In the picturesque Pasiegos Valleys, located in northern Spain, there are living remnants of a unique way of life deeply rooted in tradition: Pasiegan life. This lifestyle is inherently linked to pastoral culture and practices that have endured through generations, although in many areas, these practices are naturally being displaced by modernity. From transhumance to mowing and the use of traditional tools, each aspect of Pasiegan life is a window into a world full of history and authenticity.

Transhumance, one of the most emblematic practices of the Pasiegos, is a peculiar process involving seasonal movements over short distances, where pastoral families move between estates and cabins to rationally exploit available pasture resources. Although this tradition has been maintained in some areas, in others it has lost relevance due to changes in lifestyle and economy.

The Pasiegos and Pastoral CultureTransporting dry grass is another arduous task that is part of pastoral life. Depending on the distance and terrain, different methods are used, although in this area of Cantabria, the belorta predominates, a flexible hazel stick carried on the shoulders.

Also, the cuévanos, baskets made of wooden strips, are versatile tools used to transport a variety of materials, from grass and firewood to cheeses when necessary.

Maintenance of the meadows

Mowing is another important facet of Pasiegan life. This working technique, which requires skill and physical strength, is mainly carried out during spring and summer. A key tool in this process is the dalle, a hand scythe with a wide, curved blade. It is very common to see on mountain slopes how steep meadows are mown, a task that would be impossible without this tool.

Pasiegan life is a living testimony to the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Although many of its traditions are being displaced by modernity, in some areas they are still practiced, thus preserving the authenticity and legacy of this ancestral way of life. The Pasiegos Valleys offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in this rich tradition, exploring impressive landscapes and discovering the authenticity of a community that has managed to preserve its roots in many aspects over time.