Legends of the Laguna Negra in Soria

In the north of Soria, located in the Picos de Urbión mountain range, in between the villages of Vinuesa and Covaleda, there is a mysterious and beautiful lake known as La Laguna Negra de Urbión (Black Lake of Urbión). But, why that name? There are some legends that explain it. Once you read about it, you’ll want to come to the Parador de Soria and visit this magical nature show in the province of Soria.

Parador de Soria

Parador de Soria

The Laguna Negra is a lake with a glacial origin, as well as the surrounding lakes of Laguna Helada and Laguna Larga. It is part of the identity of the province of Soria and it occupies one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region: the Laguna Negra y Los Circos Glaciares de Urbión Natural Park.

This Natural Park, named as said in 2010, is also famous for the Pico de Urbión, the highest peak of the mountain range with 2228 metres of altitude. The Laguna Negra is home for trouts and little aquatic plants, and around its surroundings some wild boars, roe deers, foxes, griffon vultures, eagles as well as beeches, pines and oaks can be found. It is such a location, full of harmony, nature and… legends!

Parador de Soria

Parador de Soria

The name of the lake is related to the legend that says that it is a bottomless lake. The Spanish writer Antonio Machado wrote a literary piece telling the story of Alvargómez, a local that inherited such a good heritage when his parents died. He found love and married a woman with whom had three children. Everything seemed to be perfect and Alvargómez was so happy with his life and family.

After some time, his children got married and those wives were kind of obsessed with the richness of Alvargómez. One day, he went on a walk around the lake and he fell asleep next to it. He started dreaming of his sons killing him and, all of a sudden, it came true and he was thrown away into the lake with stones tied on his feet. The lake became his eternal tomb, the body was never found and no-one ever suspected of his sons.

Another legend says that the Laguna Negra is connected to the sea by subterranean streams and caves.

Reality is far from all that. The lake maximum depth is around the 12 metres! In fact, it is not dangerous at all. The 1st of August there a tradition in which people cross the lake on what it is called the Travesía a Nado.

If you want to discover this nature treasure with a special charm all year long, you can book now at the Parador de Soria, located around 55 kilometres away from the Laguna Negra, in the city of Soria. You can make it from the luxury hotel to the lake by taking the N-234 road.

Parador de Soria

Parador de Soria

The Parador de Soria is one of those hotels that make you feel immersed in nature. The views from the hotel windows are just so inspiring, the importance resides on the landscape and surroundings: the Picos de Urbión can be seen from the Parador, as well as the lush forests of the Iberian Mountain Range. You will also be immersed in traditional Castilian culture at the Parador’s restaurant, where you can try some of the greatest and tastiest local cuisine. The intimate rooms are perfect for spend a peaceful time in such a magical environment.

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