Gorges, Vineyards and Monasteries of Galicia
Galicia is simply one of the most beautiful places to visit in Spain, yet for many it remains as good as undiscovered. route that offers cultural interest and stunning landscapes in equal measure. Galicia is one of the (if not the most) secluded areas of Spain, and this is especially the case further inland, where our route takes you on a journey through the valley of the Miño and Sil rivers, where dramatic canyons and gorges hold verdant forest, historic monasteries and picturesque villages dotted along the routes’ course. The impressive effect of the high-level routes over the canyons and gorge finds its nearest comparison in the Norwegian Fjords, a magnificent landscape carved out and shaped during glaciation millions of years ago. Your route offers many opportunities to stop and take in this landscape, on a route that links these awe-inspiring natural phenomena with the forest trails and meadowed paths that link your journey from one charming Galician village to the next, ultimately arriving in the historic city of Ourense.
- Incredible Canyon Landscapes
- Encounter Many Sights of Historical Interest
- Discover a New Side to Spanish Culture
- Scenic Trails through Stunning Natural Scenery
- Sample Local Wines and Galician Cuisine
- High-quality Characterful Accommodation
|Duration||7 nights/6 days walking|
|Length||50 to 59 mi|
|Availability||April - July, Sep - Oct|
Why This Walk?
If you’re seeking an alternative experience of Spain, Galicia gives an insight into a side of Spanish culture almost entirely untouched by mass-tourism. Here you’ll find miles of unspoilt natural beauty, authentic culture and the experience of uncovering unspoilt stretches of countryside, step by step. The Ribeira Sacra (meaning sacred riverbank) area, through which the route makes its way, is where the confluence of the rivers Sil and Miño meet, a region that has attracted various civilisations over the centuries – very much in evidence in the old monasteries, Romanesque art and Roman architecture found along the path’s course. But, as befits an area full of vineyards and groves, visiting the area is a great opportunity to sample local wines and produce in the historic towns and villages you visit along the trail.