We will spend the first day of our route in Monforte de Lemos, a town in the province of Lugo considered to be the gateway to the Ribeira Sacra region. Monforte has a vast cultural heritage composed of monasteries, castles, palaces, convents and bridges, all of which make it a place not to be missed by travellers who appreciate art and history.
Terra de Lemos (Land of Lemos) extends over a fertile plain, crossed by the River Cabe and dominated by the San Vicente Mount, the heart of Monforte. The designation "Lemos" comes from Lemavos, the name of a Pre-Roman civilisation – probably of Celtic origin – and whose presence in the area is evidenced by numerous archaeological remains. As both the Romans and the Suevians did in later centuries, the "Lemavos" chose this area to settle, due to its strategic location. The geographers of the time referred to this settlement as Castro Dactonium ("castro" = Celtic settlement). At other times, the name of Monte Forti, direct precedent of the current toponym Monforte, was also used.