Alto da Cruz do Castro
The return to the hillforts
The site is signposted from Cotobade’s main nucleus. It lies at the top of a promontory situated to the east of the church in Carballedo.
The site is open and free.
Inaccessible for people with reduced mobility, as part of the tour has to be done on foot up a steep slope.
Visitors are asked to respect the archaeological remains. Their conservation depends on your collaboration.
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Muíño da Igrexa (The church’s mill) ()
This borough is famous for the stonemasons who used to work with the stone, revealed by its traditional architecture, paved roads and bridges. It boasts numerous water mills, channels and washing troughs which exist thanks to the rivers that flow through the borough, such as the Almofrei, the Lérez and the Barbeira. The mill lies just a few metres from the site, along a traditional paved path.
2. Ensemble of rock-art engravings at Fentáns (San Xurxo de Sacos)
An archaeological area comprising almost 300 open-air engravings. One of the best-known sites is “Pedra das Ferraduras”, containing one of the finest examples of preserved deer and cow prints.
Cotobade Astronomical Observatory ()
Managed by the Asociación Sirio, it promotes activities relating to the world of astronomy, including educational talks on the handling of telescopes, sundials and other astronomical instruments. It boasts the latest technology and has a planetarium with a 4-diameter-wide dome.
Monte Seixo ()
Between A Lama and Cerdedo-Cotobade, this mount is particularly rich in geological formations created by ice, water and wind. There are places such as Portalén, near Santa Mariña do Seixo chapel, where this phenomenon gave rise to unusual fulcrums among the rocks, turning it into a place of ritual in popular culture.
As Neveiras de Fixó (The Snow Wells of Fixó) (Forcarei)
The ensemble is made up of two large, circular enclosures, similar to wells. They were used in the 18th century by the monks from Aciveiro monastery, initially for their own use, but later to store and trade in snow for the preservation of foodstuffs, and even for medical use. They can be found along the route that leads to the abandoned village of Grovas.