O Barco de Valdeorras is a municipality in Ourense (province) in the Galicia region of north-west Spain. It lies towards the very north-east of Ourense province. Located in the Sil valley, lying in the Serra do Eixo, is the capital of the Valdeorras region. One of its economic foundations, besides mining and slate processing, is wine production, which qualified for the Designation of Origin Valdeorras. Remains of Roman and pre-Roman culture and several stately manor houses are the most important monuments in the town. It is also famous for its wines.
In some caves of the Sierra de la Lastra early human remains were found. In other places close by to O Barco, Castreño petroglyphs and settlements have been discovered. The Gegurros, one of the 22 villages that were part of Asturican convent, were the ancient inhabitants of this land and the adjective derived from the current name of the region (Val-de-giorres).
Romanization was intense in a strategic area rich in minerals. Among the Médulas and Montefurado are frequent traces of gold mining activity. By passing the Via Nova (XVIII of the Antonine Itinerary) that joined Braga and Astorga, and other secondary platforms, forced the people of these areas to build bridges that are a testament of that time.
In the Middle Ages, the Lordship of Valdeorras was administered by the nobility.
- Las Medulillas de Yeres, Puente de Domingo Flórez: The Medulillas de Yeres belong to the declared world heritage site of Las Médulas, ancient gold mines exploited by the Roman Empire.More info www.lagosumido.com/yeres.html
- El Juego de los Bolos En Portela de Aguiar, Sobrado: Formerly, our elders, practiced every day the game of bowling in the main square of the town, this game consists of holding small wooden sticks with wet mud on a smooth stone, then the man or waiter who needs the turn, is placed, and holding a wooden ball shaped like a barrel in his hands, he releas…
- Las Médulas, Patrimonio de la Humanidad: Roman gold mines, a world heritage site by Unesco. The archaeological park of Las Médulas is one of the most important mining remains of the Roman era. The ancient Medulian mountains with the effort of the Romans to obtain the precious gold metal, have become in this unique landscape in an ancient a…
- Lago de Carrucedo, Ideal Para Bañarse En Verano. a 10 Minutos de Nuestras Casas: The lake is located about 6 kms. Away from the town of Las Médulas. Its approximate area occupies an area of about 57 ha. At the westernmost end of the Bierzo Region, it is a notable example of the category of "barrier or alluvial collection" lakes. Originated and configured probably from a clogging…