Come and visit one of Europe’s best preserved Atlantic coastal forests.
It extends over 9000 hectares, yet is home to just 500 people, which gives an idea of the virgin state of the woodland that follows the course of the River Eume. The Park is triangular in shape and it is bordered by the towns of As Pontes de García Rodríguez, Pontedeume and Monfero.
The 100 km long River Eume carves out a deep canyon from the steep slopes covered in a spectacular blanket of vegetation. Oak and chestnut are abundant and accompanied by other varieties such as birch, alder, ash, yew, hazel, wild fruit, laurel, holly and strawberry trees. Its humid, shady riverbanks are home to a collection of more than 20 fern and 200 lichen species.
A simple stroll will turn into a true exploration of this magical forest.
A journey through more than 1000 years of history visiting the River Eume’s monasteries
From Pontedeume, following the river along the Ombre fishing reserve, it is a 15-minute walk to the San Xoán de Caaveiro Benedictine monastery.
Entrance is free and includes a guided tour. We recommend calling beforehand as opening times vary throughout the year. In the summer season, vehicle access is restricted, although there is an organised transport service that will take you close to the monastery.
Monfer's monastery, in San Fiz parish and of Romanesque origin, hides a magnificent Baroque church with a chequered slate tile façade.
Both buildings bear witness to the repercussions of the discovery of the Apostle St. James’ tomb, which brought the main monastic orders to the region, leaving their mark on monasteries, churches and other religious buildings.
Discover the pleasure of losing yourself all the while knowing exactly where you are going
The best way to discover the Park is by walking along any one of a number of trails, which make up 8 routes with 60 kilometres of signposted trails.
Os Encomendeiros route takes us to the Cal Grande and Fornelos hanging bridges, as well as to Caaveiro and the Santa Cristina medieval bridge.
If you would like to enjoy one of the best views of the Fragas do Eume, we recommend following the Os Cerqueiros route, where you can take in the view from A Carboeira vantage point.
|Camiño dos Encomendeiros||LOW||5,5 Km||2 h||LINEAR|
|Camiño da Ventureira||LOW||6 Km||1,45 h||CIRCULAR|
|Camiño Cumios de Sanguiñedo||LOW||8,5 Km||1 h||LINEAR|
|Camiño dos Cerqueiros||LOW||8,5 Km||3 h||CIRCULAR|
|Camiño de Pena Fesa||LOW||10 Km||1,15 h||CIRCULAR|
|Camiño da Pasada Vella||LOW||4,5 Km||1,30 h||CIRCULAR|
|Camiño de Fontardión||MEDIUM / HIGH||15 Km||3 h||LINEAR|
|Camiño dos Corzos||MEDIUM||3 Km||1 h||LINEAR|
Embark on the adventure of kayaking through the heart of one of Galicia’s largest climax forests
You can discover the Park from a different perspective by kayaking the 10 kilometres of the River Frei Bermuz to its confluence with the Eume. The Eume’s tranquil waters and the current makes the trip easier and you can make short stops to take in the scenery.
You can bring your own equipment or ask for information about rentals at the Visitor Centre. This experience is suitable for all ages and ideal for a family day out.
Centro de Interpretación das Fragas do Eume Lugar de Andarúbel. Estrada de Ombre a Caaveiro, km 5.
T. 981 432 528
Centro de Visitantes de Monfero Estrada DP-5003 s/n.
T. 881 063 992
The Fragas do Eume are home to 28 species of fern, some of them endangered species. Fern is a typical tropical forest plant which you will come across as you go deeper into the forest.
The best place from which to take in the meanderings of the River Eume and the Xestoso Valley. You can find it along the Os Cerqueiros route, which starts at Monfero in A Portela de Montelongo.
The Cal Grande and O Fornelo are eye-catching hanging metallic structures that allow us to cross the Eume and experience the feeling of floating on water.
A visit to Caaveiro involves going deeper into the heart of Eume. A romantic ensemble of perfectly-restored monastic buildings. Monfero’s spectacular Baroque church pleasantly surprises.