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Ourense is the city of water. Here eight bridges cross the Miño river, which in Roman times was a gold mine. Today there is no gold, but very valuable waters: thermal spring waters. They are all over the city and many are free. Such as the hot springs of A Chavasqueira by the river's edge. The waters spring at 65°C in the very centre of the city, in the thermal spring fountain of As Burgas, which, together with the  Santo Cristo and the Roman Bridge, make up the city's symbols.

But in addition, Ourense has an original Main Square... that slopes, and a historic quarter that is rich in churches and chapels. The Cathedral´s Pórtico del Paraíso still preserves its original polychromy dating from the 13th century. And in the chapels of San Cosme and San Damián, a curiosity unknown to visitors: all year round the most amazing nativity scene is exhibited here.

And if you seek animation, don't worry, because if there's one thing that the people of Ourense really enjoy it is going out in the street.


  • Alameda do Concello

    Alameda do Concello

    In the nineteenth century, the architect Vázquez Gulías transformed the town hall’s mediaeval gardens into a park, in which he built a series of modernist constructions.

  • As Burgas

    As Burgas

    A group of three fountains with medicinal mineral water, which emerges at a temperature of 67ºC (Burga de Abaixo, a neoclassic fountain from the nineteenth century; the Burga de Arriba, a popular construction from the seventeenth century, and the Burga do Medio, a modern construction).

  • Chapel of Nosa Sra. dos Remedios

    Chapel of Nosa Sra. dos Remedios

    Built in the sixteenth century, it was founded to protect travellers from being attacked by brigands.

  • Chapel of San Cosme and San Damián

    Chapel of San Cosme and San Damián

    A small chapel with a neighbouring hospital, built in ‘Plateresque’ style. Exhibits the nativity scene of Arturo Baltar at Christmas.

  • Cathedral of San Martiño

    Cathedral of San Martiño

    Late Romanesque cathedral with Gothic elements and a fortress-like appearance.

  • Convent of San Francisco

    Convent of San Francisco

    Cloister dating from the transition between the Romanesque-Gothic styles, with twin columns with exquisitely carved capitals.

  • Church of the Franciscan Friars

    Church of the Franciscan Friars

    Dates from the fourteenth century, built overlooking the city, where the cloister still remains, with the rest transferred to the park of San Lázaro in 1923. Includes an interesting rose window and portal with a triple archivolt.

  • Church of Santa Eufemia

    Church of Santa Eufemia

    Former Jesuit church. 14 Built in the Galician Baroque style between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Attractive concave façade.

  • Church of Santa María Nai

    Church of Santa María Nai

    Originally Romanesque, but rebuilt in the eighteenth century in Baroque style. Still preserves four marble columns in the portal, dating from the sixth century.
    Site of the first cathedral in Ourense.

  • Church of Santo Domingo

    Church of Santo Domingo

    In Renaissance style. Interesting Baroque altarpieces in the interior.

  • Church of A Trinidade

    Church of A Trinidade

    Built between the end of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, although with subsequent reforms in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Has two towers giving the appearance of a fortress. Plateresque cross in the atrium (fifteenth century).

  • Archaeological Museum

    Archaeological Museum

    Romanesque building from the twelfth century, one of the few civil buildings from this period still remaining in Spain.

  • Pazo Oca-Valladares

    Pazo Oca-Valladares

    Currently occupied by the Lyceum of Ourense, it is one of the finest examples of Renaissance mansion architecture in Galicia. Dating from the sixteenth century, it has a beautiful columned patio with a marble fountain in the middle.

  • Ferro Square

    Ferro Square

    Old marketplace for farming implements, ironmongery and pots. Features a Baroque fountain in the middle. On one side is the Casa dos Boán, a mansion dating from the seventeenth century.

  • Magdalena Square

    Magdalena Square

    From the fifteenth to nineteenth century this square was used as a cemetery, and a number of headstones are still preserved on one side. Later it was used as a marketplace. Includes a slender Baroque roadside cross in the centre.

  • Praza Maior

    Praza Maior

    The city’s main square has an irregular shape, with houses with galleries and balconies from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

  • Trigo Square

    Trigo Square

    Former marketplace where grain was sold. One side contains the Casa dos Temes, an eighteenth-century mansion.

  • Ponte do Milenio (Millennium Bridge)

    Ponte do Milenio (Millennium Bridge)

    Inaugurated in 2001, the bridge combines steel and concrete in a graceful curve. The walkway reaches a height of 22 metres, making it an excellent lookout point.

  • Ponte Vella or Ponte Maior

    Ponte Vella or Ponte Maior

    Originally a Roman bridge, of which only a few foundation stones remain in the base. Rebuilt in the thirteenth century, although the current design dates from the eighteenth century.

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  • Ponte Vella or Ponte Maior

Visitors to Ourense should take the plunge and feel the true essence of the city, the element that led to the original settlement: its thermal waters.

The thermal area of A Chavasqueira-Outariz offers an unbeatable opportunity to enjoy all the advantages of the hot medicinal waters that flow from the different springs around the city. A tour of the 'Thermal Walk' is highly recommended, running along the right-hand bank of the river Miño, starting in the Campo da Feira and ending in Outariz.

A total of four thermal areas may be enjoyed along the three-kilometre route. The first is A Chavasqueira, with pools of hot mineral and medicinal waters (at 41ºC), for public use, with the Japanese-styled private area of the Termas da Chavasqueira. Five hundred metres further on is the thermal spring of O Tinteiro, with excellent qualities for sufferers of skin problems, at 43ºC. Continuing along the pathway renovated by the local council, two kilometres further on from O Tinteiro, is the Burgo do Muíño das Veigas, with waters at between 65ºC and 72ºC, with four public thermal pools. The route ends in Outariz, with four pools similar to those at A Chavasqueira, with water at 61ºC, recommended for sufferers of rheumatism and arthritis.

The route passes through a magnificent natural setting, along the recovered banks of the river Miño. The pools open all year round, with a combination of public open-air baths, and more private areas.

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Terras de Ourense e Allariz


Terras de Ourense e Allariz

Geo-destination of Ourense, noble and Roman, from the banks of the River Miño. And Allariz, royal and monumental, from the banks of the River Arnoia.....


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