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Valle del Nalón
Valle del Nalón
Valle del Nalón
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    • Redes Nature Park and Biosphere Reserve in Caso and Sobrescobio.
    • The Alba Route and Water House in Sobrescobio.
    • Armando Palacio Valdés Birthplace Museum in Laviana.
    • Mining and Industry Museum in El Entrego (San Martín del Rey Aurelio).
    • Samuño Valley Mining Ecomuseum in Langreo.
    • Steelworks Museum in La Felguera (Langreo).
Coalfields and mining, pithead gear and museums that recall a past of industry, workers' movements, technological revolution and a European cultural kilometre. In the upper reaches of the territory, the Nalón - the longest river in Asturias - and Redes Nature Park, a Biosphere Reserve, form the territory's more natural counterpoint.

Narrow and steep, green and black - green because this is Asturias and black for the coal in the bowels of the earth, the Nalón Valley, which is named after the longest and most historic river in Asturias and which constitutes its watery lifeblood, has many stories to tell... social and workers' movements, industrial and technological revolution, mining and steel, as well as a rural world that stretches from Tarna Pass to the central Asturian plateau.

In this world of nature in its purest state, the traveller will find a Biosphere Reserve, Redes Natural Park, which includes the boroughs of Caso and Sobrescobio. In Caso, that purity of nature is reflected in the genetic authenticity of Casinas cows and the excellence of a PDO cheese, Casín, as well as in a landscape that delights visitors with views of Tiatordos and Arrudos Peaks in addition to allowing them to gaze on La Nalona spring, the source of the legendary Nalón, which between zigzags and bends is a hundred forty five kilometres in length.

Sobrescobio is the realm of grouse, hunting, wildlife, rivers, streams, mountains and valleys. An Exemplary Town - an award conferred by the Prince of Asturias Foundation -, with top quality Asturian cuisine and typical villages like Soto de Agues where the famous Alba Route starts.

Laviana, which owes its name to an ancient Roman road, was raised to the international world of culture by Armando Palacio Valdés and/in his novel 'The Lost Village'. Visitors to his home town, Entralgo, can see the house where he was born, near the historic La Chalana Bridge, which inspired the song 'Chalaneru' (the ferryman), one of the "anthems" of Asturias along with 'Asturias Patria Querida'.

Cultural facilities linked to mining and industrial activities are located primarily in San Martín del Rey Aurelio and Langreo. The Mining and Industry Museum is in El Entrego, near the historic San Vicente Pit, the first and only mine in history to be self-managed by a mining union. Standing out amid pithead gear and mine shafts are the Mining Valleys Protected Landscape and the Nalón Riverside Path, which afford a green counterpoint to so much industrial heritage and a past of iron, coal and steel.

Langreo, which for a long time gave name to the entire valley and which is a very citified area, has a glorious intellectual and professional past; not in vain was it declared a European Culture Kilometre in the 1960s. Today it has reinvented itself as a tourist and leisure area, one of the most successful amenities in this respect being the Samuño Valley Ecomuseum, which has constituted a real boom for the tourist industry since its opening, not to mention the Steelworks Museum, which is a classic for visitors interested in this subject.

Five boroughs make up Comarca Nalón: Caso, Langreo, Laviana, San Martín del Rey Aurelio and Sobrescobio.

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