Thursday, August 9, 2012

Come and discover all that Valdeorras can offer you at the 15th DO Valdeorras Wine Fair. Incentive 2: Nature and Art

On the occasion of the 15th DO Valdeorras Wine Fair, from the Mother of the Wine we want to present all the hallmarks of this land and its people, to encourage you to visit the region with a complete plan of leisure, culture and high level cuisine.

After the gastronomic proposal we offered you last Tuesday, what do you think about a good walk?. If you like it, just say that Valdeorras outstands in this field too.

If we presented the thousand and one natural attractions that Valdeorras have, we could almost write an encyclopedia. Therefore, and to leave some surprises for the time you will arrive, we are just going to name a few of the most significant natural and cultural places of the region, so that you could complete your stay in the region while enjoying some of the most fashionable wines in the international scene, in closely line with a rugged unique landscape in the world.

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

Serra da Enciña da Lastra
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 those crossing 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.

Peña Trevinca
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.    

Peña Trevinca
 Besides, if we talk about cultural tours our proposal is no less attractive, since in the area we can find important artistic monuments that you could enjoy from the first to the last piece for free.

As Ermidas
An example is the Santuario de As Ermidas, in O Bolo council, has one of the most traditional holy weeks in Galicia in a beautiful enclave surrounded by spectacular vineyards. The Via Crucis procession on Good Friday morning is special. It starts at the sanctuary and goes up through the village until the “Estación de la Resurrección”. The small chapels have staturs which depict Jesus’ Passion.

Different gastronomic fairs bring us closer to the traditional  food of the region, traditional fare based upon excellent products born of a well-cared for natural environment. There is the Fiesta del Botelo in O Barco de Valdeorras, the Fiesta de la empanada de Costrelas in A Rúa or the one of the Febra in Petín.

Vilamartín de Valdeorras
In the country, trekking recovers old paths. Walking along the paths we can imagine the muleteer’s carriages on those narrow ways, with livestock, wine and other products travelling from one village to another; people selling and buying as well as pilgrims from other times.

The dimensions of a rural area like Valdeorras can only be truly appreciated through walking. Besides the paths through the Natural parks and protected spaces, there are also other signposted tracks which allow a close contact to the culture of the zone. A couple of minutes with the farmers and other visitors will show us much more than the info in guidebooks. Using a little common sense, this is a safe area, in which when we see chestnut trees or vineyards, there must be a house near. A small road will always bring us to a village and most of the dirt tracks are perfectly usable.   

 And with this preview of what Valdeorras can give us, we invite you to come and discover some of the most amazing wines in the international wine scene in the very essence of their land, within the events included in the 15th DO Valdeorras Wine Fair.

We are waiting for you!


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