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Parque Natural Somiedo, Pola de Somiedo
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Somiedo Natural Park is a natural park located in the central area of the Cantabrian Mountains in the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain.It contains 39,164 hectares, corresponding geographically with the municipality of Somiedo, which is completely included in the park, as well as the municipalities of Belmonte and Teverga.Natural MonumentLakes in the park have been designated a natural monument, the Conjunto Lacustre de Somiedo.Human activityThe farming methods traditional to the area are regarded as an example of sustainable living, and were a factor in UNESCO's designation of the park as a Biosphere Reserve in 2000. Of particular interest is the braña, a traditional system of livestock herding based on transhumance, which makes use of high pastures for summer grazing. There is interest in preserving the traditional buildings of the brañas not only for farming purposes but also as a tourist attraction.Somiedo is one of a number of Biosphere Reserves in the Cantabrian mountains. The possibility of managing these reserves together as a "super-reserve" (to be called Gran Cantábrica) is under discussion as at 2009. Integration would benefit the management of some species of wildlife.FaunaCantabrian brown bearThe park is a stronghold of the Cantabrian brown bear. In 2009 the Spanish newspaper El País referred to Somiedo with its 30 bears as the Spanish Yellowstone. The Fundación Oso Pardo (FOP) opened an interpretation centre in October 2011 called “Somiedo y el Oso” in Pola de Somiedo.
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  • Traveled of Madrid to Oviedo and decided to divert us of the route more quick to pass by the port of Somiedo, great idea that never appreciate it enough to which suggested divert us of the route. Fantastic mountain scenery along a road in very good condition. Eating in Pola de Somiedo is a good choice.
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  • Another route to the feet and our senses, spectacular! Very nice path knowing the Saliencia Lakes. From the top of the Farrapona to the Valley of the Lake. Another best gift of nature, of must-see and repeat.
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  • Had already gone that the Somiedo Park was very nice, but could not imagine so. From Pola de Somiedo, you have many different options. The most desirable are the route of the Valley of the Lake and the ascent to the Lakes of Saliencia. It is also very near the bear path. A spectacular and beautiful natural park.
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  • It is a beautiful area. An excursion can be done from the people of the Valley, near Somiedo, which is about 6 km (12 roundtrip) from the parking area at the end of the village which takes you through the mountains up to a beautiful Lake. You can do with children because the road is wide and easy although it has some important ledges, especially at the end. In total it can take 4 hours walking.
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  • Um dos meus parques preferidos em Espanha. As paisagens são magníficas, sobretudo no outono, e a fauna é abundante. Aqui fiz percursos durante muitos anos.
  • One of my favorite spots.
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  • A fabulous place. You are in contact with the lush nature of Asturias. And there are places where you can rent horses and take you along little-travelled roads
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  • Paraxe de gran riqueza natural e etnográfico. Bosques, glaciares, montañas, lagoas, brañas e cabanas de teito. Fogar de osos e lobos. Impresionante.