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Orense guide

Orense guide

What to see and visit in the Province of Orense?

The province of Orense belongs to the Autonomous Community of Galicia. It is located in the interior of the region.

The Sil River crosses it and borders Lugo and La Coruña to the north, Pontevedra to the west, León and Zamora to the east and Portugal to the south. It has a population of 339,600 inhabitants and an area of ​​7,278 km2. The Capital has a population of 108,358 inhabitants and an area of ​​85'2Km2.

Its weather It is oceanic on the coast and continental in the interior, it is very humid. Its winters are humid and cold; and their summers are very hot and very humid.

Communication: Orense has a good network of urban buses.

By air: Orense does not have an airport, but the following are very close: Santiago de Compostela (Tel .: 98 154 75 00) located in Lavacolla; Vigo (Tel .: 986 26 82 00) is located 9 km from the center and 28 km from Pontevedra; and the one in A Coruña (Tel .: 98 118 72 00) located in Alvedro.

By train: RENFE (c / Eulogio GómezFranquira, Tel .: 902 24 02 02) has a good network of railways, which connect with the entire Peninsula.

By highway: : A-52: Madrid-Vigo-Oporto highway; A-53: Santiago with Orense, from Santiago to Dozón; N-525: Madrid-Orense-Santiago-Coruña; N-541: connects Pontevedra and Orense, distance 100 km; N-540: Lugo-Orense-Braga; N-120: Monforte-Orense-Vigo. Regarding bus travel: the city has many companies, covering all national and several European routes.

Routes you can do in Orense

Several routes can be made through the province. Perhaps the best known are: Route of the RiberaSacra and the Silver Route; although there are some other interesting ones such as: Route of Via Nova ola Route Jacobea through Orense and arriving from Portuguese lands; Ribeiro Route (Of the wine); Route of Alfonso X the wise, places with which the monarch had had a relationship; Route of the Holy Queen, that the holy places where the queen passed are visited.

Route of the Ribera Sacra

On the Route of the Sacred Bank It is called that way because it is a route of 55 km, through the southern part of the Sil river and several regions are crossed. The route goes along the Ponferrada road and runs through the area visiting monasteries (18), Romanesque churches, bridges and some castles. It crosses the canyons of the Sil river. It is of an impressive landscape wealth. It is not known exactly from when it began to be called that, but there is a letter by Mrs. Teresa de Portugalal Monastery of Montederrama from the year 1124, in which it is already spoken of. There are several possible tours. One of them is the following: one starts from the Orense region from Esgos, Luíntra, Nogueira and Ramuín; then it passes to the region of Terra Caldelas entering through San Estebo de Ribas do Sil, Loureiro (where there is the possibility of doing the route along the river Sil with a catamaran, from its jetty), Parada do Sil, Vilariño Frío, Montederramo; from there it passes to the Comarcade Allariz-Maceda: Xunqueira deEspadañedo and from there back to Terra Caldelas, to Castro de Caldelas. Further down in Comarcas of the Province of Orense, you can see the details of each of the monasteries or churches that are visited.

Silver Route

The Silver Route arose at the time of the Roman occupation in the year 218 a. C. and they created it, to get the minerals, the wealth and the products obtained throughout the Iberian Peninsula (mainly silver) to the coast and thus make them arrive more quickly in Rome. It has a total of 29,000 km. of route through all our country. On this route you can see all kinds of historical and artistic delegates and all cultures (Roman, Muslim, Christian) such as: monasteries, convents, churches, medieval castles, Roman bridges, prehistoric sites, aqueducts, Roman baths or Arab baths ... The original Route from Seville to Oviedo passing through Astorga; and from Cádiz it went to León, passing through Cáceres, Mérida and Salamanca. (Imagine all the heritage it covers). The section that crosses Orense coincides with the Camino de Santiago Francés, which connects Zamora with Santiago de Compostela, passing through Tábaray Puebla de Sanabria and from there it crosses Orense to Santiago. It begins with A Canda, A Gudiña, Verín, Monterrei, Xinzo de Limia, Vilarde Barrio, Sandiás, Porqueira, Trandeiras, Bande Allariz and Cea. Comarcas of the Province of Orense, you will see the details of each of the monasteries or churches, which are visited.

History of Orense

The province

It was occupied by the Celts during prehistory and proof of this are the castros scattered throughout Galicia. In Orense are those of: SanTomé. Vadegola and Oira.

