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Valleys, Rivers and mountains

From A Veiga to the Penedos de Oulego... mountains and valleys in eastern Galicia
Wine from Valdeorras warms my heart
If we drink a drop we’ll sing to its sound
We’ll sing to its sound,
Wine from Valdeorras warms my heart.
Songs about Valdeorras wine

The south-eastern part of Galicia is an exceptional destination. The succession of mountains and valleys creates different scenes ranging from the high mountains around Trevinca to the wine-growing area near Valdeorras and taking in the Mediterranean flavour of the Serra da Enciña da Lastra Natural Park.

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A Veiga

The route from A Veiga to the Penedos de Oulego runs over mountains and through valleys. The varied landscape and ecological importance of the area make this an exceptionally interesting and beautiful journey.

A Veiga is one of largest municipalities in Galicia and as such has a great deal to offer. Centring on the River Xares valley, it is densely covered by leafy trees whose varied colours delight visitors, especially in autumn.

From A Veiga to Prada

Leaving A Veiga the route crosses the Xares bridge over the Prada reservoir, a popular spot for fishing, water sports and even swimming, at the Os Franceses beach.

The narrow road round the reservoir runs along slopes between meadows and oak woods until it reaches the dam, where the village of Prada is located. It is parallel to the Senda Verde del Xares, a route that is highly recommended for those who enjoy walking through peaceful countryside.

From Prada to Barco de Valdeorras

From Prada the road ascends to the high mountain pass of A Portela, where the descent to Valdeorras starts.

County capital and the second largest town in the province of Ourense, O Barco de Valdeorras is notable for its vibrant economy and mild climate, a fundamental factor in the production of its world famous wine.

From Barco de Valdeorras to the Penedos de Oulego

The vineyards give way to the Sil valley as the route heads towards the Enciña da Lastra Natural Park, where the limestone rocks of the Penedos de Oulego create a remarkable contrast where they rise above the green carpet of vegetation.

The Serra Enciña da Lastra is not typical of the geography of Galicia. The presence of holm oaks, cork oaks and the thyme that fills the air with its distinctive smell is reminiscent of warmer climates in other latitudes.

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Alto da Portela

The A Portela pass is a dividing point in the route as it separates the slopes of the Xares from the Sil valley. It also signals the contrast between the biogeographical conditions in the Xares valley and those in Valdeorras. The difference in climate is reflected in the diversity of flora and fauna, the Valdeorras area exhibiting characteristics similar to Mediterranean locations.

At A Portela, among scrubland and pinewoods typical of mountain areas, one can appreciate the depth of the narrow valleys through which small rivers such as the Mao and Azoreiras flow towards the Xares.

Also known as A Portela do Valado, at 1,124 metres, it is a mountain pass of historical importance. Its name reveals its role, as Portela means “an opening created to allow people and livestock to pass”, and it connects the two low-lying areas of A Veiga (a broad fertile area on the banks of a river) and Valdeorras (in the Sil valley at an altitude of just over 300 metres).

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