The dream forest
The river Eume, some hundred kilometres in length, cultivated
land for most of its course, ending in a deep gorge. Craggy hills,
with a 300 metre drop at some points, still have the original
vegetable covering of the Atlantic forests. A forest we have all
dreamed of: the denseness, the seasons transformed into
colours, a river which shares the salmon’s adventure and seeks
to reach the sea to become an estuary.
“Fraga” means a forest with different species of trees.
Oaks and chestnut trees provide the deciduous cover,
accompanied by birches and alders, ash trees and
yews, hazel nut trees and wild fruit trees; and there
are perennial laurels, holly trees and strawberry trees.
They all form a heterogeneous jungle in which each
species has its space. The cork trees, for example,
grow on the hills facing south, their northernmost
limit in Galicia. On the damp, sombre hills grow a wide
collection of lichens, moss and ferns, relics of the
Tertiary Period, which are the treasures of climatic
forests like the Eume.