The city of Orense

It was founded by the Romans around a termas (hot springs), which they built. They call them burgas and around them the city grew and developed. This burga is located in the heart of the old town, on the left bank of the Miño river. It is not known if its name imposed by the Romans comes from Auriense (city of gold) or from Latin burning water (scorching waters), due to its hot springs.

The most emblematic of the city is the Old Bridge, built by the Romans to cross the river Miñoy, which has been restored several times over the centuries.Thanks to this bridge, the city had a very active commercial life since the Middle Ages and the Santiago's road, the Portuguese Route passed through there, because they knew that they could easily cross the Miño.

After the Romans, there were the Arabs, Swabians, Vandals, and the Normans, in the 10th and 11th centuries. During the Middle Ages it was an important commercial center. In the 16th century the 1st Town Hall was built and in the 17th century the Jesuits and the Benedictines settled in the city, which until then all the temples and religious centers were carried by the Franciscans.

At the end of the 19th century, the 1st line of the railway was built, on the right bank of the Miño river, the city growing on that side from that moment, and the national highway, which connects Villacastín with Vigo. And already in the 20th century, after the Civil War, the province finished developing fully.

Orense capital

Palaces, Castles, Walls ... of Orense

  • Burgas: hot springs, which come out at a temperature of 60º to 100º. There are several to the capital: the Burgade above and the Burga below. Its Roman construction was modified in the seventeenth century, which is the way it still lasts. The two boroughs adopted the neoclassical style at that time.

  • Old Bridge: it was built in the 1st century, by the Romans, during the occupation period and by order of General Trajanoy of the Emperor Augustus. In the 13th century, the shape of medieval bridges was restored. Later, in the seventeenth century, it was modified again and the Hermitage of Los Remedios was built, which is part of the architectural complex. The foundations of the Roman construction remain. The bridge has 7 arches. In the esplanade of the Ermita, formerly it is where people challenged each other in mourning. It is the most emblematic monument of the city, because for centuries it has favored the growth and economy of Orense. The Bridge connects Orense with Santiago de Compostela, favoring the passage of the Portuguese Jacobean Route and giving shelter And on the other hand, since the Middle Ages it favored the commercial life of the city.

  • Palace of Oca de Valladares (c / Lamas Carvajal, 5, Tel. 988 220 650): it is the headquarters of the current Orense High SchoolIt was built in the 16th century, in 1850 and is in the Renaissance style. Highlights: the colonnaded courtyard with its fountain sculpted in Carrara marble. It is one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces in all of Galicia.

  • Old Episcopal Palace (c / Obispo Carrascosa, 1, Tel.:988223 884): it was built in the 12th century, but then over the centuries it acquired details of other styles: Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance. It was the Archbishop's palace until 1895, when they decided to install the Archeological Museum, which opened its doors in 1951. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1931.

  • Millennium Bridge: built in 2001 by E. Álvaro Varelay, engineer Juan M. Calvo, with a very modern style. It is built of steel and stone and has a height of 22 meters in the center.

  • New bridge: it was built in 1918 by the engineer D.MartínDíez de la Banda. It has 6 arches, with one forming a parabolic arc. It is built of stone and steel.

  • The Viaduct: allows the railway to cross the Miño as well. It was built in concrete by Mr. JoséLuis Tovar Bisbal in 1958.

Cathedral and Churches of Orense

  • Cathedral (Plaza del Trigo, Tel .: 988 22 09 92): it was built on the remains of an ancient temple of the Swabians, in the year 572. In the XII-XIII century it was restored. Originally it was Romanesque in style, with Compostelan and Cistercian influences, but then through the centuries, it was expanded and reformed and has details of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles. In 1987 it was awarded the distinction of Basilica. The following stand out: the Pórtico del Paraíso (it is colored), the altarpiece of the High Altar, the Chapel of the Holy Christ (according to a legend, the Christ is so real, that his hair and beard grow and a barber goes to cut it periodically), the Cimborrio, the Skates and the South Gate (through which the citizens entered to take refuge in what was then the fortress of the city). In 1931 it was declared a National Monument.

  • Church of san francisco (c / Lorenzo Fernández Xocas, Tel .: 988 240 377): it was built in the upper part of the city in the 14th century. It is Gothic in style. In 1929 it was transferred to the Parque de San Lázaro. It stands out: its interior roof because it is made of wood, the rose window on the main portico, its capital in which there is a gaitero and some Gothic sarcophagos. Its cloister is dedicated to exhibitions.

