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What to see and visit in the Province of Orense?
The province of Orense belongs to the Autonomous Community of Galicia. It is located in the interior of the region.
The Sil River crosses it and borders Lugo and La Coruña to the north, Pontevedra to the west, León and Zamora to the east and Portugal to the south. It has a population of 339,600 inhabitants and an area of 7,278 km2. The Capital has a population of 108,358 inhabitants and an area of 85'2Km2.
Its weather It is oceanic on the coast and continental in the interior, it is very humid. Its winters are humid and cold; and their summers are very hot and very humid.
Communication: Orense has a good network of urban buses.
By air: Orense does not have an airport, but the following are very close: Santiago de Compostela (Tel .: 98 154 75 00) located in Lavacolla; Vigo (Tel .: 986 26 82 00) is located 9 km from the center and 28 km from Pontevedra; and the one in A Coruña (Tel .: 98 118 72 00) located in Alvedro.
By train: RENFE (c / Eulogio GómezFranquira, Tel .: 902 24 02 02) has a good network of railways, which connect with the entire Peninsula.
By highway: : A-52: Madrid-Vigo-Oporto highway; A-53: Santiago with Orense, from Santiago to Dozón; N-525: Madrid-Orense-Santiago-Coruña; N-541: connects Pontevedra and Orense, distance 100 km; N-540: Lugo-Orense-Braga; N-120: Monforte-Orense-Vigo. Regarding bus travel: the city has many companies, covering all national and several European routes.
Several routes can be made through the province. Perhaps the best known are: Route of the RiberaSacra and the Silver Route; although there are some other interesting ones such as: Route of Via Nova ola Route Jacobea through Orense and arriving from Portuguese lands; Ribeiro Route (Of the wine); Route of Alfonso X the wise, places with which the monarch had had a relationship; Route of the Holy Queen, that the holy places where the queen passed are visited.
On the Route of the Sacred Bank It is called that way because it is a route of 55 km, through the southern part of the Sil river and several regions are crossed. The route goes along the Ponferrada road and runs through the area visiting monasteries (18), Romanesque churches, bridges and some castles. It crosses the canyons of the Sil river. It is of an impressive landscape wealth. It is not known exactly from when it began to be called that, but there is a letter by Mrs. Teresa de Portugalal Monastery of Montederrama from the year 1124, in which it is already spoken of. There are several possible tours. One of them is the following: one starts from the Orense region from Esgos, Luíntra, Nogueira and Ramuín; then it passes to the region of Terra Caldelas entering through San Estebo de Ribas do Sil, Loureiro (where there is the possibility of doing the route along the river Sil with a catamaran, from its jetty), Parada do Sil, Vilariño Frío, Montederramo; from there it passes to the Comarcade Allariz-Maceda: Xunqueira deEspadañedo and from there back to Terra Caldelas, to Castro de Caldelas. Further down in Comarcas of the Province of Orense, you can see the details of each of the monasteries or churches that are visited.
The Silver Route arose at the time of the Roman occupation in the year 218 a. C. and they created it, to get the minerals, the wealth and the products obtained throughout the Iberian Peninsula (mainly silver) to the coast and thus make them arrive more quickly in Rome. It has a total of 29,000 km. of route through all our country. On this route you can see all kinds of historical and artistic delegates and all cultures (Roman, Muslim, Christian) such as: monasteries, convents, churches, medieval castles, Roman bridges, prehistoric sites, aqueducts, Roman baths or Arab baths ... The original Route from Seville to Oviedo passing through Astorga; and from Cádiz it went to León, passing through Cáceres, Mérida and Salamanca. (Imagine all the heritage it covers). The section that crosses Orense coincides with the Camino de Santiago Francés, which connects Zamora with Santiago de Compostela, passing through Tábaray Puebla de Sanabria and from there it crosses Orense to Santiago. It begins with A Canda, A Gudiña, Verín, Monterrei, Xinzo de Limia, Vilarde Barrio, Sandiás, Porqueira, Trandeiras, Bande Allariz and Cea. Comarcas of the Province of Orense, you will see the details of each of the monasteries or churches, which are visited.
It was occupied by the Celts during prehistory and proof of this are the castros scattered throughout Galicia. In Orense are those of: SanTomé. Vadegola and Oira.
It was founded by the Romans around a termas (hot springs), which they built. They call them burgas and around them the city grew and developed. This burga is located in the heart of the old town, on the left bank of the Miño river. It is not known if its name imposed by the Romans comes from Auriense (city of gold) or from Latin burning water (scorching waters), due to its hot springs.
The most emblematic of the city is the Old Bridge, built by the Romans to cross the river Miñoy, which has been restored several times over the centuries.Thanks to this bridge, the city had a very active commercial life since the Middle Ages and the Santiago's road, the Portuguese Route passed through there, because they knew that they could easily cross the Miño.
