From Peñalba de Santiago to

SAN GENADIO'S CAVE

The circular route that connects Peñalba de Santiago with Cueva de San Genadio is undoubtedly essential to begin to know the natural environment that surrounds us. San Genadio, founding hermit of the Peñalba monastery and several convents in El Bierzo, came to this cave to spend a good part of his last years of life during the 10th century.
It is a short route and easy route and signaling, suitable for the whole family. During the tour you will cross the Friguera Valley first, and the Valle del Silencio in second place, with numerous waterfalls and small wooden bridges between the streams.
Friguera Valley
The last home of San Genadio

TEBAIDA BERCIANA

through the valley of hermits

Probably the Tebaida Berciana is the most known and characteristic route of the Bierzo. The term itself refers to the region that crosses this unique walk, through which we will contemplate Peñalba de Santiago, San Pedro de Montes and endless mountains and ancient forests surrounded by pure nature, history, beauty and silence.
 
The Tebaida is a route that should be planned as a half-day excursion, with a duration of between 6 and 8 hours. Being a circular route we can start it from multiple points and Peñalba is a perfect place for start.
 
Winter walk in the Aquilian Mountains
Panoramic in the ascension to "Cabeza de la Yegua"

From Peñalba de Santiago to the

OLD WATER MILL

The path that connects Peñalba with the old mill of the village, located at the foot of the waters of two streams, is a little-known but particularly beautiful route. The road winds deep into the Valley of Silence.
As we approach the area of ​​the stream and the mill, we will find numerous waterfalls surrounded by vegetation, in a corner of unspoiled beauty.
Winter walk in the Aquilian Mountains
Panoramic in the ascension to "Cabeza de la Yegua"

From Peñalba de Santiago to the

AQUILIAN MOUNTAINS

These mountain routes allow you to admire the region of El Bierzo in almost its entire extension. They are undoubtedly the most demanding, but the panoramic view from the peaks makes it worth the effort. There are several ascents that take us to the different peaks: Cabeza de la Yegua (2142m), Pico Tuerto (2051m) or La Aquiana (1846m).
Once at the top, you can walk from one peak to the other with relative ease, admiring the Valley of Silence from a bird's eye view.
Winter walk in the Aquilian Mountains
Panoramic in the ascension to "Cabeza de la Yegua"

From Peñalba crossing the

ROMAN CANALS

The Roman canals that run between Peñalba de Santiago and Montes de Valdueza invite you to walk through an archaeological site of immense proportions, built by the Roman Empire more than two thousand years ago.
These canals, which end at Las Médulas, are a vestige that has remained hidden under the undergrowth and endured the scourge of erosion and the passage of time. In some sections, the Roman chisel can be clearly appreciated and allows a glimpse of the evolved technique to transport the water with which the gold was extracted in Las Médulas.
Crossing CN-2 canal to Montes de Valdueza
Roman chisel vestiges on the rocks
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