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A Capela | As Pontes de García Rodríguez | Cabanas | Monfero | Pontedeume
43º 25' 00.7" N - 8º 04' 05.2" W
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.
From Pontedeume to the monastery of
Caaveiro, passing through Ombre, on the local
road. Access to the right bank on the turnoffs
from As Neves and Goente, on the AC-141
Cabanas-As Pontes de García Rodríguez road.
Access to the left bank via the local road which
passes the monastery of Monfero.
The Ways of St. James
The English Camino
Coruña municipalities of Cabanas, A Capela,
As Pontes de García Rodríguez, Monfero and
9,125.65 hectares. SCI: 9,076.82 hectares.
Available in several villages around the Park.
The Park has four access gates, with no connection
between them. The most visited is that which leads to
the monastery of Caaveiro. Because of the sloping
hillsides this entrance is only possible by following the
course of the river through the fishing reserve of
Ombre, ten kilometres from Pontedeume. The routes
start from the fishermen’s hut of Cal Grande and go
through the forest.
There are restrictions on vehicles at weekends, but
there is public transport to the bridge of A Figueira,
the closest to the monastery. From this point it takes
about fifteen minutes on foot to climb up to the
recently restored Benedictine monastery of San Xoán
de Caaveiro, a complete monument of Romanesque
art, in the heart of the countryside and with panoramic
views of the luxuriant forests and the sky. Entry is free
with guided visits at approximately 45-minute
intervals. This is no problem during the weekends,
public holidays and the high season. If you plan to visit
the monastery out of these dates, ask for information.
Opening hours change according to the season.
Having climbed the mountain, and visited the
monastery, the path can be continued downwards for
a short distance to the murmur of the Sesín, which
drains into the Eume, below the monastery. The
churning of its pools and its green springs filtered by
moss are well worth admiring. The Sesín itself can be
approached upstream by another, different route.
From the road going from Cabanas to As Pontes de
García Rodríguez, take the turnoff in As Neves which
leads to Gunxel, where the Sesín mills are located, and
then continue on towards the old hydroelectric station
of Ventureira. The track gets narrower here on the
numerous curves of the tree-covered hills of this route
which connects, on the left bank, with the Rebordelo
A luxuriant mixed forest regarded to be
one of the most extensive forests on the
Galician coast. Oaks cover the slopes of
the river gorge along with a wide variety
of vegetation and riverside forests. The
humidity favours the growth of a variety
of interesting ferns. Mention must be
made of the 103 species of birds, 41
species of mammals and the eight species
of fish as well as endemic species of
invertebrates and amphibians, including the