THE COUNCIL OF SOBRESCOBIO AND RIOSECO
This area is a part of the Mancomunidad of the Nalon Valley formed by the councils of Langreo, San Martin del Rey Aurelio, Laviana, Sobrescobio and Caso. It is located in the south east of Asturias and connected by the Nalon River.
In this area there are two main protected landscapes; the first one is the wonderful natural landscapes of the Redes Natural Park which is a Biosphere Reserve in Sobrescobio and Caso. The second one is the Protected Landscapes of the Mining Basins in Langreo, San Martin del Rey Aurelio and Laviana.
The area of Sobrescobio is a part of the Natural Park of Redes, one of the most valued natural spaces in Asturias that has been declared as a Wold Biosphere Reserve. An area of water, woods, peaks and village have lived mainly from agriculture and raising livestock.
The Natural Park of Redes belongs to the Nature 2000 network, it is considered a Place of Community Importance and it is also a Special Protection Place for Birds (ZEPA). It was also awarded with the Q certification in 2005 for tourism quality.
Inside the Redes Park you can find three natural Monuments: The Alba Route with cascades and waterfalls along the whole route. The Tabayón del Mongayu, a spectacular waterfall originating in the Riega del Mongayu and the Deboyu cave: a kast cavity excavated by the River Nalon as it passes through the locality of Les Yanes.
As regard the patrimony in the council of Sobrescobio you can find examples of industrial patrimony such as Tanes Power Station in Rioseco or artistic heritage such as The Tower of Villamorey, the Bridge of Soto de Agues, the House of the Canella in Soto de Agues, the Church of San Pedro in Ladines or The Church of San Andres.
In the council of Sobrescobio you can also find a large representation of ethnographic patrimony through traditional housing, stables and barns, horreos and paneras, grinding mills, public springs, washing places and animal troughs.
In Sobrescobio you can practice a wide range of activities according to the season, fishing and hunting are two of the most deeply rooted in the Valley. In autumn you can listen the sounds of braying deer. Also the reservoirs of Tanes and Rioseco are a unique situation for bird watching, especially at Rioseco where there are two purpose-built observation posts.
There are many Walking Routes in the council such as The Route of the Roman Walk, The Route of de Colla de Isornu, The Route of the Sierra del Crespón, The Route of the Castañeru Montes or the Route of Picu Xamoca among others.
The other main attraction of the area is the Gastronomy enjoying Asturias traditional food based in Stews, Asturias beef, fish from the rivers, local Asturias sweets. But the star of the region is the high Nalon trout, the Casin Cheese, one of the oldest in Spain, and the Nalón whispers which are exquisite butter pastries.
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