  • Santa Maria Naí Church (Plaza Mayor, Tel.:988 366 064): it was built on the old cathedral. It was built in 1088 and restored and refurbished in the 18th century. Highlights: its staircase of the main façade and some marble columns, which are on the façade, which is the only thing that remains of the primitive cathedral.

Museums of Orense

  • municipal Museum (c / Lepanto, 8, Tel .: 988 24 89 70): dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

  • Provincial Archaeological Museum (Plaza Mayor, Tel.:988 223 884): it houses all the archaeological remains found in the province: Celtic and Roman remains.

  • Cloister of the Church of San Francisco (c / San Francisco, Tel .: 988 24 03 77): dedicated to the artists Baltar and Faílde.

  • Cathedral Museum (Plazadel Trigo, Tel .: 988 22 09 92): it houses all the works found in the province on the Sacred Art. A very original old chess in which the horses are elephants stands out. It is of Indian influence.

  • Cornamusa Museum (CampusUniversitario, Tel .: 988 24 4350): exhibition of all the types of bagpipes that exist.

Remarkable buildings in Orense

  • The Council of Ourense (Plaza Mayor, 1, Tel 988 388 100): the town hall is located in an old palace. In addition to the Mayor's Office, the Municipal file.
  • Chavasqueira hot springs (Mercado da Feira, Tel .: 988 2148 21): this is its architectural complex made of wood and stone and some Zen-style gardens. Once inside it gives the impression of being in Japan. Inside is the spring called Templarium, with a contrast pool, solarium and a Japanese temple. Outside there are 3 swimming pools with waters between 38º and 40º. Its waters have medicinal powers.
  • Municipal auditorium (Rúada Canle 2, Tel .: 988 38 81 10).
  • Principal Theater (Rúada Paz, 10, Tel .: 988 24 14 92): it was built in 1830 by SantiagoSáez. His style is between baroque and romantic. It has been remodeled in 1915 and 1980.

Squares of Orense

  • Main Square: It is the meeting point, to then take a walk through the Espolón. In the past, bullfights were held in this square.

  • Magdalena Square: It is located in what had been the cemetery of the city. You can see some gravestones on the side walls of the Church, dating from that time.

  • Rúa do Paseo: This street is called that way because of the shape of the leaves of its trees, they are heart-shaped. It is tradition that couples walk through it, so that it brings them luck.

Typical products that you can buy in Orense

  • Cachelosde A Limia
  • Orense chestnuts
  • Vegetables (turnip greens, Arnoia peppers)
  • Fish and seafood (Pulpo deA Carbaliño)
  • Galician pork
  • Marc, Aguardiente
  • Wines (see Gastronomy, below)
  • Honey from Galicia
  • Cheese from Tetilla, Arzúa, Cebreiro, San Simón,
  • Cold meat: andolla, untos, ceboleiros ..
  • Galician beef

Orense festivals

  • Holy Week: it is very beautiful in its tour of the historic center. Particularly noteworthy is the Good Friday procession and the Virgen de la Esperanza pass.

  • Carnivals o Entroids:February. They are carnivals and very typical costumes from Orense. In Guinzo de Limia.

  • Gastronomic festivals: Octopus festival in O Carbaliño;

  • Corpus Christi: religious festival in which the Offering of the Kingdom of Galicia to the Holy Sacrament is made. Hansido declared of National Tourist Interest. The flower battle of Ares, Ponteareas and Gondomar stands out.
  • Os Maios: the 1st. Sunday of May the contest of figures formed by wooden frames and covered with moss, flowers and carraboux takes place. It is celebrated in spring.
  • San Martin: 11November, is the patron saint of Orense and San Martiño.
  • Santiago festivals: July 25. Held in: Orense, Santiago Alvarellos.
  • Feast of the Assumption of Santa María: The 15th of August. It is celebrated in: Orense, Cualedro, Santa María deVillaza, San Salvador de Medeiros, Verín, San Millán.
  • Feast of the Remedies: September 8, takes place the Pilgrimage to the Church of the Remedies of Orense.
  • San Roque: August 16 It is celebrated in: San Roque de Carzoa.
  • Virgin of Carmen: 16July. Held in: Xironda.
  • Orense Festival: in June.
  • Popular festivals of each parish (3,800 throughout Galicia), especially held during the summer months.

