In this inland area of Galicia, water is an essential element. We'll begin our trip with a visit to the town of Agolada, a land full of bridges, remnants of the Roman presence that still allow us to cross the Ulla and Arnego rivers.
Just a few metres from the Town Council Square, and round a large oak tree, we can take a walk through our commercial roots thanks to the pendellos de Agolada (typical constructions that are a kind of shed, used in this case as market stalls). The pendellos are part of the architecture as much as are the pallozas (traditional circular huts housing people and animals), the granaries, the mills or even the manor houses. They make up one of the best-preserved fairgrounds in Galicia. Built in the eighteenth century, they formed the market round which revolved the entire local economy. Built of stone, tile and wood, they underwent an intense process of restoration. If we're lucky enough for it to be rainy or misty, we can take an almost magical tour through their irregular stonework, touching the big, rough stones of the mediaeval counters or listening to the patter of the water on the tiles. All we have to do have is close our eyes to create the leap in time that we came looking for. If we pay attention, we can still hear the echo of the bellowing of the animals reaching the market as they pull their carts, the voices of the past extolling the wonders of their products, and the crowd rushing about among the crowded counters.