O Courel is, undoubtedly the green reserve of
Galicia and it also has a rich historical heritage. The
municipality of Folgoso do Courel occupies the
centre of the mountain range. The area can be
reached from its main towns, Seoane and Folgoso,
the old and the new municipal capital,
respectively, for the two are on the region road
which links the territory from north to south, from
Pedrafita do Cebreiro to Quiroga. But O Courel’s
natural life demands that we venture along the
forest paths on foot.
From Seoane take the first turnoff to the village of
Romeor. From here it is necessary to walk a few
kilometres to penetrate a magnificent forest and inspect the tunnel of A Louseira, built in Roman times to channel water.
On the turnoff of the Seoane road towards Moreda and Parada we approach one of the not to be missed visits: the forest
of Rogueira. There is a nature workshop in Moreda, open from spring to the beginning of autumn, and during winter
holiday periods. The grandeur of this forest lies in its botanical reserve which has over 800 species in just 200 hectares.
The route from the bottom edge of the forest is about three kilometres long up a steep slope. Small rivers, like the Fonte
do Cervo, which arise at the summit, run down the slopes. The summit is a massive rock with two springs from which flow
water of different colours and flavours. One is crystal clear and with hard water; the other is brown and ferruginous.
Another access route to the forest from the upper part of the Formigueiros Peak (1,639 m) is on the Visuña, Ferramulín,
Vieiros, A Seara and Vilarbacú local road, all picturesque villages. From here the
ascent to two of the natural attractions of O Courel can be planned. One is the pool
of Lucenza, of glacial origin, which sometimes dries up in summer. The other is A
Buraca das Choias, a cave from which a small river flows.