Plan your visit to the Lagunas de Neila: Description, map, routes, accommodation, routes, weather, activities, events near, recommendations
The weather in Monasterio de la Sierra
The Lagoons of Neila are a number of glacial lagoons, specifically of the end of the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago. During the Ice Age, the upland areas were covered by glaciers, with layers of ice tens of meters.
This ice cover exerted an enormous pressure on the ground, forming “holes” in these areas where the terrain was less compact. When ice melts “holes” were covered with water.
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The Lagoons of Neila, a gift of glaciation
The Lagoons of Neila are nestled in the Sierra of Neila which is part of the Sierra of the Demanda along with the Sierra of San Millán and Mencilla. The highest lagoon is the “Black Lagoon” at 1,900 meters, while the lowest lagoon is the “Laguna de la Cascada” to 1.690 meters of altitude. Between these lagoons there are another 6 more, all of singular beauty.
|Landscape||Spectacular landscape of glaciers shapes with contrasting color and texture linked to aquatic ecosystems and landscapes its own Mediterranean high mountain.|
|Extensio/Altitude….||6,860 hectares. The highest peak of the park is La Campina with 2049 m.|
|Fauna||In mammals we have: Cattle, sheep, goats, Iberian wolf, deer, roe deer, wild boar, wild cat and badger among others. In birds are: the golden eagle, goshawk, eagle owl and the vulture among others, highlights the trout fish.|
|Flora||Forest of Scots pine, beech, oak, birch, holly, yew, riparian forests, high mountain pastures and local cultures.|
|Activities||Trekking, climbing, biking, spelunking through caves, guided tours and fishing.|
|Services||Area benches and tables, accommodation, catering, forester, observatory, signposted trails and interpretive panels.|
|Features .||It has a great geomorphological singularity, focused on its glacial formations, where we´ll see aquatic ecosystems attached to glaciarism of great singularity, among which are several lakes of glacial genesis.|
Things to see in the Lagoons of Neila
This image is taken from the top of La Campiña of 2048 meters, the landscape from here is spectacular; forests of beech, oak and pine Albar, all of them are interspersed with hollies. These lush forests an abundant fauna are home; roe deer, deer, wolves, badgers, bobcats, otters, wild boars and several species of raptors. Completing the spectacular view we have the Pico San Millán in front and behind the Picos de Urbión.
But La Campiña we reservation more surprises in the south side where we have “Las Calderas”, a spectacular labyrinth of wells, rocks and waterfalls where erosion has formed strange shapes around a crystal clear stream which appears and disappears continuously.
In this fantastic article of tierrasdeburgos.blogspot.com you can see how are Las Calderas of the Campiña.
Once past Las Calderas towards Monasterio de la Sierra we have several limestone formations similar to those which can be found in the Enchanted City of Cuenca.
This route can be done all year round, but if you go in winter you must bundle up and beware of the ice, snow and storms, because this is what you will find.
We recommend you to do the route, especially in winter, that you carry mobile loaded and well equipped with the latest applications for trekking which can be very useful. Here’s a link to some very useful free applications.
Walking down the Lagoons of Neila
Las Lagoons of Neila can be visited from several routes, here we present the most interesting seem to us:
- By car to the parking lot of the lagoons and follow up the road from Neila, on this link you have the entire route wikiloc.com
- Walking from Monasterio de la Sierra. This route is quite a hike but worth it because there are lush flora and many chances to see animals.Here is an interactive map. Part of the route is along a forest track, depending on season and type of vehicle you can go much further.
Accommodation in Monasterio de la Sierra, Casa del Toro
Monasterio de la Sierra is a beautiful mountain town where besides to see the Lagoons of Neila and Las Calderas, can be made routes softer and pleasants, in full contact with nature.
- Route to Monastery of Alveinte. A lovely walk to the ruins of the monastery on the banks of river Alveinte.
- Rise to Mount Saint Vincent (1.359 meters) a gentle climb up a fantastic viewpoint from which you can see much of the region.
- Mycological routes. It is an area of lots wild mushroom especially in autumn. The most common varieties are the milk caps and boletus edulis .
- Visit the Castle of Castrovido. Actually there is only one tower, but is a tower of the ninth century!
Monasterio de la Sierra has a fantastic rural accommodation, La Casa del Toro. A renovated house with all the comforts and accommodates up to 12 people comfortably.
By being a house that is rented whole, it is ideal to go in groups and enjoy one of the most natural places left in Spain. All information on the house of Toro in this link toprural.com
What to do in the Natural Park of the Lagoons of Neila
Places of interest in the Natural Park of the Lagoons of Neila
Nearby places of interest in the Natural Park of the Lagoons of Neila
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