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Ribeira Sacra e Canón do Sil

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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.

  • Santo Estevo de Ribas de Miño

    Santo Estevo de Ribas de Miño

  • Santa María de Pesqueiras

    Santa María de Pesqueiras

  •  San Vitoiro de Ribas de Miño

    San Vitoiro de Ribas de Miño

  • San Nicolao de Portomarín

    San Nicolao de Portomarín

  • San Paio de Diomondi

    San Paio de Diomondi

  •  San Xoán da Cova

    San Xoán da Cova

  • San Miguel de Eiré

    San Miguel de Eiré

  • Santo Estevo de Atán

    Santo Estevo de Atán

  • San Vicente de Pombeiro

    San Vicente de Pombeiro

  • San Fiz de Cangas

    San Fiz de Cangas

  • Monastery of As Bernardas de Ferreira - Castro de Ferreira (Pantón)

    Monastery of As Bernardas de Ferreira - Castro de Ferreira (Pantón)

One of the most spectacular ways of getting to know the Ribeira Sacra is by water. The two courses are navigable in a  catamarán. 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 Balcóns 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.

The slopes of the Miño gorge are not so steep, but they oblige the river to bend in masterly turns leading to some spectacular changes of direction, for example, in A Cova (O Saviñao), sometimes called “Cabo do Mundo” (End of the World).

The slopes facing south are made more beautiful by vineyards in their long embrace with the river. The local road along the left bank of the river from the village of Belesar is worthy of an unhurried walk along it, especially during the grape harvest and the subsequent explosion of autumn’s colours.

In this area almost all the monasteries are located on the left bank of the river. The best routes of access are from Chantada and Monforte de Lemos. Churches such as those of  A Cova, San Miguel de Eiré, San Fiz de Cangas; and the convent of San Salvador in the municipal capital of Pantón, Santo Estevo de Ribas de Miño and San Paio de Diomondi make the Ribeira Sacra of the Miño a true Romanesque route.

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