Geographically, this is a clearly defined valley crossed by the River Sil and its small tributaries that divide up the territory.

Tourists will have the chance to admire landscapes of outstanding natural value, as well as a fascinating cultural heritage featuring singular elements that are beginning to be enhanced for visitors’ enjoyment, including the local mining heritage or the ancient fortified settlements. The principal centre of population is Villablino, which offers various services, as well as hotels, hostels, pubs and restaurants. There are also numerous rural tourism houses and hostels dotted around the 14 villages that make up this municipality.


Statement date: 10/7/2003

Category: Biosphere Reserve (21,700 ha.)

Location: Noroeste de la provincia de León, en la Cordillera Cantábrica

Municipalities in the province of León:
  • Villablino

Population: 10.003 habitantes

Managers: Fundación Laciana Reserva de la Biosfera

Address: Avda. de la Constitución, s/n. C.P. 24100 Villablino (León).


Phone: 987 470 001

Other protection:

  • Espacio Natural Sierra de Ancares.
  • Lugar de Importancia Comunitaria (LIC) Alto Sil.
  • Zona de Especial Protección para la Aves (ZEPA) Alto Sil.

Region / Province biogeographical: Eurosiberiana / Atlántica Europea


Natural Espace

Sierra de los Ancares

The Ancares mountain range lies in the northwest of the province of León, bordering with Lugo and Asturias. The landscape is characterised by mountainous areas that rise up to more than 1,500 metres, [...]

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