The centre of the province of Lugo is characterised by a scenic countryside dotted with small villages. Inland, there are forests, scrub areas and rivers with excellent banks. It is noted for its well-preserved river, the Miño, which offers more than one surprise.

In the heart of the countryside

It is an area with a relatively significant population density found inside a biosphere reserve. In reality, it is a heterogeneous area where the dominant countryside landscape retains mosaics of crops and meadows outlined by valuable boundaries, well-preserved forests and, of course, riparian forests with a high degree of naturalness that are home to a rich natural heritage.

Most notable is undoubtedly the Miño river valley and certain of its tributaries in which river islands and well-preserved forests can be found all the way up to its shores.

The routes
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Route by car: Nadela - Marei

BEST TIME

Year-round, especially spring

DISTANCE

74 Km

DURATION

4 hours

DIFFICULTY

None

COUNCILS

Láncara, Lugo, O Corgo, O Páramo, Sarria

PATH

Nadela - O Páramo - Sarria - Marei

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Key points on the route:

  1. In the vicinity of the Miño river (1) booted eagle, black kite and sand martin can be seen in the spring. Also common are grey herons, common kingfishers and white-throated dippers.
  2. In open areas of both scrub and pastures, especially around Monte Páramo (2), montagu's harrier can be seen, as can eurasian hobby and short-toed snake eagle in spring.
  3. The surroundings of Sarria (3) and other areas dominated by meadows are the areas with the greatest density of white stork in Galicia.
  4. In the village of Sarria it is a good choice to visit the old town (4) because jackdaws, swifts and house martins can easily be seen in spring.

. Route on foot or by bicycle: Lugo - Mouth of the Neira river

BEST TIME

From March to July

DISTANCE

17.2 km, one way

DURATION

6 hours on foot and 2 hours by bicycle (one way)

DIFFICULTY

Low

COUNCILS

Guntín, Lugo, O Corgo, O Páramo

PATH

Lugo - Mouth of the Neira river

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Key points on the route:

  1. The route runs along the banks of the Miño river, where black kites are constantly seen. booted eagles are also frequently seen.
  2. Closer to the river (1 to 5), white-throated dipper, common sandpiper and, with some luck, common kingfisher can be seen.
  3. In winter, look out for the great cormorant, especially on the river islands because these birds choose them as sleeping places. Grey herons and the occasional great egret can also be seen.
  4. At the end of the journey, it is worth stopping at the bridge that crosses the river (6) where little grebe and even western osprey can be seen in migration in late summer.

Route on foot or by bicycle: Marei pastures

BEST TIME

From April to July

DISTANCE

3.8 km, one way

DURATION

1.5 hours on foot and a half-hour by bicycle (one way)

DIFFICULTY

Low

COUNCILS

O Corgo

PATH

Marei pastures

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Key points on the route:

  1. The route starts at the nearby village of Mareic(1) where spotless starlings, song thrushes and barn swallows can be seen, among others.
  2. In open areas (2) pay attention to the appearance of montagu's harrier and eurasian hobby.
  3. In the boundaries and areas with scrub (3) look out for red-backed shrikes.
The birds

In the Miño river and its surroundings there are many species tied to the banks and forests, where raptors such as the booted eagle and black kite nest. In the river white-throated dippers, common kingfishers and grey herons are common. Less frequent species such the elusive black-crowned night heron can also even be seen. The countryside hosts the highest density of white stork in Galicia and montagu's harrier flies over the fields in search of small prey.

Tips and resources
  • It is a fairly populated area, so take particular care on secondary roads. 

  • Walking in seasons other than the summer may require water-resistant boots. 

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