Northern Ulloa (R-18)


The province of Lugo hides great surprises from the point of view of cultural heritage as we will see on this route through the town halls of Friol, Guntín and Palas de Rei, which border on the south with the region of A Ulloa; among other surprises, we can visit here one of the most beautiful medieval castles of Galicia, such as that of San Paio de Narla, a few kilometers from Santa Eulalia de Bóveda, enigmatic underground enclosure of Roman origin whose function seems not yet clear. We will also visit the churches of Ferreira de Pallares, former Benedictine monastery and Vilar de Donas, closely linked to the Arias, one of the oldest strains in Galicia. We will close this route by going to the top of the "Serra do Careón", declared a Place of Community Interest for its environmental biodiversity.

Map of the Tour


1.S. Paio de Narla Fortress

Impressive medieval fortress, rebuilt throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which since 1983 houses a historical and ethnographic museum. The building is articulated around a small central courtyard attached to the main tower and all of it is located on a hill on which stood an old castro.

2.Santa Eulalia de Bóveda

Enigmatic building of late Roman time, single storey, vaulted and underground, which houses in the center a small pond or swimming pool. Because of its characteristics it is a unique building in Europe for which experts do not agree to provide real functionality, although it could be related to the cults of the goddess Cibeles; what is known is that it was Christianized, dedicated to Saint Eulalia and that it remained hidden under the present church until the twentieth century. Both the building, declared a National Monument, and the small village in which it is located make up one of the jewels of the cultural heritage of Galicia.

3.Ferreira de Pallares monastery

Monastery with possible origins in the ninth century, in the Middle Ages reached some economic power under the Benedictine order, becoming dependent on the monastery of Samos from the sixteenth century. Today the Renaissance cloister and the magnificent church of Romanesque style and large proportions are preserved. The Gothic tombs of the Countess of Taboada stand out inside and on the outside it draws attention to its slender bell tower, from the eighteenth century.

4.San Salvador de Vilar de Donas Church

In the 12th century it was a female monastery although it later passed to the Order of Santiago, some of whose knights were buried inside. Building of a single nave with transept and triple apse, highlighting an elegant western cover of five arquivolts.

5.Careón Mountains

This mountain range, with a flat profile, is part of the so-called Gallega Dorsal, which at this point separates the provinces of Lugo and Coruña. We will travel a stretch of the mountain range, declared LIC, among other reasons for being the habitat of an endemic botanical species, such as Santolina melidensis, flower that develops only in this mountain range and whose population is located exclusively in an area of just 2 km Square. A great luxury!