When visiting Vilalba, the best starting point is the square of
Suso Gallego, where A Pravia, an old, symbolic maple tree,
welcomes us to the town. Here we also find the Fonte da
Carretera, a fountain much loved by local inhabitants, and
the House of Culture, which contains the Museum of
Archaeology and Prehistory, containing remains from
several archaeological sites throughout the region, and with
an exhibition of the different cultures that settled in Galicia
from Paleolithic times until the Roman invasion. Near the
square is the old Homage Tower of the castle of the Andrade
family, first built in the eleventh century but rebuilt after the
Irmandiña revolt in the fourteenth century. Octagonal in
shape and 40 metres high, it is divided into four floors and
has battlements. It has several arrow slits, an arched door on
the second floor, and a large stone boar on the fourth floor,
emblem of the Andrade family. Today it is used as part of the
state-run Parador hotel.
Parish church of Santa María, dating from the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries, a beautifully constructed building.
The Carmen Estévez Municipal Auditorium is a fine example
of contemporary architecture, which also adds to the dynamic
nature of life in the town with numerous cultural events.