DAY 2: CRUISE AND SAN PEDRO DE ROCAS – CASTLE OF MACEDA ROUTE (Saturday)
Breakfast. In the morning, we set off from the jetty of Santo Estevo for a pleasant outing (1.5 hours) that is included in this package, on board a luxury catamaran (maximum 11 seats). This outing brings us more in contact with the nature found along the river Sil, and in the summer we can even enjoy a swim. We also have a different view from below of the canyons and monasteries that we saw the previous day. On the way back, a stop is included on the Lugo side of the riverbank, at the jetty of Chancís, and if you would like to stay and have lunch at one of the outdoor tables, remember to book in advance so that the boat can cross you to the other bank with enough time to take the afternoon tour “Ribeira Sacra II”. Calculate around 30 minutes from the jetty of Santo Estevo to Esgos.
In the afternoon, in Esgos, at the monastery of San Pedro de Rocas, the visit (regular) with an official guide begins at 16:30. This monastery, set among lush forests, is one of Galicia’s oldest. Its three chapels carved directly out of the rock are stunning, together with its bell tower, its anthropomorphic tombs and the world map painted directly on the rocks. Next we visit the monastery of Santa María in Xunqueira de Espadanedo, that today houses the town hall. Inside this small monastery the beams painted with animal and human figures are remarkable. We stop along the way to witness how the pottery kilns of Niñodaguía work, while they produce extremely useful crockery pieces out of yellow clay (cups, plates, trays...) and you may also purchase pieces to take home as practical souvenirs. Finally we visit the medieval Castle of Maceda, very well preserved and where Alfonso X of Castile resided until age 11. The castle houses a restaurant where we recommend that you book a table for dinner.
End of the visit and return to place of accommodation.