Orense Restaurants

Restaurants in Orense Capital

  • San Miguel Restaurant (c / San Miguel, 12-14, Tel .: 98822 12 45): creative cuisine based on traditional Galician cuisine and seafood;
  • Pingallo Restaurant (c / San Miguel, 6, Tel.:988 22 00 57): traditional Galician cuisine;
  • Adegado Emilio Restaurant (Av. De las Caldas, 11, Tel .: 988 219 111): fish and seafood, traditional cuisine;
  • restaurant (c / Habana, 61. Tel .: 988 22 83 19: creative cuisine based on traditional Galician cuisine;
  • Arcoda Vela Restaurant (c / Cudeiro, 9): traditional Galician cuisine;
  • Martín Fierro Restaurant (c / Saenz Diez, 17 Bajo, Tel .: 988 37 20 26): traditional Galician cuisine;
  • BademBadem Restaurant (Plaza Paz Novoa, 2): home cooking.

Restaurants in the Province of Orense:

  • restaurant Galileo (c / Ctra. Orense-Trives, Km.12, in Santa Baia-Pereiro de Aguiar, Tel .: 988 380 082): traditional and creative cuisine;
  • restaurant Roupeiro (Ctra. Orense-Trives, Km. 8, in O Roupeiro-Pereirode Aguiar, Tel .: 988 380038): traditional Galician cuisine;
  • Fandiño Restaurant (Rúa Vilanova, 1, in Allariz: creative kitchen;
  • SanMauro Restaurant (Plaza de la Iglesia, 11, Valdeorras ship): traditional Galician cuisine;
  • RestaurantEl Ciervo (c / Xares, 128, in Xares-A Veiga (Barcode Valdeorras): traditional Galician cuisine, specialized in hunting;
  • Restaurant O Pote Carbaliño (Municipal Park, s / n, in OCarbaliño): traditional Galician cuisine, specialized in octopus;
  • The Garden Restaurant (c / Marqués de Trives, 14, in Puebla de Trives): home kitchen;
  • HostalVista Alegre Restaurant (c / Rodríguezde la Fuente, 14): traditional Galician cuisine.

Gastronomy of Orense

As in all of Galicia, its gastronomy is based on excellent local produce, potatoes and vegetables (cachelos from the A Limia region, turnip greens from Arnoia, thistle, mushrooms, chestnuts or magostos ...), fish and shellfish (octopus from OCarbaliño); its trout, salmon, tarpon, eels, lamprey from the Sil and Miño rivers; beef and pork, with all those derived from pork: laandrolla (a kind of chorizo), ceboleiros (a kind of onion blood sausage); lots of large and small game and also kid; its excellent milk and all its derivatives: butters and cheeses: fresh, nipple ...

The best known Galician dishes are: Pulpoa la gallega, which is octopus seasoned with coarse salt, olive oil and paprika, served accompanied by cachelos and chorizo; the Empanadasde tuna, cockles, octopus, rabbit, scallops ...; Lacón with Grelos, Galician Pot, Hake or monkfish stew, Filloas, Cream Canutillos ... Click here to obtain our

In Orense the Cabritos roasted in the casserole are famous; Their magostos or roasted chestnuts are famous throughout Spain, they are the best and the typical Brown French glacéThey are also made in Orensey and exported; La bica from the Trives region, is a dessert made from chestnuts.

Special mention for their excellent wines. Orenset has 4 Denominations of Origin: D.O. Ribera Sacra, which stands out for its red wines from Mencía; D.O. Monterrei, is starting; D.O. Valdeorras with its red wines from Mencía and whites from Godello; D.O. Treixadura, with its white wines, spirits and reds.

The regions of the province of Orense

Orense region

Its origins are in the Romans, as many remains have been found and its culture has Roman reminiscences. It covers the municipalities of: Orense capital, Vilamarín, A Peroxa, Amoeiro, Coles, Nogueirade Raimuín, O Pereiro deAguiar, Esgos, Narbadás, Toén, San Cibrao das Viñas, Taboadela.

  • Vilamarin: O Pazo de VilamarínIn the 15th century it was the fortress of the Count of Ribadavia, but the Irmandins ravaged it. After a period in which it remained uninhabited, in 1603 Dña. Inésde Villamarín y Beamondela occupied. In the 17th century it passed into the hands of Count Maceda. Don Pedro de la Maza who sold it to the Orense County Council, to whom it belongs today. It is a fortress palace of the E. M., with 2 defensive towers.

  • Amoreiro: Monasteriorománico de Bóveda, Romanesque Church of Fontefría Romanesque Church of Cornoces.As well as the Pazos de Cornocesy Fontefría.

