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The municipality of Uña (89 inhabitants in 2018; 2,325 ha) is located 40
km north-east of Cuenca.
Uña is located on the shore of Lake Uña in the heart of the Natural Park of the Serranía de Cuenca, which was established in 2007. The village is facing the southern cliff of the Muela de la Madera, a flat-topped mountain of 9 km in diameter dating back to the Cretacean period.
Lake Uña, home of a trout rearing farm and of the Regional School of
River Fishing, was originally a natural lake of karstic origin; in the
1920s, the area of the lake was artificially increased (x 3) to supply
water, via a canal, to the hydro-electric waterfall of Villalba de la
Sierra. Another canal was build to bring water from the Toba marshes to
[Luis Carcavilla & Juanan Vegas. Paseo geológico por el Escalerón y la Raya (Uña)]
Lake Uña has been for ages the den of terrible beasts. In the late 19th
century, several villagers reported encounters with monsters thriving in
the lake, as related by Manuel Tirado Zarco (Historias y leyendas de
Cuenca). Two young brothers met a huge snake or lizard, while a
muleteer had his mules engulfed by a huge lizard. A woman was allegedly
brought down to the lake by a giant bird. Some say that these stories were invented to attract tourists to the
lake, on the model of the Scottish Loch Ness.
[ABC, 9 August 2010]
Ivan Sache, 5 July 2019
The flag of Uña is prescribed by an Order issued on 7 July 1998 by the
Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 17 July 1998 in the
official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 32, p. 5,323 (text).
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Horizontally divided in the middle with the shield of Uña in the center. First half: Azure, as a reference to the sky and fresh air of the Cuenca Mounts. Second half: Vert, as a reference of the vegetation.
The coat of arms of Uña is prescribed by an Order issued on 7 July 1998
by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 17 July 1998 in
the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 32, pp. 5,322-5,323 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Azure a wild boar superimposed to a pine, 2a. Or a bend vert, arms of the Albornoz lineage, once lords of Uña, 2b. Gules five hearts argent, taken from the coat of arms of the Marquess de Cañete, lord of Uña according to the 1754 Floridablanca survey. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown.
Ivan Sache, 5 July 2019