To more than 50km
O Courel is the main green reserve of Galicia. Nearly all the species,
except coastal ones, are represented. In addition to the geographic and
climatic crossroads between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, another
characteristic is the inaccessibility of this mountainous area, certainly
one of the keys to the survival of autochtonous forests.
A typical forest formation in O Courel is the devesa, the name given
to forests consisting of oak, beech, yew, birch and holly groves, generally
located at the source of the rivers. The most famous one is the Devesa da Rogueira,
thanks to the large amount of species, its large surface and numerous water points and springs.
• A Ferrería
Picturesque mountain village with little alleys and its houses situated
on the rocks with balconies built over precipices challenging gravity. A spa hotel with
ferrous waters can also be found.
A typical village surrounded by chestnut trees which are hundreds of years old.
The whole village seems like a balcony over the mountain chain of O Courel.
Its particular architecture is characterized by little labyrinthine alleys
paved with "chapacuña", and its restored houses show beautiful wooden balconies.
• Castro da Torre
Also known as Sobredo. The castro has a square, oval and rectangular
ground plan and is still in a good condition. One can enjoy various spectacular views
from this Iron-aged settlement.
• Moreda – Devesa da Rogueira
At Moreda exists a didactic nature museum. From this point one can
take the hiking path leading through the Devesa da Rogueira. As we move forward through
this beautiful landscape we can appreciate its large variety of plants and autochtonous trees.
Important to mention are also the caves and springs, e.g. A Fonte do Cervo.