The job of wax chandler was highly important in the economy of Covelo. This is demonstrated by a great ethnographic legacy – and the best way to learn more is to explore its sites and delve into its history. A great way to do so is on the Xabriña Ethnographic Route, which tells us everything we need to know about the old occupation of the borreiros (wax makers). People came to this area from all over Galicia to rent wax-presses and make their own wax. The museum "FAVUM: O Lugar da Cera" offers the chance to learn about the different manufacturing processes that created the enduring ethnographic legacy that still can be seen today in the wax-presses, pillars and curadoiros (outdoor stone constructions for bleaching wax) - the best-preserved in Galicia. The route also winds through the pine and oak forests of Fraga do Rei, a recreational and educational area that was turned into a forest park in 2009.
Given that wax formed part of our not-so-distant past, it is natural for us to be curious about how it was made. It is an experience that will transport us back through time, to the lives of our ancestors illuminated by the magic and mysticism of wax.