Shores of the River Sil
We will begin our trip either in Monforte or in Ourense. We will take state road N-120 and once we reach Os Peares, we will drive along the service road for the dams, along the shores of the River Sil. This road was built by the hydroelectric companies and is a private road; however, private vehicles are allowed to drive on it. Further to driving at the same level as the river, the road begins its ascent towards Luíntra. Prior to reaching the town, there is a detour on the right that leads to the monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil. The monastery is currently owned by the network of state-run tourist hotels (Paradores), but the three cloisters, the church, and an interpretation centre located on the ground floor may be visited free of charge.