  • Pereiro de Aguiar: It has become famous, for being in its territory textile factories of such prestigious brands as PurificaciónGarcía and CarolinaHerrera.
    • Oleico Museum of Loñoá (Tel. 988 259 385): exhibits the objects made of local ceramics, made in the traditional way.
  • Esgos: the Camino Reall leads to Chapel of San Pedro de Rocas, is a hermitic sanctuary, which is part of the Route of the Ribera Sacra.

  • Nogueira de Ramuín: Church of San Martiñode Nogueira located in the parish of Luíntra.

Region or Terra de Valdeorras

It is an agricultural and livestock region. As for the industry: slate and chemistry. It is a high mountain area. Comarcade Roman origin, with pre-Roman and Roman remains. The Via XVIII passed through there, with which there are several bridges and remains of Mámoas, whose municipalities are: Vilamartínde Valdeorras, Rubiá, A Rúa, O Barco de Valdeorras, Carballedade Valdeorras, Patín, Laruco, O Bolo, A Veiga.

  • Ermitas Monastery: built in 1624.

  • Roller skate:
    • Cigarrosa Bridge: it is of Roman origin.
    • Portomourisco Parish: Bridge and Hermitage: It is from the 18th century.

  • To Veiga or La Vega: high mountain. Trevincade Peak 2,124 meters (the highest in Galicia).
    • San Miguel de Candela.
  • Church of San Miguel Arcángel, is Romanesque.

  • Sanctuary of the Ascension: located in the parish of SanAndrés de Prada. It is Romanesque, very small. Highlights: its bell tower and its exterior fountain.

  • Network of Ethnographic Museums of La Vega (Tel. 988 350 000): they are distributed by their parishes.
  • Or Bolus:
    • Interpretation Center of Castelo do Bolo (Tel. 988 323 030): shows what life was like in the castle in the Middle Ages.
  • Blonde: Natural Park of Serra da Enciñada Lastra.

Comarca or Terra de Celanova

Mountainous region Timber industry, agriculture and livestock. Land bathed by the river Miño. Whose municipalities are: Celanova, Cartela, A Merca, Gomesende, Ramirás, Pontedeva, A Bola, A Padrenda, Quintelade Leirado, Verea.

  • Celanova:
    • Celanova-Serrade Laboreiro Route: route through chestnut and oak forests, where you can visit: the medieval tower of Vilanovados Infantes, architectural remains of Castromao s. Goes. C., Medieval bridge between Arrotea, Milmanda castle, the Bauesas de Abajo water mills and the Mota Grande Mota.
    • San Salvadorde Celanova Monastery: it was founded in the year 936 by the order of San Rosendo. It is of pre-Romanesque style.Its central nave is Baroque and its chapel of San Miguel, located inside the monastery, is of pre-Romanesque style.The Chapel is of the Mozarabic style from the 10th century.
    • Interpretation Center of Terra de Celanova: located in Vilanova dos Infantes.
  • Padrenda: You can go on excursions on the Miño river on a catamaran, as well as rafting, bungee jumping, fishing (trout, eels) and big and small game (wild boar and rabbits).
    • San Miguel's Church: Romanesque style.

Comarca or Terra de Trives

High mountain region. Snow and mountain sports. Rural tourism. Agriculture and livestock whose municipalities are: San Xoánde Río, A Pobra de Trives, Manzaneda, Chandrexa de Queixa.

  • Poor of Trives:
    • Museum of the School and Childhood (Tel. 988 330 967).
    • Cultural Historical Interpretation Center Santa Leonor (Tel. 988 334 000): Ethnographic Museum about the region and his life in the mountains.
    • Vello Trives: Roman mansion included in the Via Novaromana route.
  • Manzaneda:
    • It's Ermidas: Church of Santa María la Real de Cesuris: was founded by the Templars. And the Gorges of the Rio Bibei.

Comarca or Terra de Caldelas

Be part of the Route of the RiberaSacra whose municipalities are: Parada de Sil, A Teixeira, Castrode Caldelas, Montederramo.

