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Las Medulas, Castile and Leon

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Las Medulas is an entire mountain that was blown apart by ancient Romans over two and a half centuries to extract gold from the rock. Head to the visitor center for guidance on your route, or embark on one of the morning or afternoon tours. Head down to the lake, then up to the viewpoint, where you'll have a view of the whole mining area. Walk through the small village--there are numerous shops, but be sure to bring cash, as most do not accept credit cards. Stop into one of the cafes or try the local honey and jams. The village has a museum as well, where you can learn how the mountain was mined using water pressure. Tour through the chestnut trees and mined areas, exploring caves and galleries on the way. Though they are open to the public, enter the caves and tunnels at your own risk. See Las Medulas and all Las Medulas has to offer by arranging your trip with our Las Medulas trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 8, 2017
    We were first in the archaeological classroom of Las Medulas for a talk on the history and operation of these ancient Roman gold mines in the open air. Then we did the short route (3 km.) until some caves, already by the way landscape will amaze you. Finally we got in car on the viewpoint of Orellana to enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings. Well worth visiting it and why we didn't see everything.
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  • August 7, 2017
    An exceptional site listed as world heritage by UNESCO, the largest opencast gold of the whole Roman Empire. Many mounds of color rojido draw much attention, contrast in a special way with the green of the vegetation, in autumn is especially beautiful with the variety of tones of the trees mostly chestnut, well and if it snows already the contrast is spectacular. Orellán, is a viewpoint that is especially recommended for all visitors, since all the peaks of las Médulas are displayed from the top and if we entered the cave we went out to a balcony lookout in the middle of the mountain will especially enjoy everything that you are visiting, our experience was magical and I recommend it. On the visit to walk from marrow the canimo full of chestnut trees, some centenarians with forms incredible, own to take lots of pictures. I recommend first upload to Orellán for a perspective of what we are going to see, then go down to the marrow and stroll by in interior and hasrtarse to photograph. You can also make a beautiful bicycle route or walk around las Médulas enjoying its landscape from Médulas Let's right around and reach the height of Orellán, I also recommend it. Enjoy much of this Roman legacy, think about the engineering employed to divert streams from many miles, for llebarlas a few reservoirs, addressed to a certain speed to the tunnels that the slaves escavaban, and thus be able to demolish the mountain to extract gold that housed in its interior, the technique is called "ruina montium". Finally say that the Romans extrageron 5000 kg of gold at las Medulas. Visit super recomendadisisisisima.
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  • August 4, 2017
    One of the best landscapes in the word in my opinion, for sure one of the best I've ever seen. A perfect mix of history and nature, just walk down there on those beautiful red hills.  more »
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  • The site per se it's nothing if you don't like both nature and history. It requires a special dose of physical training, especially if you go for the long path and good trainers otherwise you will be missing the beauty of this ancient Roman site once used for gold extraction. The place has been nominated an UNESCO's site in 1997.
  • If I would have been walking around I would be greatly disappointed. Only because Las Medulas are a bit off hand and if one come to this location it must be this. Luckily I decided to do route on the bike. I could see and discover far more. There is a bike route that goes around Las Medulas with stopovers, perfect views and picnic places. And I wouldn't want to walk this distance. 5 stars for the history. Sad one but interesting.
  • Great spot to admire!
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  • Exceptionally amazing place. It is not the same to see it in the photos that stand before a huge mountain of reddish color and see the wonders that the Romans did. Highly recommend going there.
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