Customised trips for you and your companions
RIBEIRA SACRA EXCURSIONS
Do you need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the noise, pollution, and the constant ticking of the clock? Do you want to explore magical corners brimming with stories and legends? Discover breathtaking landscapes and indulge in a unique world of gastronomy and wine culture? Your destination is Ribeira Sacra, in Galicia. It’s one of the most emblematic places and one of the most marvellous natural landscapes in Galicia.
Come and explore Ribeira Sacra, its routes, its art and history, and, of course, the famous Sil River Canyons, all with the guidance of Arribeirados.
We organise group trips and high-quality excursions to Ribeira Sacra, visiting its charming villages and enchanted places that seem to have sprung from fairy tales. The route through the Sil River Canyons includes hiking routes with Romanesque art, not to mention the famous Ribeira Sacra wineries, which you can visit to savour their excellent wine. You can also visit Santo Estevo, an impressive monastery that combines Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. This building has been declared a Historical-Artistic Monument and has been transformed into a beautiful Parador.
At Arribeirados, committed to quality tourism, we organize excursions to Ribeira Sacra for groups ranging from 8 to 22 people, spanning several days. During these trips, we pour all our love for this land and this project into ensuring you have an unforgettable experience.
To recharge, we will savour the local cuisine at the finest restaurants and rest in accommodations with a minimum of 4 stars. Plus, we have many surprises in store for you.
All of this comes with the utmost organization (including pick-up from any point in Galicia) so that you only have to worry about enjoying this fantastic dreamlike place.
¿Necesitas huir del ajetreo de la ciudad, del ruido, la contaminación y del reloj?, ¿Quieres conocer rincones mágicos, rebosantes de historias y leyendas?, ¿Descubrir paisajes abrumadores, y disfrutar de una gastronomía y una cultura del vino únicas en el mundo?. Tu destino es la Ribeira Sacra, en Galicia. Uno de los lugares más emblemáticos y uno de los parajes naturales más maravillosos de Galicia.
Ven a conocer la Ribeira Sacra, sus rutas, su arte e historia y como no, los famosos Cañones del Sil, de la mano de Arribeirados.
Organizamos Viajes en grupo y Excursiones a la Ribeira Sacra de calidad, visitando sus pueblos y lugares encantados que parecen salidos de cuentos infantiles. La ruta de los Cañones del Sil, Rutas de senderismo donde no falta el arte románico, sin olvidarnos de las famosas bodegas Ribeira Sacra, que podrás visitar para saborear su excelente vino. Visitas a Santo Estevo, impresionante monasterio donde se combinan los estilos románico, renacentista y barroco. Edificio declarado Monumento Histórico Artístico y convertido en la actualidad en un bello Parador.
En Arribeirados, comprometidos con el turismo de calidad, organizamos excursiones a la Ribeira Sacra para grupos de entre 8 y 22 personas, de varios días, en las que volcamos todo nuestro amor, por esta tierra y este proyecto, para que disfrutéis de una experiencia inolvidable (que no irrepetible).
Y para reponer fuerzas, degustaremos la gastronomía de la zona los mejores restaurantes y descansaremos alojamientos de mínimo 4 estrellas. Además, nos reservamos muchas sorpresas.
Todo ello con la más exquisita organización (incluida la recogida en cualquier punto de Galicia) para que solo os preocupéis de disfrutar de este fantástico lugar de ensueño.
WITH THE SOUL OF ARRIBEIRADOS
RIBEIRA SACRA ROUTES
At Arribeirados, we are pleased to present our selection of excursions in Ribeira Sacra. These are organised trips for groups spanning multiple days, designed to explore thoroughly one of the most beautiful and charming areas in Galicia.
You will find routes ranging from 2 to 4 days, as well as a completely customisable option. You can personalise your trip to Ribeira Sacra based on your interests, whether you are a wine enthusiast, traveling with children, or focused on exploring the Romanesque heritage or any other particular attraction.
