Fragas do Eume Natural Park is an Atlantic forest close to the ocean that bears the same name. It has 9,000 hectares that stretch along the Eume River and is one of the best preserved in Europe. It is covered by the native vegetation of the region.
The area was declared a natural park in 1997. Contains more than 20 species of ferns and at least 200 types of lichens. Its rich fauna includes 103 species of birds, 41 types of mammals and at least 8 species of fish according to official park data.
This thousand-year-old forest is full of mysteries. Has an endless number of charms provided by its hanging bridges and monasteries located at the top of the mountain. Owes its name to the Galician word fraga which means thick forest and entangled with various species of trees. It is an almost virgin jungle where you can find oaks, chestnuts, ashes, yews, hazelnuts… and an infinite number of other vegetation.
This jungle is one of the few relics of the Tertiary Era and therefore a natural jewel that must be conserved as an important lung of the planet. Its humidity and temperature remain stable to sustain the ecosystem that lives there.
How to enter the Fragas do Eume Natural Park
There are three routes through which you can enter, through 3 portals that can be described as follows. To the south of the park you will find the Portal de Monfero. To the north of the park you will find the Portal de A Capela. To the west you will find the Portal de Caaveiro in Pontedeume. There are also two visitor centres in the first two portals, where they offer you detailed information about the place and indicate the most interesting routes.
If you want a bike ride, then you can use the route known as Camiño dos Encomendeiros which is near the river.
What you will find in the Fragas do Eume Natural Park
The Monastery of Caaveiro which gives its name to one of the entrance portals and which is located at the top of this leafy forest, as if it had been lost or suspended in time. This building was created in the ninth century which served as a refuge for monks and pilgrims until the eighteenth century can be visited inside.
The Tavern of Caaveiro located in the same monastery and where you can enjoy some tapas, drinks and cakes, before returning. The terrace is open to the public almost all year round, although with some reservations in certain months of the year.
Monastery of Santa Maria de Montefero was built in the twelfth century. It is located in the highest area and through the route you can see the forests of oaks and chestnuts, as well as the reservoir and the river.
Entering through the portal of A Capela you can find an old hydroelectric plant which has been invaded by implacable vegetation, which has apparently corroded the machinery.
Finally in the tour you will find a tunnel that leads to small waterfalls that are undoubtedly of great beauty.
The river Eume that extends for about one hundred km. The forest has carved along its course a deep canyon and the wild slopes that can reach about 300 m. of unevenness, treasure the original vegetal mantle of the Atlantic forests.
It is a dream forest. It transform into striking colors according to the seasons, surrounded by a river that carries in its waters life and transports numerous species that feed on it, while it reaches its immense destination, the ocean.
Useful data to visit Fragas do Eume
Today, the park has a number of sidings and picnic areas along the way, bars and restaurants. It also has an interpretation center to learn much more about this beautiful place and the species that inhabit it.
Finally, the recommendation is to walk it and enter into the magic and mystery of the place, contemplating the natural beauty that inspires us and motivates us to preserve it. More information about Fragas do Eume HERE