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  • O Courel
    O Courel

    On living slate...

  • O Courel
    O Courel

    On living slate...

  • O Courel
    O Courel

    On living slate...

  • O Courel
    O Courel

    On living slate...

  • O Courel
    O Courel

    On living slate...

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O Courel

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O Courel is, undoubtedly the green reserve of Galicia and it also has a rich historical heritage. 

Route for Day 1

The route through the O Courel mountain range can either begin in Samos or in O Cebreiro, depending on the traveller's preference. Our advice is to leave from Samos, where we will visit the beautiful Samos Monastery, founded in the middle of the Visigothic period by Saint Martiño de Dumio and constructed in different periods with Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures. This temple has guest quarters, which comes in very useful to get our strength back by resting in a place filled with peace.

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Ten kilometres from here, heading towards O Cebreiro by the so-called "Camino Francés" (French Route), is the hamlet of Triacastela where we can visit the Church of Santiago de Triacastela. Built in the Romanesque style, it underwent extensive renovations in the 18th century. Eleven miles from Triacastela is Fonfría, and the Parish Church of San Xoán, of special interest. Built in the 16th century, it underwent important subsequent renovations.

Continuing our journey along the LU-633 road, we come to the O Poio hill, a place of great beauty surrounded by forests. From this viewpoint – located 1,337 metres above sea level – one can admire the O Rañadoiro mountains and the valley that lies at their feet. We can also see the monument to pilgrims on San Roque's peak at 1,270 metres above sea level.
If we continue in the same direction, we will come to the hamlet of O Cebreiro which is 23 kilometres from Triacastela. One of the must-see monuments is the Sanctuary of Santa María La Real. This temple was founded by Count Aurillacy in the 9th century, but subsequently has undergone significant renovations.
Another of the places that should be visited in the village is the Ethnographic Museum, located in several pallozas (traditional huts) that preserve their original structure. This town is famous for being the gateway to the French Route in Galicia, for its monuments and landscapes, but also for its cheeses. A fair is held each year in the mountains to celebrate this gastronomic product.
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