PR-G4 CAMIÑO REAL DE SAN PEDRO DE ROCAS

Hiking
697

Location

Esgos - Ourense

Coordinates:
42º 19' 39.2" N - 7º 41' 43.8" W

Description



Traditional architecture / ethnography
The route runs along a road that conserves its side walls and pavestones where you can still see the tracks worn down by the carts that used to travel along it. This "Camiño Real" (drovers' road) was a strategic axis as a communication route towards the lands of Aguiar and Ourense.

We should highlight the Meiroá ánimas (shrine), but particularly the Monastery of San Pedro de Rocas, a historical-artistic monument foun-ded in the year 573.

The monastery gives impressive views over the Rocas Manor and a huge conifer forest that climbs uphill towards the rocky peaks that give it its name (Rocas), brought about by geological agents acting upon this area.

Access

Leave Ourense via the OU-536 and stop in Esgos, about 16 Km from the provincial capital.

Equipment

Comfortable footwear that grips rock, as the pathway can get slippery in rain.

M.I.D.E.

Effort M.I.D.E.:
Itinerary M.I.D.E.:
Displacement M.I.D.E.:
Enviroment M.I.D.E.:

Further information

Tourist Information Office
Monasterio de San Pedro de Rocas.
32720 Esgos.
Tel.: 988 361 368
Fax: 988 290 006
e.mail: esgos@concelloesgos.com
www.concelloesgos.com

cartography I.G.N. (1:25:000)

Nº 226-I Esgos y 188-III Nogueira de Ramuín.

Bicycle access

Totally suitable

Horse access

Totally suitable

Point of Departure / Arrival

Esgos

Links

Route

Esgos, Meiroá, San Pedro de Rocas, Quinta do Monte and Esgos.

A plus

The monastery’s Pre-Romanesque building is remarkable, both on account of the beauty of its location and integration in the natural setting and because of its constructive originality. 13thcentury man knew how to benefit from natural forms sculpted by erosion without destroying them; rock and architecture give shape to three chapels with a floor burrowed by numerous anthropomorphic tombs. The bell-tower stands directly on a large outcrop. This monastery, founded in the 6th century by ascetics, reminds us that we are in the A Ribeira Sacra. The petos de ánimas (shrines to hold ex-votos) such as the one in Meiroá, are small stone constructions, very frequent in Galicia, bearing witness to a deeply-rooted cult of the dead and devotion to souls. Located at roadsides or crossroads, they vary in design. The petos hold religious imagery (mainly scenes from purgatory) with a money-box for making offerings and giving charity for the souls of deceased loved ones.

Services

Food in Esgos

Altitudinal profile

Minimum height above sea level: 572 m.
Maximum height above sea level: 816 m.
Cumulative elevation loss: 315 m.
Cumulative elevation gain: 328 m.
Trail elevation profile

Difficulty

Low

longitude

9.0

Duration

3

Kind of route

Small travel

Map

Last update: 21/11/2016
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