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What to see in O Ribeiro...


O Ribeiro Route...


The route we propose is of low difficulty, with the help of a vehicle and doing short journeys on foot. It is suitable for everyone and ideal to do as a family. It takes an estimated three days. The time distribution should be taken just as an example, as it can be varied according to individual preference.

Route for Day 1

We will dedicate the first day of our route to visit the numerous tourist attractions of Ribadavia. This town, capital of O Ribeiro, is located on the confluence of the rivers Avia and Miño, on the road between Ourense and Vigo. The surrounding landscape is formed by river valleys, vineyards and rolling hills.

  • Praza Maior - Ribadavia

    Praza Maior - Ribadavia

    Ribadavia, the floravia of the writer Otero Pedrayo, the respected ‘father of galician literature’, is set in beautiful surroundings, between small hills dotted with vineyards, on the right bank of the river Avia...

  • Castle of the Counts - Ribadavia

    Castle of the Counts - Ribadavia

    Its origins go back to the 9th century, although its definitive construction was finalised in the second half of the 15th century, when the County of Ribadavia was established...

  • Church of Santiago - Ribadavia

    Church of Santiago - Ribadavia

    Construction of the Church of Santiago was ordered in the late 12th century, to house the oldest parish in Ribadavia. Its most interesting features are the façade, with a rose window with twenty-four hollows, the arches and the Baroque tower...

  • Festa da Istoria - Ribadavia

    Festa da Istoria - Ribadavia

    Ribadavia´s historic centre - above which stand the ruins of the castle of the Sarmiento family -, famed for its Jewish quarter with its sturdy houses and arches, is the setting on the last Saturday in August for an exceptional festival...

Do not miss...
It was the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia under King García I in the 11th century. In the 12th century its period of commercial and demographic expansion began, thanks to the impetus of the monasteries of San Clodio and Melón. In 1164 it received the "Foro Real" (Royal Charter) and in 1375 it became the seat of the "Adelantado Mayor" (Chief Governor) of the Kingdom of Galicia.  In 1476 it became a "Villa Condal" (town where the count resides). Its economic life, very prosperous between the 15th and 17th centuries, was always linked to wine. Its wines have been famous in Europe since ancient times and were exported to the New World after the Discovery.

So many centuries of existence left an extremely rich artistic and cultural legacy in Ribadavia. In 1947, its old quarter was declared a Historical/Artistic Complex. According to the original text, this designation comprises "the town of Ribadavia, in the part between the castle and the River Avia, and the rear part of the houses constructed on the left side of the road from Villacastín to Vigo, as well as the street and the square or atrium with the church of Oliveira and the Convent of Santo Domingo with all the outbuildings, surroundings and flights of stairs accessed from the road".

O inicio perfecto para o noso percorrido é a Oficina Municipal de Turismo. Está situada na Praza Maior, no antigo Pazo Condal, unha edificación barroca do século XVII. Seranos de grande utilidade facérmonos cun pequeno plano da vila no que veñan marcados os puntos de interese. Desde alí desprazarémonos a pé, sen dificultade, entre os seus numerosos monumentos.

The perfect start for our route is the Municipal Tourist Office. It is situated in the Praza Maior, in the old Pazo Condal (Counts' Manor house), a 17th-century Baroque construction. It will be highly useful for us to pick up a small street plan of the village which marks the points of interest. From here, we can easily visit its numerous monuments on foot.

The list is extensive. Among the civil constructions we can highlight the Castle of the Counts of Ribadavia, the Jewish Quarter and the walls. The religious repertory is formed by the aforementioned Church, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Church of Santiago, the Church of Santa María de Oliveira, the Church of San Juán and the Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Portal.

The Museo Etnolóxico (Ethnological Museum), housed in the 18th-century Pazo de Baamonde, has an excellent collection and one of the best historical library collections in Galicia. It also holds temporary exhibitions.

The Festa da Istoria (History Festival) is a celebration whose origins lie in the 17th century. It was lost in 1868 and was recovered for the enjoyment of residents and visitors in 1989. For one day, the last Saturday of August or the first of September, Ribadavia readopts the way of life of the Middle Ages. 21st-century clothes disappear and the clothing and customs of that time return. There are medieval dances and music, a market, handicraft stalls, Jewish weddings, etc. The "maravedí" (old Spanish coin) is even adopted as official currency.

Other events one should bear in mind are the Muestra Internacional del Teatro (International Theatre Festival) and the Feira do Viño do Ribeiro (Ribeiro Wine Fair).


My trip

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After the trip

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