Navelgas, with a population of about 300 inhabitants, located in the northwestern quarter of the council of Tineo, or “Four Valleys” has traditionally been a major economic center and services for this Asturian region. The area is known as the “Valley of Gold” for the abundance of gold deposits existing in it.
The village is divided in two neighborhoods: Navelgas Up and Down, also called the Ferreria. The first is grouped around the parish church and country-style, and the second is the most modern, with commercial and business establishments. Navelgas is the second largest urban council Tineo, only surpassed by the capital city itself. The richness of this area, though little known, is excellent, there are many mansions and palaces that allude to a noble past.
Navelgas are very concerned about the conservation of their natural resources and seeks to promote the care and dissemination of its environment and its historical and cultural heritage. The local residents also spend part of their efforts to recover traditions like celebrating festivals and Amagosto Esfoyón, or gold panning championships, a technique that has been used since Roman times.