Some time ago I made a trip by Leon Ancares, not only with the idea of doing some sightseeing, but also hiking and rural tourism. It is a journey that I recommend to everyone, not only by the landscapes, but also by how well prepared they are some hiking trails, the friendliness of the people, and of course, gastronomy.
The Ancares are ideal to lose a weekend or a bridge site, the problem is that the means of transport are not very organized in the area, so if you want to visit them to drive.
I recommend everyone to try the cuisine of the area, such as cheese or peppers. The best time to visit is October or November in order to know the tradition of magostos, consisting of roast chestnuts, but the locals make this tradition a real party with music and everything. Another good time if you are interested in watching beautiful landscapes is spring.
Before the trip, made a small “planning” I've salvaged what we thought to do each day. I hope that useful sea:
During this day we will visit the villages of la Vega, Sesame, Candín and Suertes, to end in Pereda to spend the night where Miner.
We started our trip to Justo de la Vega 10 morning where we see the Benedictine monastery of San Andrés; its origins date back to the tenth century but has undergone many changes in later centuries. It is the most outstanding monument in the village.
Luego we head to Sesame, on which rocks are Piñeira Peña, that kept inside the oldest cave paintings of Leon and a generic protection statement was made in 1985.
From there take the road up to the Port of Luneras that offers a panoramic view of the valley and Gorges of Diablo, through which the river to the Cua Ancares, and where are Villarbón and Lumeras, abandoned villages.
On the two reach Candín, where we will eat at Casa Restaurant CUIÑA. At the end we will see the remains of Roman gold mines in the Payment of Murocas. Later visit to el Castro Fornela, remains of an Iron Age settlement of Asturian descent century BC.
On 6 we'll go Suertes, where we see a mill that is still running and travel the town. Then we head to Pereda Ancares, where we will sleep in the Rural House of Valle Miner.
After breakfast in the center aforementioned, leave at 10 see remains of Roman farm and a museum made palloza.
Towards 1 noon we will go Tejedo Ancares, where we visit the remains of a forge 1788 and parts Top: el bazandillo, Forge and housing. Then visit the Hermitage of the Magdalena. At the end, eat at Restaurant La Casa del Cuco.
After lunch we depart Balouta, where we visit the town and its many pallozas.
Around 5 will the Suárbol, village nestled in a glacial valley surrounded by forests of sessile oak. As we head towards the parish church declared of Cultural Interest, we can see many houses rebuilt in granite and slate where it shows the craftsmanship of the masons as a house emblazoned with a human figure carved of Celtic origin.
About seven travel to Burbia, where we can enjoy a magosto, typical custom berciana, consisting of a drum roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Magosto This is organized by the Camping Albergue Burbia, where we will spend the night.
We start to Burbia 10 morning to hike up Water Country. We cross the Natural Reserve Leoneses Ancares, with a very distinctive rock terrain, shales rich in flora and sessile oak beech, chestnut and Scots pine. Among the fauna grouse, boar and grizzly bears.
Arriving at Camp Water visitares town and its many granite pallozas. Later return to Burbia, where depart for Balboa, where we will eat at Bar La Palloza and enjoy typical regional dishes.
After lunch we will start a tour where you can see the castle s. XIII, which was owned by prominent families in the area and even the Catholic Kings, and the church of Santa Marina, the sixteenth, Romanesque header with great interest and two Baroque altarpieces seventeenth.
After our visit, spend the night in the The Inn Hostel, in summer hablita a river beach.
We left at Balboa 10 The Ancares leaving following the route of the Camino de Santiago to Villafranca Del Bierzo. This day we will focus more on cultural tourism. First visit the Collegiate Church of Santa María, driven by the Marquises of Villafranca in s.XVI. Then we will see the Church of Santiago, of s. XIII, Door of Forgiveness which allows pilgrims to win the Jubilee. Finally we will go to the Monastery of St. Nicholas the Real, raised in the s. XVII and was Jesuit monastery, subsequently became the Vincentians.
Then we go to Carracedo Monastery, where we see the Monastery of Santa Maria, , founded in 990 and consisted of monks of the Cistercian order. Stresses the Mirador de la Reina.
At the end we will eat in The Golden Rome, a themed restaurant, and end our trip.
This route was exlusiva by Leon Ancares, if you want to cross those from Lugo to be aware that the road is much more difficult (one carril, the edge of the mountains without handrails), so I would think twice if they can be frozen or if you are a little fearful.
Anyway, if you like hiking in the mountains and valleys, get in touch with nature and learn about sites has not reached man-, Ancares is your next destination.