Turia Valley

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Turia Valley
Spanish: Valle del Turía
Highest point
Peak Sierra de Ouroso
Elevation 1,033 m (3,389 ft)
Area 90 km2 (35 sq mi)
Country Spain
State/Province Asturias and Galicia
Os Teixois Village
Das Catedrais Beach

The Turia Valley (Spanish: Valle del Turía) is a small valley on the western border of the Cantabrian Mountains in the northwest of Spain which is close to beaches and is divided by two autonomous communities: Asturias and Galicia. It consists of an area of 90 km2, 3,910 inhabitants and is 200 m above sea level. The two main towns are A Pontenova (Galicia) and Taramundi (Asturias).


The Turia Valley is a range of small mountains, ancient oak forests and rivers. It is dotted with small stoned hamlets and villages and is only 25 minutes from the sea and remote beaches.

The climate in the region is pleasant throughout the year. As with the rest of northern Spain (or the Green Spain), the climate is more variable than the southern parts of Spain and is characterised by an Atlantic climate. The average temperature in summer is usually around 26 °C. The average temperature in winter is 8 °C (12 °C in the day and 4 °C at night).

The Turía River (250 m altitude) gives its name to the valley. The Turia Valley is surrounded by hills and mountains, including, Sierra de Piedafita (900 m), Sierra de Ouroso (1033 m), Sierras de Dendin (900 m), Sierra de Teixedais (900 m) and Sierra de Eirua (700 m).

The patrimony of the Valley has more than 60 religious buildings and places of worship, such as the church of San Martin de Tarimundi founded in the 18th century or the Santuario de Santa María de Conforto founded in the 16th century.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve[edit]

The Turia Valley is part of the Eo River, Oscos and Buron lands Biosphere Reserve. A Biosphere Reserve is an international conservation designation given by UNESCO under its Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB). The World Network of Biosphere Reserves is the collection of all 531 biosphere reserves in 105 countries (as of May, 2008). Biosphere reserves are created to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between humans and the biosphere. The area included in the Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 158,883 hectares of which 215 km2 belong to the area of the Turia Valley.

Agriculture, fish farming and tourism are the principal areas of growth for the region. Although there has been a fall in the primary sector in recent years and an increase in the service sectors as rural tourism, agriculture still remains the largest economic activity of local economy.

The 14 councils which are part of the below Reserve in Asturias and Galicia register a total of 11,408 jobs.

The average income in the area is close to the average regional and national figure.

Micro businesses and family run businesses are very characteristic of the region. Construction, commerce, hotels and rural tourism also account for a high percentage of local business.

Rural tourism is now a growing activity in all the Reserve, at present there are about 170 establishments catered for rural tourism.


The Turia Valley is located on the western border of the Cantabrian Mountains in the northwest of Spain and is divided by two counties: Asturias and Galicia (43°33' North and 6°42' West). The valley has two principal towns, Pontenova (Galicia) and Taramundi (Asturias). The nearest city is Ribadeo (Galicia) and the nearest city is Lugo (Galicia) where all services, including hospitals, can be found.

  • The Turia Valley is 28 km from Ribadeo and the closest beaches are a 25 minute drive away.
  • Ribadeo is 95 km from Asturias International Airport (45 minutes when the new road is ready)
  • Ribadeo is 130 km from Gijon and Oviedo (1 hour)
  • Ribadeo is 305 km from Santander port with ferries to Plymouth every week (3:10 hours)
  • The Turia Valley is 190 km from the closest ski resort in the Picos de Europa (2:20 hours)
  • The Turia Valley is 54 km from Lugo (45 minutes) and 180 km from Santiago de Compostela (2:10 hours)


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