Grandas de Salime

Granda de Salime is a municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias, in northern Spain.

Local situation

The community is adjacent to San Martín de Oscos, Pesozund Santa Eulalia de Oscos to the north, Allande in the east, the west and south of Lugo. It is divided into 8 parroquias: Granda de Salime - 889 inhabitants, La Mesa - 32 inhabitants, Negueira - 35 inhabitants, Peñafuente - 90 inhabitants, Trabada - 84 inhabitants, Villarpedre - 6 inhabitants and Vitos - 20 inhabitants ( All population figures from 2006. )

The predominantly of limestone and sandstone subsoil with the Pedras Apañadas ( 1,204 m) as highest point is typical of the whole region. The municipality is crossed by Navia and several smaller tributaries such as the Agüeira. The artificial lake with an area of ​​685 hectares was completed in 1945. 1954 the associated hydroelectric power plant was put into operation, which many changes in the water balance of the community meant.

The proximity to the Gulf Stream, there is here an almost Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters, in spring and autumn it is sometimes relatively strong storms. The annual rainfall is 1100-1200 mm.


The historical evidence going back to the Bronze Age. Even today, the remains of a hill fort ( Castro) can be visited. Through the community of the original St. James, the Camino Primitivo runs. In the 13th century, therefore, the Collegiate de El Salvador was built as a hostel for pilgrims and monastery church. Several, some richly designed hermitages in the community demonstrate the religious life.

The 1945 completed dam Embalse de Salime awakened the area to new economic activity.


The livestock industry is the traditional and more than 50 percent, the largest economic power of the community. For several years, the share of organic farming is increasing enormously. The establishment of two natural parks, as well as the abundance of fish rivers promote tourism, which currently makes up more than 30 percent with the entire service sector. The construction and retail trade constitutes the remaining share of the business volume of the region. This leads to a death of the mom and pop stores that were previously available in every hamlet. The presence of discounters is quite noticeable as in the whole of Spain.



The 9 seats in the municipal council are elected every 4 years, and are subdivided as follows:


  • La iglesia de San Salvador parroquial in Granda - Romanesque church of the 13th century.
  • El Museo de Etnográfico Granda de Salime - Ethnographic Museum in Granda
  • La casa rectoral - houses an interesting museum about energy from water

Festivals and Celebrations

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Manuel Abad y Queipo - (August 26, 1751 / Villarpedre - September 15, 1825 / Toledo), bishop of Mexico and Prime Minister of Spain


  • Population figures, see INE
  • Height information see Google Earth
  • Area Code