If you are considering a group trip to Galicia, Arribeirados organizes multi-day excursions to Ribeira Sacra, including visits to the most iconic and lesser-known places in the region, vineyards, wineries, rivers (Miño, Sil, and Cabe), the Sil River Canyons, monasteries, and more. We carefully select restaurants and hotels, and we will pick you up and drop you off at any point in Galicia.
En Galicia esta tradición tiene su propia celebración con una auténtica fiesta alrededor de las castañas. El Magosto se puede celebrar solo con la familia,
Como cada 23 de junio en Galicia celebramos la noche de San Juan, a noite de San Xoán: sus hogueras, sus hierbas, sus ritos… ¿te
Esta es una pregunta que siempre nos hacen los que quieren visitar con nosotros la Ribeira Sacra cuando se quieren poner a preparar la maleta
Organised Tours in Galicia
marvellous place in Galicia inspires in us.
Tranquility and Peace
Absence of Noise
Arribeirados was born with the aim of allowing you to enjoy unforgettable experiential tourism. We design these organised trips to Galicia, pouring all our knowledge, effort, and full dedication into turning them into dreamlike journeys, unique and filled with unforgettable surprises, art, culture, and nature.
Our goal at Arribeirados is for you to discover something new in each of our trips, the mysteries that each route, each village, each historic building holds, and thus, to share our love for this very special part of Galicia with you.
And we cannot forget about the “Arribeirados” (inhabitants of Ribeira Sacra, from whom we have taken our name) because Ribeira Sacra is not just its history, landscapes, wines, or gastronomy. It is also the added value of its people, without whom this land would only be history.
At Arribeirados, we offer you the result of our full dedication, exquisite trip organisation, and all our attention so that during your stay, you will not have to worry about anything except enjoying your senses with everything we present to you.
Why not extend this experience to all those who want to live it?
That’s why Arribeirados was born, to offer you the opportunity to feel everything that Ribeira Sacra has to offer, for that reason, and for wanting to provide you with the chance to experience all that Ribeira Sacra offers, Arribeirados came into existence
Why not extend this experience to all
those who want to live it?
for that reason, and for wanting to provide you with the chance to experience all that Ribeira Sacra offers, Arribeirados came into existence
Why have we chosen the name Arribeirados?
“Arribeirados” is the name that some areas use for the inhabitants of Ribeira.
“Arribeirados” are the people who put their effort and work into getting the best from their lands.
“Arribeirados” are those who struggle against the adverse yet beautiful nature to harvest the best fruits.
¿Por qué hemos elegido el nombre de Arribeirados?
“Arribeirados” es el nombre que reciben en algunas zonas los habitantes de la Ribeira.
“Arribeirados” son las personas que ponen su esfuerzo y trabajo para sacar lo mejor de sus tierras.
“Arribeirados” son los que luchan contra la naturaleza adversa, al mismo tiempo que bella, para cosechar los mejores frutos.
¿Qué sentido tiene tanto esfuerzo, si no es para poder compartir el fruto del trabajo con los demás?
Nosotros creemos en el trabajo, en el esfuerzo y sabemos que podemos compartir con todos lo maravilloso de esta tierra.
A lo largo de tantos años de aprendizaje hemos llegado a la conclusión de que si de verdad se quiere conocer, disfrutar y vivir buena parte de lo que nos ofrece la Ribeira Sacra, se tiene que partir de un conocimiento que no todos poseen.
Por eso queremos ofreceros la posibilidad de disfrutar de un viaje de ensueño a este mágico lugar donde gozarán todos vuestros sentidos al mismo tiempo que podréis alcanzar el sentimiento de paz interior que produce la contemplación de sus paisajes.
Llevamos muchos años compartiendo nuestro amor por esta tierra con aquellos que nos quieren acompañar, bien familiares, bien amigos…
Todos ellos tienen derecho a conocerla, disfrutarla y vivirla.
What sense does all this effort make if it is not to be able to share the fruits of our labour with others?
Throughout many years of learning, we have come to the conclusion that if you truly want to get to know, enjoy, and live much of what Ribeira Sacra has to offer, it must begin with a knowledge not everyone possesses.
