"La Ribeira Sacra" ( The Sacred Riverside )
Ribeira Sacra is an inland region, situated in the heart of Galicia for its geographical location. It comprises twenty boroughs, both urban and rural, which belong to the South of Lugo province and North of Ourense province. The region is characterized for a unique scenery due to the dramatic riverbeds of Miño, Sil and Cabe rivers which form the known as Sil Canyons.
There is a valuable Heritage of Abbeys in the neighborhood towns of “San Esevo de Ribas de Sil” (which Abbey has been made a Parador nowadays), “Santa Cristina”, “San Pedro de Rocas”, “Ferreira de Pantón” and “San Vicente del Pino” Abbey (which has also become a Parador centre of Monforte de Lemos). There are also fine churches as “San Paio de Diomondi”.
The spectacular platforms over Sil Canyons are a must sight-see to admire the landscape. From them, you can enjoy the view of the vineyards growing in the dedicated terraces from the riverside all the way up the mountains. This is the way we ripe our grapes to produce our local wines, which due to its complicated geographical location it is considered a Heroic viticulture.
The Certificate of Origen “Ribeira Sacra” comprehends five sub-zones: “Amandi”, “Chantada”, “Quiroga-Bibei” “Ribeiras do Miño” and “Ribeiras do Sil”. In his territory, the virginal essence of Galician wines is carefully kept. The wines stand out for their pure, elegant and intense aromas.
In the geographical center of this area is “Monforte de Lemos”, a small city with all the facilities you might need. It is an ideal place to be able to discover “Ribeira Sacra”. Its centric situation will allow you to easily and comfortably program well organized day trips to the different charms of the region.
Furthermore, Monforte is a monumental city. Did you know that the known as “Escorial de Galicia” is here? This is only one of many surprises you can find here, because Monforte is a city of important monuments, museums and other places of interest; as well as hotels, restaurants, tapas bares, shops and relaxing facilities. Likewise you can easily find other services you might need during a holiday: banks, hospital, bookshops, cinema, train station, bus station, ...