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  • Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés
    Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés

    “Raia seca” landscapes...

  • Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés
    Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés

    “Raia seca” landscapes...

  • Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés
    Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés

    “Raia seca” landscapes...

  • Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés
    Natural Park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés

    “Raia seca” landscapes...

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Celanova-Limia

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Celanova-Limia

Celanova is a land of poets such as Curros Enríquez and Celso Emilio Ferreiro, no doubt inspired by the beauty of the surroundings...

Pathways for discovering a country

Pathways for discovering a country

Routes along the Atlantic coast and the Estuaries, valleys covered in vineyards...

Natural Park Baixa Limia - Serra do Xurés

“Raia seca” landscapes

The Limia is a unique river. It has excavated a natural corridor along which history has left its human traces. The river gathers up a mass of water which leaps down in waterfalls and cascades, rests in successive dams, crosses a border and finally gives up its waters to the Atlantic. In this way the largest Natural Park in our region is united with the most important Park in Portugal, the Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Oulelas - Serra do Xurés-Baixa Limia
This is the “raia seca”, for the border layout is not located around the rivers but high up in the mountains: O Laboreiro, Queguas and Quinxo in the north; Santa Eufemia, O Xurés and O Pisco, in the south. The highest peaks are 1,500 metres high and combine the smooth forms of the old Galician mountains with the most rugged peaks. Needles and bolos (granite stones), which time has balanced in complicated equilibrium, are one of the distinguishing marks of the area.
Here we will find megalithic monuments, legends of gold and evidence of the passing of the Roman soldiers along the XVIII or Vía Nova road. Still standing are the milestones that were left on the road that joined the Roman capitals of Braga and Astorga through the only natural way through these mountains, the mythical Portela do Home, border access point to Portuguese territory.
The traditional constructions like mills, walled beehives (alvarizas), shepherds’ cabins (chivanas), raised granaries (hórreos), ovens, roads and walls reveal the most creative soul of its inhabitants. A heritage from the traditions still kept alive in the dozen villages which until the present day have kept agriculture and fishing alive in the Park. Villages like those of O Couto Mixto, the territory which, until 1868, had a statute of privilege independent of Spain and Portugal.

 

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