If you are looking for stunning landscapes, pure nature, ancient architecture, traditions and great wine, the Ribeira Sacra is your place. You will be able to walk through the vineyards and go on a boat route along the Canyons of the Sil river.
We want you to see old monasteries, like Santo Estevo de Ribas de Miño, and historic towns such as Portomarin (one of the main stops of the Camino de Santiago or Way of St James).
You will also get to know the medieval town of Monforte de Lemos, and its famous fortress.
We will depart from Santiago at 08:20 towards the north of the province of Ourense, where we will begin our guided tour of the Ribeira Sacra. This name comes from the Middle Ages, at which time many monasteries were distributed on the slopes of these rugged landscapes.
We will begin our adventure by taking a catamaran that will take us upriver through the spectacular canyons of the Sil River. A walk of an hour and a half that will take us into the deepest and most characteristic landscape of this area of Galician interior. On board the boat we can taste a typical wine of the area, known by its designation of origin.At the end, we will go to one of the viewpoints that surround the Ribeira Sacra to see from the top the immensity of its landscape.
Our next stop will be the impressive Monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil, located in the heart of the Ribeira Sacra and unique architectural symbol of this region. Nowadays, converted into a Tourism Parador, it still preserves the cloister and the exterior ornamentation of the original building.
In the afternoon, we will visit the historic center of the city of Ourense, known for being the thermal capital of Galicia and the most important city located at the entrance of the Ribeira Sacra. We will walk through its cobbled streets and discover why it is known as the city of bridges.
At around 18:30 pm, we’ll return to Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago de Compostela
Pilar Church (Avenida de Xoan Carlos l), bus stop in front of a small gas station.
May, June, July, August, September: every Monday and Friday