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O Ribeiro


O Ribeiro

O Ribeiro is a land of fertile valleys crossed by numerous rivers such as the Miño, the Arnoia or the Avia. O Ribeiro is synonymous with wine...

Hidden heritage

Romanesque Jewels in O Ribeiro

Along this route through the O Ribeiro region, we'll discover great ethnographic treasures scattered throughout a land marked by the water of the rivers that criss-cross it and by the colours of its grapevines.


  • Starting point: O Carballiño
  • Finish point: Ribadavia
  • Days: 3
  • Km (approx.): 76 Km
One night at the mill,
one night is nothing.
A whole week long
that's what it is to grind.
  Popular folks song

“If you want to treat me right, give me Ribeiro wine, wheat bread from Ribadavia, and girls from Chan de Amoeiro.”
  Popular saying

Route - Day 1

We start off the first day following the course of the River Arenteiro as it flows through the land around O Carballiño. Awaiting our visit is the  Parque Etnográfico do Arenteiro (Arenteiro Ethnographic Park), which consists of renovated mills that will help us to understand the traditional ways the river was used

Following the riverside from the Ponte Veiga (Veiga Bridge) will take us to the ethnographic complex, walking on wooden walkways or along paths lush with vegetation. The circuit is five kilometres long, although – thanks to the bridges connecting both banks – we can change from side to side and modify our route. Sit down to catch your breath and take a break on one of the benches, listening to the hypnotic sound of the water's flow as it mixes with the rustle of the leaves blowing in the wind…ummm, isn't that nice?
And – since you are in a land of splendid grapevines – stop in at one of the establishments in the town centre and enjoy a peaceful glass of O Ribeiro wine. If you're feeling peckish, savour that glass of wine along with a mouthwatering dish known as carne richada (beef prepared with capsicum and potatoes), or eels, or a serving of the polbo á feira (galician style octopus, cooked and seasoned with oil, paprika and salt) that O Carballiño is so famous for. For dessert, nothing beats the famous custard-filled cream horns – a local delight – or donut-shaped Ribadavia pastries, of Mudejar origin
Continuing on our way eastward, we come upon the town of Boborás, where we discover some small architectural gems. Our first stop will be at the popular Baroque shrine of Virxe da Saleta (Our Lady of La Salette), hidden in a thick forest that oozes spirituality with every step we take. Still within the municipal limits, we discover another little gem, the Romanesque shrine of San Xiao de Astureses. Founded by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century, two centuries later it was made part of the Order of St. John of Malta. The church retains all of its Romanesque structure: a single nave and an interesting semicircular apse
Following the Romanesque trail, we arrive at the church of San Martiño de Cameixa, a building that – despite its renovation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – still retains that mediaeval air reflected in its carved and shaped stone.
After this tour of stone monuments, it's time for a little walk. Immerse yourselves in the lush nature of an indigenous forest and follow the cobblestone road to the summit where you will discover the hidden church of San Mamede de Moldes, built in the twelfth century over an ancient fortified pre-Roman Iron Age village and integrated into its cemetery. This sanctuary stands out for both its simplicity as well as its natural surroundings. At its feet you'll find an interesting ethnographic complex comprising a fair pendello (shed-like construction used as a stall at the local market) and an old cemetery whose cold stones are warmed by the colours of the sunset.
To finish off our first day, we head to the town of Leiro where we will find – escorted by impressive, colour-dappled terraces – the Cistercian monastery of San Clodio. Of uncertain origin, this monastery was built in the twelfth century and was used by Benedictine monks, who turned it into a very prosperous agricultural centre. It was, in fact, this monastery that brought grapevines into the area. Don't miss the Caravaca Cross – better known as the "Divine Relic" and venerated by the villagers because it saved the grapevines from hail – on its façade.

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