If you feel the need to escape from the city and the everyday life, then look for a safe haven at the Ribeira Sacra only 15 km from the town of Monforte de Lemos, in the Winter Road through the province of Lugo, in Galicia. It is a place of unimaginable beauty, with natural landscapes worthy of magazine postcards and delicious wines produced with Amandi grapes. But it is also essential for the fantastic views over the canyons of the Sil and over a valley that shines 365 days a year, thanks, of course, to the viewpoint of Pena do Castelo.
It is one of those iconic places that must be discovered in the middle of excursions and routes through the community of San Martiño de Doade this 2019. When you arrive you will simply lose your breath and its panoramic views (from over 600 meters high) will make this adventure become one of the best experiences of your life.
Now, if you want to know more about this enclave located in the middle of one of the most delirious passages of Spain, if you want to taste the most delicious dishes of the region and know about the local culture and people, don’t miss this opportunity to visit with us the Pena do Castelo viewpoint and its surroundings. Ready?!
Routes to Pena do Castelo viewpoint and other Doude viewpoints
Walking the Doude trails is an experience of desire that fans will enjoy 100 percent.
It is a tourist route of moderate difficulty, which will take you along the Valguaire waterfall to finally reach the Pena do Castelo viewpoint. The place is the right place for a fantastic view of the landscape and to know a hermitage made in homage to San Amaro, located right at the top of the valley.
We take the route back and 200 metres further on we turn left along a stretch with little signposting. You will go straight to a point where you will be able to see the viewpoint of Souto Chao in the distance.
Now, the crossing will take you to the Mirador do Duque, a point of interest from where it is possible to see the Doude wharf.
After being enraptured by so much beauty, take the road back to the village of Francos, where you will finally rest from an exhausting (but enriching) walk through the valley.
Another of the leisure activities available are catamaran rides. Get on one of these boats in the port of Santo Estevo, sail through the canyons of the Sil and feel how the scenery of the riverside fills you with good energy.
Where to eat at Mirador Pena do Castelo?
There is a wide range of options for delicious food near the Pena do Castelo viewpoint. See our selection:
A Cantina is run by friendly people who will make your visit to this restaurant an unforgettable experience. They offer delicious peppers, hake and octopus. It stands out for its traditional cuisine, in the best “homemade” style, making it a recommended alternative. It is located on the road from Monforte de Lemos to Castro Caldela in Doade.
Merenzao Restaurant Wine Cellar
The food is exceptional and the wine, a treat you can’t miss. The sirloin steak is delicious, but you will love the entrecote. This restaurant offers the best views, the best service and an unparalleled atmosphere that invites you to come back very soon. Find it at Doade 55, 27424 Sober, Spain.
Restaurant Parada de Sil
Among so many options near the viewpoint, this one is really charming. It is an a la carte restaurant where you will feel at home because of their kind attention. But you will be surprised by the variety of dishes, generous portions and a good price. It is in Rua do Barrio 2, Parada de Sil, Spain.
Where to sleep in Mirador Pena do Castelo?
Finding accommodation can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you are going somewhere for the first time. But since we are here to help you, we will make some recommendations of places to stay near the Pena do Castelo viewpoint.
It is located in San Martiño and is a definite choice. The service is superb and the services are of the highest quality. The cottage has a barbecue, fireplace and garden. The best thing is that they accept the presence of animals, so you can take your pet out of old. It has comfortable rooms, so your stay will be most pleasant.
Monforte de Lemos – apartment in Ribeira Sacra
Right in the historical centre of Monforte de Lemos is located this apartment that you can occupy during your holidays or free days. It is close to wine shops and restaurants, so everything is within easy reach. From there you can visit the pools by the river Cabe and the canyons of the river Sil to visit it by catamaran.
Casa Rural Roja
In the Ribeira de Sacra is one of the most popular rural houses in the region. It is ideal for groups of people because it is spacious and comfortable. It has fireplaces, living room, washing machine and ironing area, garden and terrace. It is a unique place, with a service according to the needs of the guest and a very pleasant atmosphere.
How to get to the Pena do Castelo viewpoint?
Take the road from Doade to Francos. Watch out for a path that goes to the right, halfway along the path, where you will find a parking lot. Leave the car there and continue on foot until you reach the viewpoint, some 600 metres above sea level.