Archaeology

Las Médulas

Centro de Recepción de Visitantes de Médulas

Patronato de Turismo de la Comarca del Bierzo

– Consejo Comarcal del Bierzo

C/ General s/n 24442 Médulas (Carucedo)-León

Telephone 619 258 355   telephone/fax 987 420 708 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LOCATION AND SERVICES

Our Centre is located in the main street of the village of Las Médulas, just 400m from the entrance parking area, next to the church and near the entrance to the spectacular corrie of Las Valiñas. At the centre you will find information about the different routes available in the spot, an audio-visual presentation that describes the mining methods used, explanatory panels, a touchscreen kiosk and bike and tandem hire. We also offer tourist information on the region and there is a small shop.

This centre offers haptic models and Braille displays for blind people, and we are currently developing digital contents that are accessible for people with vision and hearing impairments.

GUIDED VISITS

The centre is the starting point for the daily guided tours. These tours depart daily in the morning and in the evening for a minimum group of six people. Groups can book in advance. This walk along the corrie of Las Valiñas lasts about two hours and it stretches for about three kilometres inside the remains of the exploitation to the galleries called La Cuevona and La Encantada. Every walk is guided by a professional guide that interprets this landscape transformed by the Romans.

The concepts explained help visitors to get an overall understanding of the site (exploitation techniques, deposits, canals, waste disposal).

OPENING TIMES

Open every day from the morning to the evening (except December 22nd and January 1). Mornings from 11am to 2pm. Our afternoon and evening opening times vary depending on the time of year, so check in advance by calling the numbers above. Guided morning visits start at 11.30am and at 12pm. Afternoon and evening visits vary depending on the time of year (check). Price is €3 per person. Pre-booked group visits are charged at €2 per head (groups over 15 people). Free for children under 8.

INFORMACIÓN EN LA RED

This Board runs a website about Las Médulas (www.vivelasmedulas.es) with interactive contents which has been specially designed for children. For further general information on the region, go to the Tourism section at www.ccbierzo.com. For information on hiking tours, visit www.fundacionlasmedulas.com for trails on this spot and some other information of interest.

OTHER INTERESTING SITES

Other interesting sites are the Aula Arqueológica (Archaeological Room) – at the entrance of the village of Las Médulas –Orellán viewpoint, Somido lake, Las Pedrices viewpoint, Carucedo lake and the Interpretative Centre of the Roman Canals in Puente de Domingo Flórez. You can also visit several archaeological sites in the surroundings showing the evolution in life conditions before and after the Roman Conquest such as Castrelín in San Juan de Paluezas, Corona del Cerco in Borrenes and the metallurgical settlement in Orellán. A portion of the canal in Llamas de Cabrera (Benuza) is now a walking trail.

 

Castro de Chano Visitor Centre

Heading to Guimara, passed the village where Castro de Chano is located, we get to the Castro de Chano Visitor Centre, named after the archaeological site that is next to it.

That site dates back to the late 1st century BC and the early 2nd century AD, and there you can find some of the Celtic dwellings of the time. Even though the excavation carried out in the 1980s is not very wide, there is enough evidence that proves that the settlement extended across the entire mountain.

The visitor centre is located at the foot of the site next to the road. There you can admire exact replicas of their dwellings. It also recreates the activities of the time and the crops they grew, aiming to provide us with a fairly accurate picture of the inhabitants of the settlement.

Close to the replicas of the round houses, you will find the Tourism Office and the Palloza-museum-bar where you can buy souvenirs, get information or taste typical products.

The Centre is located in an excellent surrounding with a large parking for visitors and hikers taking any of the many routes. BBQ areas are also available.

Castro de Chano Visitor Centre.

 Information, tours and guided visits to Castro de Chano.

 Opening times: 10.30am-2pm and 4pm-8pm.

 Price: €1.5 per person, €12 for groups.

 Contact: Peranzanes Town Council – Town Hall.

 

Castro Ventosa Archaeological Site – Site of Cultural Interest (SCI)

Passed the village of Cacabelos (approx. 2 km), when you get to Pieros take a left turning and there you will find the archaeological site.

That site was occupied during pre-Roman and Roman times.  It stands out because of its spectacular wall with visible turrets that dates back as far as the late 3rd century or the early 4th century AD.

The whole site also provides an excellent viewpoint over El Bierzo Region, with privileged views due to its strategic location.

Information, tours and guided visits to the archaeological sites of Castro Ventosa, La Edrada and to the Archaeological Museum of Cacabelos.

 

La Edrada Archaeological Site – Site of Cultural Interest (SCI)

The archaeological site La Edrada is located in Cacabelos, only 500 metres from the Archaeological Museum of Cacabelos and in the area of the churchyard.

The excavations carried out up to now in La Edrada site provided mainly household architectural remains. One of the most important is a network of sewers from the High Roman Empire used to carry waste water from homes and the adjacent thermal bath. Although it has been neglected for long, it is structurally sound and reflects the importance of the place. Here, we can also find remains from Low Roman Empire, the Visigothic period, and the Christian Early and High Middle Ages.

La Edrada archaeological site is important not only for its size but also for being the perfect historic-archaeological complement of Castro Ventosa, in Cacabelos.

Its early occupation has been confirmed by the archaeological digs. Numismatic evidence with Aureus of August, big bronze coins of Tiberius, denarius of Trajan and Septimius Severus, and folis from the Late Roman Empire, together with the pottery and grave fragments date the Roman occupation of this site from the mid-first century to the fifth century.

Free self-guided visit to both archaeological sites. Guided visits available. Information and contact: Cacabelos Municipal Tourist Office or Archaeological Museum of Cacabelos. Telephone: 987 546 993 Mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening times:

FROM OCTOBER TO JUNE:

From tuesday to saturdays: 11:30am- 2:00pm and 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Sundays and festive days: de 11:30am-2:00pm.

Mondays closed.

FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER:

From tuesday to sundays: 10:00am- 2:00pm and 5:00pm-8:30pm.

Mondays closed.