TRADITIONAL CRAFTS AND VEGETAL COVERED CONSTRUCTIONS

The Somiedo ecomuseum aims to further the understanding of every ethnographic element (from a basket to a braña) that belongs and sustains a rural culture trending to disappear though still present in the villages and the landscape of Somiedo.

The museum, created in 1996 by the Town Council of Somiedo, is meant to recover the various crafts and traditional activities of the county, besides the types of dwellings and how they evolved, all that related to subsistence economy. The museum wants to preserve and display a way of life that although for many years took advantage of the environment sources, sometimes hostile, avoided any damage and made a unique landscape where human traces equal those of nature: brañas, mills, pot makers, beetles (for paving), roads and paths available from the ethnographic routes. It has two main seats: the one in Pola de Somiedo, exhibits tools and implements used by madreñeiros (wooden shoemakers), goxeiros (basket makers), ferreiros (black smiths), carpinteiros (carpenters), filanderas (spinners), etc donated by the Somiedo inhabitants.

The second seat, located in Veigas, exhibits three houses furnished and distributed according to the tradition; their differences allow seeing the evolution through time in Somiedo of this kind of buildings. The houses are brush thatched (teito de escoba). These vegetal coverings, very common in houses, schools, mills, hórreos, or huts started little by little to be substituted by tile and slate; the teito de escoba remained in the cabanas of the brañas (groups of thatched huts), scattered all over the Somiedo county. There is also a hórreo (raised granary) in Urria and a mill in Valle del Lago with the same covering.

Address and phone

Hours

TRADES AND TRANSHUMANCE (CAUNÉU)
Winter
Wednesday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: from 11 to 14 and from 16 to 19 h.
Sunday: from 11 to 14 and from 16 to 18 h.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Summer (1 July to 15 September)
Monday to Sunday: from 11 to 14 and from 16 to 20 h.

THE HOUSE (VEIGAS)
Winter
Tuesday to Saturday: from 10 to 14 and from 16 to 18 h.
Sunday: from 11 to 14 h.
Closed on Mondays
Summer (1 May to 30 September):
Tuesday to Saturday: from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Sunday: from 11 to 14 h.
Closed on Mondays

Price

Over 16 years old: 2€ each
Minors: 1€ each
Groups (more than 20 people): 1€ each
The same ticket is used to visit the two sites of the ecomuseum (Caunéu and Veigas).
Exemptions: groups on school visits, holders of youth cards and children under 6 years of age.
For group visits it is necessary to arrange them beforehand in the telephone numbers 985763984 and 985763652, or in the e-mail of the ecomuseum.

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