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“A must if you have time”

Parque Natural Fragas do Eume
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

A wonderfull walk surrounded by nature, leading to an old monastery. Free guided tours in spanish. Arriving to a car park in high season there is a complimentary bus takes you from the visitors center to the monastery side. You will need to collect your ticket, and pre-book your seat acording to the schedulled buses. It´s very common to walk towards the monastery, and there are 2 routes leading to it. one follows the road, the second one is on a medium - hight dificulty route. It can take aproximately 1.5hrs to do the one way , and added point is that you can now have something to eat on the new bar blended in nature by the monastery, so you can have a " bocadillo" very decent size very good price. Public toilets also available there. At least count spending 3 hrs if doing this and more if walking both ways. If taking the complimentary bus to the monastery, it´s probable that 1.5hrs would be enough.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

This park is simply amazing. It is a green wooded fairy tale kingdom.

The natural park Fragas del Eume is situated near the town Pontedeume on the Atlantic Coast and got its name from the river Eume which flows through both.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Very beautiful remnant forest containing an ancient Monastry.I am told it has otters but we didn't,t see any

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

The natural park Fragas del Eume is situated near the town Pontedeume on the Atlantic Coast and got its name from the river Eume which flows through both. We have done many hiking tours in this natural park and love it because of its lush vegetation with a great variety of autochthonous plants (it must be said though that especially at the margins eucalyptus trees imported from Australia are invading the area). You can find ferns and other plants that only grow there, also a great variety of moss and climbing plants such as ivy. Some areas have dense vegetation reminding of a tropical forest. The river Eume gives a wild touch to the area, winding its way over stones and pebbles through the green jungle. At some places the water has a beautiful turquoise color.

As for hiking tours, there are several accesses to the park, being the most popular the one from the town of Pontedeume, where you will also find a visitor’s center on the road. You can park there and walk along the river or also up to one of the many hills on one of the trails. You can also visit the monastery Caaveiro which is in the middle of the park (you need to go on a guided tour; sometimes you have to wait for one to start). During the summer months and weekends access on this road by car is only permitted up to the visitors’ center, but a tourist bus runs from there to the monastery, or you walk from there.

There are several walking trails; I will talk about the ones we did. Near the monastery starts a route called Senda da Ventureira which follows the river close to the water upstream, and another one called Senda dos Encomendeiros, also along the river and in the same direction but at a certain distance from it, further away from the water. A third route called Ruta do Medievo takes you to the village As Neves (A Capela) uphill. Probably it is better to do this route reverse, leaving your car in the village As Neves (A Capela) and starting from there. To walk the Senda dos Encomendeiros you can also leave your car near the big hydropower station (go via A Capela) and start hiking from there, going downstream towards the monastery. There is also a narrow trail on the side of the river opposite to the monastery, which you can follow upstream. These trails are of easy to medium difficulty. If you want a real challenge (not for kids or inexperienced persons) you can also get alpine impressions at the end of the canyon with its walls of rock and much less vegetation. However getting there is difficult as there is sometimes no trail at all or one for goats close to the precipice.

Sadly, at the end of March 2012, during an unusually dry spring, a fire burned an important area of the park. It did not affect the area close to the monastery but you will probably see its consequences during your visit (we have not been there after the fire so we cannot tell exactly).

8  Thank Arara
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

This is the only place in Europe you will find this sort of coastal forest. Make it a stopping of point on your trip to Galicia

4  Thank Casa_Santo_Estevo
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