Natural spaces
On the Way of St. James



A Pastoriza | Abadín | Alfoz | Baralla | Begonte | Castro de Rei | Castroverde | Cospeito | Friol | Guitiriz | Guntín | Lugo | Láncara | Meira | Mondoñedo | Muras | O Corgo | O Páramo | O Valadouro | Ourol | Outeiro de Rei | Pol | Riotorto | Rábade | Vilalba | Xermade

43º 11' 26.6" N - 7º 31' 48.5" W


The river as flag
The sacred forest, from the Latin word lucus from which Lugo is derived, cannot be understood without the river Miño, revered as a father until the present day. The Biosphere Reserve stretches from the northern mountains to the south of the walled city (Lugo). In total it covers 40 % of the province, which also has two other reserves recognized by UNESCO, where more than half the population lives.
We are in the high but not rapid basin. We are able to enjoy the path in peace. First, Fonmiñá, engraved on our school memory as being the birthplace of the river Miño, is worthy of a visit which goes on to the highest springs of the Meira mountains, such as the Pedregal de Irimia. Here, we will find a modest stream among great masses of rock, the accumulation of glacial origin.
The waters soon form a pool on the flat lands of the region of A Terra Chá. Other rivers join the watercourse and the lagoons gain importance. It then approaches the city of Lugo, with its two thousand years of history concentrated on the Roman walls (World Heritage) which can be covered in their totality by the adarve. But ten minutes away from the walls the soft murmur of the waters reach us as we go in search of the sacred forests and other natural wonders such as the river islands.
The water routes connect and use the roads to Santiago de Compostela: the French Road, on the southern limit of the reserve; the Camiño Primitivo, which crosses the city of Lugo; and the Camiño do Norte, from the Cantabrian Coast. Hundreds of kilometres that show the historical coexistence between nature and traditional human activities of agriculture and cattle raising.


Several main roads from east to west: A-6 and N-VI main roads; from north to south: N-640.

The Ways of St. James

The Northern Camino
The Primitive Camino


There are a total of 26 municipalities included in the Biosphere Reserve: Abadín, Alfoz, Baralla, Begonte, Castro of Rei, Castroverde, O Corgo, Cospeito, Friol, Guitiriz, Guntín, Láncara, Lugo, Meira, Mondoñedo, Muras, Ourol, Outeiro de Rei, O Páramo, A Pastoriza, Pol, Rábade, Riotorto, O Valadouro, Vilalba and Xermade.


363,668.9 hectares.


Accommodation: Yes.
Food: Yes.

Without missing

The Lugo river park stretches out in walks, paths and footbridges that between them connect the natural and cultural resources of the river. A good starting point, a few minutes from Lugo, is the Interpretation Centre on the banks of the river Fervedoira. The walk along the bank of this small river connects up with the left margin of the Miño, reclaimed as a splendid recreation area for the people of Lugo.
In the Interpretation Centre we can find complete information about the reserve’s natural and ethnographic heritage, which we can observe for ourselves as we move around the reserve: the islands in the river, some with access footbridges; the "caneiros", numerous low dams devoted to the famous "pesqueiras" (stone walls built for the fishing of eel and lamprey) on the Miño; smithies like the Mazo de Santa Comba. In this respect, the Ethnographic Complex of A Fervenza, which has a mill, "pesqueira" and fragua, is of outstanding interest.
The main roads that cross the reserve enable the visitor to rapidly get to other places of interest. From one side to the other we can find excellent examples of architecture like the monastery of Meira or the fortress of San Paio de Narla (Friol), converted into a museum which can be visited; archaeological remains like the castro of Viladonga and the Roman find of Santalla de Bóveda; or examples of traditional craftwork like the Bonxe pottery (Outeiro de Rei).

Information and facilities

Promoción Turística “Terras do Miño”
Telephone: +34 902 101 117
Instituto Lucense de Desenvolvemento Económico e Social (INLUDES)
Telephone: +34 982 227 812
Deputación Provincial de Lugo. Reserva de la Biosfera "Terra do Miño"
Telephone: +34 982 265 358
Conjunto Etnográfico A Fervenza
Telephone: +34 982 150 610
Address: CarreteraLugo-Páramo (O Corgo)
Centro de Interpretación Terras do Miño
Telephone: +34 902 101 117
Address: Río Fervendoira - Lugo
Aula de Naturaleza del Veral (Lugo) y Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Salvaje O Veral
Telephone: +34 982 207 705
Address: Carretera de Friol - Lugo


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