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
Venison
Chocolate Coulant for desert

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

2 thoughts on “Parador de Santa Estevo to Parador de Corias”

  1. Very interesting information on Roman gold mining! The monestary photos are amazing! Good job assume on planning! Do you consult for itinerary planning!?! LoL

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