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Territory (Comarca Vaqueira)
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Plaza de la Campa. 33860 Salas
985 830 988
    • Medieval town of Salas.
    • San Martin Salas Yew Tree, a Natural Monument on the Viso Route to Aguión Peak.
    • (Cornellana-Láneo-Alava). Salmon Route.
    • Malleza and Mallecina (Indiano architecture). The Indiano Route.
  • Via the N-634

  • Population: 5,549 inhabitants

    Area: 227.11 km2

Gateway to the West and on the Way of St James, the borough capital is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Asturias and sweetens up visitors with its famous hazelnut biscuits known as "Carajitos del Professor". Its medieval forts, palatial houses and Indiano architecture. That's Salas.

Salas, a staging post on the Original Way of St James, crossroads, land of salmon, found in the Esva and Narcea Rivers. The borough capital, Salas, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Asturias, where you can still breathe the air of the days that gave birth to figures like Fernando de Valdés Salas, Inquisitor and Founder of the University of Oviedo. The Collegiate Church of Santa María La Mayor (16th C.), which houses Fernando Valdés-Salas' tomb, is an outstanding example of the capital's monuments. The Medieval Tower (14th C.) houses the San Martín Pre-Romanesque Museum with its invaluable set of works and epigraphic tablets (10th C.) from the Church of San Martín. Annexed to the tower is the Valdés-Salas mansion (16th C.). Its famous confectionaries known as "Carajitos del Professor", its Afuega'l Pitu sour-milk cheeses and its market-garden produce are much sought after.

Salas has emblematic villages like Cornellana, salmon capital of Asturias and is a strategic point on St James' Way, where the Cistercian Monastery of San Salvador (11th C.), a National Historic Monument which belonged to the Order of Cluny, is to be found. Not to mention another medieval fortress in the area, namely the Tower of the Coruguedo Mansion in Doriga (14th-16th C.). The Church of San Esteban de Las Dorigas, with interesting Romanesque paintings. Malleza, known as "Little Havana" and Mallecina, where you can see an extraordinary collection of very well-preserved houses built in the Indiano style of architecture. Láneo, a beautiful village on the banks of the River Narcea, which boasts a magnificent set of hórreos and paneras (raised granaries-cum-storehouses) and mansions. Two tobacco-drying houses still exist today, as tobacco plants were grown in the parish up until the 1990s. Salas' high mountain herdsmen's dwellings or brañas vaqueiras stand out for their spectacular setting and the simplicity of their construction, perfectly integrated into the landscape: Cerezal, Gallinero de Arniz, Vegacebrón and Faedo to the north; Las Gallinas, Buscabrero, Brañaivente (uninhabited), and Brañasivil to the west. while El Pevidal and Buspol, to the south, constitute the most noteworthy of all the brañas in the borough.

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