Chemin d'hiver

O Barco de Valdeorras - A Rúa

14,2 km Difficulty
The Winter Way goes through vineyards in the municipalities of Vilamartín de Valdeorras and A Rúa, where the river becomes wider. You leave O Barco de Valdeorras, and reach Arcos after 5 kilometres, already in the lands of Vilamartín.

Further on, you reach the municipal capital with over 200 wine cellars built into the old caves that were used by gold diggers in the past. From here, you continue until A Rúa, where you will find the Forum Gigurrorum, the oldest settlement in Valdeorras where the Gigurros or Egurnion used to live. 

In A Rúa de Valdeorras you can see the sculpture of Saint James as a pilgrim in the church of San Esteban.
Other places of interest are the bridge of A Cigarrosa, of Roman origin, and the Casa Grande de Fontel, today a private property.

Tips from our postmen and women

“In A Rúa there many archaeological sites and different architectural styles in churches and pazos (manors). For example, the churchyard of San Esteban shows a Roman stone honouring Roman proconsul Lucius Pompeius. The recreational area of O Aguillón by the dam of San Martiño is a beautiful natural spot where you can practise water sports or walk along the Sil surrounded by many species of flora and fauna. The wines of Valdeorras are remarkable, in particular, the Godello and Mencía, with their own Denomination of Origin. If you want to send a bottle home so that you can enjoy it when you are back, you may do so from our Correos office”Constantino Fernández, Correos of A Rúa.