That is why we want to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a dream trip to this magical place where all your senses will be delighted, and at the same time, you will be able to attain the inner peace that comes from contemplating its landscapes.
We have been sharing our love for this land with those who want to accompany us for many years, whether they are family or friends…
All of them have the right to know it, enjoy it, and live it.
Who are we?
What is our vehicle like?
Would you like to explore Ribeira Sacra in a high-end vehicle?
This Ford vehicle boasts ample storage capacity and can accommodate up to 8 passengers in addition to the driver. It comes equipped with all the luxury details: 6 independent seats in the second and third rows, tinted windows, dual air conditioning, courtesy lights at each seat, USB ports, a 220v outlet… and, if needed, it is adapted for individuals with reduced mobility.
It’s perfect for traveling together with your friends or family!
What are you waiting for to enjoy the comforts it offers?
Our reason for being
The first time the term “Ribeira Sacra” appears is in the founding document of the Monastery of Santa María de Montederramo, dated August 21, 1124, in which Doña Teresa of Portugal grants Abbot Arnaldo and the Benedictine monks a place called “Rovoira Sacrata” to establish a monastery.
The philologist and historian Manuel Vidán Torreira, an expert in toponymy, in one of his theses, argues that there was an error in the translation done by Fray Antonio Yepes since the evolution of the word “roboira,” oakwood, into Galician is “riboira/reboira.” To conclude that “Rivoira Sacrata” would correspond to “Reboira Sagrada,” which means sacred oak grove.
Whether it’s due to the large number of churches and monasteries in the area or the presence of extensive oak groves, what is clear is that today everyone knows this area as Ribeira Sacra.
14 in the north of Ourense: A Peroxa, A Teixeira, Bóveda, Castro Caldelas, Esgos, Montederramo, Nogueira de Ramuin, Parada de Sil, O Pereiro de Aguiar, Xunqueira de Espadaña, and the four in the Terra de Trives region: A Pobra de Trives, Chandrexa, Manzaneda, and San Xoán de Río.
12 in the south of Lugo: A Pobra do Broullón, Carballedo, Chantada, Monforte de Lemos, Pantón, Paradela, Portomarín, Quiroga, Ribas de Sil, Saviñao, Sober, and Taboada.
The capital of the area is Monforte de Lemos, the most populous town with approximately 18,000 inhabitants in the year 2022.
Routes along the Miño River
I am the eldest, at least in terms of length, 315 km. I’m so old that some call me “O pai Miño,” the father Miño.
During my journey through Ribeira Sacra, I bathe the shores of vineyards, deciduous forests, and along my route, I behold some of the most impressive Romanesque monuments, such as the Monastery of Santo Estevo de Ribas de Miño.
Since humans dammed me at Belesar and Peares, I hold within me some flooded villages, known as “asolagados.” Some buildings from these villages had better luck and were relocated stone by stone to places from which they now overlook me. Also, with the creation of reservoirs and new bridges, the figure of the ferryman who transported people from one bank to the other disappeared.
The good thing about being dammed is that I serve as a source of electricity, and my waters are quite warm, allowing for swimming.
You can explore my course through Ribeira Sacra since I am navigable. In fact, some vineyard owners use me to transport the fruit of the vine.
During my journey, I am accompanied by some fish such as the eel (anguila) and trout (salmo trutta).
If you want to see me in all my esplendor, don’t hesitate to come and visit me at the Mirador do Cabo do Mundo, where you can see what I’m capable of doing with the land.
Miño River Viewpoints
Terra Branca Viewpoint.
Isla de Sernande Viewpoint.
Cabo do Mundo Viewpoint.
History and Art: Romanesque in the Area
Ribeira Sacra is the place in Europe with the highest concentration of rural Romanesque architecture.
The region’s landscape and fertility were great attractions for monastic communities. Monks sought ascetic and hermitic life among its rocks and forests, eventually founding monasteries around which vineyards were cultivated.