  • Castro de Caldelas: located in the Sierra de Mamedes and Queixa. Medieval villa surrounded by a wall as a fortress.
    • Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum (Tel. 988 203 358): you are located at Castro Caldelas Castle, located in the historic center of the city. In it you can see medieval life in the castle and utensils and clothes of the region.
  • Teixeira:
    • House do Viño (Tel. 988 207 400): it exposes the main wines of the area and shows how they are made before and now.
    • Monastery of SanPaio de Abeleda: in Romanesque style, from the 12th century.
  • Parada do Sil: part of the RiberaSacra Route.
    • Monastery of San Estebo de Ribas do Sil: located in San Estebo de Ribasdo Sil. It was founded by the Benedictine order in the 6th century. It is the greatest of all those that belong to the RiberaSacra Route. The Bishop's cloister is from the 12th century and the other two are from the 16th century. Its church dates from the XVI-XVII century and its façade was reformed in the XVIII.
    • Monastery of Santa Cristina de Ribas do Sil: It was founded in the 12th century by the Benedictine order. It is Romanesque in style and its Church is from the XII century Romanesque with some Gothic components. The cloister is from the 16th century.
    • Viewpoints Los Balconesde Madrid.
  • Loureiro: in this parish there is a jetty from where the RiberaSacra route along the Sil river.

  • Vilariño Cold: conserves a Roman Bridge, route of the Ribera Sacra.

  • Montederramo:
    • Monastery of SantaMaría de Montederramo: it was founded in 1124 by Mrs. Teresa of Portugal. Here arose the beginnings of Silver RouteIt was Dña. Teresa who spoke about them for the 1st time and thus some writings have it.

Comarca da Baixo Limia

It is located in the Baixo Limia-Serra doXurés Natural Park (Muiños-Entrimoo-Lobios)Its origins are in the Celtic forts and in the Roman villages, which they left during their occupation. It includes the following municipalities: Bande, Lobeira, Entrimo, Muiños, Lobios.

  • Lobios:
    • Spa "VillaTermal de Lobios": all kinds of treatments for health and beauty. Bicarbonate water spring at 77º. It has its own hotel to accommodate its patients-clients.
    • Quenguas Route: has its enclave in the Baixa Limia-Serrado Xurés Natural Park. There are 4 6.5 km trails through the Queguasy de Loboreiro mountain ranges, with some pre-established routes.
    • Padrendo route: they are 7.5 km through the valley of Santa Eufemia and O Xurésy is very interesting. It goes from Orense to Padrendo. Visit: Church of SantaComba de Bande, Roman settlement of Aquis Auerquenuis, Termas de Río Caldo, Roman remains of its road Via Nova, Iglesiade A Terrachá, Muiños Megalithic Park.
  • Band:
    • Church of Santa Comba: Declared a National Monument in 1921. It was built in the 2nd half of the 7th century, it is of Visigothic origin. It has a Greek cross plan and the dome and the main chapel stand out.
    • Icon Museum (Tel. 606 060 836): located near the church, it houses a collection of Byzantine icons, canvas paintings, watercolor and oil paintings.
    • Interpretation Center of Aquis Querquennis VíaNova(Tel. 988 444401): remains of the Roman camp, mine, bridges, the VíaNova (Roman road) ...
    • Castro de Rubiás: a stone head of a Galician warrior from pre-Roman times was found.
    • Baths Spa: medicinal waters, with medicinal powers. Its waters reach 50º. It is located near the Las Conchas Reservoir.
    • Ponte Pedriña: Roman bridge, which was declared a National Monument in 1944.
  • Entrimo: A Terrachá-Queguas Route: 8 km through the field following the course of a river, you can visit: Church of Santa María la Real de A Terrachá, then the natural pools of Ponte Pocín, the sources of Vilar and Venceáns.
    • Church of Santa Maríala Real: Galician-style baroque.
  • Muiños: agricultural and livestock municipality, which attracts a lot of rural tourism due to: possibility of practicing river sports such as: canoeing and fishing. Also hiking.
    • River beaches with natural pools of aguaastermales.

Allariz-Maceda region

Whose municipalities are: Xunqueirade Espadanero, Paderne de Allariz, Baños de Molgas, Allariz, Xunirse de Ambía.

