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Fragas do Eume : pure nature

The Fragas do Eume is an Atlantic forest located in the province of A Coruña, in Galicia, Spain. This forest is a place highly precious and unique: it is one of the most important forests in Europe thanks to its great biodiversity and the presence of endangered species.

With more than 9,000 hectares, Fragas do Eume is a perfect place for people looking for the peace and quiet that only nature can offer.

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Flora and fauna

The forest is located in the Eume river basin, that is the main river in the area. Fragas do Eume is a unique ecosystem, famous for its great diversity of plant and animal species.

Different species of trees can be found, such as oaks, alders, birches, hollies and ashes. It is also possible to see numerous plants such as ferns, mosses, lichens and wild flowers growing on the riverbanks and in the forests.

In terms of fauna, the Fragas do Eume are home to a wide variety of animals. Mammals include wolves, foxes, badgers, wild cats, deer and wild boar. In the rivers and streams, you can identify different species of fish, such as trout and salmon, and in the air you can spot different birds, such as the kestrel, the griffon vulture and the golden eagle.

There are also numerous species of amphibians and reptiles in the Fragas do Eume, such as the common frog, the midwife toad, the ladder snake and the Iberian lizard.

How to enjoy the forest

For those who are looking for a way to discover the best of Fragas do Eume, one of the best options is to walk along the forest trails. The forest has many well-marked trails that allow visitors to enter the forest and see its most beautiful corners. In addition, many of the trails are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Another way to enjoy the Fragas do Eume is by crossing the river Eume. The river is navigable in some areas and boat trips are possible. On the way, you can see the beauty of the forest from a different point of view and enjoy the tranquillity of the river.

For those looking to enjoy nature in a more active way, Fragas do Eume is a perfect place for hiking and cycling,

fishing and hunting. The forest has a large number of recreational areas, including picnic tables and benches for outdoor dining, drinking fountains and barbecues.

Nature and history of Fragas do Eume

Nature and history

The Fragas do Eume are also places with a great history. In the forest is the Caaveiro Monastery, which dates back to the 10th century and is one of the most iconic places in the area. The monastery is located on top of a mountain and offers breathtaking views of the forest and the river Eume.

Visitors can reach the monastery by following a steep, winding path through the forest and once there they can see the monastery gardens, the ruins of the church and monastic buildings. The Monastery of Caaveiro has witnessed numerous historical events, including the invasion of the Vikings in the 9th century and the battles between Galician nobles and Castilian monarchs. During the Middle Ages, the monastery was one of the main religious centres of the region, and its monks were respected for their wisdom.

At present, the Monastery of Caaveiro is a place of great historical and archaeological interest. Although much of the monastery is in ruins, some elements of its original structure can still be seen, such as the stone walls and semicircular arches


To conclude, Fragas do Eume is a natural treasure and an example of the biodiversity of the community of Galicia, a place not to be missed on the list of places to visit for nature lovers and adventurers in search of new experiences.