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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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  • They were of the Roman Empire's largest open-pit gold mines, and still today, offering that Majesty and spectacle watching the whole landscape. Very well preserved both in cleaning as in access and parking for vehicles. They can not miss the visit to the inside of the mines.
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  • It is very impressive to see the remains of these mountains where the ancient Romans mined gold using a piece of amazing at the time engineering
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  • We loved both children and adults. We took a guided tour and it was a success. In midsummer, with plenty of sunshine, but it was all green, green, very well maintained. It is a landscape behold
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  • 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.
  • Another unforgettable place! It is worth also inquire how the Romans managed to bring here the water which used to extract gold from distant lands. The colors of the area are unique and you will not regret to have come. Among other things we also discovered fine wine del Bierzo.
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  • Remains of a Roman gold mining which has given way to a fantastic naturalized landscape. Amazing place, exceeded my expectations
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  • It is a place unique in the world, very interesting, easy to access and suitable for the whole family. It's even more special in November, when the colors orange fire and Red chestnut trees cover the entire Valley an incredible tone. Leaves and chestnuts carpet floor and the result is spectacular.
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  • It is a beautiful place, a world heritage site. It is convenient to go by car if you're not from the area. Before starting a tour there are several restaurants and as where to buy maqui water before starting the route. During the excursion you will find caves are remains of the Roman cuanfo intentavan extract gold. You'll find informational banners.
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