Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park

Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve


Diversity in inland Asturias

  Situated in the south of Asturias, thanks to its biological wealth and good condition, this Nature Reserve was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2012. It is a mountainous region in which the Peña Ubiña massif stands out - the second highest mountain in the region, over 2,400 m high.

  It comprises the municipalities of Teverga, Quirós and Lena. Although the predominant tree is the beech tree, there are examples of more than half the plant species in Asturias here. The Cantabrian wildlife in this area is very well represented, with species such as brown bears.   There is a gorge in Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve formed by the Val de Sampedro River, where Cueva Huerta cave can be found, which has been declared a Natural Monument. The landscape here has been shaped over centuries because of the use of resources, mainly for cattle farming. So, as well as its archaeological and architectural value, this area is ethnographically rich because its population has known how to preserve local traditions and their own arts and crafts, gastronomy and folklore.  

Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve

Lena, Asturias  (Principality of Asturias)

Type of area:Natural Park Area:45,100 hectares Tel.:+34 985 497 608 (Oficina de Turismo de Lena) Website:Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve

Asturias (Principality of Asturias):

  • Lena
  • Teverga
  • Quirós
Useful information

What you need to know

  • Cultural information

    This area has one of the richest rock art sites in the north-east of Spain (Abrigos Rupestres de Fresnedo), with paintings from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The "Camino Real de la Mesa" also crosses it - it is a Roman road that used to connect the region with the León plateau. In the towns in this area there are still many examples of traditional architecture from the Asturian mountains, with stone houses with wooden balconies.

  • Environmental information

    Regarding its flora, 11 of the 19 plant series that live in Asturias can be found in the Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve. As well as beech forests, there are oak forests, European oak forests and birch forests. In the vast pasture land there are three examples of endangered flora: the Asturias daffodil, wild daffodil and gentian. As for wildlife, as well as brown bears, in the Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve we also find species such as golden eagles, Cantabrian capercaillies, otters and desmans. The Cueva Huerta cave Natural Monument is also home to many families of bats.  

  • Information for visits

    The Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve has many centres where visitors can get more information on the area. They are situated in different parts of the reserve: Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve Visitor Centre (La Plaza, Teverga), Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at La Fábrica Ethnographic Museum (Quirós), and Nature Reserve Visitor Centre for the Peña Ubiña massif (Tuiza de Arriba, Lena).