From 2005, Murias de Paredes is part of the biosphere Reserve of the valleys of Omaña and Luna, next to the municipalities of Sena and Barrios de Luna, Soto and Amío, Rielo and Valdesamario. UNESCO recognized the 86 population nuclei that form its botanical, zooológica and geological richness and the harmonious relationship between the population and the natural environment in centuries of human occupation.

You can see this recognition walked among its magnificent birch and oak woods, where, if you look well, you could still surprise the Cantabrian grouse or brown bear.

In its forests of oaks, Rebollos, Ashes, Poplars, alders or hollys you will be able to refresh a warm summer afternoon. But, beware!, do not step on gentian, highly valued medicinal plant, or blueberries; And be attentive to the visit of some of its inhabitants: wild boars, roe deer, chamois and even the legendary wolf.



The biosphere Reserve of the valleys of Omaña and Luna is one of the 7 biosphere reserves of the province of León, and one of the 12 with which the Cantabrian Cordillera counts.

It takes the name of the basins of the rivers Luna and Omaña, and is formed by a succession of small and fertile valleys located in the mountainous foothills that unite the Cantabrian mountain range with the Montes de León.

With a surface slightly higher than 81,000 hectares, throughout it is distributed a total of 86 localities, belonging to the 6 municipalities that make up the reserve: The neighborhoods of Luna (9 locations), Murias of Paredes (15), Rielo (37), Sena de Luna (8), Soto y Amío (12) and Valdesamario (5).

The total population to date of 2016 is 2,813 inhabitants (INE, 2016), concentrating mainly on the headwaters of the municipalities.

In the biosphere Reserve of Omaña and Luna we work to promote ecotourism in the territory by promoting specialized fairs, organizing activities in the Territory and developing concrete projects of conservation and communication.

Small businesses in the territory that are part of the tourism supply in the Biosphere Reserve identify with this line of work and work together to advance a common ecotourism strategy.