What to see and do in Nalón river (Asturias, Spain): Industrial and Mining Patrimony

In the upper zone of the Nalón river (Asturias, Spain), more specifically in the territory “Valle del Caudal”, is the largest mining and industrial space of the principality of Asturias.

The passage of the Nalón river (Asturias, Spain) through the territory has provided the development of various industries, explorations and coal development infrastructures, and is therefore also known as the “Rio Carbonero” of excellence in Asturias and Spain.

Around the importance of the activity of the place, were developed projects of tourist nature of preservation and conservation of the existing heritage in the destination.

Above, discover some of the most interesting elements of the Nalón´s river (Asturias, Spain) industrial heritage.

Valle de Samuño Minero Ecomuseum

In the center of the mining territory, Langreo municipality (Asturias, Spain), lies the Samuño Valley, which gave its name to the destination mining ecomuseum.

In order to make known the destination’s mining heritage, the ecomuseum boosted the reconstruction of the La Nueva Coal Railways, which gives the visitor the opportunity to travel several kilometers of a real mining railroad track.

It is an authentic and truly thrilling experience, as at the end of the course visitors are taken up to 32m deep and return to the surface in the service elevator.

Mining and Industry Museum

Located in El Entrego, one of the towns of Vale de Nalón, is one of the most interesting museums to visit the Mining and Industry Museum. Created in order to make known the mining heritage of the area, the space provides a very interactive and exciting visit.

Museum elements take us on a journey back in time, in the 16th and 17th centuries, when mineral exploration began to be developed using the most modern and simplistic mineral ventilation, drainage and transport devices.

Iron and Steel Museum

The museum is located in the town of La Felguera (Asturias, Spain), Langreo municipality in the center of the principality of Asturias. Is part of an old refrigeration building belonging to the former Duro Felguera steel mill. The building is 45m high and is divided into two floors with several living rooms.

On the first floor of the museum we can find the reception, a dining area and a gift shop, as well as the exhibition centered on the essential processes of steel and iron manufacturing.

On the second floor you can learn the whole history of the creation of the mining space and the first steel factory in Asturian territory, the interactive panels, models and exhibitions also show the living and working conditions of the miners in the twentieth century.

The museum organizes various routes inside and out to intensify the visitor experience, such as the “La Máquina y el Tiempo” route which takes place inside an industrial ship. Or the “Barrio Obrero” route that directs visitors to where the miners lived and worked.

Duro Felguera Metal Factory

The Duro Felguera metal factory is located in Langreo (Asturias, Spain) began designing in 1857 and was the first metal factory to be built in Spain. From the century. XX, due to instability in the iron market, the factory began to develop coal exploration projects, and given its importance at the time, began to make vertical exploration wells, which became a success in the country.

After a few decades, the services of the main factory were canceled so that it could start a new stage of development of an industrial area that would bring together the historical heritage of the activity and the current heritage, becoming the industrial city of Valle del Nalón.

San Luís Mining Well

The San Luís Mining Well is considered one of the most important elements of the cultural and industrial heritage of the whole region of Asturias.

Located in the Samuño Valley (Asturias, Spain), in the heart of the industrial zone of Nalón, is the San Luís building using a very innovative and alternative industrial architecture, which provoked much interest and inspiration.

Sotón Mining Well

In Sotondrio (Asturias, Spain), is the Sotón’s minig Well, built by the Duro Felguera Metallurgical Society in 1922. In order to match the development of coal mining activities, this was one of the first vertical extraction wells to be built in the region.

The well of Sotón is considered by UNESCO a good of cultural interest, for the historical and industrial characteristics that it exhibits, and for being still active after so many years of its construction.

The well is currently explored in a tourist way, with guided tours of the interior of the mine at about 556m depth. It is a very exciting experience and approximation with the reality of the work of a miner.