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Top Choice Walls in Lugo

Roman Walls

The path running right round the top of the World Heritage–listed Roman walls is to Lugo what a maritime promenade is to a seaside resort: a place to jog, take an evening stroll, see and be seen. The walls, erected …
Top Choice Winery in Castro Caldelas & Around

Adega Algueira

At Doade, a few kilometres up the LU903 from the Río Sil towards Monforte de Lemos, the Algueira winery produces some of Ribeira Sacra's best wines and offers one-hour tours that include tastings (four wines) as wel…
Top Choice Winery in Castro Caldelas & Around

Ponte da Boga

One of the most interesting wineries in the Castro Caldelas area, Ponte da Boga dates back to 1898 and is one of a growing number of wineries that are reviving autochthonous Galician grape varieties. Some of its win…
Top Choice Galician in Ribadavia & the Ribeiro Wine Region

Sábrego

The rustic-chic restaurant at the lovely country hotel Casal de Armán serves a seasonally changing array of excellent, chiefly Galician fare with some creative twists. Standouts include the lamb shoulder with cachel…
Top Choice Monastery in Luintra & Around

Mosteiro de Santo Estevo

The enormous Mosteiro de Santo Estevo, on the side of the steep, thickly wooded valley above the Río Sil, dates from the 12th century and has three magnificent cloisters (one Romanesque-Gothic, two Renaissance), a R…
Top Choice Monastery in Luintra & Around

Mosteiro de San Pedro de Rocas

Founded in AD 573, this enchanting mini-monastery stands hidden among dense woods 11km south of Luintra. It contains three cave chapels, originally carved out of the rock as retreats for early hermits, plus a number…
Cathedral in Lugo

Catedral de Santa María

The cathedral, inspired by Santiago de Compostela's, was begun in 1129, though work continued for centuries, yielding an aesthetic mix of styles ranging from Romanesque (as in the transepts) to neoclassical (the mai…
Galician in Ourense

Casa do Pulpo

Facing the cathedral wall across a narrow street, this local favourite doesn't just do perfect pulpo (octopus) but also other tasty Galician items such as zamburiñas (small scallops), xoubas (pilchards) and raxo (sp…
Castle in Verín

Castillo de Monterrei

Looming on a hilltop outside Verín, the main structures of the doughty Monterrei Castle, including the mighty keep and the counts' palace, date from the 15th and 16th centuries. Parts of the castle are occupied by a…
Spanish in Ourense

Sybaris 2.0

Sybaris is not just a restaurant with a contemporary twist on Spanish fare, but also a well-stocked wine shop and Galicia-specialist deli (cheeses and hams, of course, but also lampreys in oil, crab pâté and sea-urc…