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The walk Pombeiro - San Cosmedegerman version

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               Pombeiro Panton Ribeira Sacra  sarcophagos rio sil  San Cosmede - the church ribeira sacra

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We did this walk twice so far, in early spring. It's fun, has great and varied views and basically one can simply stop and turn at any point. I would recommend to go a bit past the sarcophagus for the outstanding views. On your side is only the single track railway line and across from the rio Sil is a scaresely used road.

Like all walks - it is very advisable to bring plenty of water and some sustenance as there is none on the way. Suitable shoes are recommended, this is a rural path with uneven and when wet slipery stones.

Start point: From the N120 Monforte / Ourense get off at Ferreira. Coming from Monforte turn left to "punto limpio" Pombeiro. This leads under the N120 direction Monforte and after the underpass it's to the right. Coming from Ourense very sharp right, yes the road runs parallel to the N120. Keep left and follow the signs to Pombeiro, no signs keep heading straight. Eventually the road will start dropping down and you arrive in Pombeiro. Start of walk - Ribeira Sacra - along the river Sil The well / rubbish bins are on a switch back but there is ample parking at the side of the road. If you see the church you have gone to far. Look out for the wooden signpost San Cosmede.

Update : Our vistors reported that the path is now a bit overgrown, specifically at the start after the tarmac just go straight through the tall grass.


We think it is an enjoyable walk that leads through dense woodland (mainly mimosa). Later it climbs a bit and the mountain side closes in changing the structure to more shrubs and a stony path. You will encounter only one fork and on the way in keep going straight as it is steeper and shorter, on the way back you probably will miss it and go the slightly longer but less steep normal path.

You will encounter strange rock formations and a slightly steed incline, which is fun climbing back up, but in general the path is in good nick and easy to navigate.

If you suffer vertigo there is a very short part before you get near the church where the path is along a top of a retaining wall. With a helping hand this should present no problem as the drop is only about 3-4meters.

end of the walk

The end of the walk is at the church San Cosmede a bit further on you find a good view point where we normally stop and relax before returning.

We have not yet explored the path further on as in theory it should lead all the way to Doade.

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