After the Romans, there were the Arabs, Swabians, Vandals, and the Normans, in the 10th and 11th centuries. During the Middle Ages it was an important commercial center. In the 16th century the 1st Town Hall was built and in the 17th century the Jesuits and the Benedictines settled in the city, which until then all the temples and religious centers were carried by the Franciscans.
At the end of the 19th century, the 1st line of the railway was built, on the right bank of the Miño river, the city growing on that side from that moment, and the national highway, which connects Villacastín with Vigo. And already in the 20th century, after the Civil War, the province finished developing fully.
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As in all of Galicia, its gastronomy is based on excellent local produce, potatoes and vegetables (cachelos from the A Limia region, turnip greens from Arnoia, thistle, mushrooms, chestnuts or magostos ...), fish and shellfish (octopus from OCarbaliño); its trout, salmon, tarpon, eels, lamprey from the Sil and Miño rivers; beef and pork, with all those derived from pork: laandrolla (a kind of chorizo), ceboleiros (a kind of onion blood sausage); lots of large and small game and also kid; its excellent milk and all its derivatives: butters and cheeses: fresh, nipple ...
The best known Galician dishes are: Pulpoa la gallega, which is octopus seasoned with coarse salt, olive oil and paprika, served accompanied by cachelos and chorizo; the Empanadasde tuna, cockles, octopus, rabbit, scallops ...; Lacón with Grelos, Galician Pot, Hake or monkfish stew, Filloas, Cream Canutillos ... Click here to obtain our
In Orense the Cabritos roasted in the casserole are famous; Their magostos or roasted chestnuts are famous throughout Spain, they are the best and the typical Brown French glacéThey are also made in Orensey and exported; La bica from the Trives region, is a dessert made from chestnuts.
Special mention for their excellent wines. Orenset has 4 Denominations of Origin: D.O. Ribera Sacra, which stands out for its red wines from Mencía; D.O. Monterrei, is starting; D.O. Valdeorras with its red wines from Mencía and whites from Godello; D.O. Treixadura, with its white wines, spirits and reds.
Its origins are in the Romans, as many remains have been found and its culture has Roman reminiscences. It covers the municipalities of: Orense capital, Vilamarín, A Peroxa, Amoeiro, Coles, Nogueirade Raimuín, O Pereiro deAguiar, Esgos, Narbadás, Toén, San Cibrao das Viñas, Taboadela.
It is an agricultural and livestock region. As for the industry: slate and chemistry. It is a high mountain area. Comarcade Roman origin, with pre-Roman and Roman remains. The Via XVIII passed through there, with which there are several bridges and remains of Mámoas, whose municipalities are: Vilamartínde Valdeorras, Rubiá, A Rúa, O Barco de Valdeorras, Carballedade Valdeorras, Patín, Laruco, O Bolo, A Veiga.
Mountainous region Timber industry, agriculture and livestock. Land bathed by the river Miño. Whose municipalities are: Celanova, Cartela, A Merca, Gomesende, Ramirás, Pontedeva, A Bola, A Padrenda, Quintelade Leirado, Verea.
High mountain region. Snow and mountain sports. Rural tourism. Agriculture and livestock whose municipalities are: San Xoánde Río, A Pobra de Trives, Manzaneda, Chandrexa de Queixa.
Be part of the Route of the RiberaSacra whose municipalities are: Parada de Sil, A Teixeira, Castrode Caldelas, Montederramo.
It is located in the Baixo Limia-Serra doXurés Natural Park (Muiños-Entrimoo-Lobios)Its origins are in the Celtic forts and in the Roman villages, which they left during their occupation. It includes the following municipalities: Bande, Lobeira, Entrimo, Muiños, Lobios.
Whose municipalities are: Xunqueirade Espadanero, Paderne de Allariz, Baños de Molgas, Allariz, Xunirse de Ambía.
Region of Ribeiro, whose municipalities are: Avión, Leiro, Ceulle, Carballeda, Beadrede Avi, Ribadavia, Castrello deMiño, Melón, A Arnoia, Cortegada.
Carballiño region whose municipalities are: O Irizo, Piñor, San Cristoro do Cea, Beariz, Boborás, O Carballiño, Maside, SanAmaro, Ruxin.
The Comarca da Limia It is located in the Sierra de Larouco, depression of Maceda and central Sierra. They are mainly rainfed farmers (cereals, potatoes, the D.O. of Sandiás are famous). It is part of the Ruta de la Plata. Its municipalities are: Xinzo de Limia, Vilar de Barrio, Sandiás, Sarreaus, Vilar de Santos, Rairizde Veiga, Rairiz de Veiga, Trasmiras, Porqueira, Os Blancos, Calvos deRandín, Baltar.
The Region of Verín is part of the Silver Route. Its municipalities are: Laza, Castredo do Val, Riós, Cualedro, Monterrei, Verín, Vilardevós, Oímbra.
LaComarca de Viana cuyos municipios son: Vilariñode Couso, Viana do Bolo, A Gudiña,A Mezquita,
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