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This stage will be a little bit difficult because now the cereal fields will disappear but you will be accompanied by lots of colorful olive trees and vineyards. There are a lot of rivers and bridges that hide lots of secrets and medieval legends. Estella will welcome you with poppy fields and wheat fields.
We leave in the direction of Ourense, forking, just behind the church, the path for those who continue along the Via de la Plata. We will continue along this road until the stream of the Lagoon. At the next junction, approximately one and a half kilometres further on, turn right and follow another uphill track for at least another three kilometres. A further indication will encourage us to turn right and then left, descending towards the asphalt of the ZA-123. We will meet the river Esla again, crossing over its waters by the bridge Quintos and immediately after, we turn left. If you wish, you can continue straight on along the road. Following a path, we will approach the course of the river again, from which we will have to say goodbye shortly after, to return in search of the road after going up a steep slope. While we catch our breath, we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Esla, at the bottom of the valley. It will be the last point where we will be able to rest in the shade of the holm oaks, since from here, we leave aside the exuberant vegetation, to enter the infinite forest tracks. We descend, having previously turned left, and then right with our eyes fixed on a long road. Quickly, we go back to the previous track, and turn left again at the next fork. We approach the town of Faramontanos de Tábara, which has some establishments, before reaching the end of this stage in Tábara, still about seven kilometers away. We go through the village, crossing the ZA-123 road, to enter another track for a couple of kilometres, after which we turn left towards the El Molino stream. Before we get back to the previous road, we turn right to leave the track a few metres further on by another road. We will cross another stream and, after a while, we will finally reach the church of Santa María, located next to the national one and declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. We will only have to cross the road to enter the town centre.
What to see
You should drink enough water or other fluids to stay hydrated and not get hot flashes in the summer. In this area, it is very common that high temperatures are reached in summer, and this, together with the absence of vegetation, could put us in some trouble if we do not have our canteens loaded.
What to eat
- Game meat
- Deer with potatoes
- Roe deer with boletus
- Vegetables and pulses
- Tremés or Candeal Wheat Bread
Bear in mind
The bikers will be able to overcome the obstacle of a rather steep path just before Puente Quintos by following the road to Faramontanos de Tábara.
For those who wish to visit the Monastery of Santa María de Moreruela, they must take a detour of approximately two and a half kilometres from the Pilgrim’s Way of St. James. To do this, when you reach the monolith on the outskirts of Granja de Moreruela, continue straight ahead and at the end of this road, turn left and then right into a local road.What to see
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|Faramontanos de Tábara||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|