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Ruta do Viño Valdeorras > Natural heritage

Natural heritage

Cañón del Sil
Photo courtesy of: O Sil

Valdeorras has a rugged mountainous terrain, mild or mild-fresh mediterranean weather and diverse vegetation.

The "Parque de Serra da Enciña da Lastra", in Rubiá council is a valuable region with a 3100 ha surface, it has its interpretation center in Biobra.

The name of the park comes from a big oak which was the guide for travelers along this difficult path.

This rocky mountain setting, unique in Galicia, allows certain caves to appear (called Palas) due to action of water against the stone. The biggest natural cave network in Galicia is located here, with more than 200 caves. “Pala”, comes from before Roman times and means cave. They are a paradise for zoologists due to the large amount of bats living there, also for histrians because some of the caves were used in prehistoric times.

Here appears the best representation of Mediterranean flora in Galicia with oak forests with olive trees, cork trees alternating with the Atlantic forests on the damp hillsides.

The River Sil forms the valley which separates the regions of Bierzo and Valeorras and divides this area creating a canyon. The "Estrecho de Covas" is an aesthetic experience for train travelers or thosecrossing the region on the N-120. Traveling local roads that connect small towns within the park such as Pardollán, Oulego or Vilardesilva which serve in their own right as a means to admire the beautiful landscape and fine architecture.

Potholing, climbing, orienteering and canyoning have in the Parque de Serra da Enciña da Lastra and in Trevinca a privileged space. It is a protected area in which these activities require permits that are not forgetting that they are sports for experts.

Enciña da Lastra

Peña Trevinca, is the highest height in Galicia (2127 mts). It is sourronded by other which make the Macizo of Trevinca, like Pena Negra (2119) and Pena Surbia (2095).

This area is included in Red Natura and recognized as Lugar de Importancia Comunitaria (LIC) (community important place), and also as Zona de Especial Protección para las Aves (ZEPA) (special bird protection area).

Tourism is not so high on the Sierra and the other places of Valdeorras so that we can enjoy nature in pure state.

Through one of the trekking routes marked, we will now interesting places without any danger. There are lots of routes used by the more experienced mountain lovers.

In a mountain environment with high level rivers and houndreds of km of rural paths, we have the best place for nature adventure sports. We can go algon with quad, a guided service which can show us spectacular routes along vineyards and mountain, adapted to the drivers level. There is something similar for those who enjoy using a kayak to know rivers and lakes.

Some of the wine cellars of the wine route of Valdeorras make also visits to their facilities in 4x4 for small groups.    

Pena Trevinca
Photo courtesy of: O Sil