The river erosion of the Sil gradually carved out the deep channel that directs it until it flows into the Miño on the left. Monks and hermits sought refuge on its impossible sides and with secular patience built about a dozen monasteries, most of them Romanesque and Benedictine, which date from the Middle Ages of Rivoyra Sacrata.
Canón do Sil
Although this is one of the best natural spaces, defined by its two great rivers, nobody knows exactly where the Ribeira Sacra begins and ends. It could be that its true limits are set by the presence of the vines on the sunny slopes. Here the Mandi wines are produced. They were already regarded as excellent in the times of the Roman Empire, and are backed up today by the D.O. product qualification.
Here the Mandi wines are produced. They were already regarded as excellent in the times of the Roman Empire
The monasteries were secularized and the waters were pooled in successive dams, but the strength of the land continues to be apparent in every harvest of its fruits. Admire the difficult grape harvest on the steep slopes which can only be cultivated in terraces, the best example of a slowly humanized landscape.
Wildest nature finds its place in the granite outcrops covered by thickets and chestnut and oak forests. The unusual climate conditions of the most protected areas favour the presence of Mediterranean species, such as cork and strawberry trees. The high rocky outcrops of the gorges have often been mentioned as one of the last refuges of the most threatened birds of prey.