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Laciana Valley Nature Reserve

Laciana Valley Nature Reserve

Location and municipalities


León (Castilla y Leon)


Laciana Valley Nature Reserve


North of León, nestled between the Mountains of León and the Cantabrian mountain range, lies the Laciana valley: lush woodlands and a ring of mountain tops rising over 2,000 metres above sea level. A fairy tale setting in which the Sil river carves out deep ravines as it makes its way through the landscape. What animals can you find there? It is home to such emblematic species as the capercaillie, the endangered brown bear and herds of roe deer. Another typically Spanish animal roams the valley: the wolf. What's on offer in the Biosphere Reserve? As well as the traditional mountain buildings (cabins, raised granaries, etc.), you can visit the ancient hill-fort known as La Zamora (in Villablino), the Romanesque church of Robles de Laciana or the Roman bridge of Rioscuro. The local villages are great starting points for exploring the many hiking trails. The Leitariegos ski resort is also within easy reach.

  • Biosphere Reserve certification