Natural spaces
On the Way of St. James
Nature Natural spaces ZEC - natura 2000


42º 24' 54.9" N - 7º 38' 33.8" W

The Ways of St. James

The Winter Camino

Singular nature

Description fauna: Surprising landscapes of terraces for grape growing. Climate conditions enable some typically Mediterranean species to be grown, including cork trees and strawberry trees which grow alongside the native oak and chestnut forests. Birds of prey such as the golden eagle and the peregrine falcon also nest among the most inaccessible rocks of the gorge

Without missing

Not to be missed: Os Peares is the precise point where the two great northwest rivers join. According to the popular saying, the Sil has the water and the Miño the fame. Upstream, each river separately forms deep gorges which in the case of the Sil reach a depth of 500 metres at their deepest point. The service road to the hydroelectric dams that starts from Os Peares takes us to this region with a surprising feeling of adventure.
One of the most spectacular ways of getting to know the Ribeira Sacra is by water. The two courses are navigable in a catamaran, the Sil from the Ourense jetties of Santo Estevo (Nogueira de Ramuín) and Abeleda (Castro Caldelas) and the Miño from the Lugo town of Belesar (O Saviñao). The tourist routes run through the heart of the region itself.
The monasteries closest to the river Sil are those of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil and Santa Cristina. The first, converted into a hostel, is reached from Luíntra (Nogueira de Ramuín) or, if we want to take a longer road, by way of the monastery of San Pedro de Rocas (turnoff on the OU-536 in Tarreirigo, Esgos). The Interpretation Centre of the Rocas monastery, regarded as the best in Galicia, gives the visit an added value. There is a direct road to and from Parada de Sil going to Santa Cristina. The path down to this monastery goes through thickets of centuries-old trees. From Parada de Sil, a short dirt path goes to the so-called “Balcón de Madrid”. This is a breathtaking lookout point over an abyss, from where the shrine of Cadeiras (Sober) can be seen on the other bank and the Monforte plain on the horizon. There are no lack of lookout points, like the structure between Vilouxe and Caxide where the gorge reaches its greatest height. From Castro Caldelas, from whose castle one can look out over the countryside, a winding road makes its way through the secret places of the Ribeira Sacra.


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In its widest sense, the Ribeira Sacra covers territories in the municipalities of Castro Caldelas, Montederramo, A Teixeira, Parada de Sil, Nogueira de Ramuín and A Peroxa in the province of Ourense; and those of Chantada, Carballedo, O Saviñao, Pantón, Sober, Monforte de Lemos, A Pobra de Brollón and Ribas de Sil in the province of Lugo. The Sil gorge includes the last 25 km of the river before it flows into the Miño, in Os Peares.
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