This route has fabulous views over the River Mao to the River Sil Canyon, can be reached on foot from Cristosende, and offers possibilities of river bathing.
Other nearby attractions:
- Mediaeval tombs of San Vitor
- Castro Caldelas Castle (15 minutes by car)
|Starting points||Either the old “Fabrica de Luz”, Barxacova (Parada do Sil, Ourense). some 5 minutes by car from Cristosende, or by foot from Cristosende itself. |
|How to get there by car||From Cristosende (A Teixeira) take the Parada de Sil road. After crossing a bridge over the River Mao, at a distance of approx. 200mts, you will find a small parking space on the left of the road (enough for approx. 4 cars). Park there, cross the road and follow a cement surface road to the recently restored historic Hydroelectric plant (Central de Luz), which now features a bar. You will find the boadwalk easily behind the historic building.|
|Walking surface||Paths and tracks|
|Time duration||Boardwalk only: Approx. 50 minutes. Circular walk from Cristosende: Approx. 1.5 hours.|
|How to get there by foot from Crisotosende||Follow the instructions in English available at Casa dos Artesans.|
|NotesOne of the most enchanting walks in the localityFabrica de luz: The old hydro-electric plant at Barxacova was one of the first in Galicia, and provided employment for a number of villagers in Cristosende who remember how the original turbines were brought down to the plant by a team of oxen along earth tracks. The plant was closed and became a ruin until a few years ago when the Parada de Sil Council restored the building and it now features a bar and runs summer nature activities for children and other groups. |
Baodwalk: The boadwalk runs between the hydroelectric plant to the village of Barxacova. When the boadwalk comes to an end, simply continue straight, along a path which becomes progressively narrower, until it becomes the width of a footpath. In approximately 40 minutes you arrive at the tiny hamlet of Barxacova, with its 100 year old orange trees, evidence of the micro-climate created by the River Sil Canyon, which can be viewed at the end of the village.
Vegetation: Native bay woodland with oaks and cultivated vineyards.
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