Visiting the most incredible natural places is also a good idea for a getaway. In this case we are talking about the Urbión Black Lagoon, located in Castilla y León. This lagoon is of glacial origin and is located in the natural area of the Picos de Urbión and the Sierra Cebollera in the municipality of Vinuesa, Covaleda and Duruelo de la Sierra.
If you like getaways focused on natural spaces, it is a great idea to go to the Black Lagoon of Urbión, since it is located in a beautiful natural space that we can explore. Discover everything you can see and do in this area of nature in Castilla y León.
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Get to know the Black Lagoon of Urbión
The Black Lagoon is located in the north of the province of Soria in an area known as the Natural Park of the Black Lagoon and the Glaciers of Urbión. This area of the lagoon is located at an altitude of 1.773 meters, surrounded by mountains and a wooded area in which beech and pine trees predominate. Depending on the season, the lagoon has a different appearance, since during the winter there is snow and in summer you can see the green tones of the forest. The color of the pond may appear darker in winter light, but it may also appear green in summer. It is a landscape that varies greatly depending on the season.
This park has a lot to see between the 5.000 hectare forest and fauna. Its highest peak is Pico Urbión at 2.228 meters high. In addition, it has the peculiarity of having other lagoons nearby, the Laguna Helada and the Laguna Larga. There is a legend about the Black Lagoon, and it is that they say that it has no bottom, and that it has a tunnel in its depths that reaches directly to the sea. However, they are only gossip, because it is proven that its bottom is eight meters deep. On the first Sunday of August, the swimming crossing of the Black Lagoon is celebrated every year, an event in the area.
How to get to the Black Lagoon
Getting to the Black Lagoon is easy because it is well indicated, since it is a place that in recent years has had a greater influx. The best way to get there is from the town of Vinuesa, a town near Soria. If we leave from this city, we have to take the N-234 road and take the detour towards Cidones by the SO-810 until Vinuesa. Once in the town we have to take the forest track that is in the area behind the town, before the Revinuesa river. Follow this track and you arrive at Laguna Negra car park where you can leave your car. Leaving the car in the parking lot has a low cost, which also usually includes the possibility of visiting the Vinuesa Forest Museum.
From this car park there are two options, depending on whether we are willing to walk or prefer the more comfortable version. We can do the way on foot and they are two kilometers or take the bus which brings us closer to the lagoon. However, it must be said that this bus is only available from July to September, that is, in high season. the rest of the time we will have to walk to the lagoon. Buses run every half hour. From the place where the bus drops you, there are only a few meters on foot to the lagoon.
What to do in the Black Lagoon
The Black Lagoon is a natural space that offers us a very beautiful place in which to rest and breathe fresh air. There is a wooden walkway to see the whole lake, so it will be an easy and pleasant walk. In addition, it must be taken into account that it is a natural space in which to walk, so we should wear comfortable clothes and footwear suitable for walking. In this area the fundamental thing is to enjoy the landscapes and their beauty. In addition, there are some hiking trails nearby for the more adventurous. It is also important to bear in mind that the natural value of this space must be preserved, so there is no need to litter or make fire.
If the visit to the Black Lagoon seems short or we have time to spare, we can also visit the small town of Vinuesa. It is a very beautiful town that preserves the traditional stone mansions, which gives it great charm. The ideal is to walk through its narrow streets and also see the great church of the Virgen del Pino, which is striking for its size in a small town. You can also visit the Forest Museum and if you have time to try the great gastronomy of the area with its sausages and meats.