La Silva

History

Its name derives from Silvanus, god of the forests and protector of vegetation, and from the Latin name "silva" which means jungle. Located in the valley of the stream and marked by the coal mining of the area, in fact, the most important mines of the municipality were located here.

The village stretches along the river and up the hillside surrounded by ash, oak and chestnut trees, which gives a feeling of a small natural paradise. Near the town, the stream of La Silva is born, which crosses the valley to Torre del Bierzo where it flows into the Tremor. In its path we will find oak and ash trees that contrast their beauty between blackish dumps and coal sinks. Old houses with wooden galleries are preserved in the part near the bar. In it there is a public fountain with an old baptismal font. Houses have even been built next to the rocks, building houses, corrals and even coal bunkers.

In honour of the mining tradition of the area, a mine entrance with a gallery has been prepared as a museum that simulates the conditions in which miners carry out their work. It is accessed by concrete stairs, next to a pool hanging from the mountain.

 

We can opt for a walk where we can visit the ruins of the church of San Juan de Montealegre, declared a Site of Cultural Interest. We only have to deviate along one of the roads used by coal trucks, smeared with black dust, which start from the main road, taking as a reference the bell tower of the church that can be seen from the same road.

Its people were dedicated to agriculture, livestock and coal mining.

Location

It is a district of the municipality of Villagatón in the province of León. It is located at an altitude of 930 meters, occupying the westernmost part of the Cepeda region, on the western slope of the Manzanal area, like Montealegre, in a beautiful geography where Bierzo and Cepeda merge.

POBLACIÓN

42 inhabitants (INE 2020)

FIESTAS DE INTERÉS

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Tourism in La Silva

Hospitality

La Silva

Bar Lozano

Points of Interest

La Silva

La Bravona

Centennial chestnut that is hollow inside.
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Ferrina Fountain

It owes its name to an old iron mine that is in the upper part and that is surrounded by a grove of centenary chestnut trees.
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Well of San Juan

An extraction well and personnel entrance crossing remains of mining activity.
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La Llama Park with the Foundational Milestone of San Martín de Montes

Roman milestone was re-used as a pillar of the altar of the Monastery of San Juan in which there is an inscription in Latin and in the upper part, a hollow in which the relics of San Juan were located.
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Mining Museum

Santa Bárbara Park: Bocamina and mining machinery.

Hiking Trails

Community in La Silva

Others

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Taxi Lozano

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