This geodestination is made up of the municipalities of Baleira, Baralla, Becerreá, Cervantes, A Fonsagrada, Láncara, Meira, Navia de Suarna, Negueira de Muñiz, As Nogais, Pedrafita do Cebreiro, Pol, Ribeira de Piquín and Sarria.

The Os Ancares mountain range is extends throThe Os Ancares mountain range stretches across Lugo, on the border with Asturias and León. It is one of Galicia's largest natural areas. Its importance in terms of natural and scenic wealth is reflected in its Natura 2000 Network sites and its belonging to three Biosphere Reserves: the green reserve. Oaks, chestnut, beech, hazel. A mountain landscape that, due to its difficult access in the past, has preserved an authentic beauty. It is the territory of the wolf, the wildcat, the wild boar, the roe deer... And the last stronghold of the brown bear in Galicia.

The importance of this geodestination is enhanced by the fact that several of its municipalities belong to three Biosphere Reserves. The municipalities of Baleira, A Fonsagrada, Negueira de Muñiz and Ribeira de Piquín are included in the Biosphere Reserve of Río Eo, Oscos e Terras de Burón. Those of Baralla, Meira, Pol and Láncara in Terras do Miño. And lastly, those of Becerreá, Cervantes and Navia de Suarna in dos Ancares lucenses e montes de Navia, Cervantes e Becerreá.


The religious heritage of these lands makes stone wonders emerge from the lush vegetation. In Becerreá it is necessary to visit the church of Santa María de Penamaior; in As Nogais, the church of Santo André with interesting mural paintings. And convents such as Santa María de Meira or the convento de Santa María Magdalega of the Mercedarians in Sarria, are just a few examples of the rich monumental heritage of this part of Galicia.

Fortified architecture is also found in the region. Admirable examples of defensive constructions include the castelo-fortaleza de Burón (in A Proba de Burón-A Fonsagrada), the castelo de Navia de Suarna or the torre de Doncos and the Torés fortress in As Nogais and the castelo de Doiras in Cervantes or the keep of the old fortaleza de Sarria.

In the area there are also remains from the castro culture and pre-Romanesque periods, such as the pallozas de Piornedo (some of which have been converted into ethnographic museums).

Pilgrims on the Primitive Way enter Galicia through the Alto do Acevo in A Fonsagrada. Tradition has it that the toponym Fonsagrada (sacred spring) originated from a spring in the village linked to a miracle of the Apostle St. James, who received hospital care from a poor widow, and in gratitude the Apostle turned the water from a fountain into fresh milk for the woman's children.

In this geodestination we can enjoy its ethnographic richness with different museums such as the Palloza-museum Casa do Sesto in the village of Piornedo (Cervantes) already a place of great interest. Other museum spaces include the Museo vivo e integrado do campo e da locomoción agraria in Láncara and the Museo etnográfico do Pan in Sarria.

Natural areas

With regard to the natural areas of this geodestination, which is in itself nature in its purest state, it is worth mentioning that Os Ancares is considered a Site of Community Importance in the Natura 2000 Network, both for its geological interest and for its status as a large green reserve in Galicia. It is also an SPA and National Hunting Reserve, as well as a Special Protection Area for the Brown Bear.

Several areas are included in the aforementioned network of natural areas, such as the bosques de Carballido and that of A Marronda and the area of Negueira with a bumpy landscape and beautiful natural contrasts. Without forgetting the Cruzul-Agüeira area made up of holm oak, oak or chestnut forests, depending on the altitude. The municipalities of Pedrafita do Cebreiro and As Nogais are inside the natural area of O Courel.

Festivals and gastronomy

The weekend before Carnival, the Feira do Butelo in A Fonsagrada celebrates the typical sausage of these lands. On May 1st, veal meat is highlighted at the Feira da Tenreira Galega in Láncara. But there are also festivals of ethnographic interest such as the Festa da Malla de Meira.