What to see and do on your tour of the Nalón Valley in Asturias

Viewpoint in the Natural Park of Redes in Asturias

Asturias It offers you many attractions to take a tourist trip, but there are some of them that are little known.

If you have already traveled to the most popular places of Asturiashow can they be Gijón, the coastal area of Llanes or the Picos de Europa, you can consider discovering a more remote and different Asturias.

He Nalón Valley, located in the southeast of Asturias, you will be surprised by the combination between its cultural attractions and the very beautiful natural mountain landscapes.

And when I refer to cultural attractions, do not think of great architectural monuments, but of the concept of culture as a way of life.

Vega de Brañagallones in the Natural Park of Redes in Asturias

The history of Nalón Valley of the last century and a half has been marked by the economic development of the steel industry in the mining basins.

On the contrary, this development became a great inconvenience to attract tourism, but the urban landscapes in which the soot of the facades prevailed, as a result of the dirty pollutant emissions of the aforementioned industry, are only the past.

Indeed, after the disappearance of the steel industry in the 80s of last century, in the Nalón Valley A recovery of the industrial legacy is being carried out as an exponent of a way of life.

your Nalón Valley tourist visit of Asturias offers you, above all, the great contrast between the aforementioned industrial cultural heritage and a jewel of nature, as is the Redes Natural Parkdeclared Worldwide biosphere reserve, which is located a few kilometers from the conurbation of Langreo.

What to see in Valle del Nalón

Then I will recommend what to see and visit on your tourist trip to the Nalón Valley in Asturías, which I was able to visit a couple of years ago.

Musi, Steelworks Museum in La Felguera in Asturias

1.- Musi, Steelworks Museum in La Felguera

The steel factory of La Felguera, in the city of Langreo, built in the mid-19th century by Hard Pedro, went down in history with the steel reconversion of the 80s.

But its old large cooling tower, now decorated with striking colors, is the headquarters of the Siderurgy Museum of La Felguera, where through guided tours you can learn about the history of this industry in the Nalón Valley and, above all, the working and living conditions of the workers who lived from that development.

2.- Mumi, Museum of Mining and Industry

The steel industry was installed in the Nalón Valley due to the proximity of the coal mines. Now you have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Mining and Industry, in El Entrego, where you will be impressed by the so-called Image mine.

It is a replica of a mine on a natural scale where you can have feelings of the miners, and touring its gallery, learn how coal extraction was carried out at different times.

Well of San Luis in the mining Ecomuseum Valle de Samuño in Asturias

3.- Mining Ecomuseum of the Samuño Valley

In this process of recovery of industrial cultural heritage of the Nalón Valley, an old mine has been recovered to create the Samuño Valley Mining Ecomuseum.

This enclave that was opened to public visits in 2013 has as a great attraction the journey in a mining train that takes you to an interior gallery to finally climb into the metal basket of the old castillete tower San Luis Well.

4.- Entralgo, the traces of Palacio Valdés

In the village of Entralgo, and on the way to Redes Natural Park, you can discover the traces of the novel «The Lost Village» of the Asturian writer Valdés Palace, walking through corners that were the protagonist of it.

Lush landscapes in the Natural Park of Redes in Asturias

5.- Redes Natural Park

Declared Worldwide biosphere reserve, he Redes Natural Park It is the best reflection of the characteristic and lush landscapes of the Asturian mountain.

With the possibility of staying in rural houses, Nets It is a clear invitation to go hiking and enjoy the beauty of the large and thick beech and chestnut forests.

The most popular place is called Vega de Brañagallones, but you can also climb to other places like Colos de Incós, where you will have the opportunity to see wildlife, such as chamois, roe deer or birds of prey.

Workshop of mothers in Pendones in the Nalón Valley in Asturias

6.- Casín cheese and workshop of mothers

your visit to the Nalón Valley it won't be complete if you don't enjoy the most typical Asturian cuisine in restaurants and chigres from the area

But you can also discover specialties of that Asturian area, such as the Casin cheese, or craft habits such as manufacture of mothers.

Enjoy your visit of the Nalón Valley.