This is a circular route that starts and finishes at the same point, all within the boundaries of the municipality of Baleira. The “Fontaneira Route” is 10.12 km long and takes walkers along well-trodden paths, although some are in need of renovation as they have become overgrown due to lack of use.
The series of paths and tracks that make up this route are those traced by local residents to collect natural resources or to connect the various settlements. The circular route departs from the church of A Fontaneira, passing by Cova dos Mouros before coming to the village of Suagranda. The renovation plans for this route include the path that the children of Estornín and the surrounding area took as they made their way to the school in the centre of A Fontaneira.
The planned route takes in the site known as Cova dos Mouros. These caves are currently under inspection by the heritage experts from Galicia’s Autonomous Government (Xunta de Galicia) in order to catalogue and date the rock art that was discovered on the walls of this dwelling inhabited by a blacksmith in the last century. Other noteworthy elements to be found on the path planned for the “Fontaneira Route” are Penas and Estornín mills, popular meeting places for locals, situated on the steep slopes that line this area, giving us an idea of the hardiness of the people of yesteryear.
Points of interest
Cova dos Mouros
Molinos de Penas y Estornín