The Natural Park of Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés is populated with woodlands that live side-by-side with the granite landscape of the mountainside. Waterfalls and torrents tumble down the steep sides of this mountain, giving way to pools of clear water which you can bathe in when the weather is hot. Various milestones, a paved road and the ruins of some thermal baths are testament to the Roman settlement of these lands. The River Caldo invites us to relax in its thermal springs.
In the woods we can find the legendary cabaniñas or chivanas, small cabins that herdsmen used for shelter in times past, and it is possible to see golden eagles and vultures soaring on the air currents rising above the park. You may even see wolf tracks or surprise the evasive wildcat.
The National Park of Peneda-Gerês and the Natural Park of Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés come together in the mountain ranges that mark the border between Portugal and Galicia, and this meeting of borders further enriches this natural space in which cultural and linguistic diversity mingles with a variety of woodland, the murmur of torrents and rivers and the reflections in the calm reservoir waters to offer us a unique experience.
O Xurés Route
|Starting point||Route type||Km||Estimated time required||Terrain difficulty||Orientation difficulty|
|Balneario Río Caldo (Lobios)||Circular||7,5||3 h 45 min.||High||Medium-High|
|PROFILE: Experienced people who knowledge of map-reading and orientation|
Although there are many routes that allow us to get to know every inch of the park, we propose a simple, very scenic route.