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Ribeira Sacra Tour - The Sil Canyon

One day tour to the Ribeira Sacra with departure from Santiago de Compostela and Ourense. We propose you a boat trip to admire the majesty of the Sil Canyon, cultural visits and a tasting with great views of the river Sil, both with wines from Ribeira Sacra Appellation as well as other products from the area.

Full program

Departure from Santiago de Compostela with intermediate stop in the city of Ourense. After completing the check-in of all passengers, we will go to the pier of Santo Estevo to start the boat trip on the Sil River.


During the navigation you will cross the Sil Canyon (the most abrupt area of the Ribeira Sacra), where you will be able to see terraces of vineyards located in areas of great slope, being one of the most representative images of the viticultura heroica (harvest of heroes) in that region.


Once the boat trip is finished, we will go to a place with serveral restaurants where you can choose where to enjoy lunch and regain strength before continuing our tour through the Ribeira Sacra.


In the afternoon we will continue our excursion by visiting one of the monuments of reference in the Ribeira Sacra, depending on chosen the day for the tour we might visit the Monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil (now converted to a Luxurious Hotel) or the Monastery of Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil (a place with a lot of magic due to its location among a chestnut forest).


During the trip we will stop at one of the most visited viewpoints of the Ribeira Sacra of Ourense, the viewpoint of Cabezoás. A place surrounded by the typical vegetation of the area and with unique views of the Sil Canyon, where you can see the course of the Sil River together with the effect of erosion on the rock.


To end the day we will approach the village of Parada de Sil to visit another viewpoint, depending on the chosen day for the excursion and the weather conditions we might visit the Balcones de Madrid or the Triguás viewpoint, from where we can see both the Sil Canyon and the area of vineyards.


While we enjoy the views, we will taste wine from the Ribeira Sacra Appellation and other products of the area.


After the tasting, we will start our way back to Santiago de Compostela with a previous stop in Ourense.


Meeting Point and Schedule


Departure Time

    • Santiago de Compostela – 9:10 (Bus dock of Xoán XXIII)
    • Ourense – 10:45 (RENFE train station)

    Arrival Time (approximate)

      • Ourense – 19:30 (RENFE train station)
      • Santiago de Compostela – 21:10 (Bus dock of Xoán XXIII)


      More informatión by clicking in the button "Book here your trip" or in the website www.excursionribeirasacra.com

      Specific conditions

      The tour will take place as long as we have  a group of 10 or more people, in other case the tour can be canceled by notifying with at least 5 days in advance.


      If it gets cancelled we will offer the possibility of making the trip on another available date, or in other case the refund of the amounts that have been paid.

      Services included

      • Transportation by Bus
      • Official Guide of Galicia (Languages: Spanish / Englísh. Other languages upon request)
      • Boat trip
      • Visits
      • Tasting of Wine and Other Products
      • Travel Insurance.

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