I’d forgotten about this place – had always wanted to visited it but when ever in this area I ended up visiting or doing something else – I’ll put it on my list. It’s amazing how humans even 2000 years ago humans could cause so much physical damage to an environment.
I used to wonder why the La Ruta de Plata ( the old Roman road from Astorga to Merida) ….wasn’t called La Ruta de Oro ….. as I thought that was what was being transported south over hundreds of years from Las Medulas. However, Plata is a corruption of an Arabic word for cobbled (al-balat) and nothing to do with silver. Also, I guess a lot of the gold would have gone east to the Roman capital of the time Tarragona.