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Parque Histórico del Navia
Parque Histórico del Navia
Parque Histórico del Navia
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    • Fishing Towns and Villages: Ortiguera, Viavélez, Navia, Puerto de Vega, Tapia de Casariego.
    • Hill Forts: Pendía, Coaña, Mohías, Cabo Blanco, Chao Samartín, El Castelón.
    • Ethnographic Museums: Grandas de Salime and Pesoz.
    • Unique villages: Argul, La Paicepa (A Paicepa).
    • Beaches: Penarronda, Santa Gadea, Anguileiro, Frexulfe.
    • Mansions: Palacio de Ron, Palacios de Campos, Palacio de Anleo, Palacio de Fonfría and Palacio de Cancio.
The River Navia and its tributaries outline its terrain. It is a great outdoor cultural theme park of hill forts and hamlets, mountains, rivers and fertile valleys, reservoirs with panoramic views, a paradise for beekeeping with fishing villages and towns on the coast.

The River Navia constitutes the backbone of its physical geography and also a part of its considerable mountain, river and scenic riches. Navia River History Park is a huge, powerful river basin opening to the Bay of Biscay, and on reaching the ocean shore, it delights one and all with fishing towns and villages such as Ortiguera in Coaña, Viavélez en El Franco, Navia and Puerto de Vega in Navia, and Tapia de Casariego.

They all have in common their serene beauty and tranquillity, their hidden, sheltered morphology, their seaside, fishing atmosphere, fine cuisine and sense of hospitality. Going into details, Ortiguera has an ancestral tradition of fishing, seafaring and sacrifice in the sea dating back to the Middle Ages; besides standing out for its maritime tradition and fine Bay of Biscay cuisine, Viavélez is also the birthplace of the famous writer, Corín Tellado; the same occurs in Navia, in this case for being the birthplace of Ramón de Campoamor; while Puerto de Vega has found its place in the pages of history thanks to Enlightenment scholar and statesman Jovellanos, who died there. Tapia de Casariego appeared on the international surfing map in the 1960s and today remains a mecca for sports, leisure and summer holidays... It is clear that the coast of Navia River History Park supposes a veritable tour of sports as well as culture, because in addition to the numerous beaches in this territory - Santa Gadea, Penarronda, Anguileiro, Frexulfe, etc. - and estuaries - like Navia Estuary, which are suitable for all kinds of sports and cultural activities, there are references to historical periods and figures of relevance. A sporting event that stands out above others is the Navia Estuary Swimming Race, a listed Tourist Interest Festivity that constitutes a classic reference for leisure and festive activities in western Asturias.

Another of this territory's cultural assets is the fact that the oldest branch of theWay of St James runs through the coastal boroughs: the Coastal Road to Santiago de Compostela. In this regard, you will have the chance to follow one of the major European cultural routes, which has regained vigour in recent decades and is travelled by people from all around the world.

But the Historical Park is more than just coast, coastal strip and sea. It is the largest theme park in the world of hill fort culture, its entire territory being dotted with these constructions which enable a historical period and its culture to be dated chronologically. A tour of the territory leads to such amazing places as: Coaña and Mohías in Coaña; Pendia in Boal; Cabo Blanco in El Franco; Chao Samartín in Grandas de Salime; and El Castelón in Illano. These are all veritable outdoor "documents" on this way of life and some, like Chao Samartín, constitute an extremely important archaeological "database".

Navia River History Park is also a reference in Spain and worldwide in terms of ethnography. Grandas de Salime Ethnographic Museum is a "living" compendium of rural life in the north of the peninsula and has an equally interesting "smaller brother" in Pesoz Ethnological Museum.

The History Park also boasts truly authentic and unique enclaves such as Argul and A Paicepa - both in Pesoz - testaments to a particular moment or way of life. And as permanent witnesses to all this cultural diversity, the River Porcía and the River Navia, with their numerous tributaries, as well as their reservoirs, such as the Doiras and Arbón reservoirs, affording vignettes of different landscapes, with the views of the Navia from Illano being particularly beautiful.

A world of diversity, vestiges of the past, river riches, roads, a coastal footpath, the Way of St James, a rough, blue sea... that's Navia River History Park.

The territory known as the Parque Histórico del Navia, located in western Asturias, bordering on the territories of Oscos-Eo and the Comarca Vaqueira, is made up of the boroughs of Boal, Coaña, El Franco, Grandas, Illano, Navia, Pesoz, Tapia de Casariego and Villayón.

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