As you already know, in Hard Hobbit To Break we love to know the natural spaces that are hidden throughout our territory. In fact, during the last weeks we have shown you places like La Pardina del Señor in Huesca, La Fageda de la Grevolosa in Barcelona and the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park in Madrid and Segovia.
As you may have guessed, today we will continue to know natural corners of Spain. Specifically, we moved to the Galician province of Lugo to discover the Sierra del Caurel, known in Galician as Serra do Courel. As you can see for yourself in the images that we show you in our gallery, it is a natural area of undeniable beauty. Would you like to discover this saw further? Well, you just have to join us!
La Serra do Courel is a natural site located in the eastern mountains of Lugo, between Galicia and León, which stands out not only for its natural wonders, but also for its cultural and ethnographic heritage. With an extension of 21,000 hectares, it is the most complete Galician mountain range geologically speaking.
How could it be otherwise, we will start by talking about the natural wonders of this Galician corner. Thus, you should know that deep valleys alternate in this mountain range, full of vegetation with Mediterranean and Atlantic forests. In addition, you can find high peaks, some of which exceed 1,500 meters of altitude. The highest are Formigueiros, Montouto and Pía Paxaro, three mountains ideal for hiking trails.
Flora and fauna
As for the flora of the place, the meadows populated with oak, chestnut, yew, ash, beech, hazelnut, alder and holly, among other tree species, stand out. Separate mention deserves the Brown, since for a long time it was the basis of food for the inhabitants of the area. Thus, its fruit was used in foods such as chestnut broth, milk with chestnuts or chestnuts with bacon. In addition, the leaves of the tree were used to cover the floor of the stables and the wood and flower to produce honey. Of course, among the trees there are different animal species, such as the wild cat, the wild boar, the wolf, the roe deer and even the brown bear. In total, 150 vertebrates and more than a hundred birds can be found, highlighting the eagle owl or the red partridge.
Dehesa de A Rogueira
Among all the meadows, A Rogueira stands out, a botanical gem located on the northern slope of the Pico de Formigueiros. With only 200 hectares, it is capable of hosting a great diversity of botanical species. In fact, there are more than 100 cataloged. The streams and springs that surround the trees make the place even more beautiful. And not to mention the Seceda and Visuña villages, which have been rehabilitated, offering a truly magical setting.
Tremendously beautiful towns
Beyond these two villages that we have just mentioned, it is important to note that the Serra do Courel hides really beautiful villages. Hence, it is also known as the "Sierra de las Aldeas de Pizarra". These charming towns of austere life and sustainable perfectly coexist with nature. In them we can find wooden or stone houses with slate roofs. Before saying goodbye, we want to comment that the oldest human remains of the entire autonomous community were found in this mountain range. They are said to be between 8,000 and 10,000 years old.
Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you will find more images of the Serra do Courel. Do not miss it!
- Galicia, Lugo, nature