The greatest part of this itinerary is above a height of 800 metres, and continually goes uphill and downhill. But the harshness of the trail is compensated by the beauty of the landscape, for it is surrounded by nature, crossing forests, mountains, rivers, streams, farm fields and charming hamlets.
We will take the 4x4 through trails that cross pine forests on the high eastern mountains of Galicia, which will treat us to spectacular landscapes. Trails blocked by watercourses will test the driver’s skill at the wheel, increasing the thrill of the experience.
We recommend arriving the previous evening to A Fonsagrada, Galicia’s largest municipality and also the municipal capital with the highest altitude in the whole autonomous community, standing nearly one thousand meters above sea level. It is located at one end of the province of Lugo, forming a mountain range that constitutes a natural border with Asturias, with which it shares the Biosphere Reserve River Eo, Oscos and Terras de Burón.
Its main access road is the LU-530, which connects it with the province’s capital. In the town there are hotels and lodging houses and a large number of country guesthouses as well as some manor houses (pazos) where you can stay. If you haven’t had dinner along the way, we recommend tasting some of the rich local gastronomy, such as the botelo, delicious traditional sausage made from pork ribs seasoned with garlic and paprika, accompanied by boiled potatoes, which are of excellent quality in this area. And, for dessert, the tasty pie from A Fonsagrada, made with almonds and custard.
We recommend getting up early to stroll through the village before hopping on the 4x4’s accompanied by the guide and driver. You can visit the Fonsagrada Regional Museum, next to the tree-lined avenue known as the Alameda, which offers a good example of the ways of life and labour in a typical mountain county. We will see the reproduction of a cellar, a blacksmith’s forge and a lareira, or traditional Galician kitchen. There is also a section dedicated to popular architecture that uses drawings, scale models and photographs to show the materials, construction features and types of houses typical of the area.
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