The spectacular Fragas do Eume in Galicia

Everyone knows that you can find really spectacular landscapes in Galicia, and one of them is the one I'm going to write about now. In fact, it is the most impressive natural beauty that you can find in Galician lands. I mean the Fragas do Eume, one of the best preserved Atlantic forests in Europe. In its 9,000 hectares there are virgin forests, rivers and a beauty without equal. Unfortunately, last year it suffered a serious fire that damaged a significant part, but it is still worth going there.

This natural park belongs to three different municipalities: As Pontes, Pontedeume and Monfero, all of them belonging to the province of La Coruña. The best way to get to know it in depth is on foot, and there are also several routes so that you can get to know the most interesting parts. If you prefer another means, you can do it by bicycle, on horseback and there are even parts that you can explore by canoe.

Much green

Although there are many parts that will take a few years to reborn from its ashes, it lasts a lot of green and a lot of beauty. Among its plant species there are hundreds of oaks, poplars, ash, ferns (more than 20 species) or lichens. The vegetation is so wide that in many parts the light of how lush the forest is does not reach. All that green is intermingled with rivers, fountains and beautiful waterfalls.

Caaveiro monastery

Surrounded by a infinite forestThis monasteiro has more than 10 centuries of history and from it you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the Fragas do Eume. It is half hidden between the forest and you even walk there as a couple of kilometers before the road is closed to vehicles, but you will only have to cross a small bridge and walk a few minutes. I have been a lot of times and it is a really magical place. The entrance is free and there is Guided visits every 45 minutes.

How to get

The Fragas do Eume have four access portals that do not communicate with each other, the most used being the one that gives access to the monastery. As the slopes are sloping, this entrance is only allowed following the course of the river through Ombre, a village 10 kilometers from Pontedeume. Access with vehicles is much more restricted on weekends, but at this entrance there is public transport that leads to the A Figueira bridge, which is the one closest to the monastery.

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