  • Allariz: its historic center was declared a Historic - Artistic Complex in 1971.
    • Ramparts and castle: AlfonsoVI had it built in the 15th century. Some more than 1 km of the wall is preserved. The castle, which was remodeled several times, was destroyed by Napoleonic troops. In its place there is a natural watchtower, Penedo da Vela y Castillo, which offers good panoramic views of the place.
    • Jewish Colony: built in the 13th century, outside the walls of the fortified town, in the Socastelo neighborhood.
    • SantaClara Monastery: it was founded in 1268 by Violante of Hungary, wife of King Alfonso X elSabio. In the 18th century it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt. In it is located at Sacred Art Museum: highlights the Crystal Cross and the Virgin Abideira made in ivory and mother-of-pearl, which belonged to Queen Violante.
    • Church of San Esteban: It is Romanesque from the 12th century and enlarged in 1581. At that time the tower was built.
    • Casa Torre De CastroOjea : it was built in the 16th century. Its 18th century façade is in Baroque style.
    • Court Palace: in it is located Toy MuseumIt is a colonial style building.
    • Galician Toy Museum (Tel. 988 440 859): it is located in an old 17th century house. It houses more than 700 vintage toys, which come from donations.
    • Iconographic Museum Aser Seara Foundation (Tel. 988 440 859): Arnoia River Ethnographic Park: on the banks of the Arnoia River, several Museums interesting: Burato, do Coiro, O Fiadeiro.
    • Molgas Baths.
  • Molgas Baths:
    • Salientibus: aristocratic house of Roman origin, from the time of Emperor Antoninus. Highlights: the bathrooms.
    • Roman bridge.
    • Spa
    • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Miracles.
  • Maceda: rural tourism and hiking in the Sierra de San Marmede. Agricultural and livestock population, which are also dedicated to leather and ceramics.
    • Hermitage of Donfranque: located in the parish of Outeiro da Torre. It was founded by the Holy Abbot of the San Rosendo Foundation in 1213. It was restored in the 17th century by the Marchioness of Maceday again in the 19th century.
    • Tioira cruise: Cross at the entrance of the parish of Tioira.
    • Maceda Castle.
  • Xunqueira de Espardanero:
    • Monastery and Romanic Church. Route of the Sacred Bank

Ribeiro region

Region of Ribeiro, whose municipalities are: Avión, Leiro, Ceulle, Carballeda, Beadrede Avi, Ribadavia, Castrello deMiño, Melón, A Arnoia, Cortegada.

  • Ribadavia:
    • Santiago church: XII century Romanesque, in which the Religious museum.
    • Jewish Information Center of Galicia: it is located in Pazodos Condes de Ribadavia (together with the Tourist Office), a 17th-18th century palace that tells the history of the Jews in Galicia and with its people, throughout the centuries.
    • Ethnological Museum (Tel. 988 471 843): it is located at Beamonde Manor HouseIt houses several foundations.

Carballiño region

Carballiño region whose municipalities are: O Irizo, Piñor, San Cristoro do Cea, Beariz, Boborás, O Carballiño, Maside, SanAmaro, Ruxin.

  • Carbaliños:
    • Great Spa of Carballiño: traditional center of aguastermales: health and beauty. It does not have its own hotel, but is surrounded by several.
    • Arrenteiro Ethnographic Park (Tel. 988 530 007): you are located in Muiño doAnxo. Natural space created to take advantage of the river's hydraulic resources. Set of mills located on the banks of the Arrenteiro river.
  • Saint Cistobo do Cea:
    • Ethnographic MuseumOlimpo Liste: It is located in an old pilgrims' inn located next to the Oseira Monastery. It collects more than 6,000 pieces about life in the monastery, farmers and life in Galicia.
    • Monastery of Santa María La Real de Oseira: It is of Cistercian style, it was founded in 1137. In itsfectory it is located in Lapidarium Museum of the Monastery ofOseira. Be part of the Ruta de la Plata.
  • Piñor, O Reino and ACorna: are part of the Silver Route, until reaching Santiago de Compostela.

Comarca da Limia

The Comarca da Limia It is located in the Sierra de Larouco, depression of Maceda and central Sierra. They are mainly rainfed farmers (cereals, potatoes, the D.O. of Sandiás are famous). It is part of the Ruta de la Plata. Its municipalities are: Xinzo de Limia, Vilar de Barrio, Sandiás, Sarreaus, Vilar de Santos, Rairizde Veiga, Rairiz de Veiga, Trasmiras, Porqueira, Os Blancos, Calvos deRandín, Baltar.

  • Xinzo de Limia: part of the Ruta de la Plata.
    • Church of Santa MariaIt is part of the Ruta de la Plata.
  • Trandeiras: Monastery of the Good Jesus: the sculpture of Cristosentado stands out, which arouses much devotion among its parishioners. St. Peter's Church.
  • Vilar de Santos: Limia Ethnographic Museum (Tel. 988 465 872): it is located in an old rectory from the 18th century.

  • Baltar: NelsonZumel Museum (988 466 503): you are located on the House of Culture of the City Council. It houses paintings by the painter, as well as by other artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Porqueira: Torrede Porqueira, which is part of the Silver RouteThese towers, together with that of Pena, were linked by passageways and caves.

