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  • Natural Park Monte Aloia
    Natural Park Monte Aloia

    The peace of nature...

  • Natural Park Monte Aloia
    Natural Park Monte Aloia

    The peace of nature...

  • Natural Park Monte Aloia
    Natural Park Monte Aloia

    The peace of nature...

  • Natural Park Monte Aloia
    Natural Park Monte Aloia

    The peace of nature...

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Natural Park Monte Aloia

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There is a permanent exhibition and extensive information about the Park in the Visitors’ Centre “Casa do Enxeñeiro Areses”. The six routes which enable us to learn about the mountain start here. They connect five lookout points, as well as many recreation areas and seven water mills which can be visited (the Tripes mills route and the Paredes mills route). A total of ten kilometres to be covered, including a botanical trail with explanation panels, that illustrate the plant diversity in the area and show how to identify the different species through games.
The most visited place and the centre of local folk traditions, is the chapel at the top of San Xián. The shrine, of Romanesque origin, and the flight of steps to the saint’s fountain which was reconstructed in 18th century was a response to the ancient Christianisation of the cult of the stones and other natural elements. The rituals speak about the part of the bed in which it seems the saint slept and where the grass never grew, and about the water stone and the sun stone which were used to predict the weather.
The oldest route on foot is that of the Alto dos Cubos castro, a fortified town of which a 1,250 metre long wall still survives, called by the curious name of the Cyclops wall because it was made of large stones without mortar.
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