcea or in the founding of Corias Monastery, whose facilities you can now enjoy as a state-run "Parador" luxury hotel.

Other villages in the territory constitute tourist attractions: Besullo, birthplace of playwright Alejandro Casona; Llamas de Mouro, famous for its black pottery; vine-lined villages such as Riodeporcos, Uría and Alguerdo in Ibias; and the land of the Cunqueiros or Tixileiros or wooden bowl-makers whose only remaining craftsman can be found in Tablado, Degaña.

Wandering through the villages of this territory allows the visitor to discover thatched hórreos (raised granaries-cum-storehouses), pallozas (stone huts), mansions and country houses, where the way of life of our predecessors is displayed at different stages of history.

The southern part of the territory offers spectacular scenery of glacial valleys such as the Degaña Valley and views from Cueto de Arbas over the Naviego Valley. The authenticity of a territory that perfectly combines nature and ethnography.

The three boroughs make up a setting composed of mountains, enchanting forests, rivers, streams and springs creating a natural paradise... a setting of mineral riches, a place where crafts have managed to survive still... a land of communicative, friendly people, where a chatty friend steps out of each doorway...

The territory occupies a large area in the southwest corner of Asturias and is made up of the boroughs of Degaña, Ibias and Cangas del Narcea. The last borough is the largest in the Principality of Asturias.

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