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Route in the O Ribeiro region in Ourense

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  • Veracruz Church, Carballiño © Turespaña

    Veracruz Church, Carballiño © Turespaña

  • Detail of façades in Ourense © Turespaña

    Detail of façades in Ourense © Turespaña

  • General view of Ribadavia © Turespaña

    General view of Ribadavia © Turespaña


Route in the heart of Galicia

In inland Galicia we find the city of Ourense and the neighbouring region of O Ribeiro, famous for its excellent wines. The Miño River is the axis of this region that is full of natural landscapes and towns, villages and buildings with important architecture, art and history.


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This route can be covered in a weekend and starts in the city of Ourense. An important building here is the Cathedral of San Martín de Tours, a Romanesque-Gothic building (12th-13th centuries). The Convent of San Francisco, with its Gothic cloister and church (14th century), and the old Episcopal Palace (13th-16th centuries), housing the Provincial and Diocesan museums, are also worth visiting. Ourense is known as the city of hot springs, so we recommend visiting the As Burgas thermal springs (Neoclassical site, 19th century). Before leaving Ourense, we must not forget to go to the Ponte Vella, a Roman origin bridge.

To get to the wine-producing region of O Ribeiro, we must take the road that goes next to the Miño River, on its left bank. The first stop is Castrelo de Miño, less than 30 kilometres away, with its Parish Church of Santa María, with a Romanesque apse and Baroque nave. We'll continue towards Cortegada, 16 kilometres away, to see the Shrine of San Bieito de Rabiño, where two of the most popular pilgrimages in Galicia take place in March and July.
After travelling a little further we'll get to the Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Melón, which is Romanesque. Further along, a short turn-off will take us to the town of San Xés de Francelos, with a church that is one of the few examples of Asturian pre-Romanesque architecture in Galicia.

In Ribadavia, the capital of O Ribeiro, we'll find its beautiful old quarter, which preserves part of its medieval walls (and three gates). A visit to the Jewish quarter must not be missed; as well as buildings such as the Gothic Church of Santo Domingo, the Romanesque-Gothic churches of San Xoán, Santiago and Santa María de Oliveira; and the Neoclassical Church of Nosa Señora de O Portal. Other interesting buildings are the Gothic cathedral, built in the 15th century, the pazos (country houses) of the Counts of Ribadavia and of Bahamonde, which today houses the Ethnological Museum, and the Casa de la Inquisición house (16th century).
At the end of the route we'll head towards Leiro, stopping at Beade and Berán, where we have to visit the churches of Santa María and San Breixo, respectively. In the surrounding area of Leiro we'll get to the Cistercian Monastery of San Clodio, renovated as a hotel and restaurant. Some important features are the Romanesque-Gothic church, the Baroque façade of the abbatial palace, and the two cloisters. Just over 5 kilometres away we'll find the medieval village of Pazos de Arenteiro, designated a Historic-Artistic Site because of its many pazos built in the 16th-18th centuries, churches such as the Romanesque San Salvador, and a medieval bridge. The village is set in a stunning protected nature area.
Finally, we'll head towards the Suido and Faro de Avión mountains, on the road that goes out of Leiro. We'll go to the Romanesque churches of Santo André de Serantes and Santa María de Lamas. We'll also be able to see the rugged landscape of the Avia River canyons and we'll get to the village of Avión, with its Gothic-Baroque Church of San Xusto y Pastor, which is the end of the route.


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Figures with floral and plant elements in the Festa dos Maios. Ourense © Turgalicia

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