A Rúa de Valdeorras is located in the oldest populated area in the area according to historians, a place where the primitive peoples known as Cigurros or Egurros. It goes without saying that this town has an interesting archaeological and architectural heritage that is proof of its long history. The natural value of this location is not to be missed either, nobody is indifferent to the green areas such as the San Martiño Reservoir, which has a variety of plant and animal species. In short, a village with options for all tastes that invites to be discovered by curious travellers and to make a special stop during the Winter Road that crosses it.
What to see and do in A Rúa de Valdeorras
The Cigarrosa Bridge
Over the river Sil and located between Rúa and Petín is the Cigarrosa bridge. It is an interesting construction from the Roman period that almost completely collapsed in its time and was rebuilt in the 16th century. There are still some remains of its Roman origin and it rises imposingly above the waters to remind us of the civilizations that inhabited the place. It is a nice place to include in the visit to this town full of stories of the past in its streets.
The Fontei – Miradoiro Barranco Louro route
Thanks to its valuable natural and architectural heritage, you can make several routes in A Rúa de Valdeorras that allow you to enjoy the place in full and on foot. This route starts at the church of Fontei and goes to the viewpoint, where you can enjoy exceptional views of the reservoir and the mountains of immense beauty. The route goes along Fonte da Trabe and descends by the same path.
The Big House of Fontei
This is one of the most interesting constructions in A Rúa de Valdeorras. It is located in Fontei and offers the presence of a traditional Galician pazo, so characteristic. It is a large building and has a beautiful garden around it. The original Casa Grande was built in 1809 but was completely destroyed after a fire, so the current view is that of a second building.
The route A Rúa Vella – Somoza
This route also offers breathtaking views along the way. It begins in the square of A Rúa Vella and arrives in its first stretch to As Pinguelas, location that provides a fountain with natural waters to quench the thirst of the walker. It ends with an impressive view located in a beautiful recreational area on the banks of the waters of the Sil. A beautiful route to discover the colours of this charming village.
San Martiño Reservoir
The reservoir of San Martiño is a real oasis in the Sil, it is a construction designed in the middle of the last century to stop its waters, however, did not damage the ecosystem that surrounds it. This wetland is home to a riparian forest that provides a livelihood for various species of waterfowl. It is easily accessible on foot and is 1.5 km long and 600 m deep. An idyllic place to visit, connect with nature and take a refreshing break.
From A Rúa de Valdeorras you can visit interesting sites of pre-Roman remains, a paradise for history lovers. On the one hand, in Cereixido there are the remains of megalithic burials known as As Mámoas. On the other hand, in Rúa Vella, one can delight in the petroglyphs dating from the Bronze Age. Two indispensable connections with the past in this place that is almost a reference of the most ancient civilizations.