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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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • We visited in our Motorhome which meant we baulked at getting to the Miradir where we had intended to spend the night. Quite an easy drive from Ponferrada and having arrived at the village of Las Medu...  more »
  • Las Medulas (I think this can be roughy translated as "the ridges") is unique even for this unique country of Spain. It is a place of almost unearthly natural beauty (lush greenery and bright orange r...  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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