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Las Medulas, Castile and Leon

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. Use our Las Medulas trip planner to arrange your visit to Las Medulas and other attractions in Las Medulas.
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  • Mercè worth losing a morning visiting this hidden place of the province of el Bierzo. A pleasant walk by the mines.
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  • It cannot be explained, we went up to the mirador of Orellán where the view is a show, only accounts with the noise of the wind and any bird that squawks, flying over the area a place to enjoy and reflect, the road runs between chestnut trees beautiful no doubt
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  • A feeling of many centuries. See and walk among Romans working from dawn until sundown. Have the feeling of the water praying mountain to drag the precious gold, then collect in the final path road... In short; a unique view
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  • Once the largest and most productive gold mine in the Roman Empire, las médulas is a magical place, and well worth visiting. See the excavations and enter inside the tunnels used to excavate the gold. Parking is free and there's no charge to enter. The site is suitable for all fitness levels, but is not very wheelchair friendly.
  • 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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