This winter felt somehow long. Weather didn’t help, it’s been mostly wet and cold. Apart from few sunny and quite warm weeks, when temperatures risen up to 28C, then just as rapidly plummeted to 15C. You can go from flip-flops one day to winter boots on another.
It’s quite unusual for Ribeira Sacra microclimate (that’s where we live), but normal so for Galicia in general, for this time of the year.
But, thank heavens, May has started off well, and we couldn’t resist a wander in the car around some beauty spots of Ribeira Sacra.
On a nice sunny day, at the very beginning of May, we headed off to Canyon del Sil where you can take a boat trip (we keep promising ourselves to go, one day soon) along stunningly dramatic riverbanks with cliffs and vineyards.
It is said that in Galicia you are never far away from a restaurant. Totally true! Even on this route, in the middle of what might seem like a rugged landscape of steep riverbanks and vineyards, there is a cafe-bar on the embankment (see above), then in Doade, passed the Bodegas Regina Viarum, there is this very popular bar-restaurant A Cantina. You’ll never get starved in Galicia!
Doade is also where one can take a tourist ‘wine train’ around vineyards of Ribeira Sacra, stopping to sample wines and local gastronomy, and see monuments. What’s not to like!