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“Eerie place, but spectacular in its own way” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Las Medulas

Las Medulas
El Suroeste del Bierzo | Province of Léon, Spain
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Ranked #37 of 1,000 things to do in Castile and Leon
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“Eerie place, but spectacular in its own way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

As Medulas is a small town outside Ponferrada located right at the site where the Romans let loose with a ton of water and blew the insides out of mountains as they searched for gold. The town is dedicated exclusively to tourism surrounding the site. There is one ugly modern box hotel and one "rural hotel" Agoga which is pleasant, quiet, surrounded by green yards and flowers. (single room with breakfast about 45 E).
There is a nice, but small visitors center, which is very informative. Without it, I would have had no idea where all these strange formations came from. Some artifacts, some models, some short movies.
The prime attraction is walking around the area. There are well marked, car-free paths that lead up and down, both through the maze of "leftover mountain innards" and up to some incredible, spectacular even, viewpoints over the entire site. I have never seen anything like this and I understand how it made its way onto the UNESCO world heritage list.
Though it's well off the beaten path, it is worth a trip for anyone who is visiting the Bierzo or lower Galicia.

Visited May 2011
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“ghosts of mountains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

After having eaten a big menu of cocido in the medieval town Castrillo de los Polvazares, we overcame our sluggishness and decided to drive over to see the legendary Medulas hills.
In Roman times, the area was the most important gold mine. Already then, a river had been diverted, and transformed into a powerful jet, that could cut up mountains. I did not believe the story.
In spite the time being already four pm, we chose the country roads along the pilgrims path.
Missing the turn offs, we almost gave up, but just made it at dusk and did not regrett the drive: Reddish hills some shaped like dromedar backs others like stalagmites. most of them with one side overgrown. Various Panorama platforms are avaiable, but the roads require a four wheel drive, so we decided not to ruin our rental car. Go there if you are in the area!

Visited January 2011
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“You would think it was a natural phenomenen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

If you like nature, visit this site. It is amazing to think that the Romans destroyed the mountain to obtain the small quantity of gold embedded in it. Their engineering was interesting, forcing water into the mountain until it exploded. Don't try to visit it in the afternoon in summer, it is much too hot! Do visit the lago de somiedo to see snakes in the water and other aquatic creatures

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