Forming part of in the Natura 2000 as a Site of Community Importance, the O Courel mountain range includes the municipalities Folgoso, Quiroga, and Pedrafita do Cebreiro. Its geology, which is the most comprehensive of all Galician mountain ranges, is comprised of deep valleys, alternated with Mediterranean and Atlantic forests, and peaks with altitudes of more than 1,500 metres. It is criss-crossed by the Lor river, dotted with forests filled with chestnut, oak, yew, beech, ash, alder, hazelnut, and holly trees, and a has huge variety of fauna, which make it one of the most beautiful and lush natural reserves in Galicia.
The paths which cross the mountains are beautiful roads, but are very high up, meaning that extreme precaution is required. As they are narrow, with sharp curves and steep slopes, it is important to always be alert. There are several lookouts where you can park your camper and take in the landscape, as well as several routes that can be completed on foot, allowing you to better appreciate the landscape, which is full of charm and nature.
You can start a trip through the O Courel mountain range in Quiroga or O Cebreiro. If we set off from the latter, heading south, Quiroga offers several roads and hiking routes which allow us to enjoy the beauty of the natural environment, as well as interesting civil and religious architectural heritage. Among the most interesting monuments that stand out are the churches of Seara (17th century Baroque style), Santa María de Outeiro (late medieval), the Pazo de Hospital (16th Century) and the Montefurado tunnel (Roman period).