Galicia Walking Holiday Ribeira Sacra to Orense

Galicia Walking Holiday Ribeira Sacra to Orense

Galicia Walking Holiday Ribeira Sacra to Orense. Ribeira Sacra is one of the hidden gems of Spain. The rivers Sil and Miño both provide dramatic scenery, with 500m high cliffs, comparable to the Norwegian fjords, but at the same time enjoying the privileged Spanish climate, ideal to grow vines, cherries and even oranges. Add to this the welcoming Galician culture and villages, the Romanesque art, the chestnut forests, its pretty paths, and lovely Ourense city at the end, and you have a walking holiday that you will not forget.

Galicia Walking Holiday Ribeira Sacra to Orense Highlights

  • Many viewpoints over the Sil river
  • Vast, quiet and unspoilt area
  • Rural Galician villages with their distinctive Celtic character
  • Welcoming hotels where you will feel like at home
  • Pretty Ourense with its nice monuments and its many great bars and restaurants
DestinationGalacia Spain
Holiday TypeSelf guided walking holiday
Start/FinishCastro Caldelas/Orense
Duration8 days/7 nights – 6 days walking
DistanceAvg 13km per day.
SeasonLate March to June / September to early November. Best time: April. May. late Sept. and October

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Galicia Walking Holiday Ribeira Sacra to Orense Itinerary 

DAY 1: Arrival at Castro Caldelas

Arrive in this pretty town in time to enjoy its views, the castle and a cup of local wine!

DAY 2: Castro Caldelas to Cristosende  (15.5 km / 500 m)

Walk down to the lovely valley and its vineyards, visit some small villages, a fantastic abandoned monastery and walk up to pretty A Portela. There are fantastic views from the track leading to Cristosende, a village with even more fantastic views.​

DAY 3: Cristosende to Parada de Sil (12.5 km / 700 m)

Walk along the river from village to village, enjoying the scenery of cherries, chestnuts and vines. Climb up to Parada de Sil, a lively village perfect for enjoying a well deserved beer!

DAY 4: Parada de Sil to Luintra (16.5km / 750 m and also shorter options)

A spectacular stretch! Enjoy the many viewpoints, the pretty paths, the beautiful Santa Cristina Monastery, and the picturesque villages. In Cerreda, have a coffee or beer while you wait for the taxi that will take you to Luintra, where you will stay.

DAY 5: Luintra to Penalba (15 km / 370 m)

Enjoy another day of great views of the river, the San Estevo Monastery and reach the confluence of the Sil and Miño rivers. Walk into Penalba amongst beautiful vines and delightful views of the river.

DAY 6: Penalba to Peroxa (12.5 km / 550 m)

After a short lift, start the stretch in Os Peares. Walk up the lonely and beautiful Bubal gorge, visiting lost villages. Later enjoy a quiet descent into lively Peroxa, from where you can already see Orense.

DAY 7: Peroxa to Barra de Miño and Orense(7.1 km  or 21 km/ 380 m)

Your last walk! Descend from Peroxa to the River Miño along a beautiful path, visiting an old castle and some pretty villages in the way. At Barra de Miño you can catch a train to Orense (at 11:50h). Of course, if you want to walk it all, chain several paths, lanes and tracks to get to the city after a total of 21 kms. Whatever your decision – longer or shorter day of walking –  enjoy this lovely city!

​DAY 8: Departure from Orense

Departure from Orense after a fantastic week!

Galicia Walking Holiday Ribeira Sacra to Orense Prices 

Season,Late March to June / September to early November. Best time: April, May, late Sept. and October

  • ​Price per person (2 people sharing) €725
  • Single person (min 2 pax) €885
  • ​Solo traveler €949
  • ​Extra night in Orense €65 in double, €55 in single
  • ​Extra night in Santiago €100 in double, €82 in single.

Included in Galicia Walking Holiday Ribeira Sacra to Orense

7 nights in hotels
6 breakfasts
5 dinners (drinks included. Wine upgrade in Castro Caldelas for 10€)
2 picnic lunches
Luggage transport
Tourist and cultural information, route notes, maps and GPS tracks
24 hour telephone support

Tickets to winnery´s visits
Tickets to thermal areas in Ourense
Train ticket Barra de Miño to Orense: 2,25€

Your Accommodation

Night 1 (Castro Caldelas)
Casa de Caldelas: welcoming family run hotel

Night 2 (Cristosende)
Casa Grande: comfortable rural hotel with stunning views

Night 3 (Parada de Sil)
O Torgal: comfortable pension run by friendly local Manuel

Night 4 (Luintra)
Caserio de Fontes: stone country house at a quiet location

Night 5 (Penalba)
O Remanso dos Patos: elegant rural hotel, ideal to relax after your walk

Night 6 (A Peroxa)
Fazenda Pradio: friendly guesthouse run by winemaker Xabi

Night 7 (Orense)
Hotel Zarampallo: friendly and very well located at the Oldtown

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

International airports: Santiago and Coruña
Train fom Santiago or Coruña to Ourense, and bus or taxi to Castro Caldelas