Parador de Corias to Puebla de Sanabria

Today before leaving the Parador de Corias we went for a short walk through the grounds.


Santo Estevo is the farthest north in Spain we will be with Linda and Ray on this trip. After checking out of the Parador we headed back south through the mountains.

Our road south

Tonight we are at a smaller Parador not far from the north east corner of Portugal in the town of Puebla de Sanabria. This is the view from the parador

Puebla de Sanabria

We had dinner in the Parador restaurant. By now you’ve probably figured out that we like squid. For dinner we had steak and squid. Both were excellent. Portugal and Spain are the only places I’ve ever had wonderful squid like this.


Today is Duke’s 70th birthday. So we celebrated.

Duke’s birthday desert
Duke with his birthday crown from our friends Pat and Joe.

Parador de Santa Estevo to Parador de Corias

Tuesday we visited Las Médula’s where the Romans mined gold. First they did relatively small scale mining with panning and small digs. But eventually they built long canals and an extensive tunnel system and washed away a massive quantity of the hills to find the gold. What was left was rocky outcroppings now called Las Médulas.

First we visited the Las Médulas visitor center where we watched a movie and saw a description of the people in the area and how the Romans mined the gold.

Model of terrain washed away by Roman gold mining

Next we went up to the Las Médulas overlook. It was raining and very foggy when we parked. It is about a .25 mile walk up to the overlook. Although it seemed very likely that we wouldn’t be able to see anything we put on our raincoats and hiked up anyway.

Duke and Ray walking to the Las Médulas overlook

We have been seeing a lot of Chestnut trees in this area

Chestnut Tree

Initially when we got to the overlook we could only see the nearby cliff face with signs of the old tunnels and an overlook where you end if you go down into the galleries (the Roman tunnels).

Entrances to Las Galerias
Las Médulas

But luckily a few minutes later the fog lifted a bit and we could see the view and the landscape created by the Romans.

The overlook
Las Médulas

From Las Médulas we drove to the Parador de Corias where we spent the night. It is another stunningly beautiful Parador in an old monastery.

The Library
The pool
The archaeological ruins under the Parador
The cloisters

For dinner we ate in a he parador restaurant. We had Venison and Sea Bass.

Sea Bass
Chocolate Coulant for desert