The Courel mountains are a UNESCO global geopark. They have this designation because of the diversity of vegetation in the area. There are also remains from all periods of Spanish history. We did not see the abandonned Roman gold mine but we enjoyed the trees. In the area where we were hiking chestnut trees were dominant.
The weather was typical mountain weather, clouds covering the peaks in the morning and then again as sun sets.
The cattle are allowed to graze at will but they tend to stay close to the villages. People may have renovated the stone houses but they are still living in stone houses. The painting was done by an older woman who at the end of her life started painting on doors in Parada.