Ribeira Sacra Tour - The Sil Canyon
One day tour to the Ribeira Sacra with departure from Ourense. e propose you a boat trip to admire the majesty of the Sil Canyon, cultural visits and a visit to a winery with a wine tasting from Ribeira Sacra Appellation.
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Phone: +34 689 13 93 81

E-mail: enquiries@verdantexperiences.com

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Departure from Ourense train station, from where we will head to the city centre of Ourense, where we will make a quick stop to pick up customers at the bus stop of San Lazaro park.

After completing the check-in of all passengers, we will head to the Monastery of San Pedro de Rocas, the oldest monastery in Galicia (Spain), with most of its church carved directly in rock.

After visiting the monastery, we will head to the pier of Santo Estevo to start the boat trip on the Sil River. During the navigation you will cross the Sil Canyon (the most abrupt area of the Ribeira Sacra), where you will be able to see terraces of vineyards located in areas of great slope, being one of the most representative images of the viticultura heroica (harvest of heroes) in that region.

Once the boat trip is finished, we will continue the excursion and on our way to Parada de Sil we will have time to visit a Sil Canyon viewpoint, we will stop at Cabezoas viewpoint, one of the most famous viewpoints in the Ribeira Sacra.

We will continue to a village called Parada de Sil, with several restaurants where we will have a 1h 20min break for lunch, and regain strength before continuing our tour through the Ribeira Sacra. Note: lunch is not included in the tour price, unless you request it during the reservation process.

Afterwards we will to visit the Monastery of Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil, hidden among Chestnut trees and located in the slopes of the Sil Canyon, is one of the symbols of the Ribeira Sacra and one of the best examples of the Galician romanesque architecture.

Note: if for logistics constraints we cannot visit Santa Cristina, we will head to the village of Castro Caldelas, listed as one of the most beaufitul villages in Spain. Over there, we will visit the Castle of the Condes de Lemos.

After visiting this monument, we will head again to the riverside of Rio Sil where we will enjoy the incredible scenery that you can be seen from the Peña de Matacás viewpoint. From there you will be able to observe the vineyards located in the slopes of the riverbanks.

To end the day we will stop at the village of A Abeleda, where we will visit a winery. In this winery the will explain us the whole wine making process, and also we will taste some of their wines.

After saying goodbye to the Ribeira Sacra, we will head back to Ourense and drop our customers off at their departure points.

Info: it might be possible that some tours are done in the opposite order of visits, for operational reasons.

Meeting Point and Schedule

Departure Time

  • Ourense - Train station – 09:45 (open area in front of the train station)
  • Ourense - San Lazaro park – 10:00 (bus stop at the bottom of the park)

Arrival Time (approximate)

  • Ourense - Train station – 20:00 (open area in front of the train station)
  • Ourense - San Lazaro park – 20:15 (bus stop at the bottom of the park)

The tour will take place as long as we have  a group of 10 or more people, in other case the tour can be canceled by notifying with at least 5 days in advance.

If it gets cancelled we will offer the possibility of making the trip on another available date, or in other case the refund of the amounts that have been paid.

Included services:

  • Transportation by Microbus (maximum 21 seats)
  • Official Tourism Guide of Galicia (Languages: Spanish / Englísh. Other languages upon request)
  • Boat trip
  • Visits to Monuments
  • Visit to winery and wine tasting
  • Travel Insurance.

Services not included:

Lunch (optional booking)

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