Southeast of Lugo, close to Galicia's border with Castilla y León, the Serra dos Ancares and Serra do Courel (also spelt Caurel) are remote mountainous areas with high ridges and peaks, deep river valleys, beautiful forests, isolated castros (pre-Roman settlements), and a few rustic villages of slate houses and the occasional ancient palloza (round, thatch-roofed dwelling). Ideal for anyone who fancies exploring the deepest of deep Galicia.
Two branches of the Camino de Santiago cross these hills: the main Camino Francés passes the northern fringe of the Courel as it runs through O Cebreiro and Triacastela, and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo crosses the wild Ancares hills through A Fonsagrada. There are also a good number of marked local hiking trails for day or half-day walks. Places of interest are also generally well signposted.