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Las Médulas


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  • Las Médulas

This small mountain town is famous for being the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of “Las Médulas”, the largest open-cast mine in the entire Roman Empire.Read more...

A cultural landscape steeped in centuries of history A great way to begin your stay is to visit Las Médulas Archaeological Centre where you can find out how gold used to be mined in the area. The Romans mined some 800,000 kilos of gold in these mountains. Then you can visit the viewpoint in the town of Orellán to get a panoramic view of Las Médulas. The best time to visit the viewpoint is at sunrise or sunset, when the sky and mountains are painted a myriad of colours by the sun. Now, the actual protected area awaits you: spectacular red hills formed by excavations carried out by the Romans in their quest for gold. Centuries later, these incredible landscapes still amaze all who behold them. The area encompasses the towns of Orellán, Las Médulas and Balouta. There are also guided tours that take in an area of some three kilometres and include a visit to two caverns: La Cuevona and La Encantada. You can get all the details at the Visitors Centre in the town of Las Médulas. You can also opt for non-guided trails on foot or on horseback. Trips Other places worth visiting include a picturesque lake known as Lago de Carucedo, Villafranca del Bierzo and Cacabelos.


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Las Médulas