The Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés Nature Reserve gives the Centro BTT its name, offering a total of nine routes, between te municipalities of Muíños and Lobios, amounting to more than signposted 200 kilometres.

Together with the neighbouring Peneda-Gerês National Park (Portugal), they form a unique protected cross-border area within Europe, also declared a Biosphere Reserve, where leafy mountain rages and granite deserts look as if they grew at the same pace.

The highest points reach an altitude of 1,500 metres, combining the soft shapes of the old Galician mountains with more abrupt needle-like summits. The presence of rocky formations and boulders stand out.

We will fi nd megalithic monuments, abandoned villages and the evidence of the passing of Roman legionaries along the 18th causeway or Vía Nova; popular buildings, such as mills, walled beehives, shepherds’ cabins, barns, communal ovens, trails and enclosures, which reveal the most creative soul of their settlers.

It is a unique BTT destination providing routes at different difficulty levels. In Outeiro de Cela Forest Park, around the Reception Point of O Corgo, you can enjoy a pleasant walk around the As Conchas reservoir. The Megalithic Route that runs from As Maus de Salas is a very simple one for the whole family and takes us back to the megalithic era. The most expert cyclists can ride along part of the Vía Nova route that crosses through Lobios, and also go into the Picos de Fontefría and ride through some of the most singular villages, such as A Cela, Prado de Limia, Requiás or Guntumil.

The land around Celanova and A Baixa Limia offers an interesting variety of tourist attractions that turn them into an exceptional destination. The series of towers along A Limia (A Pena in Xinzo, A Forxa in Porqueira and the Sandiás Tower) show the strategic and defensive nature of this territory. The chapel of San Miguel, in the vicinity of the monastery of Celanova, and the church of Santa Comba de Bande are two perfect examples of the Pre-Romanesque style in Galicia. The monastery and its Baroque church, as well as the old village centre of Celanova are an unavoidable visit to this part of the Ourense province. And in the proximities of this village, we recommend you visit the charming medieval nucleus of Vilanova dos Infantes and the Castro settlement of Castromao, belonging to the Iron Age, that shows us what the fi rst hamlets in the northwest peninsular were like. Let us point out two very different tourist experiences: relaxing in the thermal waters of the river Caldo, near Lobios, and enjoying the carnivals in Xinzo de Limia.

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