In this post, we invite you to get to know the Pena Trevinca massif. The peak of Pena Trevinca is located in the municipality of A Veiga in Ourense. With 2127 meters, it is the highest place in Galicia. The average altitude of the massif is about 1600 metres, and you can imagine how beautiful the sky looks from there! In fact, this has helped Trevinca to position itself as one of the world’s Starlight destinations. The site has starry viewpoints to observe its impressive starry sky.

Pena Trevinca is part of the Manzaneda-Trevinca geodestination, an environment of incalculable natural and cultural value. You will be able to discover beautiful natural landscapes, rural villages trapped in time, places to cool down in the mountains and the night sky like you have never seen before… What more could you ask for?

The Pena Trevinca massif

Pena Trevinca with its 2,127 meters is the roof of Galicia. Located in the mountains of Ourense, its surroundings have been declared a starlight destination due to the low level of light pollution. It is a high mountain area that has one of the best examples of glacial lakes in the Iberian Peninsula. Its peatland ecosystems are also remarkable, a phenomenon that can also be seen in the Xistral Mountain Range.

Due to its remarkable natural and ecological values, it is part of the Natura 2000 Network. Apart from the glacial lakes, one of the most interesting and mystical spots in the area is the Cantara da Moura. It is a pool with spectacular granite shapes modelled by the water. Around the pond, there are many caves.

Poza da Moura

What routes can be done?

Below we present our favourite official routes that run through this natural area.

Maluro and Pena Trevinca Route (PR-G 198)

It is one of the most complete and hardest routes, as it has a total length of 26 kilometres. Although it may seem too long at first sight, it is worth embarking on this walk, as it offers the possibility of getting to know and enjoy the most iconic points of the massif. The route leaves from Vilanova and runs along the German mines track in its initial section. On this track you can see the houses of the Nazis who came to Trevinca during the Franco regime to exploit the tungsten mines on the massif. The next points of interest are the Pena Trevinca peak itself, the panoramic view of Pena Negra and the Maluro peak. The route is circular but has a linear section.

Pico de Pena Trevinca

Route of the glacial lagoons of A Serpe and Ocelo (PR-G 200)

This route leaves from A Ponte. It is a circular route with a very manageable distance (14 kilometres), despite the fact that it has a considerable difference in height. It is perhaps our favourite route in all of Trevinca because here you can discover the most representative and “exotic” things that make this mountain different from others in Galicia. Along the route you can enjoy the two most representative glacial lagoons of the massif: the Ocelo Lagoon and the Serpe Lagoon.

Laguna de Ocelo

Integral route Sierra Calva (PR-G 201)

This route is the longest of those we present to you, with an official linear route of 42 kilometres. As it passes through some very interesting geographical points, our recommendation is that you take a look at the complete route and choose a fragment to walk. This route starts further south than the previous ones and passes through places where the other official routes also run. The official route runs from the Portela of the Sierra Calva to the source of the River Xares at the foot of the Pena Trevinca peak.

Macizo de Trevinca

Starlight Viewpoints

There are two official Starlight astronomical viewpoints: As Tablillas and O Rañadoiro. The conditions for observing the stars from both are enviable. You will find information panels about what you are seeing in the sky. Simply spectacular.

What physical preparation do I need?

To go to Trevinca it is not necessary to have a marathon runner’s physical preparation, but you must have a little bit of endurance and resistance when doing walks of at least 10 kilometres with unevenness. Most of the official routes are quite long and require you to be used to walking, but think that if they are too much for you, you can always do some fragments that suit your physical possibilities.

Of course, it is highly recommended to carry trekking poles and adequate clothing for hiking in the corresponding season.

Trevinca destino Starlight

What is the best time of year to go?

The high mountain routes are very spectacular when there is snow, but as we usually say, winter is not a good time for those who are not minimally professional in high mountain trekking with snow. The best options may be in autumn and early winter, when everything begins to be covered with a fine white mantle, and also in spring, as there is still snow but the weather is pleasant.

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Tips

It is necessary to travel to the area around Pena Trevinca in your own vehicle, as you will also need to travel to the starting points of the different routes. You can take the small village of A Veiga as a reference point, where there are also different activities and paths to follow.

A good place to sleep is Vilanova, where you will find different rural mountain accommodations that, in addition to offering exceptional treatment, sometimes have organized mountain routes and courses. Take note of the Trisquel rural accommodation.

Finally, very important, dear friends: if you are going to go in autumn or early winter, do not forget to take chains in the car in case you need them. At this time of year, always check the weather forecast before going for a walk.