  • Sandias: located in the lakes of Antea. Prehistoric origins: Castro Celts, Roman historical and artistic legacy, Swabians, Germans:
    • Via XVIII or Via Nova: This Via connected Astorga with Braga. Remains of a Roman Settlement
    • Sandiá Towers, which is part of the Ruta de la Plata.

  • Villar de Barrio: stand out Tower of A Pena: which is part of the Ruta de la Plata.

Verín region

The Region of Verín is part of the Silver Route. Its municipalities are: Laza, Castredo do Val, Riós, Cualedro, Monterrei, Verín, Vilardevós, Oímbra.

  • Verin: it is known for its medicinal thermal water spa. Its neighborhood of San Lázaro is beautiful.
    • Verín Interpretation Center (Tel.988 412 224): muestra todasu comarca en todos sus aspectos:gastronomía, sus fiestas,sus balnearios y aguas termales,su historia y su patrimonioartístico.
    • Convento de los Mercenarios. Silver Route
  • Monterrei: forma partede la Ruta de la Plata.
    • Fortaleza de Monterrei:la forma actual se la dioel Conde de Monterrei, enla época de los ReyesCatólicos. Destacala Torre del homenaje s. XV,Torre de las Damas, Iglesiade Santa María (góticas.XIV) y el Pozo Verde, queestá situado en elpatio (estilo renacentista)del castillo. Más tardese añadieron 2 conventosde los jesuitas y losfranciscanos. Fue habitadopor Pedro el Cruel.
  • Riós
  • Centro de Interpretaciónde la Castaña (Tel. 988 427 690).
  • Castrelo do Val:
    • Museo Etnográfico (C/ Toural,3).
  • Vilardevós:
    • Centro de Interpretacióndo Contabando (Tel.988 417 004)
  • Cualedro: tiene un importantísimolegado prehistórico (neolítico,paleolíticos, E.Bronce,E.Hierro). Se pueden visitar yacimientos,restos de poblados castrenses,romanos.
    • Centro de Interpretaciónde Los Castros (Tel.988 424 004).

Comarca de Viana

LaComarca de Viana cuyos municipios son: Vilariñode Couso, Viana do Bolo, A Gudiña,A Mezquita,

  • Vilariño de Couso: Parque Natural del Parquedo Invernadeiro
    • Museo Etnográfico (Tel. 988 340 302).
  • Gudiña: su Cruceiroes cruce de caminos en la Rutade la Plata.

Parques Naturales de la Provincia de Orense

  • Parque Natural de BaixoLimia-Serra do Xurés:situado en la Comarca de BaixaLimia, en la parte sudoeste dela provincia y tiene fronteracon Portugal. Por él transcurrela Ruta de Quenguas y la Rutade Padrendo. Comprende los municipiosde Muñiz, Emtrimo y Lobios.Tiene una extensión de20.900 Km2. El parque continuapor tierras portuguesas recibiendoel nombre de el Parque Nacionalda Peneda-Gerês.Tiene una importantísimaflora autóctona y su faunacomprende manadas de lobos, corzosy cabra montés. Tambiénexisten ponys en semi libertad,de una raza autóctona gallega.
  • Parque Natural de Serra daEnciña da Lastra: tieneuna extensión de 3.151,67Ha.. Está situado en laComarca de Valdeorras, en el municipiode Rubiá. Recorre el valledel río Sil. Tiene unaflora autóctona muy interesante.Fauna: una comunidad de morcegosy numerosas aves de rapiña.en pueden encontrarse vestigiosde otras culturas como: yacimientosarqueológicos (mámoas,castros...) y la iglesias delReal y la ermita de San Estebande Pardollán
  • Parque Natural del Parquedo Invernadeiro: tiene unaextensión de 5.722 Ha.Está situado en la Comarcade Viana, en el termino municipalde Vilariño de Conso. Enél está situadoel Circo glaciar do Figueiro,con un gran bosque de acebos.Su fauna: jabalíes, corzos,cabras monteses. Su Flora: estípica de los montes gallegos.Existen varios asentamientos romanos(el Castelo de Cerveira), castrosceltas (Pradoalvar, Sabugido yEntrecinsa), templos cristianos(iglesia de Santa Maríaen Sabuguido) y un castillo.
  • Espacio protegido de la Sierrade O Candan: compartido entrePontevedra (Forcarei, Lalíny Silleda) y Orense (Beariz yO Irixo). Son 10.700 Ha..
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Video: Celanova, Orense, Spain (September 2020).