There are a total of 18 monasteries and around 50 Romanesque churches:
San Pedro Portomarin
San Nicolás de Portomorin
San Pedro de Bembibre
San Mamede da Torre
Santa María de Castelo
San Xián do Campo
Santa Maria de Taboada dos
Santa Maria de Ferreirós
Santa Mariña de Cerdeda
San Xoán de Bouzoa
Santa María de Piñeira
Santa María de Pesqueiras
San Salvador de Asma
San Salvador de Brigos
San Paio de Muradelle
San Miguel do Monte
San Cristovo de Mouricios
San Cristovo de Fornás
Santiago de Requeixo
Santiago de Pradeda
Santa Maria de Bermún
Santa Bala da Aguada
Santa Baia de Búbal
San Miguel de Oleiros
San Xoán da Cova
Santo Estevo de Chouzán
Santa Maria de Nogueira
Santa María de Camporramiro
Santa Maria de Ferreirós
San Facundo de Ribas de Miño
Santa María de Castro Rei
San Vitorio de Ribas de Miño
Santo Estevo de Ribas de Miño
Santa Maria Marrube
San Paio de Diamondi
Santa Maria de Seteventos
San Pedro de Ribas Altas
Monasterio de las Bernardas
San Fiz de Cangas
San Miguel de Eiré
San Martiño da Cova
Santo Estevo de Atán
San Vicente de Pombeiro
San Vicente de Pinol
San Xillao de Lobios
Santa Maria de Proendos
San Clodio de Ribas de Sil
Santa María de Torbeo
San Paio de Abeleda
Asunción do Burgo
Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil.
Santa María de Xunqueira de Espadanedo.
Santo Cristovo de Armariz
San Pedro de Rocas
Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil.
Santa María de Montederramo
Fauna and Flora
of Ribeira Sacra
Due to its extraordinary terrain, the local climate differs from the surrounding areas, with a Mediterranean microclimate that allows for the proliferation of species typical of this climate, including holm oaks, cork oaks, strawberry trees, olive trees, orange trees, and lemon trees. In shaded areas, birch, oak, and chestnut trees thrive. The cultivation of vineyards on sun-facing terraces, known as “socalcos,” is prominent, producing the Mencía grape, an indigenous variety.
As for fauna, there are over 160 species of vertebrates, including booted eagles, peregrine falcons, wild boars, and deer. Beehive groups, protected by walls, indicate that this was once an area inhabited by brown bears.
Being an inland region, the specialty is meat, with a focus on beef and pork, without overlooking lamb, kid, and both small and large game (in season). Pork is used extensively, whether for grilling, making stews, or producing high-quality sausages.
Galician veal and cachena beef are notable.
The rivers provide delicious trout and eels.
From the sea, octopus is a traditional delicacy, prepared either “á feira” or “con cachelos.”
And what can be said about Galician bread and pies?
For dessert, there are crepes, carnival ears, Santiago cake, melindres, rosquillas, bica, roscones, rice pudding, and don’t forget tetilla cheese and chestnuts. All of this is accompanied by wines from the region, and to finish, a queimada.
The Ribeira Sacra landscape is characterised by terraced vine cultivation, known as “socalcos,” on sunny slopes facing south. These vineyards produce the Mencía grape, an indigenous variety, resulting in spectacular wines.
Ribeira Sacra Designation of Origin
On 30/05/1995, the Regulatory Council of Ribeira Sacra was established.
Missions to fulfill:
- Guarantee the origin of the product.
- Ensure the quality of the product.
- Promote wines produced under the designation of origin (D.O.).
The Department of Agriculture, Livestock, and Forestry of the Xunta de Galicia authorised the Ribeira Sacra designation of origin on 03/09/1996.
There are 5 designations of origin in Galicia.
The Ribeira Sacra D.O. encompasses approximately 2,500 hectares of vineyards in the territories of 19 municipalities and is located along the banks of the Sil and Miño rivers.
The Xunta declares the cultural landscape of Ribeira Sacra a Cultural Interest Site (BIC)
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
On April 5, 2019, the candidacy of Ribeira Sacra to be declared a World Heritage Site was approved by the Council of Historical Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The decision was initially scheduled for 2021 but was later postponed to 2024.
Declared by UNESCO in November 2021.