This trail accompanies the River Miño and the history that runs parallel to its waters up to the point where it reaches the sea, and later further onwards, up through the straight stretch of Galicia's southernmost coast.
We begin our journey through the monumental and historic town of Tui, located right at the inner end of the River Miño estuary.
In the past, it was the capital of one of the seven provinces of Galicia, before the current division took place. It was an important settlement during all periods of history, often under siege due to its strategic location.
In fact, at the height of the Middle Ages, it was the religious, economic, military and commercial centre of southern Galicia. This period of splendour also saw the beginning of the construction of the cathedral at the top of the town, which lasted until the fourteenth century. The best reward for a relaxing stroll through the historic centre is precisely a visit to this location, which is known as the Cathedral-Fortress of Santa María, so named because of its defensive character. Here you will find yourself facing the cathedral's western gate. This entrance, which was carved in the thirteenth century, is the most important iconographic composition in Galician Gothic art. It is easy to distinguish this style from the Romanesque style inside the cathedral because of the duration of the construction works. The cloister – another Galician Gothic jewel – is one of the few of mediaeval origin that are fully preserved in Galicia. Finish off your stroll with a splendid view from the Soutomaior Tower. If you've happened to see any cracks in the vaults along the way, don't worry: they've been there since the Lisbon earthquake of 1775.
The walk continues leisurely down towards the river, between narrow mediaeval streets that serve as viewpoints between the walls. Surrounded by stately homes, you'll notice the international bridge linking Portugal and Galicia over which the train to Santiago de Compostela passes. It will seem to you as though you're entered another time, and you'll understand why Tui was declared a Historic/Artistic Complex. Before leaving the Old Town, stop off in the taverns and inns to sample Galician cuisine and – above all – of the River Miño eels, which have their own gastronomic festival held during the festival of San Telmo, which coincides with Easter.
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