Welcome to Ourense
Galicia's unsung but beguiling third-largest city has an appealingly labyrinthine historic quarter, a lively tapas scene and unusual riverside thermal baths. Ourense (Castilian: Orense) first came into its own as a trading centre in the 11th century. The broad Río Miño runs east–west across the city, crossed by several bridges, including the elegant, stone-built, part-Roman, part-medieval Ponte Vella (Old Bridge) and the soaring concrete-and-metal Ponte do Milenio (Millennium Bridge) that opened in 2001. The central area, including the compact Old Town, rises south of the river.