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This is a route around the mountains of San Simón and Vilapedre, with visits to the handcrafted cheese dairies of the area and views of the region from Monseivane mountain, combining the car and walking.

The start of the route: the parish of Lanzós

The route begins in the parish of Lanzós, around five kilometres from Vilalba, renowned for their capon cocks. The fort settlement Castro de Lanzós (or “Castro del Adro”) is the first stop of the visit and provides a good opportunity to wander around a typical Celtic fort settlement of the region.

An example of the “escuelas habaneras”, (Habana schools) is the second stop of the visit to this parish. The building was built in the first decades of the XX century, on the initiative of the inhabitants of the area who emigrated to Cuba and was promoted by the society “El progreso de Lanzós”. The building has a unique, visually impressive clock tower on the main facade.

Located next to it is the parish church, the third stop on the visit here. This place of worship has a tower joined to the main body, a characteristic feature of the churches in this area. The variety of ornamental trees of large dimensions combined with smaller plants in the surroundings of the sanctuary is another feature which sets this monumental building apart.

Leaving Lanzós behind and taking the road to San Simón and Muras, you will find the church of San Andrés located at the side of the road. This is famous in the vicinity as people pray here for their departed loved ones to the patron saint. The church could be seen as the gateway to the area dedicated to the production of San Simón cheese, which is found around 300 metres further on. The cheese dairies of the area still preserve the same tradition of handcrafted production and the visitor can try samples of this typical product.

Through Sierra de la Carba towards O Valado and Campomaior

The wind parks located in the parish of Vilapedre in the Sierra de la Carba mountain range are the next stop on this route, continuing towards O Valado, where the parish church of San Simón da Costa is situated. This is considered to be the “cathedral” of Terra Chá because of its dimensions. This place also has an “escuela habanera” which has just been restored and various facilities for handcrafted cheese production worth visiting.

Exiting O Valado, at three kilometres, is the church of San Xián, located in the parish of Samarugo. If you take a small turning at this point, you can visit the church and the country house of this parish. The latter is well known in the area because its lords ruled by “the rope and the knife” over their vassals, that is to say that they pardoned them or took their lives without using any other form of justice apart from their word.

Again, around 800 metres from the church of San Xián, you come to a place called Campomaior, which is densely populated compared to the other typical mountain settlements of the area.

Climbing Monseivane Mountain

Continuing along the route you will get to Cornas, which is the point where you can leave the car and start walking uphill, a climb of 929 metres above sea level.

On this stretch of the walk you can see cattle grazing freely (wild cows, horses and deer) and the huge expanse of pine forest planted around 1940.

Halfway through the walk there is a small rest area, where you can come to a brief halt before beginning the last uphill stretch.

The walk also provides breath-taking views of the plains of Terra Chá, making Monseivane an authentic natural viewpoint. In fact, it is possible from here to make out the main towns of the area such as Vilalba, Feira do Monte and Muimenta.

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