Las Medulas Natural Monument, Las Medulas

#7 of 219 in Things to do in Province of Leon
Must see · World heritage site · Scenic Walking Area · Lookout
Las Medulas Natural Monument is an entire mountain that was blown apart by ancient Romans over two and a half centuries to extract gold from the rock. Head to the visitor center for guidance on your route, or embark on one of the morning or afternoon tours. Head down to the lake, then up to the viewpoint, where you'll have a view of the whole mining area. Walk through the small village--there are numerous shops, but be sure to bring cash, as most do not accept credit cards. Stop into one of the cafes or try the local honey and jams. The village has a museum as well, where you can learn how the mountain was mined using water pressure. Tour through the chestnut trees and mined areas, exploring caves and galleries on the way. Though they are open to the public, enter the caves and tunnels at your own risk. To visit Las Medulas Natural Monument and other attractions in Las Medulas, use our Las Medulas tour itinerary builder site.
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  • Although this unique landscape is man made, the centuries have given it a natural beauty. We enjoyed hiking among the remnants of mountains.  more »
  • Wow what a beautiful area and interesting at the same time. Going early is wonderful because you get to enjoy the peace and quiet. The walk in the cave was cool. They provide a helmet with hair...  more »
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