Val de Xestoso

O Val de XestosoA living landscape

The Valley of Xestoso is one of the most important areas for cattle farming within the municipality of Monfero. It is located in the mountainous region of the Parque Natural Fragas do Eume and hosts the most authentic landscapes of rural Galicia. Big meadows fenced with hedgerows, lush forests and countless streams make our parish a beautiful place to enjoy nature.

The Valley of Xestoso is surrounded by Serra da Loba, the natural frontier between the provinces of A Coruña and Lugo, where you can admire the view over the territory, and Pena Fesa, the highest point in the
municipality with 712 m. The river Frai Bermuz is the major artery of the valley and the main tributary of the Eume, which hosts along its banks one of the lushest and most virgin forests. In our valley, with a lively primary sector, you can admire traditional crafts and try delicious products of the region, the most renowned of which is the local grelo, a type of turnip sprout.

O Val de Xestoso Lonely walks

The viewpoint Pico de Vales and Pena Fesa are two special places to visit in the Valley of Xestoso, from where you can even see the ocean.

In Serra da Loba you can also visit the Capela (chapel) da Ascensión and the Capela de San Vitorio, with the legendary Pisada (footprint) de Roldán in one of its rocks.

Other paths take you to the fragas of Cortella, Ínsua Larga, Curros, Batán or Fonte Mineral, with medicinal water sources which back in the day belonged to the Mosteiro of Monfero.

The Carballeira do Dez is without a doubt one of the most charming places in the parish. It was named after the market that used to take place under the oaks by the river Frai Bermuz on the tenth (“dez”) of every month. With its clear waters to swim in and virgin forests, the walk by the river bank and its watermills turn this solitary and unknown area into one of the most magical places in the Fragas do Eume.