The council of Morcin is part of the Central Mountains of Asturias. In this area you have two types of landscapes, one of impressive natural beauty and the other more industrial in its makeup reminding you of its mining heritage and long industrial history.
The location offers a wealth of Natural and Protected Spaces, leafy Beech and Oak forests, green mountain pastures, narrow valleys and large meandering rivers.This natural beauty is juxtaposed with examples of past and present mining activites and Slack-heaps, mine entrances, Headframes, worker’s housing, etc dot the landscape. This is a real cornucopia for those who have an interest in Industrial architecture and landscapes. Mining has moulded Asturias and plays a significant part in her story so it is worth while learning about this history as it will help to understand the local community a bit more.
Morcin is home to a wealth of stone monuments, megalithic structures, necropolis and old settlements. The Route of the Silver cross the territory of Morcin. .
The Route of the Silver is Roman of origin and crosses the peninsula from north to south starting in Gijon, Asturias, and finishing in Seville, Andalucía. This was built to facilitate commerce and legion movement. After that, the route was mainly used by shepherds who took their livestock to the greener pastures of Asturias during the summer
The Council of Morcin is located in the protected area of the Mountain Rage of Aramo and is a perfect union between the history and nature of Mount Monsacro and the rivers of Morcin and Barrea. One of the principal attractions for tourists is the Mostayal Peak and its ascent through Peñerudes.
The main town in Morcin is called La Foz and has been awarded with “Exemplary Town of Asturias Award”. This is an award given by the “Princess of Asturias Foundation” and delivered in person by the King and Queen of Spain. The award shall be conferred upon a town, village, population centre, scenic area or group of people in the Principality of Asturias that have stood out in a notable way in “defending and conserving its natural or environmental setting, its historical, cultural or artistic heritage, or in the carrying out of outstanding communal works or other such displays of solidarity”.
Also in Morcin you can find more examples of cultural interest like The Chapels of Monsacro, the Medieval Tower of Peñerudes and the parish church of Santa Eulalia.
Morcin offfers many Walking Routes throughout protected landscapes such as The Sierra Aramo Route, The Route to the view point of Pando and Pico Llosoriu, the Route to the Chapels of Monsacro and the Mining Route of La Esperanza.
The other main attraction in Morcin is the local gastronomy offering an Asturian traditional fare or Stews, Asturian reared beef, fish from the rivers, cheeses and Asturian desserts.
One very popular dish is the turnip stew, the Afuega el Pitu cheese and the classical Asturian almond pastries. There is also the Museum of Cheeses of Asturias.
More info: Morcin Tourist Office
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Images supplied by Consorcio Montana Central and Turismo Asturias: Marcelo Suárez, Ana Muller, Armando Montes, José Suárez and Arnaud Spani.