Somiedo Natural Park, 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) has been under discussion. Integration would benefit the management of some species of wildlife.UNESCO is also considering the inclusion of Somiedo in a World Heritage Site, for which transhumance would be one of the defining characteristics.
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  • We spent our summer vacation and stayed in love with this part of Asturias. Walks and trails of charm
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  • With that being said everything. Nature, nature and nature, perfectly integrated with the man. It has not grown, and it is impossible to make them, it is a small, mountainous and inaccessible area. Routes of all types and colors to enjoy.
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  • To relax your mind and make some exercise at any time of the year but especially in the beginning of the summer with an explosion of green. Walks for all tastes and abilities. Good food and cheap nights sleeping clothed. That both the City Council and the community will continue in the effort in signaling, cleaning roads, motivation and monitoring respect for nature. We should keep it.
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