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There are many horses living in this area. It is advisable to drive carefully because they are often found even in the road.

There are many horses living in this area. It is advisable to drive carefully because they are often found even in the road.


Sierra del Xistral is made up of the mountains la Toixa and la Carba, the mountainous massif separating Terra Chá from the sea. It covers the municipalities of As Pontes de García Rodríguez, Abadín, Alfoz, Mondoñedo, Muras, Ourol, O Valadouro, Vilalba, Xermade, Xove, Viveiro and Cervo.

Sierra de Xistral, together with the banks of the river Sor, have been declared a Protected Natural Area, being a place where nature can be enjoyed in its purest form.

There are herds of wild horses inhabiting the sierra, and the dampness of the area means that that plenty of native species flourish here. Woods with alder, ash, willow and holly can be found on a walk around these beauty spots.


The constant presence of water is noticeable, whether in the form of a lake, pool or river. The wood lizard and the wall lizard of the slopes are of particular interest in terms of the native fauna of Xistral. This is one of the few places where they exist in Galicia and here they are at the westernmost limit of their distribution throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

These mountains are windswept throughout the year and it is here that the famous unique mineral known as Xistral Quartzite can be found.

How to get there

From Vilalba, join the LU-861 towards As Pontes and Viveiro. After about 15km, take the turning towards Viveiro-Muras (LU-540). In Muras, take to the right, towards Xistral-Valadouro.

 
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