HIGHLIGHTS: The history of this region revolves around the fortress of Monterrei, cultural center in its time, first controlled by the monastery of Celanova, and subsequently coming under crown control. This historic area is made up of the 16th-century Condes Palace, Santa Maria Gracia Church and the keep, dating from 1482. Among the oldest archeological finds in the region, of special note are the remains of Neolithic pottery found in Santa Ana, as well as dolmens and mamoas, a type of burial mound. Cave art is represented by the sculptures of Abedes. Also of interest is the nearby Do Invernadoiro Nature Reserve.
HIGHLIGHTS: Great historians such as Pliny and Strabo place the origin of Monforte at between 900 and 600 B.C. The town has a wealth of cultural heritage, which highlights include the Benedictine monastery of San Vicente, the Count’s Country House (Pazo Condal), the Old Bridge (Puente Viejo), Santa Clara and San Jacinto convents, and more. Other points of interest are Tor Pazo, and examples of rural Romanesque architecture such as the churches of Rivasaltas and Valverde. Monforte is an excellent setting-off point to visit the Ribeira Sacra region and enjoy its natural beauty and scenery. Among spectacular cliffs and leafy vegetation, you will discover the many religious sites which found refuge here during the Middle Ages, giving the area its name, Ribeira Sacra, or Sacred Riverbank.
HIGHLIGHTS: To discover the first instance of the use of the name RIVOYRA SACRATA, we must go back to the year 1124, when Dona Teresa of Portugal used this term to refer to the abundance of chapels, convents and monasteries of different sizes located along both banks of the course of the lower Sil River. The proliferation of religious establishments along the banks of the Sil had its origins in those founded at the end of the 6th century by Saint Martin Dumiense and Saint Fructuoso de Braga. Today we can enjoy this area with catamaran trips down the Sil, routes linking the many monasteries and convents, visits to the more than one hundred wineries, hiking routes along former royal roads, leaving behind the noise of the worldly at the holy spots in which hermits took refuge during the late Middle Ages.
HIGHLIGHTS: The town of Baiona is filled with history. Its origins dating back to the Roman era, although the most notable date in its history is 1 March 1493. On this day there arrived in the port the caraval known as the Pinta, and Baiona became the first town in Europe to receive news of the discovery of America. In this lovely coastal town there is much to see, including Santa Maria de Baiona Church; Monterreal Fortress, home to the Parador; Trinidad stone cross; a magnificent maritime old quarter; a seaside esplanade with a very important marina, among other sights. The surrounding area also offers a number of lovely spots such as Mount A Groba, from which the estuaries of the Rias Baixas region appear as a sober and colorful watercolor, with Cape Sillero and the nearby Cies Islands which can be visited by ferry.
HIGHLIGHTS: Tui is a border town: Portugal can be reached by just crossing a bridge. The town is filled with lovely spots such as the fortress/cathedral, built atop the highest area of the city in the early 12th century. Not to be missed also are the ancient temple of Santo Domingo and the more modern San Francisco. The convent of the Clarisas (nuns of the Order of Saint Clare), the "Encerradas" and Misericordia Chapel are also worthy of mention. The Portuguese baroque style is evident in the church of Saint Telmo, the town’s patron saint. A visit to Portugal on the other bank of the Mino River is also a must.
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The route begins on Sunday and ends on Sunday.
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