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Ourense, water city

Ourense, water city

The city of Ourense is intrinsically linked with water. The River Miño that runs through the city flows under its six bridges...


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Terras de Ourense e Allariz


Among other attractions, this geodestination features the Way of St. James, here called the Southeast Way/Siver Way. A double path (it forks into two paths beginning in A Gudiña) that allows one to discover small settlements with important histories such as Xunqueira and its coleggiate church. The route crosses through Allariz and, shortly after, through an enclave called Armeá– tiny but with an important history – next to Santa Mariña de Augas Santas and its large, unfinished church. The fortified pre-Roman Iron village of Armeá (where stone warriors that can be admired in the Museo Arqueolóxico de Ourense were found) and this church/basilica were declared a Historic/Artistic Complex.  Worth a visit is the Os Fornos da Santa crypt; the Saint was about to be burned to death, but was pulled to safety by divine intervention.
Two heavyweights lead this geodestination: the towns of Ourense and Allariz, each with many attention-getting monuments. The capital of the province is well known both for its association with the River Miño as with the Roman world.  In the capital, several bridges cross over the River Miño, and a modern promenade runs along the shore. The well-known Burgas hot springs – a refurbished space on the edge of the Old Town, where the Cathedral dominates – are very representative of the hot springs capital of Galicia. The late Romanesque church was built beginning in the 12th century, was declared a basilica in 1837 and a National Monument in 1931. It's important not to forget to visit the Museo Arqueolóxico.

Allariz was fortunate to retain its main centre virtually intact, with its streets and buildings made of granite. Its exemplary refurbishment was awarded the Europa Nostra Award, and today the village is a model of sustainable Galician tourism. Its museums make up a small network that – along with strengthening the 'con encanto' (charming) hospitality industry and the affection with which the banks of the river are treated – attracts thousands of visitors. Upon leaving the Old Town, it is time to take a look at the Romanesque bridge of Vilanova.

Among local monuments, noteworthy are the Baños de Molgas, the pre- Romanesque Chapel of Santa Eufemia de Ambía and the shrine of Os Milagres on Monte Medo. Notable examples of popular architecture we can discover include the complex of granaries in A Merca and the houses of the gentry in Sobrado do Bispo (Barbadás).

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