Camino de Santigo, Northern Route to San Salvador de Oviedo
This variant of Saint Jcabo’s Way starts in San Marcos (Leon) and crosses the north of the region to Pajares mountain pass and the into Asturias. The pilgrims that choose this way aim to visit the Sacred Chamber in Oviedo’s Cathedral, the Coffer of Relics and the Holy Shroud and also to adore the image of San Salvador (XIII Century), and then continue their way to Santiago.
During the Medieval Age, when pilgrimage was most intense, there was a popular saying that was “Who goes to Santiago but not no Salvador, visits the servant and forgets the Lord”. In our Councill, pilgrims enter the area through Peredilla and the visit Buen Suceso Sanctuary, that was declared BIC as a historic-artistic monument in 198, they then continue their way through the limits of Nocedo, Huergas and El Millar, before reaching La Pola, where they should get food supplies to continue their way to Beberino and then Buiza, where the Municipal Inn “Camino San Salvador” is. From Buiza their way continues through the Collada de San Anton, where you can find the only remains of the Roman Road in our region, to then continue their way towards the neighbor council, Villamanin de La Tercia.
There are two other options to continue the Camino de Santiago from Buiza, one of them goes to Villasimpliz , which is the last town in North Gordon, and the other one goes to Rodiezmo, located in the council of La Tercia; however, this routes aren’t yet signposted.
Camino del Salvador guides
Links of interest
Route Via de La Plata
The most significant communication route created by the Romans in the Iberian Peninsula. This stone pavemented path is directly linked to transhumance, since this is the route used to move the ovine livestock to warmer pastures during for the winter season.
Our council is part of the Red de Cooperacion de Ciudades en la Ruta de la Plata since January 2007, this is an organization whose main aim is to defend and promote touristic, historic, cultural and economic resources of the town that form part of it. This network protects and spreads the heritage related to the Route and promotes culture throughout the route.
To meet their objectives, many activities are organized throughout the year, new material about the route is edited and published to keep the information updated, the association’s website (www.rutadelaplata.com) is a great publicity element. For a small town it is a unique opportunity for self-promotion.
Stockbreeding was for many years the way of live for most of Gordon’s population. Shepherds in the region used to practice the transhumance between this area and Extremadura, moving mostly merino and assaf sheep, through the the Cañada Leonesa Occidental and the Veredas de Buiza and Aralla. The importance of sheep grazing in the area produced two native shepherd dog breeds that are common in the region: leones mastiff and careas. The mastiff is a large dog used traditionally to defend the flock of sheep from wolf attacks; the carea is a livelier dog used y the shepherds to lead the flocks.
Although less important, “trasterminancia” was also significant, it was carried out with the cattle that was moved from the mountain to the Orbigo Riverbank to spend the winter there without living the region. The main species in the area are the limousine cow, mountain brown cow and Asturian valley cow.
Hispanic-breton horses, a native breed of the Cantabriam mountain range and great beauty, also can be found in the area.