Gorges, Vineyards and Monasteries of Galicia
The Ribeira Sacra in Galicia is simply one of the most beautiful places to visit in Spain, yet, for many, it remains as good as undiscovered. This route 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 and historic monasteries and picturesque villages are 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. The 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.
Ourense is beautiful, particularly the old-town, with its welcoming atmosphere, lovely cathedral and fantastic restaurants and wine bars.
- Incredible Canyon Landscapes
- Encounter Many Sights of Historical Interest
- Discover a New Side to Spanish Culture
- Scenic Trails through Stunning Natural Scenery
- Beautiful Forest Paths
- 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.
One of the major highlights of this holiday are the beautiful forest paths; you will see oaks, maples, cherries and countless maples. In autumn, the colours are incredibly beautiful.