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On Foot - Ribeira Sacra

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra Overview

A self-guided walking holiday in the wine country of Ribeira Sacra in Southern Galicia, following the deep gorges of the Sil and Minho rivers to Ourense.

Tucked away in the south of Galicia, Spain’s most north-westerly province, is the wine country of Ribeira Sacra – “Holy riverside”, a name that stems from the vineyards in the area established by monks in the Dark Ages. The country is incised with deep valleys offering extensive south-facing slopes perfectly designed for the ripening of the grape, though with practical challenges imposed by the steepness of the terrain. For many years this was a forgotten area, and it is only recently that the wines produced here are getting the recognition they deserve.

For the walker the attraction of the area is in the dramatic gorge scenery, and our route makes the most of the riverine landscapes, starting in the citadel of Castro de Caldelas, and finishing after an exploration of two gorges (the Sil and the Minho and their associated hinterlands) in the capital of the region, Ourense. The old town is crammed with cobbled streets and historic buildings, and a particularly fine collection of tapas bars, each carefully checked by the writers.

Two different 6-night versions of this holiday are also available, all ending with a night in Ourense. See the On Foot Holidays website for details of prices and dates.

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Reviews of this holiday

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Atkins/Cropper Party, 23 May 2024
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A self guided 5 day walking holiday in the Ribeira Sacra region of Galicia, north west Spain. Excellent accommodation and ... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Hredds, 12 Apr 2024
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Our route was 8 fantastic days walking along the gorges of southern Galicia this April. It was stunningly beautiful and ... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Ali, 8 Jan 2024
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We have booked multiple trips throughout Italy and Spain with On Foot Holidays and continue to be thankful for their impeccable ... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Ronny, 29 Oct 2023
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We had a great hike through the Ribeira Sacra. Visiting small towns and walking rural paths was an opportunity to experience ... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Mr I K 23, 20 Oct 2023
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Walking holiday staying at different places with luggage moved on for us. Beautiful scenery and accommodation was good. read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Mr A T 23, 16 Oct 2023
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Great walking holiday in this lesser known part of Spain Deep gorges and inexpensive wine read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by DA, 14 Oct 2023
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My husband and I walked through a quiet part of Galicia. The countryside is diverse and at times demanding. Overall, ... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Woodburn, 4 Oct 2023
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Everything about this holiday was first rate-the scenery of spectacular gorges and woodland paths and vineyards in an unspoiled ... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Dilly, 29 Sep 2023
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The walking was varied and delightful, The small hotels were perfectly chosen, all very different and all the better for that... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Chestnut, 28 Sep 2023
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7 nights in varied, comfortable accommodation in Galicia, Northern Spain, with 5 days walking. With walking routes through ... read more

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On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Atkins/Cropper Party, 23 May 2024
Traveller rating:

A self guided 5 day walking holiday in the Ribeira Sacra region of Galicia, north west Spain. Excellent accommodation and ... read more

On Foot - Ribeira Sacra by Hredds, 12 Apr 2024
Traveller rating:

Our route was 8 fantastic days walking along the gorges of southern Galicia this April. It was stunningly beautiful and ... read more