The chestnut bank
The river Navea flows into the Bibei shortly before
it, in its turn, flows into the Sil,
which later flows into the Miño. A whole cannon
of waters which connects the Ourense Macizo
Central with the biggest river system of the
northwest peninsula: the Miño-Sil.
All these rivers carved natural corridors with a
made-to-measure landscape. The Navea valley is
the most untouched. It is outstanding for the
predominance of arboreal vegetation, like the
great forest of San Xoán de Río on one side of the
river and one of the famous chestnut groves of
the region of Trives on the other. There are
historical chestnut trees and “sequeiros”, onestorey
constructions used to dry the chestnuts.
Some are being restored.
At the entrance to the protected space one of its
main attractions can be found: the Navea bridge,
built in the Middle Ages on the remains of the old